Thursday, September 30, 2010

So... what have you been up to lately?

Well, on this side of Aus, I have been flat out! A few weeks ago, my two youngest girls had their interschool sports carnival. They both did really well, coming 2nd in their individual races and winning all their relays and team games. We were so rapt to have their school win not one, but both shields!! We were joined on the day by Jess and this gorgeous little man!

Here is Kaitlins latest foray in to photography. Other than cropping, I have not altered or photo shopped this photo. I think she did a fantastic job!


I have been so busy making stock for all the upcoming fairs that we are doing. I spent a week constructing a new range of necklaces, earrings etc.. The following week I spent doing art work for a whole heap of different bezels. Here they all are spread out ready to have the resin poured.

There are rings...

and double sided bezels, chokers...

bangles and round bezels...

cameos in all sizes and colours...

and my personal favourites, earrings. These were painful to do the artwork for as they are so small, but well worth the effort.
I have since done most of the resin, so the bezels are ready for packaging and pricing. That is a massive job in itself. Think I will get Mum around to help with that!

And this week was scheduled for playing with paint. So, I decided to sign up for the Towers and Turrets class by Sharon Tomlinson, WOW!!!!!! I am having the BEST time. It is so much fub and I find I have trouble tearing myself away from it!
This is my first attempt...

I enjoyed it sooo much, I went on to make another one...
and another...
and another...
and another!!!! I told you I enjoyed it! These are still in the early stages of construction.
And these are a couple of backgrounds awaiting their towers.

And here is a view of my work table. Coffee hot, phone nearby and artwork to play with! What more could a girl ask for??? (Apart from more hours in the day!)

Here are the same pieces as above, but with a few more details added!





A close up of my 2nd attempt at a face in the towers. I was really pleased with this and very inspired to do more. I thoroughly enjoyed Sharons videos and her instructions were VERY easy to follow!
This is my first face in the towers.


And here is my first canvas, with the background figure. Not sure if I like her or not, but I think she is growing on me.


A few close up shots...





Below are shots of some pieces with faces sketched in ready for painting.




And some close up shots of the sketches...


And my little mate Jasper who torments me as he climbs over, through and under all my boxes in my studio! Here he has paused from his destruction for a belly rub!


And finally, a few shots of the faces I painted today...

I am extremely happy with this one!! I have never been very good at side profiles, so was excited to do this!
My background figure. Not very happy with this one either. Will do a few more attempts to see if I can improve...


The almost complete canvas...

And with a few more details added!

And a few more close ups to finish off!



Well, its 4pm, I have just finished my dinner and will need to start getting ready for work soon! *SIGH!!* I would so much prefer to spend the night painting, but I gotta work!
But, guess what I am going to do tomorrow????

13 comments:

A Dancing Mango said...

Jo,
I love your towers and turrets painting. I am very aware of that class. I am in another one she is giving yet. All of yours look great!!
Also, It is so funny.. we have the same kitty.. Mine is on my blog, side bar.. go see!
Have agreat day and Keep on keeping on.
Hugs, Darlene

Savvy Spending Mommas! said...

I love that painting/mixed media project on here! Very neat, and I can honestly say I have never seen anything like that before!

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