In which I talk about the joys of painting, drawing, knitting, cats, music, living in London, and whatever else takes my fancy.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 24

Following the prince's kiss, Sleeping Beauty wakes up!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 23

Day 23 of "Sleeping Beauty". The prince's kiss awakens the princess. Pondering about the kind of kiss, I decided that a kiss to the hand would be the most appropriate, given that they are strangers to each other!

Here is one of the Edmund Dulac nocturne experiments: getting somewhere with this now - the key seems to be to build up the blues with very thin washes and layers of colour (not all blue!).

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 22

The Prince has discovered the door to the Princess's bedroom.

As I reach the end of this story, I am wondering what to choose for a theme for my next blog project: there is something very reassuring about starting the day with a definite, small quick illustration to paint! Also, the fact that I am telling a known story pushes me to paint images I might otherwise shy away from; )

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 21

The story of the princess sleeping in the castle for 100 years has captured the imagination of the prince so much that he is determined to make a way into the castle to see for himself.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 20

100 years later, a prince arrives in the country, and the sleeping castle is pointed out to him.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Playing with Painter

Generally, I paint my illustrations the old fashioned way, using real water colours, paintbrushes and Fabriano paper because I enjoy painting, and know how to get the results I want. However, I am also enjoying learning how to use Corel's "Painter" and a Wacom tablet to make images, this being an example of a half hour doodle. I have an on-going wonder at what else ipod's could do, given the chance ; )

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Illustration friday: Theory

I had thought that "theory" would be really difficult to think up an illustration for, then this morning I was reading "Vogue", and came across mention of a shop called Theory, a remarkable coincidence! That led then to thinking about shopping, and how overwhelming all those rows of "how to" books can be..

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 19

A thicket has grown around the castle over the 100 years. I enjoyed thinking about how to depict the passage of 100 years with the entire castle under a benign spell of sleep. It seemed to me that with no people going in or out, wild life would take over.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

In spite of appearances I'm not asleep

In spite of appearances, or rather non-appearance, of the next Sleeping Beauty, I have not personally gone to sleep for 100 years. In fact, I have been enduring migraine, followed by the side effects of the anti-migraine tablets. The former prevents me from seeing properly, and the latter interferes with me hand/eye co-ordination! Thankfully, I'm back to normal health now, so painting will be happening again : )

Friday, February 08, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 18

Well, the princess has started her sleep for 100 years. I once slept in a similar bed in a Frech chateau, although the curtains and wallcoverings were all dark red!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Sleeping Beauty Day 16

Recuperation took a tad longer than I had hoped, but today back to paintbrush wielding as normal! It made me very happy to continue with all the various projects, including "Sleeping Beauty". I've always preferred the version of the story with a little old woman spinning in the attic, who had not heard the king's decree about burning all spinning wheels. Thus the teenage princess's natural curiousity and the little old lady's desire to show her how to spin combine to fulfill the fates cast on the princess by the fairies.

Monday, February 04, 2008

The weekend was a busman's holiday

Well, I've been away for the weekend to see my dad and other relatives. Very nice in lots of ways, but was very much a bus man's holiday for me because of various buildings related issue. Then I had a 4 and half hour journey home, thanks to railway engineering works, so today I am chilling out, and hoping my enthusiasm and brain are back in place tomorrow ; )