Posted in Chit Chat, Digital Art

2019 is here!!

Well what can I say?  It’s a new year and I really have to get back into my art.  2018 was a stressful year, culminating in the passing of my much loved father at the beginning of 2019.  It was not expected, but there was always the possibility that things could take a turn for the worse – and they did.  I miss him so much – he was the reason we returned to New Zealand.

My Dad had a couple of my paintings at his house before he had to move into a rest home, and by then his eyesight was pretty poorly so he could no longer appreciate them.  Without turning this into an epic saga – let’s just say that  I am going to now use the time I spent with him doing something else I love – and that is getting back into my painting.

While I have been buying some paints over the last year in anticipation of actually finishing a painting –  I still love digital art.  Sadly though my Wacom Tablet that survived a cat attack (chewed through the wires) and also transport from Canada to New Zealand has finally said “Enough!!” – well it has been almost a decade since i bought it, so I can’t complain.   I was thinking about getting the basic tablet but here they are quite expensive, so I found a sale on a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet Paper Edition.   (My old one is also an Intuos).


The nifty thing with this one is that it is not only a tablet/pen, but you can actually draw on paper on top of the tablet, and then transfer that drawing to your software.  (I use Painter 2018).  Can’t wait to try it out!   I will of course have to make sure I make time this year to get back into the swing of things.  No excuses – just have to rearrange my day a bit compared to a few years ago!

The other thing I do like about this one is that although it isn’t much bigger than the one I currently have, the ‘usable’ surface IS a lot bigger. While I never had a problem using a smaller tablet, it will be nice to feel less cramped.

I think the thing I will enjoy the most is doing the drawing/composition first on paper – then going over the outline to use as a painting guide later.  I’m guessing that’s how it works – we shall see!


Anyway, I do hope to be back here posting something far more interesting than a black and white picture of a tablet very soon.

I remember a friend of my late Mother telling me how proud she was of my art.  Dad wasn’t so gushing but he always encouraged me.  I plan on proving them right after such a long time away from the brushes!

Posted in acrylics, Mixed Media Art

Half the year gone already?

Well, so much for getting back into my art work.  Half the year gone and I’ve only really painted two paintings this year so far.

While we are actively now house hunting, our rental is still dull and drab, and so I decided I wanted something big and bright to cheer it up a bit.  I’ve been a fan of Rosina Wachmeister for decades, and so decided to use one of her prints for inspiration, and also to be able to have a bit of a play with it to make it my own.

So here is the finished painting.  The three cats are actually versions of my own three – although of course Tyson is no longer with us.  So on the left is our ‘tabby Manx’ (although I’ve given her a tail in this one).  Next to her is our black and white cat Molly.  Laying to the right is the ‘ode to Tyson’.  Even though he has been gone 5 years now, I still miss the cheeky little so and so and wish he was still with us.

I used not only silver foil, but also silver markers in this painting to do the ‘swirly’ bits.  They don’t quite show up on the photo, but when they catch the light, they look great.  The close up pic shows the left hand side better than the larger one.  This one is 24 x 36 inches.  I will eventually varnish it and put a coating over the foil as I have read that over time it will basically disintegrate? Who knew!

Ode to my three cats LP, Molly and Tyson in the style of Rosina Wachmeister
A slightly better view of the swirly bits that were done using a silver marker

So what’s next?  Well I’d really like to have a go at an acrylic painting version of this digital kitten painting I did.  I just love the colours and just happen to have a nice 24 x 24 inch canvas that would be perfect for it.

The biggest hurdle is still the lack of a dedicated ‘art’ area or even room and of course it’s the middle of winter now so by the time I get home from work it’s almost dark so there is no natural light.  Still, I can at least get the sketching part started.

Hopefully I will have an update sooner rather than later this time, but don’t hold your breath – just in case life gets in the way!

Thanks for taking a peek and hanging in there while I get myself back into the swing of things. xx

Posted in Chit Chat

Here’s my next project…

As I mentioned in the last post I am going to do my own “Rosina Wachtmeister” to hang in my home.   I have always loved her work and even had a couple of ‘paintings’ I did back in Canada.  Long since gone when I moved back to NZ last year, I think it’s time to ‘paint me another one’. With so many to choose from, I decided on the one below.  I may, or may not use the same colours, but the reason I want this one is that it has three cats.  One black and white, one grey and one tabby.

Rosina Wachtmeister – another fab painting!

While our old grey guy Tyson is no longer with us, we still have Molly (White and Black) and LP (Tabby manx).  Fitting that in this painting the grey cat is off to one side, while the other two sit together. So not only do I get some lovely art, it will also be a kind of tribute to my three furbabies.

I will be doing this one on a 23.6 x 35.4 inch stretched canvas.  If I am lucky, I may actually get to sketch it out tomorrow sometime.  Actual painting? Hmm…. I guess I should actually make more of an effort to get this one done!


Some of my previous “Wachtmeisters”.

Posted in acrylics

March is nearly over now too….

The best laid plans and all that!  I really can’t believe how fast the year is once again whizzing by.  I know I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with my art, but seriously… the first quarter of the year almost over? Yikes!

I am still working on my acrylic painting, although it has come a long way since I posted the work in progress pic back in …gulp..January.  In the pic below you can see how far I have gotten and those things that look like white blobs are in fact sequins that I decided to stick on for fun.  You will also notice a huge change in the colour scheme as I decided to go off in a different direction.

So what is left to do on this one?  Well, I want to tidy up the lips a bit to give them a bit of definition, add some lace/gauze frills around the neck area and perhaps some kind of simple design on the mask itself – not sure about that yet.  Then I think I will call it done.

As I currently have nowhere to keep my art in progress, this one is actually hanging on the wall already, which is quite handy.  As they say, you just have to make do with what you have and until I get back to having a dedicated room for all my art stuff, then the living room wall is the place to hang my work until it is actually finished.  I say ‘all my art stuff’ tongue in cheek of course as I am having to start over with a lot of it.

So, enjoy this update, and thank you for taking the time to do so.  I do have another piece in the works as there is a spot above the fireplace here that needs something and for me, that is going to be my own copy of one of Rosina Wachtmeisters works.  I absolutely love her work and doing my own is the next best thing to owning a framed print!  Hopefully I won’t take as long to get that one going!

Posted in acrylics

Where do the days go?

I had hoped to be posting more this year – but so far things are still pretty slow in the art department here.

The days seem to be whizzing by and before you know it, another week has gone by and I have nothing much to show for it.

I did manage to pick up some acrylic paints a week or so ago.  I had seen the Atelier Interactive paints some time ago while watching an episode of Put some

Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints
Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints

Colour in your life” and thought they might be good to try out.

I must say that they do indeed feel ‘buttery’ in texture, and while I like the variety of colours in the set, I would actually prefer to have a somewhat limited palette and mix my own colours – using the larger tubes of course!

The greatest thing about these acrylics is that they do not dry out as quickly as normal acrylics, and can be kept moist for blending simply by using a small fine spray of water.  There are also special retarder mediums you can buy if you wish.  I have yet to find a good art supply store here and may end up ordering my supplies on line, but for now the water does the trick.

So have I actually started anything?  Well, yes, I have started a project – although with it being summer and me being back in the work force I find my painting time is so much less now.  For the moment though, I am slowly working on a fun project piece – mostly to try out these new paints and also to once again have some original art work to hang in the house.

Here is where I am at with this particular painting.  It’s another ‘mask’ – and it’s basically at the colour blocking stage with very little detail at all. The blues will be changed to some other colour, leaving just the aqua/green colour at the top.  It looks a bit weird at the moment, but it will come together as I work on it.   Hopefully I will also get a better photo for the next update – and by then there will be a lot more to see!

Work in Progress
Work in Progress –  Acrylic on stretched canvas

One of the things I want to do with this piece is to eventually add some gold and silver paint – or even ink – which means I will have to go a huntin’!  I’ve gone from a studio/room full of supplies to no studio/room with a small limited supply of paints etcnts etc…so sad!

Anyway, updates coming as soon as there is something to share!

Posted in Chit Chat

Almost back to normal…

Well it has been a while since I last posted anything here hasn’t it?  I have now been back in New Zealand for just on 6 months and things have changed.

I am back in the ‘workforce’ working full time so my art has been relegated to simply a hobby at this point in time. As I mentioned in my last post, I had sold or donated all of my art and 99% of my art supplies. I kept a set of watercolours, some brushes and a few other items that I could squeeze into my little ‘box of stuff’ but at the moment they are merely gathering dust until I can get back into the swing of things.

All going well, and having some current issues sorted out soon, I do hope to be back to at least doing the odd painting here and there by the new year.  Our current home doesn’t have a lot of spare room so I am going to have to get creative in that regard.  There is of course ‘digital art’, which I also hope to get back into eventually, but I would really love to be able to work on something ‘physical’.  I will definitely be checking out paint/art suppliers locally and via the internet in the coming weeks, even if it is just the one canvas and a limited palette!  Have to start somewhere, right?

Meanwhile, it is wonderful to be having our first Christmas back in New Zealand, with family we haven’t seen in a long time.  Of course having it in summer is an added bonus.  I for one do not miss having to shovel the driveway or wear 10 layers of clothing at this time of year.

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have a fabulous one.  No matter what ‘holiday’ you observe over the coming month or so, have a lovely time and here is wishing everyone great things for 2017!

See you soon!