Happy New Year again, I hope it’s started well for you. Christmas is packed away now, here are some of our precious hand-made tree decorations carefully packed in their golden box.
The most recent trompe l’œil I painted not long ago was a commission for a friend’s big birthday. His children wanted something that is meaningful to him, with a nod to family folklore included.
Here it is evolving into the finished “shelf”, I’ve blurred names on the books for privacy purposes.
We’re getting used to Gypsy Rose now, especially now her health is better. It wasn’t easy nursing another dog and wondering whether she would pull through so soon after Meggie’s death, but she seems to be a toughie, and, dare I say it, she’s on top form at last, despite being an intrepid scavenger.
She’s such an interesting shape, long and sinewy in body, her legs long are and lanky; and she’s a fast runner indicating there’s lurcher or whippet in her ( she was described as a collie cross on the dog rescue website, hmmmmm……..).
She has earned a couple of nicknames, one being “Bendy-Bus”, because she seems to bend at right-angles when lying down, another “Mange-tout” because that’s what she does, and “Clumsy” because that’s what she is! When at rest she sometimes folds up her legs like a well-practised origami expert.
Her long form is wonderful to draw, here are some recent sketches.