Isn't he gorgeous?! I originally purchased him for Amelia's room, but he has taken to presiding over our living room instead, somehow... Thank you Emily!
Anyway, since I have this comission, I thought I'd buy a copy of the book purely for arty purposes (we have a couple of older ones, but I can't bare to take the pages out!) and have been making up a few of these:
...on which I shall surely paint very soon!
I've also been listening to this Librivox audio of Alice's Adventures and just today this one, of Through The Looking Glass. Lo and behold, the day the book arrived, I received a second request for an Alice comission, having had none in the five years of being an artist full-time. What on Earth is going on?Whatever it is, though, I have to say I'm enjoying it! Curiouser and curiouser indeed...
Other than that, I was glad to see a pack of magenta ink had arrived today, so I got on with a LOT of printing, chopping and packaging and ordered lots more supplies for the forthcoming weeks. Also, i've decided to make a few changes around in the shop, slowly but surely.
You'll see more 8" x 10" prints hanging around (agh! no pun intended!) - it's such a perfect size for popping straight into a frame. Oh and I'll be trimming white borders for you, too. I know that some of you prefer it for framing and do let me know if you'd like to keep them, but those sold 'as is' in the shop, will be without.
I've been wanting more underskirts and petticoats recently. I don't know why. I'm also loving the different textures going on around my knees today!
I love those tights! A tenner at H&M, which is more than I'd normally spend, but wow they do a good job!
Note underskirt peeking out there, and those boots which I snapped up in the Clarks sale last week. Excellent!
Oh and just yesterday, a lovely lady left me some feedback for one of the prints she recently bought from me and included a photo of it, framed beautifully!
I have to say I absolutely love the frame she chose! Thank you so much!
Just a quick update for you while the dinner cooks (Quorn Family Roast) with lots of roast capsicums and potato waffles. Why not?
We ended up with a little shop update today - I didn't even realise that enough paintings had built up here to warrant one, but there you go and here are a few snaps of them:
Another vintage-style portrait "Wonderin and Wishin" 5x7 original acrylic on canvas. I wish I had a lace collar like that! I also wish I had the gumption to go out around town with a harido like that. Not brave enough today though!
Nikita! As you can see, she's sitting in an old Spanish urn. I'm sure she's much happier in Spain than she would be here, plus, I would be constantly nervous about the busy main road not far from our back garden wall.
I also just had to paint one of the more enduring couples of British Literature:
Yesterday, I spent most of the day on the train to pick up Amelia, who had been in Cornwall for the half-term hols. I used most of the train hours pointing my phone out of the window to capture sights like this:
Late Winter. Many freshly-ploughed fields getting ready for planting. So exciting!
Lovely, warm sun through the window and waking up all those little seeds underground.
...and a few sheepies enjoying a munch! I also spotted a load of lambs, but didn't managed to capture them on camera quckly enough. Sorry! Anyway, i'm sure you know what lambs look like by now, so you can imagine them :)
I do love travelling through our English countryside and training it is probably my favoured method of getting around.
One of today's jobs has been to list a few new prints. Originals have sold and these images have been just waiting around in the computer for me to put them to good use, so here you go!
Yes - it's time I extol the virtues of this amazing beverage and share a few of it's spicy possibilities with you.
Most of us are familiar with the usual beloved cuppa here in the UK, but we rarely take it further. I dare you to be a tea adventurer!! OK it may not suit us all, but I know that most of you will be up for it!
Sweet, spicy, milky and the perfect refreshment for an afternoon at home. Ahhhhh! My favourite version is a simple mix of black tea, cardamom and cinnamon. You might like to experiment with other possibilities, mainly using the sweeter spices like ginger, nutmeg, coriander seed, liquorice root, star anise, peppercorns (whole, not ground ot chopped - too overpowering - unless you like that kind of thing!), cloves, a pinch of saffron if you're feeling flush, and even rose petals - YUM!
This is my favourite recipe for the moment:
I wish I had some nice rolled assam to hand, but alas, the good ol' PG Tips will have to do ;)
Cinnamon & Cardamom Chai
1 cinnamon stick (waaaay superior to powdered)
1 cardamom pod (green, not black - I find the black too smokey in flavour)
1 tea bag
1 heaped teaspoon demarera sugar
Glug of milk (dairy or non-dairy work equally well, depending on your taste)
I have a bit of a thing about cinnamon!! Look at the grain on that baby!
Break off a piece of your cinnamon stick - a couple of inches will do fine. Then crack open your cardamom pod, just so the liquid can infuse and swirl around the seeds inside while it brews, but not so much that the seeds spill out - that just makes it annoying to drink!
Pop them in the bottom of your cup and boil your water.
Pour water over your spices to just an inch at first, to help them infuse nicely, then swirl for a few seconds before adding your tea bag and topping up your cup.
Leave the flavours to sort themselves out for two minutes, remove the tea bag, then add your sugar and milk.
OK - back to work I go - I'm hoping to finish the previous post's painting in the next couple of hours :D