Thursday, 25 May 2017

Blog - 'Two posts in one month?! Holy crap!'
Carol - 'What can I say? I missed you'
Blog - 'That's cause I'm witty and hilarious'
Carol - 'Well, you're half way to being witty! I'll give you that!' *winks*
Blog - 'You trying to say I'm a half wit?'
Carol - *laughs*
Blog - 'Tsk. My charm is wasted on you. Wasted!' *shakes head*
Carol - *laughs*
Blog - 'You've been painting?'
Carol - 'I have. I've been commissioned to produce one of the largest paintings I've ever done. It's fecking HUGE. 30" by 20"!'
Blog - 'Bloody hell that IS big!'
Carol - 'I know, right! My lovely client really loves the trees I paint with the gold leaf background and has asked me to create a version with cherry blossoms instead'
Blog - 'That sounds interesting. Have you ever painted cherry blossom before?'
Carol - 'Nope. So I'm on a bit of a learning curve.'
Blog - 'I would imagine that's quite fun'
Carol - 'It is. I don't know if other artists work in the same way as me or not, but what I tend to do is work through my ideas by creating a number of smaller paintings. My client wants the blossom to be red and the background to be gold leaf so I started with the blossom first. I soon realised that how I had planned to do it in my head was not going to work cause the blossom came out really pink so I painted the background blue, added silver leaf and sold it.'
Blog - 'I guess that's the big advantage of creating smaller paintings as you figure everything out'
Carol - 'Exactly. And it also means that I'm not wasting anything'
Blog - 'Can I see the painting?'
Carol - 'Of course'

Blog - 'Ahh. I see what you mean about the flowers being pink. It's lovely though'
Carol - 'It looks so lovely when the sun hits it! The shimmer is amazing!'
Blog - 'So is this the only one you have done so far?'
Carol - 'Nope. I decided to fully guild a board with the gold leaf and then paint over the top of it. That's not something I had done before so I gilded it, left it to cure and then put four coats of specialist varnish over it'
Blog - *laughs* 'Left it to cure...was it sick?'
Carol - 'The size used to apply the leaf needs time to cure...' *looks at Blog* 'or harden if you prefer' *sticks out tongue* 'before you then add the varnish otherwise it will stay wet underneath and you don't want that'
Blog - 'Oh I see. Yes, you don't want wet size.' *pauses* 'Blimey. It's like speaking another language!'
Carol - 'You're right! It is like speaking another language' *laughs* 'Anyway, I've just finished it and I'm really pleased with how it's turned out. The blossom is very styalised but that's more in-keeping with the style of the trees and I think it works well. Wanna see?'
Blog - 'Hell yes'

Carol - 'What do you think?'
Blog - 'I really like that! You selling this one now?'
Carol - 'I am. I'm offering it at a discount for those who follow you and who follow me over on FB. It's my way of saying thank you for all the support'
Blog - 'That's cool. So go on...give me the sales pitch'
Carol - 'OK. It is £220 plus P&P and it will be going up to £270 + P&P at the end of next week. It is 30cm wide by 40cm long and is a mixed media piece comprising of acrylic painting and a gold leaf background. It has been created on an Ampersand Gessoboard so will require framing. Personally? I would suggest you use a floating frame as I think it would look very contemporary and rather stunning! It would also enable the gold to shine which is what you want when you buy a piece of art that has gold leaf on it. Oh and I'm happy to be paid in installments if £220 plus P&P is too much all in one go.'
Blog - 'Well done. I know you hate that bit'
Carol - 'I really do. It's the bit I find the hardest'
Blog - 'So are you about to start on the big one?'
Carol - 'No. I've already gilded a canvas so am going to try this style on the canvas to see how it looks. Obviously it will have a texture and I'm not sure whether I want it to or not cause I actually really like how smooth this is.'
Blog - 'I like the smoothness of it too'
Carol - 'Yeah, but doing it on a board means that it would need to be framed and that's an additional cost for the client'
Blog - 'That's true! Are you going to re-create this on canvass then?'
Carol - 'No. I'm also going to have a play with the design and have parts of it like a 'ghost tree'.'
Blog - 'A ghost tree?'
Carol - 'Yeah. I shared a picture of this over on FB when I'd only painted a few blossoms and one of my FB friends said he loved the drawing cause it looked like it had been etched into the gold. I think it might be interesting to paint some of it and leave other areas. If it doesn't work I'll just paint all of it! The point of the piece it to see how it looks with a texture so I've nothing to lose and everything to gain.' *grins*
Blog - 'I shall look forward to seeing how it turns out'
Carol - 'Me too!' *laughs*


Friday, 19 May 2017

Carol: *pops head round the door*
Blog: *looks at the title of the post and sings* 'Picture you upon my knee, Just tea for two, And two for tea...' *pat's knee*
Carol: 'I am NOT sitting on your knee'
Blog: *rolls eyes* 'You're no fun anymore'
Carol: 'I have met you remember! If I sit on your knee I will end up on the floor in a crumpled heap with you laughing at me'
Blog: *attempts to look innocent*
Carol: 'You're not fooling anyone you know!'
Blog: *laughs* 'So what's the deal with the tea?'
Carol: 'I went to THE most wonderful tea shop in Bath called The Tea House Emporium. They have pretty much every type of tea you could imagine and I rather fell in love with a Tea called 'Good Morning Sunshine'. It is made from Chinese Sencha green tea, yellow rose buds, flowers of sunflower and marigold, pieces of sandal wood and lemon grass. And it tastes like sunshine!'
Blog: 'You sure it wasn't potpourri you bought?' *sniggers*
Carol: *laughs* 'Funnily enough my friend Ginny asked the same question! No, it was not potpourri...although you could probably use it as such cause not only does it taste amazing it smells amazing too'
Blog: *looks at Carol*
Carol: 'What!? I'm not actually going to use it as potpourri!'
Blog: ....
Carol: 'I'm not!' *rolls eyes* 'Anyway, I was having a chat over on facebook about how fabulous this tea was...'
Blog: 'The dark winter nights must just fly by in your house'
Carol: *looks at Blog* 'And I was inspired to have a go at illustrating it. I even included my FB friends in the illustration.' *beams* 'There they all are on the top of her head'

Blog: 'Actually, I rather like that. It's weird but cheery at the same time'
Carol: 'I made my first print of it yesterday for a client and I am so pleased with how it's turned out. The print looked great!'
Blog: *sings* 'Tea for two, and two for tea...'
Carol: *looks at Blog*
Blog: 'I've now got that stupid song going through my head!'
Carol: *sniggers*

The Sunshine Tea illustration is available to buy over on Etsy


Friday, 14 April 2017

Blog - 'It's about time you showed your face around here!'
Carol - 'I was doing you a favour! All I was working on was the graphic novel and I know how much you LOVED hearing all about what page number I was currently working on!'
Blog - 'Oh.' *pauses* 'In that case you are totally forgiven! It really was boring listening to you bang on about what page number you had reached and how many panels you had created.'
Carol - *shrugs* 'Well, I wasn't allowed to tell you anything else cause it's all top secret!'
Blog - 'I know. How goes it all anyway? Or should I not ask?' *laughs*
Carol - 'You will be delighted to hear that it is finished' *beams* 'Completely and utterly finished!'
Blog - 'OMG! That's awesome!'
Carol - 'I know! And just cause I can't resist...102 pages in total featuring 640 separate panels!'
Blog - *laughs* 'And now I never have to listen to you say that again' *does happy dance* 'So, when did you finish it?'
Carol - 'A couple of weeks ago but I didn't get a chance to pop over and tell you cause my Mum was visiting'
Blog - 'So what cha been doing? You working on anything interesting?'
Carol - 'I had a go at doing my first ever proper portrait'
Blog - *jaw drops open* 'I thought you didn't draw people'
Carol - 'I don't! But I had a moment of madness and decided that I would give it a go'
Blog - 'Well???' *sighs impatiently* 'Don't keep me waiting! Let me see!'

Blog - 'You drew you!'
Carol - 'Yeah. I figured it was safer to draw me than to try drawing someone know...just in case it turned out hideous and they never spoke to me again'
Blog - *laughs* 'Wise plan! It really looks like you!'
Carol - 'I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Don't think it's too shabby for a first ever attempt and I learned a lot in the process of doing it.'
Blog - 'You going to do any more?'
Carol - 'Funny you should ask that. My friend Katie challenged me to do one of her in the same style. Jeeze it was stressful! I honestly don't know how people produce portraits for a living!'
Blog - 'So you gave it a go?'
Carol - 'I did. And it had fingers in it and everything!'
Blog - 'Fingers! Did you turn them into sausages?'
Carol - *laughs* 'No. But I did spend quite a lot of time cursing her thumb'
Blog - *laughs* 'Let's see it then...'

Blog - 'Not a sausage in sight.'
Carol - 'I know! Tis a miracle' *laughs*
Blog - 'I like em! I think you should do more!'
Carol - 'Yeah. Quite a few people have said the same. I'm not confident with them...'
Blog - 'That's no reason not to do them you know! And the more you do the more confident you will get'
Carol - *looks at Blog*
Blog - 'I'm right and you know know it!'
Blog - *smug face*
Carol - 'You don't have to look quite so smug about it!'

Thinking things through...

Monday, 14 November 2016

 Title: 'An Idea Grows' 
(Which I thought was pretty perfect for a post about thinking things through)

Carol - *plonks bum next to Blog* 'So how's it going?'
Blog - *grumbles* 'I still can't beat the bad guy!'
Carol - 'Patience. You'll get there'
Blog - 'Yeah.' *pauses game* 'So how you doing?'
Carol - 'Och not too bad'
Blog - 'You hear anything back from the Gallery?'
Carol - 'Not yet. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they are not interested.'
Blog - 'But it's been two weeks'
Carol - 'Yeah but I think it's vitally important to remember that whilst your e-mail is a big deal for you it's probably not the galleries first priority. Yes, it can be frustrating to send something off all full of hope and then not hear anything back immediately but you have no idea how many e-mails they get from artists asking if they would be interested in stocking their items! You have to be patient. There could be a whole host of reasons that they have not got back to you yet and sending a snotty e-mail will not help your cause! It could be that they have not got back to you cause they are busy, it could be cause they only look at new submissions once a month or it could be that your submitted pieces might not work with what is in the space now but will be perfect for something later and they will get back to you then. My point is that you don't know what's going on in their world so how you deal with the owner/staff at this point can be the difference between working with them in the future or being labelled a stroppy cow.'
Blog - 'But you're always a stroppy cow!' *laughs*
Carol - 'I don't know WHAT you're talking about!' *flicks hair*....*winks* 'But it is true that people will go out of their way to work with people they like so artists need to be patient and respectful.'
Blog - 'Patient AND respectful? Just as well I'm not an artist! I would NEVER manage that!'
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'No. You really wouldn't would you!'

Things no-one tells you...

Monday, 31 October 2016

Carol - *pop's head round the door* 'Hey you'
Blog - *is engrossed in a computer game* 'Ssssshhh...I'm trying to defeat the bad guy'
Carol - *sits down and watches Blog getting his backside handed to him on a plate* 'You're not very good at this are you?'
Blog - ' hit...' *screen goes wobbly* 'Damn.'
Carol - 'How long have you been attempting to beat the bad guy and free the damsel in distress?'
Blog - *blushes* 'Since the last time you were here?'
Carol - 'You need to get a new that you're actually good at!' *laughs*
Blog - 'I will not be defeated!' *Stands up and waves rolling pin in the air*
Carol - 'You still have the rolling pin? And why are you still wearing that flowery pinny?'
Blog - *looks down and smooths his pinny* 'I did tell you it was growing on me'
Carol - 'Well, at least you got rid of the rollers'
Blog - 'Yeah. They were a bugger to sleep in!'
Carol - *laughs*
Blog - 'So how you doing?'
Carol - 'Yeah not too bad. I've just sent an e-mail off to a gallery with some samples of my work'
Blog - 'That's cool'
Carol - 'Yeah, and nerve wracking! No-one tells you about that bit! You carefully select what you're going to send over, you try and think about what information they are going to need from you, you write a chatty but not overly familiar e-mail and then you hit send. And then, despite the fact that you know they are not going to get straight back to you, you click refresh on your inbox about a zillion times in two minutes' *sigh*
Blog - 'Step away from the computer'
Carol - 'If I did that then I wouldn't be here chatting to you!'
Blog - 'I know. And then I could get on with the task of slaying the bad guy' *winks* 'Go have some gin'
Carol - 'That is a mighty fine idea! But before I go I'll just share a couple of the pieces I sent over'
Blog - *is already back to getting his backside handed to him on a plate*

Title: 'Thinking'

Title: 'Scream 2'

Title: 'Dining Room Chair 2'

New Product Launch - My Family Home

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Blog - 'DRUM ROLL PLEASE' *bangs on a big drum*
Carol - 'THAT'S NOT REALLY....'
Blog - *stops drumming* 'What?'
Carol - 'I was just saying that that's not quite how it's supposed to sound'
Blog - 'I have a drum and I'm drumming. What more do you want?' *rolls eyes* 'DRUM ROLL PLEASE' *bangs on the drum again* 'LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I GIVE YOU...' *bangs on the drum a bit more*
Carol - 'GET ON WITH IT'
Carol - 'You think I should explain that a bit more?'
Blog - 'Yeah. That's probably a good idea. Want me to hit the drum again?' *looks hopeful*
Carol - 'Erm, no. You're ok'
Blog - 'Awww' *pouts*
Carol - 'So you can now order your very own family home featuring treasured photo's of your family. I have already created a few so rather than waffle on...'
Blog - 'That's not like you'
Carol - *ignores Blog* 'so rather than waffle on I shall show you. Here are some examples along with what the recipients said about them.'

The Pratt Family:

'What I love most about the family home is that it captures the essence of our family in a much more personal way than an ordinary family tree would. And coupled with Carols excellent art style its just a perfect addition to our home' - Anna Pratt

The Beattie Family:

'It was a beautiful trip down memory lane choosing some photos of us all for Carol to make into our Family Home. And such an emotional moment seeing us all together in our house in the final piece.' - Kaz Beattie

The Worswick Family:

'Arrived today and it is just perfect. A fun picture of my quirky little family. I just sent my photos and left Carol to make the magic happen' - Gayle Worswick 

PRICE: £30 each (around $40) 
SIZE: A4 (8.27 × 11.69 inches) 
(Larger ones can be ordered please contact me for details)

I also offer a complete personalised package where I create a line drawing of your actual home based on photographs that you send me. It would be an additional £20.

If you would like to place an order please click on the 'Contact' tab above. 

August? Already? How did that happen?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Carol - *opens door to find Blog standing there with his hair in curlers, wearing a flowery pinny and holding a rolling pin which he's waving about in a vaguely threatening manner*
Blog - 'And where do you think YOU'VE been!? Eh. Out all hours, with god knows who, doing god know what! Eh! EH!' *laughs* 'I've been waiting AGES to do that!'
Carol - *laughs* 'You look hilarious! Where on earth did you find that pinny?'
Blog - 'I have my sources' *taps nose knowingly*
Carol - 'Let me guess. If you told me you'd have to kill me'
Blog - 'Exactly!' *laughs* 'How the devil are you?'
Carol - 'I'm good! Been stupidly busy but it's been a good busy'
Blog - 'So what's been keeping you away from my most excellent company?'
Carol - 'Well, I finished the first quarter of the graphic novel'
Blog - 'WOO HOO!!'
Carol - 'I know!' *beams* 'And I have had another exhibition, dropped prints off at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, had a fabulous break up in Scotland with my friend Kristin from Kristin Rawcliffe Artist...
Blog - 'You went on holiday without me?' *shocked face*
Carol - *looks at Blog* 'You know you can't be trusted out in public...just look what happened last time!'
Blog - 'You know I was only borrowing that cow...I was going to take it back. And it wasn't my fault I ended up stranded in the middle of no-where with no shoes or socks...'
Carol - 'Yeah, yeah, yeah!'
Blog - *pouts*
Carol - 'Anyway, I had a lovely time with Kristin in Scotland. We met up with Alison from Pzaz, Ginny from Ginny B, Kaz from The Magic Peacock and Katie from Katie Cooper Art. It was a giddy social whirl'
Blog - *tries to push lips out to an even bigger pout*
Carol - 'You are starting to look constipated!'
Blog - *laughs*
Carol - 'Then my Mum came to stay for a week and we did an abstract painting course together, then lovely husband and I went to WOMAD and then yesterday it was my birthday'
Blog - 'Blimey. You have been busy!'
Carol - 'So do you forgive me for making you wait so long to confront me in that ridiculous outfit?'
Blog - 'Yeah. But only cause it was your birthday yesterday and I'm being nice! Consider it your birthday present'
Carol - *laughs* 'Ok. I will' *pauses* 'Are you not going to go and get changed?'
Blog - 'Naaa. This look is starting to grow on me'
Carol - *Looks at Blog*
Blog - 'What?'
Carol - *shakes head despairingly*

Abstract 1 - 'Exploring The Spaces'

Abstract 2 - 'Cloud Burst'

Abstract 3 - 'Awww, Petal'

Abstract 4 - Not finished yet! (Ran out of time!)

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