Sketchy Faces... in more ways than one!

Hello everyone... I'm here today to give you a little laugh.
I thought I'd share some of my sketches from my @makeartthatsells practice assignment - Faces!
I, like many other artists grow pale at the thought of sketching a portrait be it fictional or real life, but I took a deep breath and decided to jump right in and have fun with it!
I was going to give you three guesses as to who I had drawn, but I think that's a little tough.
I should give you 33 guesses and then you might actually get there.
But it was fun and I really enjoyed it.


One of the many pearls of wisedom that @Lillarogers suggests to overcome the fear of portraits is to draw people as you watch tv. 
With that in mind, last week was a really sporty weekend in this household, so as one after another of the rugby and football matches played out on tv, I sketched away.
I couldn't believe what fun it was to just sketch without thinking. 
Here's some of the results...

Face sketches.jpg

... I was so surprised that with each face the fear seemed to disappear a little more.
So I'm holding on to that saying "Feel the fear, but do it anyway"
Lastly, I decided that I couldn't resist sketching our lovely, amazingly, talented Lilla.
I hope she won't be too offended!

Lilla Sketch.jpg

Have fun everyone and I'll see you again soon :D

Camera... Action - PPF

Hello everyone... can you believe that it's Friday! 
Woohoo and a long Bank Holiday weekend for some too.
Normally you'd expect good weather for the May Bank Holiday, but once again we had snow and hail storms today. 
Seriously will it ever warm up?

Can I just say please don't judge me... once you see the video below you'll know what I mean.
I thought I'd distract myself from the weather and have a little play by trying to make a video whilst drawing.
To say I got a little worked up about it, possibly was an understatement.
I really don't like any part of me to be in front of the camera. 
I'd much rather be behind the lens. 
The drawing will be used as a draft because basically it just isn't good enough. 
I think I was too conscious of the camera instead of enjoying the journey of creating. 
Usually my mind wanders to I know not where and I feel thoroughly de-stressed after finishing a drawing... but not today. 
Anyway here it is....
Because this video doesn't really show the sketch here's a photo of it.
But as I mentioned it isn't finished yet... there's still more work to be done. 

I've had two weeks of appointments, but finally I'm free now, so hopefully I'll be able to spend some time doing some serious painting soon. 
Especially if this weather continues, because quite frankly there's no way that I'll be spending any time in the garden until the temperature starts to rise.
I'll be linking up with the Paint Party Friday group if you'd like to see some stunning artwork then click here.

I'm also linking into Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Thank you for visiting today.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again soon.

Fantastic Friday... PPF Twinings

 To say I'm thrilled this morning is an understatement for a number of reasons. 
Yes, the sun is shining, it's Friday and I've started a sketch, but that's not why I'm ecstatic.
Firstly, a trivial thing but that depends on what your priorities are. 
What woman carrys a bag just for her hubby keys, wallet, phone etc?
Yes, I thought it wasn't just me.
There have been times when I haven't even needed a bag, but had to take one in order to carry hubby's stuff. 
But now here's the revelation... my son has just left the house using his own bag.
After numerous sniggering remarks from Dad (as they do) my son announced it's actually called a flight bag. 
It's just big enough for a guys essentials. 
(by the way my son is a butch, a man's man so don't get any different ideas here... young cool dudes are using these... really)
It's not feminine in any way... in fact it looks really cool, but maybe that's because my son's wearing it and not my hubby. It's okay hubby doesn't read my blog... or so he says.
Heaven help me if my hubby actually decides to use one.  
I'll probably die laughing or from embarrassment!
I'm willing to carry on taking a bag just to carry for him if that was to save the embarrassment!
(I haven't taken a photo because I know my son would object profusely)

Anyway, on to the real exciting bit...
I'm joining another art class but this one I can do in my Pj's!!!
How cool is that?
I'm joining Tracey Fletcher King's class which is starting in June.
I've been a fan of Tracey and her art since I first met her a few years ago. 
I think the best thing for you to do if you'd like to know more and have a giggle (she writes hilarious blog post by the way) is to visit her blog yourself... click here
There's even a chance to see Tracey in a video clip plus watching her work.
I've never seen carrots looking so brilliant (hehe)
So, in honour of Tracey and her forthcoming class... 
I decided to join in today with a sketch at the Paint Party Friday. 
Like me Tracey is a teapot, so I thought it quite appropriate to draw a box of teabags! 
As you can see from my desk below I'm even having a tasting session as I draw. 
The boss (Muffy) is watching over me just to keep me right until I have Tracey at my side.
(I don't want anyone reporting me to RSPP (for plants) for the terrible state of my orchid. I have three but this one is struggling...well okay it's dead... but I never give in. I still have hopes that I can bring it back to life)
Here's a photo below from a slightly different angle. 
If you look through the window you might be able to see the seven (yes seven) doves that visit me every day. I used to have three and then they increased to five, but seven is getting a little much with the amount of bird seed that I go through. 
(Oh yes and Muffy does need a trip to the groomers... but it's been really chilly here. 
There's been a really cold wind passing through for the last three weeks. 
Hopefully it'll move on soon and we can get our temperatures up in the 20's (Celsius)
Here's my WIP but I hope to splash some paint around this afternoon if all goes to plan and I'm left alone.

It would be great if you could join me in class... I'm so excited.
I may even buy new Pj's!

Here's the link to go Tracey's Delicious Paint
 I've promised Tracey that I'll be on my best behaviour and not be on detention in the first lesson... but who knows? We shall have to see.

There are other classes being taken by talented artists in Community Thrive.
Anyway, I'll never get to that painting session if I don't hurry up and link into 
Paint Party Friday
Have fun everyone... enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you soon.
Hot off the press... after this afternoon's painting session
I can't quite understand how the box shape can look like this as the real painting doesn't have those angles. It must be the angle that I've taken of the piece.
I'll be sure to post the final painting when it's completed.

Empty Bird Feeder? (Paint Party Friday)

Well that was quite a night last night due to the incredibly strong winds that blew through this way. 
So much so that we could virtually feel the house shake. 
I was constantly woken up by the intruder light going off and on due to all the movement of trees, bushes and who knows what else. 
It gave me a tiny snippet of what it might be like to experience a tornado. Rather frightening.
Thankfully, there wasn't too much damage and debris when I checked around the garden this morning. 
The bird table (placed on the floor so that it didn't fall and break thankfully is still intact) but empty! 
And some of the feeders were no where to be found!
I feed the bird visitors in my garden every morning and I became aware of masses of eyes, tweets, and twitterbations going on as I wandered around the garden.
Where was breakfast???? 
This gave me a fun idea for a sketch...
I certainly had fun with this one... so decided that I'd carry on and add colour

I started off in my normal precise way but then reminded myself that I want to try to be a little more loose with my work... so took a deep breath and dived right in! 
I was thinking I should get out my bird books in order to get the correct plummage and colours but then that would be defeating the object and didn't seem fitting for this Friday fun sketch... so I ignored my urge. 

I even look at the wood work and nearly come out in a rash at how random the lines are. 
I'm pleased I've kept it so loose but I'm not promising that I might head back at some stage and tweak or maybe even take this theme and redo it. 
I'm linking up with Eva and Kristin's Paint Party Friday 
Paint Party Friday
Why not make a cuppa and nip over to see lots of amazing artwork.
That's me done for today... 
It's Friday night so let the weekend commence.
Have fun everyone!