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We don’t have any pets. Don’t want one really. We’ve got our son, he keeps us amused. We do get visits from Casper, the cat next door. He’s a ginger tom, and must be the friendliest cat around, but unfortunately his owners aren’t so keen now they have a new dog. So, when he’s in need of a little love and attention he comes to us. Aaah!

I’ve never drawn an animal portrait before so I thought I’d make use of him while he was sleeping in the studio …

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IMG_0750This is a project I’ve wanted to try for ages. Some time ago I found an old, traditional French bread bin – huche de pain – and thought that the front panel is crying out for a little trompe l’oeil.

 

The huche is finished in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in ‘Serenity’, discretely distressed (as opposed to thoroughly traumatised, as is the want of some upcycle-ers), and treated with clear wax.

The picture is in DecoArt Americana acrylic paints, with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics for shadow.

Details shown below:

 

 

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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!

 

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.

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?

  

RIGHT! OK you lot, LISTEN UP! Now all the hoo-ha of Julie retiring is over, it’s my turn.

I retired last week, as well.

It was a bit like my own mini-Brexit – getting free from the oppressive constraints of a huge organisation that has lost it’s way, and being free to negotiate, and make better deals for myself. No more trying to fit things in around work, or taking a day’s leave to be able to get to an event; my time is my own to manage as I wish.

So – I’m available and free! (well, reasonably cheap), open to offers, and raring’ to go!