The topic for Illustration Friday this week is 'Entangled' Well Mr. Snaffles is beginning to regret becoming entangled with this little cutie pie. He just hopes she doesn't turn out to be a bunny boiler!!
Thematic Photographic this week is 'Buildings' I took this photo as we were driving home this evening, with thematic photographic in mind. It's just a car show rooms but lit up and blurry it looks to me like some kind of modern coliseum . I've always loved night light photos but this is the first time I've done one myself. Of course it's just a digital snap, no tripod, shutter delay or any of that technical skilled stuff involved but I quite like the result myself:)
I've heard it said that everybody has one good book in them. Well I'm proud to say I've just finished creating mine! And here it is... ta-da!! Hope you enjoy it and mores to the point I hope it entertains my four month old baby girl. I certainly enjoyed the making of it, words are so over rated, don't you think?
Took a little time out there for myself but I'm back. Feeling a tad rusty on the old key board, so without further ado I give you Mr.Snaffles dancing to some strange olde worlde music that he found on line. This is for Illustration Friday whose topic this week is 'Music'.
Inspired by a program on telly 'Kristies Homemade Home' I made the Bolster in the top photo to go with the cushions I had bought,(2nd photo). It wasn't quite what I had in mind to start with,I was actually thinking light airy delicate pretty floral patchwork.... But after scouring all the charity shops and haberdasheries in Cork for pretty patterned cottons all I ended up with was an old wool blanket and the notion of dying it the colour of my couch. Which as you can see from the photo didn't exactly go to plan either! I recycled an old pair of brown cordroy jeans for the leaf motif. They had been hanging around waiting for the weight loss miricle! Anyway I think it's a good enough effort for my first homemade cushion and at least I finished it which was touch and go for a while. I have a tendency to loose faith in projects halfway through! So I now feel quite satisfied and comfy on the couch:)
I have recently moved house from rural to more urban settings. Luckily there is a small but beautifully landscaped garden with the new place. But this post is about my new feathered friends, the street wise starlings. They really are an urban bird, I never had them in the garden of the country cottage. I do miss my blue tits and my cheeky robin but these guys are a scream. Literally.. They always announce themselves with a rather raucous greeting. It is almost like a challenge to Miss Tippytoes whose cat food they are coming to raid. And they do have a very musical song as well when they feel like it. I am able to stand in the kitchen with the door open poised with the camera but I find that the click of the camera startles them unless there is some other background noise to drown it out. So as long as the radio is blaring or the vacuum cleaner is on I can click away without bothering them in the slightest! It's all about what you're used to!
take a closer look, it's not just a pretty picture, there's high drama going on:) Caught this little crab spider defending it's territory or maybe even on the hunt for his dinner, apparently their venom is quite deadly if you happen to be knee high to a grasshopper!!
'Yellow' is the theme for this weeks Thematic Photographic Check it out and join in, there's always great photos to be enjoyed over there.
These beautiful blades of glorious green are shooting up in a pot at the end of the garden. Not having planted them myself I've no idea what they are, don't you just love a mystery! Their sturdy structure combined with razor edges and delicate elegance have me enthralled. There is something about them that satisfies my soul. The photos do not do them justice but I just had to try to capture something of their character.
Gordan was delighted to hear about the "Walking with Dinosaurs Live 2009" extravaganza. He loved theater and always dreamed of strutting his stuff upon the stage! This seemed like the perfect opportunity.
We had a few glorious hours of sunshine during the week, about a day and a half's worth! Today was miserable, grey and wet. So to cheer myself up I've posted a photograph I took on the sunny Wednesday to remind myself of the joys of spring and of the summer to come. Forget-me-nots and primroses, nothing fancy but oh so pretty! No garden should be without them. Have a look at what I did with my primroses last year, it's pretty cool:)
The lonely flipflop, at the mercy of the ebb and flow of the grey stormy sea, was a poignant reminder that Summer was over. But watching this little sandpiper, scurrying along the shore from one seaweed pile to the next with the wind playing havoc with his feathers, made me smile all the same.
I chipped my favorite little cream jug last week. I can be so clumsy it's excruciating.You know those couple of seconds after an accident when you almost feel you could rewind and do it right instead of wrong and then reality hits there's no undoing the stupidity...excruciating. I'm so fond of my little jug, I can't bare to throw it out .I bought it in a charity shop about six years ago, so it's any ones guess how old it is. So this weekend I did a painting of it in watercolour just to immortalise it, and you know what, I think I'll be doing more work involving it. It has such a satisfying shape and delicate colour, no wonder I love it.
I'm submitting these two drawings for Illustration Friday This weeks topic is 'Poise' The top one was sketched by looking only at the model, not at the page and done quite quickly.I love this exercise, the results are always interesting and funny. And then I photoshopped the original in a vague sort of Matisse style I did the second drawing from a photo of a fashion model in a magazine, I just liked her poise.
This beautiful enhanced postcard was created by the talented and ingenious Jen of paintedfishstudio I really enjoy Jen's blog and I particularly enjoy her pArty posts so when Jen suggested we do a collaboration I was thrilled. The deal was that we would each enhance a local postcard anyway we fancied and send them to each other. Jen's postcard is an exquisite collage, beautifully balanced and wonderfully quirky and all the more precious by the antiquity of the postcard. As you can see below it is postmarked 1916 and not only that, it is of the Art Museum, Minneapolis, such an apt subject matter.