Monday, 21 November 2011


I'm still flitting between portraits ... my schedule had to be amended because I'm awaiting feedback regarding compositions of a couple of the 'double portraits' one of which has an early December deadline .. so I'm hoping to hear back this evening to enable me to get started tomorrow.

I've just outlined another portrait - a beautiful dog I'm looking forward to starting as soon as the 'humans' are underway/completed

I'm awaiting feedback from the client regarding this portrait of his daughter and her dog

I've also done a little bit more on one of the graphite portraits but am struggling to see the curls in her hair as the photo isn't terribly clear ...

When I had a 'proper job' I had to be ultra-organised as my Office Manager role involved early starts and late finishes frequently.  After work I changed into 'horsey' clothes and drove to the stables to ride/groom my horse then home to cook the evening meal (which was normally prepared the day before) and we ate around 8.30pm every night. I didn't watch TV as most evenings were spent drawing or catching up on  'household' stuff.

Now, I don't have to go to the office every day ... but I've obviously slowed up in my 'old age' and struggle to keep on top of things at this time of year with shorter days and lots of Christmas orders to complete.  I do think the internet is partly to blame as I always have the BBC news running in the background and listen to the local radio station broadcasting from Corralejo, Fuerteventura so I can join in with the quiz/competitions and keep up with what our friends out there are up to.  I'm easily distracted :-)

I did manage to mow the lawns on Friday which was quite an undertaking as the grass was wet and long and full of fallen apples  ... but housework has taken a back seat I'm afraid.

This is what my studio looks like at the moment ... I've got four portraits awaiting collection/despatch in the next couple of weeks and several framed pictures which are still propped up against the walls where they were stacked following exhibitions in September/October ... and several boxes of mounts/frames which need to be sorted and tidied away.   I'm posting this picture to embarrass me into doing some much needed tidying in the next few days!


Watch this space ..... !!!


Amatheya said...

A clean house is a sign of a boring life... or that's the excuse I use when the washing up pile hits the ceiling!

The girl and her dog are lovely :)

sue said...

I agree Amatheya ... but foolishly I agreed to do a short newsletter article about 'me and my work/studio' - with photos - by the end of the month so I need to make a bit of an effort :-)

Thanks for your kind comments .. just waiting to see what 'dad' thinks of the portrait.

Doreen Cross said...

WOW I am tired just reading all that you do. I am afraid I have slowed down way beyond you.. LOL.

Now that's and art studio. looking as it should do. Love the double portrait. Stunning job.
I remember you said the hair in the photo was not very clear on the graphite one you are working on. It's looking great Sue. I had a similar one to do last year.

Love the Christmas singing cat. you got a big smile out of us listening to it.
Hope you get all you orders done in time. xx

Colette Theriault said...

ha ha ha, loved reading your post Sue! I too get so easily distracted and your studio and comments about housework..sums it up here too!

Lovely job on the girl and her dog btw. They sould approve that in a heartbeat! It's fantastic.

sue said...

Aw cheers ladies! Makes me feel a bit better. I've seen too many pictures of fellow artists working in pristine studios and began to believe that was the 'norm' and I'm just a slob :-)

That is the 'naughty corner' though and the rest isn't quite that bad. Have set myself a target to clear that area by the weekend and post an update!

Bev said...

LOL Sue, now clear up and get on with that article, I'm waiting!

I blame it all on the internet, I have to submit my tax return and have been trying to do it for days now, today I was determined to get it done, so what am I doing? Trawling the internet of course. Oh dear!!!!

I love your girl and her dog, typical springer, has to be the centre of attention, he is pushing himself to the front and is full of self importance. :-)

Janet Pantry said...

I'm worn out just reading this too, Sue! I do like the girl with dog portrait, think you did a great job with it. The graphite one's interesting too, that's some hair style isn't it?! And wow, look at all that work you have in that studio ... I notice your pencil sharpener needs emptying though, tut tut ;)