What's On Your Workdesk and Paint Party Friday

What is it about WOYWW that makes me post unfinished work? 
I'm going to keep my post to the bare minimum today, because it appears that I'm working the night shift... even though the clock says it's 3.45pm in the afternoon... I'm in pitch darkness other than my desk lamp!
So here's my desk from yesterday and the very astute (or nosy) of you will see that I'm actually sharing it. 
My daughter is painting a house commission (see here) and I was painting my little tribute to the fallen hero's by painting a poppy. 
Note I say I was painting because as usual once I added some background I ruined it!
I'm actually really disappointed that I wasn't able to buy a ceramic poppy from the Tower of London magnificent poppy display, I was too late when I applied. 
But I suppose we should be grateful that they've all been sold... all 888,246 of them.
Have you seen the display... it's amazing

Anyway... I must move on... so here's the desk (or kitchen table) 
As usual I was quite happy with the poppy initially, but then I had to go ahead and add some background. 
I should have left well alone and carried on painting just the poppy. 
Due to me gallivanting and missing my first lesson with acrylics last week,  I had to catch up yesterday and I decided after discussing with my tutor that I should start with the background going on my past record... 
to get it out of the way.
So as you can see 'Teddy Bears' were the theme for this weeks lesson. 
Some students even took their cuddly Teds into class. 
I don't want to scare any young toots that might catch sight of my teddy painting and be traumatized...
so it comes with a warning.... 
The staring unseeing Teddy below no longer looks like he's a cyber Ted. 
He's all sorted, although he now has eyes I can't help thinking he looks like he's been on the pop or a wee bit tipsy. I could put an eye patch on him and make him into Pudsey Bear
(after all Children in Need is tomorrow) 
I have tried for two days to get to finish him... all to no avail. 
I will and then I'll show you the outcome.
(The gin bottle has moved on but still not finished... nor the horse... ho hum)
With attending the art group it makes me try new techniques and subjects as well as medium.
I can't believe that I actually like the background here and feel that my first time wielding a palette knife went quite well.  
So that's it folks for today... I must dash... but I'll be back for a natter soon. 
In the meantime, if you'd like to desk hop around the world then nip over to Julia's blog 
Take care everyone until we meet again.
Managed to finish Teddy (I think) so am joining the Paint Party Friday gang to have some fun and inspiration. Come and join me by clicking here
Paint Party Friday

OOPS... nearly forgot to show you one thing that I have actually finished and that's the flutterby cushion.
It wasn't the best light to take the photo this morning but at least it was better than yesterday.
Anyway, here it is along side my daughters stag cushion.
They are happily settling in on our new sofa bed.
I'm really pleased with the quality of the printing and completed cushion.
If you'd like to check out the website that we've entered into a pillow fight
(the prize being that if we win we could be one of Ooh Deer's illustrators)....then click here
I see there's even 10% discount offered. Woohoo!
Thanks once again to everyone that clicked on the 'like' button to help me in my bid  to win the competition.
I'm happy to report I'm still in the pillow fight!
Have a great day peeps and see you soon