Following on from my previous post, Little Dragon, I’ve moved it up a gear to this 11″ bisque ceramic dragon. He is again supplied by Just Purdy – Paint your own pottery and crafting centre, now at The Crimchard Business Centre, (Instagram @dianedening) Chard, Somerset. The paint is DecoArt Americana. The technique used is known as ‘dry-brushing’, which is as described, a brush with hardly any paint on it.

There is one more dragon to do, and he is even larger – so look out for the ‘biggest dragon’, coming – not too soon. It is a slow process. Let me know what you think.

When we had our ceramic teaching studio one of our favourite techniques was ‘dry brushing’. It’s not a difficult thing to do, but requires some practice. Since we closed the studio I haven’t had the opportunity to work with ceramics, or do any dry brushing.

We recently visited a friends studio, Just Purdy – Paint your own pottery and crafting centre, now at The Crimchard Business Centre, (Instagram @dianedening) Chard, Somerset, and bought some bisque fired ceramic dragons. This little fellow is the smallest and was ideal to get my hand in with the technique – after a break of more than 20 years.

I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paint.

I’m partial to dragons, as they represent my Chinese Astrology sign, so I’ve placed him on a shelf with the bone china dragon tea set.

I have two more to do now. Come back soon to see how they look.

I’m please with the result. What do you think?

There are some older farm houses in Devon and Cornwall that are faced with slate, usually only the top half, the bottom is cob. There is one such farm not far from here which I have been eager to draw since we moved here, two years ago.

These strange times have delayed the receipt of Christmas and birthday commissions, so while I am waiting to reveal those here is the farm house.

North Devon Farmhouse
Eddie’s boots

I can’t reveal the Christmas commissions till after the big day, but I can show you a special birthday card.
This is for Eddie who is Millwall’s biggest fan, and pretty darned good at the game himself. His mum sent a picture of his favourite boots, for me to put on his birthday card, which he got last week.

So here we have a pair of Copa Mundial boots, which I am pleased to say I didn’t have to pay for. Have you seen the price of these? And now he takes an adult size to make it worse. Anyway, play up Millwall! Happy birthday Eddie.

Have you got any special requests? Christmas cards next!

The Little Owl is, unsurprisingly, the smallest owl resident in the UK.
This painting is from a photo taken at the Woodland Owls flying display at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover, England.
Is Owl your totem animal?
The painting is acrylic on box canvas 18″x14″.
It is available, so contact me for more details .

Little owl was introduced to Britain in the late 1800s. It feeds on insects, earthworms, and small vertebrates. It nests in cavities and can be seen perched on posts and tree during the day. It hunts mainly at dawn and dusk.

The original photo taken at The Hawk Conservancy Trust during the Woodland Owl flying display – copyright © Julie Moody 2020

A group of crows is a murder, so with just one it must be ‘attempted murder’ I suppose.

This canvas was started a long time ago – I didn’t know what was going on it except that background had to be textured. Then it sat and rested for a while.

Later I was driven to put a variegated sky type colour scheme, with a contrasting flash. Then it sat and rested for a while.

I had been watching and reading about crows, and having seen some wonderful photographs of crows in flight, I decided that would be the subject. So here it is, sort of a slow motion flash of inspiration.

Could it be your totem animal?

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Posted: September 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
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Well, that’s one name for it.

I haven’t posted much lately because I gave been busy with a large, long-term project, which is on the secret list – but poetry comes into the mix.

So just to let you know you are not forgotten, here is a poem just for fun. I will, of course, give out details as soon as is appropriate. But in the mean time …

Ok, it’s a miniature. Another cottage inspired by the driftwood models created by Collette Stacey of Cosy Cottage Designs. (Instagram @cosy_cottage_designs).

This one is a little different as the occupier has raised beds for vegetables and flowers. There is an old shed in the garden, too. Let’s hope they get the washing in before it rains!

Check out Collette’s Instagram page to see what she is doing. Then come back here and tell me what you think.

Recently released by Chocolate Baroque (the renowned manufacturer of high quality and durable rubber stamps, based in England) is a new range with a Native American theme. Each stampset has sentiments either as quotes or poems by Native American poets, or by Lesley from CB, herself.

All the stamp sets are available and can be ordered from Chocolate Baroque. Links to each set are included in the description below. While you are there, have a browse for all the other crafting supplies available.

The original art work is drawn by me (Kim Moody).

The first stampset is called ‘Catching Dreams’. It consists a traditional dream catcher, ceremonial pipe, and tomahawk.

The second is ‘Do right always’. This time there is a tipee scene and totem pole together with feathers and cactus fillers.

Third is ‘Hold on’. Here we have an animal hide, may be bear or buffalo, stretched on a frame. It is ideal for placing pictures or sentiments, or could be cut out to reveal a picture behind.
A couple of cacti are included.

My house caricatures are usually draw on A4 drawing cartridge paper, and the reference is from photos supplied by the commissioning buyer.
This time I worked from two driftwood houses that my wife bought from Collette Stacey of Cosy Cottage Designs. (Instagram @cosy_cottage_designs)

They are such cute cottages that they deserve to be in a proper setting, so that’s what I did. This time I worked on A5 paper so that they are in keeping with the reference pieces.

What do you think? Does size matter?