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I finished this painting yesterday and so uploaded it into my etsy account and various other places (I’m finding it hard to keep track of all the sites). his name is Jack and as you can tell (hopefully) he’s a budgie, initially he was going to be all blue, but well me being me I started adding touches of other colours and I like the effect so essentially he is bluish but with bits of purple, red and yellow. I get the sense that he’s curious about something over the left shoulder of the viewer but you can make up your own mind, I am very pleased with how he turned out as birds aren’t my subject of choice normally. But he has such a strong but unusual shape to him I couldn’t resist and the painting itself went through a bit of metamorphosis.
This painting ‘Curious Bird Perching’ was a little different subject wise to the others and I wanted to see what kind of effect it had, and well I was pretty surprised myself. Within about 20 mins of listing I got 16 hits on the original (fewer on the print), but of those I got 2 hearts for the painting itself and 4 for the shop!! Thats seems a little mad, but I’m not complaining. Plus, I have a few more bird canvases I’ve started, as I enjoyed creating Jack so much, the little elements of detail, his little eyes that seems to exude some kind of crazy intelligence…I feel very inspired again 🙂
Yes, Halloween is coming! Although the UK isn’t big on celebrating this particularly day, my partner and I have decided to have a big party (any excuse huh!) as we have the most perfect venue witb our little 1820’s cottage complete with original floorboards and creaky stairs.
So for the last week and a bit we have had unusual packages turning up at the house in preparation for this soiree! Black lights, UV paint, cloth, fire lights, church candles and many more unusual items. All going towards the overall effect of spookiness!
My partner is a wizz when it comes to DIY and has so far fixed the firelights under the floorboards of our dining room, to allow the red light to flood up through the boards, with the lights out it looks great. He has also constructed a bar type area near the front bay window where we are going to store the punch and various spirits (pun not intended…but allowed) and we have giant glass bottles to store underneath to create the alchemist look. Now to find weird things to float in them…
Apart from this I have been painting on some small canvases that I purchased last week, trying to get some more work to put in my Etsy and All Things Original Shop. Speaking of shops I have just set up a new filidavidus shop on Folksy.com and I am registered on Stumbleupon, Flickr and another community for Illustrators! I’ve been very busy, but alas my sales have yet to pick up, which is starting to get me down 😦 But you have to stay positive or you’d just give in, and hopefully I will begin to feel the effect of all the good work I’ve done very soon…
So, a little later than originally promised, here is a photo of the canvas I mentioned before, that I’m selling as a print. It’s called ‘ The Glade at Midnight’ and it’s only just gone online! I have to say I’m pretty darn pleased with it, so much so I haven’t decided whether I’m going to sell the original yet. You can view it here in my Etsy shop.
So I have launched three new prints today. They are the culmination of several days work, I had hoped to launch all four but unfortunately the fourth seems to be taking a while to come together and I really didn’t fancy holding off on the other three for the last one, so alas it is a set of three again!
They are all really a development of several different ideas but using a similar style, with mixed media. I didn’t fancy working large scale on a canvas so instead I decided to paint directly on to board, quicker and easier to prep then canvas and as it turns out easier to post as well!
Now my only concern is how to mount the originals, as the board is fairly thin….mmmm another dilemma…any and all ideas very welcome!