This picture has taken me several weeks to complete, partly because it’s a busy time of year and partly because I was wary of working on it once the daylight had gone. Time was made this weekend for more work to be done – my son had some art homework to be working on too so it meant we were able to work side by side.
Finishing touches were done today, I’m really pleased with the final result.
Here’s my ‘Lightbulb Moment’:
I had a wonderful time at the Fishponds Festive Fair on Saturday. Not only did I sell lots of cards but I was also lucky enough to receive a lot of positive feedback about my art. I had returning customers who have sent cards that they have previously bought and wish to buy the same again plus some of the newer styles. There were also plenty of ‘new’ customers who were extremely fulsome in their praise of my pictures, I have to admit that I was quite overwhelmed!
By far the most popular of my newer designs were these:
Whilst at the fair, I made a little progress with the design below. It’s taking me a long time to complete, I started it over a week ago, however, I am really enjoying working with the patterns and the colours that I really don’t want to rush it:
Hopefully I’ll spend some more time on this at the weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing the final result.
It’s that time of year again ! I’ll be at the Fishponds Festive Fair again this weekend and have spent much of today preparing cards and framing pictures:
I’m pleased with how these little prints look when framed in a simple white wooden frame.
I’ve got lots of Christmas cards printed and ready to go, any that I don’t sell will be sent to family and friends!
An afternoon baking with my teenage son was a real treat today. Together we prepared dessert for tomorrow’s lunch (Baked Alaska), a Chocolate and Orange cake (his choice, I’ve never made it before but it is delicious – definitely one to make again) and chocolate digestives.
The star of the afternoon was the Chocolate and Orange cake:
This is a very light sponge where half the mixture has cocoa and milk added and the other half has orange juice and zest added. Once out of the oven I used a skewer to put holes all over the cake, I then brushed an icing sugar and orange juice mixture all over the top. As this seeped in to the cake, I dribbled melted chocolate over the top.
Making individual Baked Alaskas for dessert tomorrow meant that we could try very mini versions today! I made the raspberry ice cream yesterday and the lemon sponge base this morning. All we had to do this afternoon was make the Italian meringue. I’m really looking forward to the ‘full’ version tomorrow as the little taster that we had tonight was yummy!
The digestives were a quick treat for my husband as they are his favourite biscuits, we stamped them with
the instruction ‘eat me’ and then coated the other side with chocolate:
Stag heads seem to be all the rage in interiors and today, I thought I’d get in on the act. I hope to get him a frame tomorrow and plan to use his more festive cousin (Merry Christmas Deer …) on a range of cards:
Apparently Christmas has been coming for quite some time – we saw decorations up in shops at the beginning of October – crazy!! In a few weeks I’ll be attending a local ‘Festive Fair’ and I decided that I would need some Christmas cards to (hopefully) sell there. This is a design that took a surprisingly long time to create but now that I have it, I plan to fine tune it and then do a range of colour combinations:
This painting is completely inspired by the colours that surrounded us during our recent holiday in Northumberland. By 2pm each day, the sun was just beginning to sink in the sky and from then on we were treated to the most amazing oranges, golds and bronzes.