Tiger, tiger

I had a very rare day yesterday. So rare that I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a day like it, which is saying something. I actually had nowhere to be, nothing urgent to do, nobody relying on me to do anything and no reason not to take a day to indulge myself in the things I wanted to do rather than the things I was obligated to do.

And boy did I enjoy myself!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of it but I spent some time creating a picture of a tiger’s face, which I quickly did in oil pastels in my A4 sketchbook (and which has already been claimed by my son’s girlfriend!). I absolutely loved that feeling of applying colour to paper, and it prompted me to recreate it in oil paints on an A2 sized canvas, taking my time over it and taking care to build it up in layers rather than doing a “colouring in” exercise that I have tended to do in the past.

I copied them from a photograph online, and for the first time, I didn’t trace it onto the canvas beforehand. I sketched out the outlines in pencil for the pastel sketch, but…and I’m so glad I could do this…the painting was done entirely freehand with no backing sketch laid down first. It is totally painted and it represents a big step in my confidence as well as my developing technique. Who knows, I might even feel brave enough to take my materials out into the open air and paint something “live” sometime soon!

Here is the pastel sketch:

Tiger sketch in oil pastels

And here is the painting in its various stages of completion:

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I usually find that doing something creative helps if I am feeling a bit out of focus within myself, and yesterday’s and today’s activities have helped me feel better. Not that there has been anything drastically wrong, but you know what I mean? There doesn’t have to be something wrong for something to make you feel better.

Having a totally free day yesterday was the key to it and I’m really glad I haven’t squandered the time to myself. I’m really pleased with the results and I’m looking forward to attempting a landscape or something next time.






Paper Flowers

Something new for me today, paper flowers.  This is the first attempt at a technique called “tea bag folding” (I don’t know why it’s called that) and I think it’s not too bad for a the first try! I think I’ll make some more of these in different sizes and from different paper so I have a whole bunch of them with which to decorate my desk.

What do you think?

DSC_1633 DSC_1630 (1) DSC_1629If you would like to have a go yourself, this site will show you how. Happy folding!







Daybook, Postaday2011

Daybook Entry – Feb 11th

MY DAYBOOK ENTRY FOR TODAY (apologies for it being the second one this week!)
Outside my window…there is a beautiful patch of blue sky in between the clouds
I am thinking…I need to go outside today
I am thankful for…my home
From the kitchen…something frozen I think!
I am wearing…comfy clothes – midriff is painful again today
I am creating…an article for the church magazine
I am going…to go and see my best friend play in a concert tonight
I am reading…The Night Following by Morag Joss. It’s not going too well….
I am hoping…for something nice on Valentine’s Day
I am hearing…music from my next door neighbour bleeding through my wall
Around the house…is lots of laundry
One of my favourite things…a nice cup of tea
A few plans for the rest of the week: Band on Monday and Thursday but nothing else. NOTHING.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

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