How Now Highland Cow

It appears that I’ve been on a unplanned break from blogging… who knew?
Well I certainly didn’t.
I’ve been enjoying the summer and keeping myself extremely busy, but the autumnal weather seems to have arrived, so I’m thinking it’s time to come indoors and indulge in my indoor pursuits… blogging being one of them.
The other pursuit that I can’t imagine ever giving up is producing and creating more artwork.
This is my latest piece… the Highland Cow.

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Yes, I know another one, but I really enjoyed playing with him.
I even left my glasses off at times in order to keep him loose.
I have great difficulty in keeping my artwork loose… that and knowing when to stop!
I thought this cow was previously finished at least three times, but went back to just add a little here and there.
I’ve decided that am definitely calling it a day now and surprisingly I’m pleased with him.
I suppose he just needs a name… I’m saying ‘He’, but I suppose it could be a ‘she’?


Great to chat with you and now I’m off to indulge in another of my new indoor pursuits… making bread!
Maybe I’ll post about my sourdough at another time.
(If you’d like to check them out now, then take a peek at my Instagram account… #denise.allan)
Have a great day and I’d love to hear if you have a suggestion for a name for the Highland Cow.

Who ate all the chocolate?

After consuming this huge bar of chocolate, (virtually unaided) I have to confess that I realise that I may have a problem! But I suspect that I'm not the only one who loves chocolate. 
At least I was able to use the wrapper to paint this watercolour.

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I've completed all my current online courses with @Makeartthatsells, so I'm thinking I will draw breath now and perhaps revisit some of the assignments. 
I also have a few projects that I want to complete before I enrol for more classes.
The classes and @LillaRogers have certainly ignited my passion for painting.
I can't recommend the classes enough!
I've never drawn/painted so much and I'm loving every minute.

Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks for visiting.

My Great Granddad... Ernest

This is Ernest... My Great Granddad who was born in 1867.
As I sketched, I was lost in my thoughts about my family and it's history... a little like 'Who do you think you are?' (which is a tv programme if you're not familiar, where a celebrity traces their family roots back through the years... I find it fascinating)

Anyway, here's Ernest... and I thought I'd use this piece to practice my very weak lettering.
I fear now that I've plastered Ernest on a 'WANTED' poster!
One fact that did come from my research notes, was that he was a 'Tole Dealer'
Now I had no idea what this might be... so after more delving, I found that it involves ornately decorated trays or chandeliers etc!
Who knew?
How strange especially after painting last months sewing tray. 
Who knows Ernest might have been a painter! 😁

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for visiting.

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Tasseography... Tea Leaf Reading

Hello Everyone
I've been missing in action lately on the blog front, as I just haven't seemed to find the time for blogging, favouring a quick line or two with a photograph into my Instagram account.
I've often thought...ooh that would be great for a blog post, but then move on quickly.
One of the things that has been keeping me busy over the last few months, has been my artist Bootcamp assignments from the makeartthatsells online course.
February's assignment was 'Tea'
Anyone that knows me knows I'm a huge teapot!
I drink copious amounts of tea per day, so this assignment was just my cup of tea (Aghh...sorry)
Anyway, for the main assignment it was to paint an illustration for 'Tea Leaf Reading'.
Fond memories of my favourite Aunt came flooding back to me.
My Aunt was quite a fun loving character and always up for a laugh.
Now I'm not saying that tea leaf reading isn't serious for some, but the vision of my Aunt bent over a china teacup with her face so serious, relaying someones future tickled me, but her readings were very popular.
I personally believed every single word she said!
I was probably under the age of 10 at the time.
Here's my design...
Did you know that the art of tea leaf reading is called 'Tasseography,' because I certainly didn't.

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(This is my mock up practice ... with the help of my son)
Right... I'm off to make a cuppa with loose tea leaves.
Who knows, I may have the gift of fortune telling?
I'll have to see if I can see anything in my future.
Have a great weekend.