Wednesday, 8 April 2020

New drawing

Greetings

Here is a new drawing of a young man.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 5 April 2020

The Purple Dalek

Greetings

Here is an extra post for this week

A friend arranged a session at a ceramic painting workshop  a few weeks ago .

You choose an unglazed object and paint the glazes onto it. There were previously glazed examples to show what the colours would look like.

I chose a dalek money box. It had the eye stalk, manipulator and gun (which are plastic)  inside it in a little bag, like dalek gibblets.

We had to leave them there to be fired and she arranged to go back to collect them.Teddy then collected them from met her at another even. I  then fitted the eye stalk etc .

This is the first time I have tried this and I think it came out quite well




 Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

New Painting

Greetings

I have recently completed a new acrylic painting. This falls into the  "letting my subconscious out for a jog" category, where I put a new canvas on the easel and just start painting...

As these ones are bound to be a bit close to the bone, I don't go digging into what they might mean.




I am calling this one "Body of Watet".

Make of it what you will...

Until next time

Adieu




Saturday, 28 March 2020

Another calligraphy commission

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Here is extra post for this week.

Following the success of my previous commission, I was asked to do a larger piece.

One of my friend Sandy's friends was retiring from a band call "Sellsword" and she commissioned this for him.



The previous piece was only A5. This is A4 and has an illuminated capital, one shield painted in grisaille and two seals.

I am told that the recipient really liked it.

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

duelist

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Here is a drawing of a cute young duelist that I found in one of my sketch books.


Until next time

Adieu

Sunday, 22 March 2020

From kitten to cat

Extra!

Greetings

Here is an extra post.

I have mentioned our cats before and made note of their size.

I have found some photos we took of them when we first got them

They could both fit in one cat cave...



...and both fit on one lap.

This is no longer the case..
Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 18 March 2020

calligraphy commission

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A friend commissioned me to to a small (A5) piece of illuminated calligraphy.

The brief said that the borders should be filled with knightly accoutrements and the arms of Sir John Hawkwood.

She was going to give it to a friend who had just bought his own place.

It came out like this:



She was very happy with it and she told me later that he had liked it a lot.

Until next time

Adieu

Monday, 16 March 2020

Laundry Cat

Extra!

Greetings

Here is an extra post for this week.

We have two large cats. They each weigh in at about eight kg.

On occasion one of them will do something sufficiently cute for me to take a photo.

I was going to put a wash on, but when I looked in the laundry basket I found....

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Steampunk Order stars

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I have been quite fortunate in being able to find old jewellery that can be used a Order stars

The first one I found had no pin, or clasp and was monochrome white metal. The holes in some of the saltir arms probably indicate it was originally sewn onto a sash, or coat.

It seems to have a biblical scene at the centre.

I painted up some of the background in gold to enhance it


As I wanted to wear it with lots of different outfits, I made a fastening for it by gluing
two  2 pence coins to the back and gluing a broach pin to these coins.


Here's a picture of me wearing it with my diplomatic dress uniform.


The second star I found had a little bit of damage and had a plain centre.

I have yet to find a good way to repair the damage, but found a nice lion face button to mount in the middle.


I quite like the two-tone effect on this one.

Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Mini??

Extra! Extra!


Greetings

Here is an extra post  for this week.

I was born in the mid-1960's and have known the Mini Cooper car for many years.

In recent years a new version has been produced.

I found  an example of each type parked together in a hotel car park.

Spot the difference...



I  now refer to the new version as a Maximini.

Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Time for a little bit of elf abuse...

Greetings

Here's a new drawing of an elf-lad who's a bit tied up at the moment.

Enjoy...


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Steampunk Order of the Sword

Greetings

Here's another Steampunk order.



Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

new drawing

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My wound has healed up nicely. Most of the scabbing has fallen off. I had to use dry shampoo to clean my hair last week, but I am able to shampoo it as usual now.

Now I just have to let the shaved part of my hair grow back. Luckily, my hair grows quite fast( it's already back to a No. 2 cut).

Here is a new coloured pencil drawing of a young man in a towel.


Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Painting for Lissa

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Life has been a bit complicated recently.

First, I got called for jury service -for the third time. My service was set to start on the day after I came back from the Filk Convention.

 I am my father's carer ( he has dementia) and he was due to have a blood test on that Monday ( and can't get there on his own), so this was a bit concerning. I decided that I'd have to try to get the blood test done on my way home in the evening and hope that the surgery was still open.

So, before going to the con, I got all the paperwork and ID for jury service, my father's pills ( so I could refill his automatic pill box) and his blood test paper work ready, as I knew I'd be knackered after the  Filk con.

For those not in the know, Filk is music based on Science Fiction, Fantasy and related subjects. It usually uses (borrows) existing tunes, but people also write original music- and other people often borrow ( steal ) these tunes and write new words.

I have written a lot of filk, including some with original music. My music has, on occasion, acquired new words.

Anyway the con when well- mostly. An old friend from the Far Isles Medieval Society ( of which I am a former member and Knight) brought some rebated steel swords along, so that two American convention members ( who had recently joined the Society For Creative Anachronism) could try some light fighting.

As I fight with the Paladins of Chivalry, I could not resist getting involved and, unfortunately, a mix of bad luck, bad timing, slightly different rules of engagement and- yes, I must own it- my decision not to borrow a fencing mask- resulted in me getting accidentally struck on the head.

This left a four centimetre cut in my scalp. Luckily, I have a hard head and it was just a cut.

Everybody rallied round and there were enough First Aiders, first aid kits etc to get me steristripped together enough to stop the bleeding and avoid me having to spend the rest of the day in the local Hospital's Casualty Dept.

It did however mean that my hair had to be shaved round the wound, so it looks like someone tried to give the bishop a tonsure and put it too far forward...

Anyway, I had only very mild nausea and lay on the floor till it went away. I recovered in time to sing in the main concert later that afternoon.

You may recall that my friend Lissa won a very nice set of oil paints, which she kindly gifted to me when she realised she was not going to get round to learning how to use them.

I had helped her start a small oil painting and said that I would finish it in my style as a "thank you".

This is what the painting looked like when she had started it :


This is what it looks like now that I have finished it:


I presented it to her when I get to the convention. She was very pleased with the result.

Despite my injury, I enjoyed the convention and heard many good and some extremely funny songs.

My friend Annie was one of the Guests of Honour  and I was able to assist in one of her sets by reading a speech in my finest Churchillian voice whilst the audience hummed patriotically.

A major storm had started on the last day of the con and , as I am the driver, I decided to leave early.

It wasn't a nice journey and I could have done without the wind throwing individual buckets of rainwater randomly at my windscreen, but was not a bad as it could have been...

Anyhow, I got up early and out of the house early, as the trains were still messed up due to the storm.

I got to the court and signed in, then I went and found the jury officer. I explained why my head was bandaged ( which she was remarkably unphased by) and also told her I was sole carer for my elderly father with dementia and needed to ring him regularly, or he wouldn't take his pills.

Happily, she decided that this was sufficient reason to release me from jury service and I was able to go back home and take Dad to  have his blood test ( rather than having spend all day worrying that he hadn't taken his pills and that the surgery might not still be open to do the blood test by the time I got back in the evening).

So, as you see, life has been a bit complicated. I taking things a bit slowly until it settles down again...

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Bather

Greetings

I found this coloured pencil drawing in one of my portfolios and did some more work to it.

I think it has come out quite well.


 


Until next time

Adieu

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Steampunk Medals 6

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I bought an old broach at an antiques fair which looked rather like the Small George pendant for the Order of the Garter. The Small George is worn on the junction point of the sash of the order, but, in Tudor times it was sometimes worn on a neck ribbon.

I carefully clipped off the broach mount and filed the stumps off.

I have mounted it on a dark blue neck ribbon and have found a jewellery box to keep it in.




Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Blue Boy again

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I have been trying out working in coloured pencils on coloured paper.

I found this slightly saucy picture of my superhero character Blue Boy in one of my portfolios and reworked it a bit.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Steampunk medals 5

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After a further call to my provider, my new router has now been received and set up.

So, we can get back to the regular blog schedule...

I have made up an order star on a neck ribbon. I think it has come out rather well.


I found a nice jewellery box to keep it in:

Until next time

Adieu

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Bright Judges 4

Greetings

Apologies for this late posting.

I am having a spot of bother with my wi-fi and am currently waiting for a new router to be sent to me.

I am only able to post this on a friend's signal...

Anyway...

Here is a  figure of Judge Lust from my Bright Judges




I thin k this figure came out particularly well.

Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

steampunk medals 4

Greetings

Happy New Year.

Let us all hope that 2020 is auspicious and gives our political leaders actual clarity of vision.

In the meantime, back to steampunk medals...

So far, I have made groups of full sized swing and court mounted medals and a set of miniatures.

I have now made up medals to be worn on a neck ribbon.

First I made this one, which is designed to look more Napoleonic:


Then I made this one, which has a more Victorian look:





Until next time

Adieu