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.

Highland Coo Charcoal Sketch

Hellooooo....
This week I tried drawing with charcoal, which is something that I haven't done since my school days. It was so much fun that I'll definitely have another play soon.
As my regular arty followers know... I'm always trying to loosen my work.
I like everything to be as is and strive for perfection... which can be limiting and always makes for an ultimate let down with finished work.
Sometimes, I'm so tight I'm near to snapping, but working with charcoal was like diving into a warm calm pool totally butt naked!
(cough) 

Sorry getting a little carried away there, but it really was a revelation.
I kept laughing as I become increasingly blacker! 
Smudges appearing everywhere, but slowly his Highland Coo appeared.
He/She looks quite a character don't you think?

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Do you think it's a He or a She.... and what about a name... any ideas? :D

A Little Playtime

Well would you believe it... another week passes by!

I've been reading a few tutorials over the past week and I have realised that I tend not to use as much water as I possibly should, when painting with my watercolour paints.

So thanks to a Skillshare tutorial by Yasmina Creates, I decided to have a little playtime.
I added a few circles of water first, then the watercolour paints and watched them flow and mix together.

I am quite attached to the first one little bird (top left) but for some reason each time I tried another wee tweetlet, I wasn't so impressed. 
I obviously need to perfect this.

After reading lots more creative articles and looking at art supply lists (which as everyone knows is crucial and a must) I now feel slightly daunted that I have so much to learn and buy.

For those who saw the beginning of the Highland cow painting...here he is finished (I think?)

I've added a few gold highlights to his flowing locks since I took this photo and I think that 'he' might now be a 'she'! 

Have a brilliant weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by my place. 
I'm always thrilled to see you.

Reading, robins and reminders

As soon as I saw Tracey Fletcher King's instagram illustration recently of her comfy reading chair, I knew that I needed to draw my own reading corner. 
It's been incredibly neglected over the whole summer, so it's time it got a little attention. 
Now winter is coming towards us, I hope that I'll be curled up here with a mass of great books to plough through. Bliss!
Obviously with the roaring fire toasting my toes... ahh... I never thought I'd say it but now I think about it... roll on winter if that's the case. 
(by the way if you have any recommendations please just pop them into the comments below)  
I'm still managing to add to my Inktober Challenge, although I'm still not up to date. 
I thought I'd take a photo of the reading corner so that you can see what I was using as a reference. 
I've not drawn it exactly, otherwise I'd be here until October 2016, so let's say it's my artistic license. 
Here are a few other sketches just in case you didn't see them on my Instagram or Facebook accounts.
If you did, then I apologise... you must be fed up seeing these designs yet again, but we're near to the end of the month.
I'll leave you in peace then.
I've got a thing about Highland Cows.
This one isn't Hetty (drawn last year) but maybe Hilda perhaps?

I had a request to include a grapevine in this challenge... I'm pleased with this one which if you know me is unusual. I think it would be better with a nice glass of red, but maybe I'll have one later!
I like the swirly whirly grapes.
Now here's a very simple design of a fuschia that is still actually blooming in my garden. 
It's a beautiful pink puffy ballerina tutu.
And finally, I wasn't going anywhere near Christmas but I've got a few robins in my garden and they're singing beautifully. 
I think they want to be drawn.
I'm heading off to the PPF party now to check out other artists and they're amazing work. 
If you'd like to join me then click on the link below. 
Paint Party Friday
Have a brilliant weekend everyone
Happy painting too xx