Sunday, December 30, 2012

Knit-Ted and Knot-Ted

Hope you enjoy the antics of my two latest Teds, Knit-Ted and Knot-ted who met today on Grandma's parlour table.

Knit-ted was waiting patiently in the warm sunshine for Grandma to return and sew up his foot but while he was sat there his new found friend Knot-ted, while trying to get to the jammy biscuit, became tangled in the trail of wool that was still joined to Knit-Ted's foot!  Try as this small furry Ted might to untangle himself each movement he made just made matters worse for his friend the knitted bear.

 I hope Grandma will return soon and rescue both Teds!

Thank you Christelle and Ruth for the teddy bears that inspired this painting.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Secret Santa's Surprise

I had a lovely christmas with many special gifts from my family including a selection of tiny brushes and an ingenious refillable clean water container which disposes of the dirty water and refills with clean at the press of a button. Its such a clever idea for clean water fanatics like me.

In addition to these lovely family gifts  I was also given a beautiful original watercolour from a very good friend. Each year, a group of artists who belong to  'Art Colony' which was formed by Jane Freeman draw names and we send a piece of art to one other member as part of our Secret Santa exhange. This year, my Secret Santa painting was from Christiane Fortin a fellow Canadian. I just had to share this painting from her with you all. Isn't it beautiful.

You can see that our younger dog Ella approves too. Thank you Christiane. I will treasure it always.

Just as an update...In moments between Christmas celebrations I have had a couple of opportunities to  work on my Ted painting. Hopefully I have it finished soon for you to see.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

WIP 2... Setting the scene

Its such fun setting the scene for a painting, creating the atmosphere for the main characters. My husband says the curtains in this painting remind him of his Grandma. The knitting and knitted tea cozy certainly remind me of my Nan. I had to include a jammy biscuit too as both my grandparents loved them.

I wanted to create that feeling of light and warmth with a very homey touch for my new bears. Next I get the fun of bringing them to life but not until I have helped out Santa's elves and done some much needed wrapping. I probably won't get chance to post again until after christmas so to all that celebrate it. Have a wonderful time.


Friday, December 14, 2012

WIP 1 and all because...

The idea for this painting began when I was given two teddies. One very fluffy and slightly concerned looking teddy was sent to me from Christelle in Australia and a hand knitted teddy came from Ruth in England. Thank you both for your lovely gifts.

I have been working on the background over the last week. Colour choice is so important to me in helping to create a mood or feel in a painting.  I wanted a warm, sunny, loving, homely feel so chose a palette of pinks, yellows and browns with just a hint of green for this painting.

I know the remainder of the painting at the moment is just an assortment of big white spaces but any guesses what the other objects will be in the painting and what the two Ted's will be called?


Friday, December 7, 2012

'Time Warp' used for gallery publicity

Its such an honour when one of your paintings is chosen for the gallery's publicity for a major exhibition.

Thank you to the Firehouse Art Center who are hosting the CWA 43rd National Exhibition. 


Monday, December 3, 2012

4th Signature American Watercolor Exhibition Acceptance

I am very pleased to let you all know that my painting 'Finishing Touches' has been juried into the 4th Signature American Watercolor Exhibition by Cheng-Khee Chee, AWS, D.F., NWS. The exhibition will take place early next year in Fallbrook California.