Just a little update and to begin showing you the newbie paintings for next Wednesday's update!
But first, huge hugs go out to the lovely lady (and a fellow Jess) who sent this to me!
It's a pendant...
...and it's a book! SQUEE!!
I'm thinking a vintage Edwardian lace blouse would work particularly well with it...but I expect it will end up being worn with everything. THANK YOU T'OTHER JESS! It was wonderfully inspiring yesterday! XXX
As you can see, this is one of yerterday's creations:
"Paris, 1955 - Early Morning Visit To The Boulangerie"original painting.
Yes - Estelle always ensures she is fully dressed and make-upped anytime she steps out of her front door. Now time to return home for baguette and her espresso before beginning a day of work on her romance novel. I wish I knew her!
And for a change of scene, I have had a copy of Thomas Hardy's Tess Of the D'Urbervilles waiting around for me to create something from it for about a year. Here's page 1:
"Tess" original painting.
Poor, tragic Tess! I always want to give her a cuddle.
I'll be adding more images of items for the update as and when I can. Must work on this now:
It's The Castle! I'm going to try to keep those lovely, soft edges.
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:
I know I know - I've been trying to keep up, but our lovely Fab Friday, filled with lovely things from the wonderful, crafty people in our world, has fallen prey to the magical stampede of Christmas shopping feet!
...to all who have been browsing and ordering from the shop (and for those who haven't yet, you still have a few shopping days left!)
Also, I made up a little Christmas tags PDF (although I had some trouble keeping the quality high, but the file size low at first :/):
Featuring a few of my Christmas images from this year and last, then a couple of popular ladies from the Parisian vintage book page series (ongoing - there will be more in the New Year!!)
I have to rush off to the PO now, then finish painting a little comission when I get back, then pick up Amelia from school and take her to her swimming lesson. Not sure I'll finish the painting actually, but grrr I will try!
I leave you with a couple of little snapshots of last night and this morn...
The background for this painting has been hanging around the house for ages - a peachy-pink canvas with a kind of soft light emanating out. I didn't know what to do with it for long enough, then a few evenings ago, I looked at it and immediately saw in my mind's eye what should appear...and here she is. Lady Gray - Lady of the Manor, no less! I hope you like her!
I decoupaged some Dangerous Liaisons Book pages onto the canvas and outlined the main painting in artist's ink to liken her to a 1950s fashion-drawing. Oh, Edith Head , I wish I could draw like you!!
Then after making sure all edges were fixed with no loose paper, I lightly painted the edges with gold paint.
One more thing, in case anyone was wondering, as was a friend of mine earlier today...I cannot bring myself to rip up old, rare books! The books I use are rarely older than 30 years old and I make sure there are a lot of them around before tearing pages out to use in art projects ;)
Also joining Lady Gray...another little long-term and experimental project has recently come to fruition, too:
These little cameos have been waiting...and waiting...and waiting for me to do something useful with them and I think we've done it!
Protected with layers and layers of resin, painted gold around the edges and sprayed lightly with golden glitter, they're perfect for the Tree this Christmas! As they were experimental prototypes, there are only two of them, so if you like them, grab them now!
So...it's FRIDAY and yes it is FABULOUS - time to think about fun! I've decided it would be nice to show you a few things each Friday, which I think you might just love. Do you really need yet another an excuse to look at pretty things? I thought not!
I'm working my silly little heart out to be able to afford some pretty things...
The original Millie sold a little while back, but I'll be making prints in the next few days :) I'll also be working on another original Cafe de Flore portrait today, hopefully to be up in the shop later.
Poor Amelia - she had done so much walking, she was tired, her feet were hurting, but we managed to cure her: