Puppet portraits

Red riding hood' wolf

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Red riding hood wolf as Grandma

The puppets I made have been calling to me to paint their portraits. As much as I enjoyed making the puppets I find they lack a certain something until they have someone pulling their strings. Doing these paintings has allowed me to explore them a little further and give them a little more personality. The solo wolf I wanted to make a lumbering beast… Arms outstretched like Frankenstein or a zombie… Something unstoppable.
The Snow Queen I wanted to show as cold and in movement…swirling snow and ice.
And the triple headed wolf… I wanted to show just how pleased with himself he was, sitting waiting for Red Riding hood having dispatched Grandma and comfortably waiting for his next meal 🙂

Cornish holiday week

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Last week I had a holiday in Cornwall .It was blustery and sometimes freezing cold, we managed to get out and do some sketching though, and took along a thick fleece blanket for our very patient little dog.
I have put up 3 sketches that I did in my large moleskine sketchbook….the paper hates wet media but just about tolerates a quick swipe with a brush pen without leaking through. I really like the paper for my favourite faber castel pencils, and my recently discovered cretacolor Nero … They both have a waxiness I find pleasing.

My husband has recently taken up art…he favours oil pastels,is really against the idea of sketching and will take approx 2 hours on a rushed En plein air piece. I take my sketchbook and various brush pens, favourite pencils….he takes a crate on wheels filled with all of his just in case art materials. I like having company when sketching, but find the sitting around waiting for him to finish quite frustrating…I draw everything around me while I wait but I also find that I tend to overwork my own sketches … Sigh… I wonder how everyone else finds their balance when out with others..