Martin’s Progress 3
Although Martin has been continuing with his paintings of doors and windows, none of them are quite finished yet:
But, while waiting for the layers of oil and acrylic to dry, he hasn’t been idle ~ far from it!
He’s been stripping layers of paint and varnish ~ over a hundred years worth ~ from the staircase and the hall…
And when he’s taking a much~needed breather from that he works on Photoshop projects. This one is called ‘The Mysterious Mandala’:
Watching Martin’s latest paintings develop before my very eyes (WIP Wednesday 2 and WIP Wednesday 4) has inspired me to start my own art project.
I’ve been mulling over a particular idea for a quite while but haven’t had the confidence to make a start, in case what I create doesn’t match up to the wonderful vision in my head.
Now, with the help of my talented husband, I’ve decided to just get on with it and ~ ever up for a challenge ~ I’m working on two versions of the same basic idea, at the same time:
Unlike Martin, I don’t have any formal art training so I’ve deliberately chosen a simple design, which gives me plenty of scope to experiment with different colour palettes, textures and materials.
By yesterday evening I’d completed the preparation, ready to move on to the next exciting stage. I’m a little bit nervous that I might mess them up, but also looking forward to seeing how they both pan out!
And, in case you’re curious about the rasperry splodge in the last photo, I’ve also started another crochet project ~ can you guesss what it might be?
All will be revealed next time…
If anyone out there has a Work In Progress (WIP), that they’d like to share, Martin and I would love to see it! 🙂
My Fab friend Hazel Jones and I are Crafty Bees, attending the thriving local craft group of the same name, which meets every other Monday evening at a charity run cafe called ‘The Living Room.’
Over the last couple of years members have worked on a diverse range of projects. Whilst many of us favour more traditonal knitting or needlework, Hazel brings along a variety of interesting ‘makes’, for her three young children, turning recycled materials and charity shop finds into papier~mache forts, Barbie doll furniture, World Book Day costumes, Super~Hero outfits and so on.
In addition to being a busy Mum, Hazel volunteers in her childrens’ school library and plays a part in historical re-enactments at two English Heritage sites on the Island.
As if all that wasn’t enough, she has also collated her ideas for inexpensive activities and toys into three brilliant books:
Pound Shop Play, Sensory Play on a Shoestring and Even More Sensory Play on a Shoestring. As you might expect from the titles these are very reasonable ~ and are available from Amazon in paperback and ebook format.
If you’d like to know more about My Fab Friend Hazel Jones and all her wonderful creative ideas for encouraging and expanding young minds, she also runs a Facebook page, Pound Shop Play, and you can visit her blog of the same name here.
Martin’s Progress 2
For those of us who are lucky enough to have reached retirement a rainy Bank Holiday weekend, like the one we’ve just had, isn’t necessarily a disappointment. Having to stay indoors gives us even more time to work on our art projects. 🙂
This is how Martin has been using some of that time:
He is still creating digital artwork as well ~ he says he’ll show us some of that next time.
Having finished crocheting my circular throw:
I have to decide whether to turn it into a coat~of~many~colours:
…..Or let Indie claim it as yet another dog blankie!
Martin’s Progress 1
Whilst I’ve been inspired to regenerate this blog and have started another crochet project, Martin has been experiencing a bit of a creative renaissance as well.
After spending the last few years focusing solely on digital artwork, he has recently taken up more traditional painting again ~ though, being Martin, he has put his own unique spin on it!
Here are some of his current Works in Progress, using acrylics, which at one time was his favourite medium, and oils, which he has never tried before. :
Although his digital work is amazing, it’s lovely to see him with a paintbrush in his hand again!