Sunday 29 November 2009

A dangerous entanglement

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!!

Thursday 26 November 2009

Night lights

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:)

Wednesday 25 November 2009

My first book

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?

Tuesday 24 November 2009

I'm back

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'.

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Homemade Cushion

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:)

Saturday 16 May 2009

Swine flu

Just being silly!
Illustration Friday's topic this week is 'Contagious'

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Penguin Parade

Illustration Friday's topic this week is 'Parade'

Inspired by 'March of the Penguins'
If you're a penguin person this movie is a real treat, and if you're not a penguin fan you will be after watching it:)

Friday 8 May 2009

Battle of the daisy dome

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.

Monday 27 April 2009

Blades of glory

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.

Saturday 25 April 2009

Walking with dinosaurs, Gordan's thespian dream!

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.

Illustration Friday's theme this week is 'Theater'
Gordan is done in acrylic on canvas 8" x 8"

Thursday 23 April 2009

Mohican blue tit

This weeks Thematic Photogrphic is 'Round'
Check out other roundy stuff here

Friday 3 April 2009

Pretty as a posy

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:)

Thursday 2 April 2009

Narcissistic Kangaroo

I just realised last night that I was actually a week behind for Thematic photographic
This weeks topic is 'Reflective'
I snapped this kangaroo at Fota Wildlife Park last summer. It reminds me of the story of Narcissus.

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Windblown Sandpiper

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.

Check out all the other 'Drab' entries this week at Thematic Photographic

Tuesday 31 March 2009

Little green jug don't I love thee!

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.

Monday 30 March 2009

Vaguely Matisse style figure drawing

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.

Thursday 26 March 2009

Incredible shepherding

Found this over on creative evolutions
Isn't it a brilliant concept, is it for real do you think?

Thematic Photographic 'Drink'

Spoon-full of water anyone?
Check out all the other 'Drink' entries this week at Thematic Photographic

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Illustration Friday 'Subtract'

Joshua's hair was really starting to get him down.

It was time to take action.

Wow, looking good, feeling great!
Take one messy matted fur-ball, subtract the excess hair, and voila you're left with one superdupper dapper dog!

Thursday 22 January 2009

Postcard collaboration

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.

I love it.
You can see my effort over here