I’ve called this one ‘Unstrung Hero’, for obvious reasons. See the previous post for a full IMG_0619explanation, but basically my daughter wanted her old acoustic guitar ‘steampunked’, as nobody in the family can play it.

It went through many phases on its transformational journey using a range of products from DecoArt, such as Media Fluid Acrylics, Texture Sand Paste. Full details of the project will appear in The Decorative Folk Artist, newsletter for BADFA* members.

Here is the finished guitar. No longer a musical instrument, I have seen to that, but a hero to have survived, and unstrung, to boot!

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A bit closer for the details …
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(* BADFA is the British Association of Decorative and Folk Art)

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“Steampunk it!” she said. “Nobody in the family can play it, so it might as well look good!”IMG_0619

So it begins. I have been the custodian of a rather knocked-about acoustic guitar for a few weeks, and now I’ve cleared the backlog of ‘things-I-gotta-do’, this musical monster has emerged from its lair.

I confronted it, head-on, grabbed it by the neck and ripped out its vocal chords. Now it lays mute on the bench as I scour its glossy skin with sandpaper …

Well, that’s the prep work done. I’ll keep you updated as things progress.

Ever since we gave up ‘real’ work and turned to our efforts to artistic output, we’ve been sharing a studio.

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Julie uses the wonderful natural light for her photography. She produces ‘flat-lay’ and still-life pictures. She also finds the peace great for her study of Colour Therapy.

I use the space for pen and brush work, or writing. Occasionally we have to change places, or join forces if an extra pair of hands is needed – usually to hold a reflector, or support a backdrop. It is good to have, on hand, a second opinion that you trust. Especially when deadlines are closing in.

Sometimes it gets a bit crowded, so that’s the time to go to the kitchen and make a cuppa.

So here is a snapshot of our multi-functional space – gotta be better than working for a living!

 

The annual BADFA convention is getting closer!

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Shara Reiner is our guest artist this year, and her Sunday class is a Christmas hanging. This may sound like a seasonal execution, but it is a set of boards to be used as a hanging display – at Christmas, of course.

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There is nowhere that provides the boards, so I have been making sets for those who are attending that class.

Here is a picture of Shara’s completed project so that you can see what we’ll be aiming for.

Get your order in soon – no last minute dot coms!

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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.

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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?