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!



Posted in Digital Art

Probably my last post for a month or so …

It is now just 14 days before I leave Canada – and so this will probably be my last post here on my site for the next while.  I haven’t been able to keep things updated that much, having sold or donated my art materials, and of course dealing with all the things that come with making an epic move.

One piece of art that I would like to share though, is one I did some years ago now that is/was meant to be a part of a book.  I no longer have contact with the author, but I thought as a ‘see ya later’ piece, now would be a good time to post it.


REEDMay14 This is one of my fave pieces of art that I haven’t shared – until now. I painted it using Corel Painter 12, and as with all my efforts, utilised loads of brushes, layers and techniques.  This painting was started back in 2013, so it has been sitting in my art folder for rather a few years!

I don’t know if it will ever appear in the book – if it does then that is great, if not, no big deal.


So, I hope you like it as a parting gift until I can get set up again with my software, a new computer etc.

A big thanks to all that follow this blog/site – sorry for being so sporadic for the last while, but all in good time eh!


Cheers and please hang in here until I can get back up and running.