Well, as usual, this weekend has flown by in a blur of drawing, coastal walks, painting and pubs! It is becoming increasingly clear to me that time does not always run at the same pace, but speeds up at weekends. A whole 48 hours zooming past at the speed of light before winding down in the late hours of Sunday night and plodding along for the rest of the working week.
Whose idea was it anyway, that for every two days off, we have to work five?
Despite time’s efforts to scupper my plans, I do feel as though I’ve achieved quite a lot this week. I’ve been making progress on a surprise portrait commission and have squeezed in time for my 52 Faces project and to work on my entry for the BBC’s Little Painting Challenge.
I also sent off a finished paper cut commission to its new owner!
Paper cut heart commission
This intricate heart was given as a Mother’s Day present, so I’m now safe to share it with you all. Thanks to the flexibility of the person who commissioned it, I was able to work on it on and off over several weeks.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, right from drawing it out in the beginning to cutting the final little section out. The client provided a long list of items and words to include, which is great because it makes designing it a bit more of a challenge. The feather and angel wings were both new to me, but I love how they’ve turned out.
The client also asked for Gerbera daisies, which help to break up the intricacy of the leaves a little and contrast with the finer details.
I’ve been struggling to find decent paper to cut recently, as I like to use finer sheets with a bit of texture. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to track down! I’ve tried all of the craft shops around where I live but none have quite what I’m looking for. I’ve got a few packs from Hobbycraft at the moment, but am still on the hunt for another supplier!
I’m really looking forward to seeing a photo of this one framed, as I rarely frame my own work. I love the lime green colour that the client chose for the background!
The Little Painting Challenge
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll probably remember that I’ve been working on some miniature portraits as part of my submission for the BBC’s Little Painting Challenge. I’ve decided to do a piece entitled ‘Funny Money’ with a series of miniature portraits of recognisable wealthy people laughing! I was going to do five, but as I’m running out of time, I’ve settled on three. Here is Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of Facebook, to go alongside Richard Branson and Bill Gates.
I’ve completed them all in different media, Richard Branson in pencil, Bill Gates in coloured pencil on brown paper and Mark here in watercolour.
Every time I use my Winsor and Newton watercolours, I enjoy the process and result, so I should really make the effort to use them more often!
I got out the watercolours again for this week’s miniature portrait for my 52 Faces challenge. Judi Dench was suggested by my Mum and I thought she’d make the perfect subject as she has a recognisable face with interesting features. I think I’ve said before that it’s a lot harder to draw ‘perfect’ people with symmetrical faces and immaculate skin. They tend to have very subtle characteristics which make them recognisable, while older people and those with distinctive features are a lot easier to capture.
Once I’d finished with the watercolours I added a little extra detail with my Faber Castell polychromo pencils, in particular, the slight rosiness of her cheeks and the dark blue of her jacket.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this photo taken in sunny Bude yesterday. The sea pool has been revamped recently and the turquoise water managed to look inviting, despite the cold! While we were there, some teenagers must have felt the same as they jumped in wearing nothing but t-shirts and shorts – rather them than me!