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.

Love Nature Painting in Gouache

Well here we are on the first day of Autumn and it's a beautiful warm sunny day.
Blue skies above with fluffy white clouds to complete the picture.
If this is how autumn is to carry on...then I'm all in favour.
Goodbye Summer... sadly you were a huge disappointment. 
If you had an end of term report it would probably read..."Must do better"

Remarkably, this week I actually managed to have a play with my new Turner gouache paints.
I certainly learnt quite a lot using them. 

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For instance, when I use watercolour paints I seem to use them as gouache paint, but when I'm using gouache paint... I use them as I would watercolours.
Does that make sense or is it gobbledeegook?!!?!

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Basically, I don't think I use either particularly well.
I much prefer drawing in ink!

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I'm completely aware that I seem to be neglecting my blog in favour of the quick and easy Instagram, but hopefully life will settle down soon and I'll be able to spend more time visiting and writing posts.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for your visit today.
It's always great to see you.