I’ve been framed – by a customer.

Last week I delivered their commissioned picture*. Karen of Karen’s Quilts assured me that this one was going to a good home and would be well looked after. Looks pretty nifty in the black frame, don’t you think?

So, here it is, hanging in the kitchen where the picture and the ‘real shed’ can be viewed together. Visit her blog for the full story.

Karen’s speciality is handmade, bespoke memory quilts. If you have a special memory that you want to keep and share – may be a new baby, a wedding, or graduation perhaps – or a loved one who is no longer here, Karen will tailor the design to suit your requirements.


IMG_0114*Visit my portfolio at kpmoody.wordpress.com for details of Karen’s request, and how to commission one of your own.



IMG_0309My other blog, Twitter account, and Instagram all use ‘scratchypen’ in their name – read the Why? page on my blog for a full explanation.

As it is about time I added to this blog, using my scratchy pens seemed to be a good idea. So here is a quick doodle / sketch of my house and its immediate neighbours, just for fun.

For info, the initial layout was on cheap sketching paper, with HB pencil, the large writing nib, with black FW Acrylic Artists Ink, for the outline, and the small mapping pen for the detail. Final shadows and shading with 4B pencil.

I hope you approve. Let me know what you think.

Weeping cherry – looking forward to the spring blossom

Two things I’ve noticed, in the past couple of days, that have convinced me that spring is on the way.

The first is the dawn chorus. At ridiculously early hours in the morning, while still fully dark, a solitary bird is singing outside the bedroom window. It’s dark and still cold, but this happy little blighter is awake and singing in the new day – unfortunately he doesn’t know when Sunday happens. As the weeks go by, he’ll joined by more of his little, feathered buddies, and we’ll get the full, male voice choir.

The second, is daylight. This evening I was sat in the studio, painting – as you do – and I noticed that it was 4:30pm and I didn’t need any artificial lighting. What with our dark, overcast, rainy days, and the short daylight hours, we’ve needed lights on well before that time, and it seemed like only a few days ago it was dark when my son got home from work – but today I noticed the change. Come on, spring time!

Is spring happening where you are?

December and the Christmas holiday is supposed to be a quiet time, well, except for the actual Christmas arrangements themselves, of course. But I have managed to sneak in some arty-crafty stuff along the way.

First there was the rush-job on the Advent Christmas tree – a re-paint after a faux-pas with the spray finish – then I got a bit carried away with the brush-stroke practice. Next I found a piece of stash that needed some attention (please note the nifty faux bois photo layout board), and today I got the ink done on my old Lambretta (my first – Ah! The summer of ’69 …)  . All I have to do now is decide – colour or mono?

What to you think?


The marble headboard is finished. The colours chosen for this take on Carrara marble are shades of grey (but not fifty!).

The finished piece

Rather than the extremes of black and white, I have used Paynes Grey for the darkest, and mixed a value 8-9 grey for the lightest. White was used for the light fault lines.

The finish was built on MDF, sealed, then base coated with a pale beige silk emulsion.  The final finish is satin. What do you think?


Left to right: flogger, softener, spalter, stippler

It helps to have the right tools for the job.

I have a commission for a large faux finish piece, so I need the proper equipment to get it done. On a small decorative article I can use my ordinary artist brushes and achieve the desired results, but this one will need more time, and the correct tools.

It took a while to track them down, but after checking out various suppliers, I ordered them on-line.

To achieve the desired finish the paint has to remain ‘open’ – workable – for considerably longer than it would normally, so it is mixed with a glazing medium. An industrial size pot is needed, rather than the small quantities used in art work.

My commission is for a large faux marbre (marble) headboard, so I need a large stippler and a badger hair softener. For faux bois (wood), I’ll need a horse-hair flogger and a spalter. They’ve all arrived, so I’m ready to paint!

Today I spent the whole day with the airbrush! Luxury!

I set myself a bit of a challenge with this image inspired by a Warhammer 40000 Space Marine.

He has been executed in black using the latest waterbased colours from the Airbrush AcademyThe Airbrush Series. This is a new range of colours sold direct by the man himself, Mick Neill. They work straight from the bottle, and for added control, the range includes its own thinner. I can recommend them.

OK, product plug over. I spent the weekend making masks and shields to define the hard edges, so that I could concentrate on getting the paint on – and this is the result. It’s on a 20″ x 16″ canvas board.

What do you think?