I'm doing another evening tuition session down at the local art club, and tomorrow I'm demonstrating 'animals in pastel'.
I wanted to get an outline picture ready, so that I could concentrate on the pastel work for the workshop, and this little guy hopped into my mind!
His owner wanted a picture of him sitting at the top of the staircase which is his favourite place in the house.
Although we're still not sure on what the real Duke thinks about him - apparently he hasn't commented yet :D
( Duke )
I've managed to get a bit more work done on Duke over the last couple of evenings. I've pretty much finished work on him, I've just got to put in the background tomorrow. He's supposed to be sitting at the top of the stairs bcause that's his favourite spot!
I don't normally do my dogs in full body, so this is an interesting variation from my usual portrait:
Full body shot, taken under domestic light with a flash
( DUKE )
It's been hard going what with work really eating my weeks recently. Getting home some nights at near 7pm, I'm just too tired and not at all in the right frame of mind to do much creative. I'm hoping this is just a combination of a new software system we've been implementing which seems to be causing more problems than it's solving right now, and a bit of fed-up-of-winter blues!
But anyway, it'll be nice to get my first picture of the year under my belt, and this is my progress so far. A bit more work to do, and lots of finishing touches, but I'm well on the way there now!
( Picture here ... )
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It's no secret that although I enjoy drawing all animals, horses are by far and away my favourite subject. My art business, dapplegrey art, even got its name on the basis that I originally set out to draw only horses!
So this was a nice way to (almost) round off 2016 art-wise. I have one last exhibition in two weeks, but in terms of comissions, this is it!
( Horsey pic! )
I'm gradually cracking on with my horsey picture.
It's unfortunate that this one is coinciding with a period in which I'm having a couple of weekends away and because I'm taking time off work for long weekends, I've ended up working some extra hours to keep on top of things.
So, all in all, I'm losing evening time as well as weekends and although the weekends away are awesome, they also seriously reduce my arting time, so getting any decent drawing done is a bit like pulling teeth at the moment. But hey ho, when we get back from this weekend's travels, I intend to try to get this one finished by the end of next week.
Anyhoo, this is my progress so far!
Harry's owner liked the format of my last picture of Dylan (here), and so has asked me to do the same arrangement for Harry. So there's an adult picture of Harry, with two subsidiary pictures of him; one as an adolescent pup and the other as a tiny baby pup.
I started him yesterday and have been making so decent progress so far:
(This was taken under domestic lighting, so the colour duplication is pretty pants!)
And this is real mini-Harry!
Once again I've been over on the Isle of Wight, since last Wednesday for the Isle of Wight Steam Fair. This four-day event takes place at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and showcases Steam Engines and various other historical vehicles. It's a fun show, which I've worked for five years and I have some very fond memories of it. This year was a great success, I sold an original, and had plenty of interest, and for once the weather was fine pretty much throughout the whole event.
However, I've made the difficult decision not to do the Steam show any more after this year. I've reached the decision for several reasons which include:
it's very labour intensive. Four days trading with a morning's setting up beforehand and a further morning's taking down afterwards. It requires me taking three days off my day job. It's so weather dependent, and I realised that this year was only the second time in five years that I've been able to trade for all four days, because on all the previous three years at least one day has been rained off. When it rains, I not only lose a days trading, I then have to spend more time afterward drying the gazebo before I can pack it away. This year, because - for once - it was dry, there was dust. Masses and masses of thick dust kicked up by all the steam trains/engines all day, every day. I've been through four rolls of kitchen towel and two packs of surface wipes trying to keep the pictures clean! And the clincher is, there is no mobile phone signal - at all! How is that even possible in the 21st century? That means I can't take card payments, and I'm increasingly losing sales because of it!
Ultimately, although I make decent money at the show, once you take out the pitch fee, the amount of profit I make doesn't justify the amount of work I put in!
So, the Steam show is no more, but I leave it with many happy and fond memories, and here are some of my favourites ...
I generally have no interest whatsoever in steam engines, however, one year this beast turned up. This is 'Nightmare' and I fell in love with it! I could almost imagine it emerging from the mist in Sleepy Hollow ... in some kind of turn-of-the-century version of Stephen King's Duel !!
( More memories )
Funnily enough, I bumped into Dot and David (Dylan's owners) on Saturday morning, and actually got to see the boy Dylan himself. While I was standing there making a fuss of him, David said 'we'd love for you to do a portrait of him soon - probably in the new year'.
I just smiled at him, and thought, 'uh, yes; I'm actually doing one of him now ...'
( Dylan )