Friday, 27 February 2015

Slopping, slapping and dribbling madness.

It's been quite a week
with lots of things to play with.
I've been both in mad scientist mode
and delicate painting mode.
I think the mad scientist is more fun.
Speaking of delicate, I threw a little tanty
in class and was hyperventilating.
Yes that teacher of mine just loves 
to scare the living daylights out of me.
Picture me, almost finished a painting and carefully
 spattering little bits of ink all happy and gentle, 
then up from the depths comes a hand which grabs my brush.
My eyes get wider and then it happens,
spatter, spatter spatter with careless abandon
Panic sets in, screams (just little tanty ones)
and then the hyperventilating starts.
All while there is an evil glean in my teachers eye
as she beats up on my dainty painting.
Down on the floor it's tossed (well, placed carefully really)  
oh, that looks great.

The green splots really look good.
My teacher, (yes, I bet you're still giggling at me)
has decided that I'm not a loose woman yet and
I need to be prodded sometimes.  Either that
or she is really just a sadist.....
I've been dribbling ink on my jelly fish canvas

I think my camera has cataracts,
as the canvas is the most beautiful turquoise,
violet, blue and green and the photo just looks blah.
The camera seems to pick out the white,
which is really quite subdued on the canvas, weird that.
Now to my fun.
  You may remember this or maybe I didn't show
a pic of this monstrosity
Hmmm, seems I disliked it so much that I didn't take a photo
of it either.  Take my word for it, it was yukky, all brown
and poocacky so I put it away.
Well I got it out and did a mad scientist bit on it and
now I'm starting to like it.
Don't you find you can just go nuts on a canvas you don't like.
  You can see the brownness (yuk) here but I've started
to add gloop squiggles to the background
and here is more gloop, oooh I'm havin so much fun
with this stuff and there is still a load more to do.
I know why scientists, especially the mad ones,
 wear lab coats. 
 I've got the stuff all up the wall (cleaned for the pic) 
and all over my white top.  Yes, I know, why would you wear 
white when you are gooping, it's a blonde thing and
anyway now I have more of a leopard print top
 where  my big belly kept touching it.
I could start a new fashion trend, gooped up tops!!

To keep the momentum going I like to do three or four
 canvasses at once and so I drew up my next project,
 another Mr P.

I'm going to get out some more goop and slop it around
mwa ha ha.
Happy painting all,
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Even if she is evil :)


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Eyes and poo for WOYWW.

I've been working on my bird this week
I painted the bloomin eye and then had to paint over it and move it to the right. Drives me crazy when that happens.

and here is that desk to date.
 Nothing exciting really, just my paints and my paint pot.
To keep the acrylics damp I put in paper towel and wet it,
then put baking paper over that.  I put the paint on and then 
when I finish for the day I just put the lid on.
The paint stays fresh for weeks but it does pong a bit
 after a while.

This is my actual desk.  Full of stuff, as usual.
In the middle right is a gorgeous piece of mail art
from Terrie in USA.  Thanks so much Terrie and under the
ipad you can see my beautiful journal cover made by
Lunch Lady Jan.



Okay, so maybe that's a little over the top but it did happen.
I took my boat canvas to class today and
I was made (yes, De had me in an arm lock)
to put poocack all over my gorgeous bright colours.
But just when I thought all was lost,
she let me play with the bright yellow ink
and it looks fabulous.
Yes, I know, it looks terrible here and half of it is missing.
I used my phone camera and I'm too short
to get my arms up high enough to get it all in.
The ink was still sloppy and it had to stay flat
but you can get an idea of how it looks. 
The poocack is all down the side bits but it makes
the yellow pop.
If you bend your head to the right, stick out your tongue
and stand on one foot, it actually looks pretty good.
I dare you to try it...

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Blobs before my eyes for WOYWW

I've been working on my boat painting
this week and boy is it 
doing my head in.
One minute I hate it then an idea hits
and I like it again, then back to hating it
and so on. 
Right now it's driving me nuts.
I didn't like the top of the painting and came up 
with the idea to turn it into a revetment wall,
as if the boat is adrift in a canal.
It's going to be adrift cos I'm too lazy to
put a rope in.
My desk is small this week,
Just the painting on a movey roundy desk and my ikea
movey roundy thing. 
Why should I move when the painting can.
I have three bags of goop in varying shades of grey
(that is 3 shades, not to be confused with 50 shades).
I wanted to do the wall in bright orange and yellow
but my teacher (and I hate it when she's right) 
insisted on the greys. 
Now it's a matter of playing like I'm icing a cake,
for what seems like an eternity, 
until I reach the other side and a bit wider 
than it is at present.
I can feel some serious back and eye aches coming on.

I also lowered the boat in the water
(argh, it's sinking... I wish)
 and added more goop to the water but
there's still more goop to add.
This darn painting will be six feet thick by the time 
I'm finished with it. 

Lastly I roughed in my parrots head and feet.
I like to stop once I get to here and
then I can keep looking at it to see if there
are any adjustments needed before I paint it properly.

Short and sweet this week,
cos I've got a date with some goop.

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Polaroid poop on WOYWW

I'm back at my desk and all alone, at last!!
Here is my desk,
all busy with arty farty things.
To get myself back into the swing of things
I've been doing some sketches in my new sketchbooks.
Gotta love Santa.
One sketchbook has a very special cover, thanks to
the wonderful Lunch Lady Jan.
I love it.
 I decided to do a sketch of my favourite pens.
Yes that is a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver pen in the middle :)
It's been a long hot summer but at last there is a breeze
cooling us down a bit here.
I think the heat got to me a bit this year as I did
more than a few crazy things.
One thing was very special.
My girls had been complaining that their 
loo roll holder kept falling off the wall
(it was one of those suction thingys)
 so I decided to get them a new one.
Well of course, it's my motherly duty to give them 
nice things and so I set about finding a
very special loo roll holder and....
voila, the Polaroid Poop machine!!
Yes, I found a loo roll holder in the shape of
a Polaroid camera, complete with lens and buttons.
Big Miss refused to use the loo as she was sure
her bum would end up on the internet.
I just can't understand the kids of today,
no sense of humour.  
I have a giggle every time I pass their loo.

There is also the ipad versus blonde trouble
but I'll leave that for another day.

Today was also my first day back to art class
and I did a little bit more to my birdie painting.
I drew in the birds head and put a little light
on the branches. Still a long way to go but it's 
looking good so far.

I'm keeping it short and sweet,
don't want to overdo it on my first day back.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Kitchen in mouth for WOYWW

My desk is just a mess of nothingness
as I am having an art break,
well painting break anyway
as I will be doing little doodles in the many
notebooks I have stashed around the house.
Summer holidays means cricket on the TV (yawn)
and that is where hubby parks himself,
so I tend to draw instead.
Here is may parting doodle for the year.
Done with a plain old ballpoint pen in a note pad.
I drew our little Christmas guys.  They are so cute
 and when you press one's button the others join in 
and sing carols together.
Today is the day (sigh)
I say goodbye to my new kitchen.
Little miss is getting my kitchen
put into her mouth.
I had to use my kitchen fund money
to pay for her braces and
I'm still not sure which is
the best investment.
Then again I could make the best of it
and open her teeth
 (they would have been my kitchen cupboard doors)
to put in my pots and pans.
Well I couldn't put my glass ware in there,
she would break that chewing. 
Hey, she has a big mouth, it's always open and loud.
She may put up a bit of a stink
but I need more storage and since she
took my kitchen I think it's a fair compromise.
She also said she wouldn't open her mouth to talk
for the three years the braces are on
(seems she is embarrassed by the braces)
so I'm in heaven.  A peaceful time and
my pots and pans won't fall out if her mouths closed.
 It's win, win all around.
See, sometimes losing something somewhere
is a gain somewhere else.

Mr headless bird has come home after inking 
and I'll finish him in the new year.  
Looking good already.
Our gorgeous little Chico is almost fully healed
and very happy.

This is my last post for the year,
so I'd like to wish all my bloggy friends
a very Merry Christmas
and I'll see you all in the new year.

I'm off to get my kitchen fitted
into Little Miss's mouth.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tis a little hot for WOYWW

It's a tad hot here at the moment,
well not so much hot but really humid.
You know the kind where your hair is all frizzy
and you drip with sweat, even though it's only 29 deg.
This is the weather we usually get at the end
of summer, not in spring and to make it worse
there are no storms insight, so no relief.
Having said that, we were inundated with ants
this morning.  Those pesky little things were all over the floor.
I sprayed the entire place with surface spray
just a few weeks ago but the ants have ignored that
fact.  Think I'll leave the can on the floor,
just so they can read it and see that it kills ants.
A fact that seems to have slipped their minds as they 
climb into poor Charlie parrots cage and try to 
take him away.  
Around here, ants in the house means rain is on the way,
I just hope it gets here soon, the grass is dead and the 
flowers don't look too happy.
To my desk this week.
I've been playing with my water colours.
I have used a cook book to find interesting things to paint.
In fact, that is the only use I have for cookbooks.
I can't get my head around cooking, you spend hours
creating something and then it's eaten in five minutes,
(or put in the bin, which is where most
 of my attempts end up) such a waste of time. 
 If I can't make it in half an hour
it don't get made.  However, painting from a cookbook
is wonderful fun and it lasts longer too.
This isn't finished but it's getting there.
The picture to the front right is part of my house from the
back garden.  We had to paint a building for Sketchbook Skool
and it was too hot to go out so I did our house.
  The notebook on the top left contains the 
rantings of a madwoman, yes me.
I was watching TV last night and hubby was 
channel surfing as usual, you never get to see
and entire program in this house, and he came
across an ocean program that had these
gorgeous jellyfish.  I grabbed my book, which always sits on
the coffee table and started to sketch from the tv.
Little cogs were actually moving in my pea brain.
I can see a fabulous painting coming from these 
delicate little guys.  I'm going to play around  with
composition and then see if I can create those
delicate little frills with goop, then make the bodies
translucent, ink it and there's another painting.
My only problem is, delicate is really not me,
rush in and go nuts, that's more me.  
Fingers crossed I can be more ladylike
(cough, cough).
A note to finish on,
My wall of inspiration has grown
 My wonderful friend Tracey Fletcher King is selling
some of her paintings and cards and I got in quick.

 Aren't they gorgeous.
If you want to see what she is selling you can find it here
there may even be a few left.

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P.S.  The little guinea pig is doing really well,
he had his stitches out yesterday and
is healing nicely.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Scribbly week for WOYWW

My desk is a bit different 
this week for WOYWW.
No paint or canvasses
just pen and paper
and a much needed coffee.

I've been doodling, lots.
There are heaps of fine liner pens, got them cheap
as a set with the pencil case, and then I bought the 
pacer pencils and 6 colour pens really cheap at
my grocery store today.  
The blue sketch and the one in the front,
it's a picture of the hanger thingys that I put
on the back of my canvasses
 (in case you were wondering),
are homework from sketchbook skool.
The two pages to the left have pics of 
our two guinea pigs.
The little face of Chico is below the slippers,
 he had to have surgery last wednesday
and below that is Ziggy, who was really
missing his buddy while he was at the vets.
It's been a scary week but he is well and truly
on the mend now.  I found doing sketches
of the boys made me feel better as
it's been a very stressful week.
Here he is after surgery,
his new nickname is Nudie Boy
as they shaved him so much.

I did bring my seagull picture home
and intended to finish the birds
but never got into the room
as I was keeping an eye on 
little Chico.
It's not as blue as this pic, I have to turn it away from the light as the ink reflects so much.
 Here you can get an idea
of just how much work has gone
into this canvas.

 There are many layers of gloop and squiggles
going over the top of each other.
Once the eyes are painted in and the edge of 
the canvas has been painted
a nice bright orange,
I think it will look pretty good.

I did have a tussle with some water colours
last week
and if you're interested, that post is

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