Although Midsummer is a little 'tongue in cheek' given the grim weather we've been experiencing this month....
Friday is the longest day of the year so surely Summer will arrive soon?
Anyway, Happy Birthday to special friends Di and Jenni who have just had birthdays ... mine is on Thursday. In the past we've had a joint celebration BBQ or similar but I don't think that will happen this year as we all seem to be busy with different projects ..... Gemini Ladies all of us!
The cat portrait has been approved and I've now sprayed it lightly with fixative so it will be packed up tomorrow and mailed on Wednesday for delivery Thursday. The recipient's birthday is at the end of June so I hope she likes her surprise. My client is hoping for plenty of Brownie points :-)
This is an early stage photo of one of the current dog commissions. Basic outline sketched out and, as usual, I made a start on the eyes. As this is pastel on sanded paper the pastel dust tends to travel a little and dull the early stages of work ... but I'll be tweaking and updating throughout.
I love Fisher 400 sanded paper but it is very cruel on the fingertips for artists like me that like to blend pastel manually - but I guess you could say we 'suffer for our art' and at least I don't have to amputate parts of my anatomy (poor Van Gogh)
Not much to see at the moment but just wanted to show that I've made a start. In case you hadn't worked it out yet, this is a handsome spaniel and I'm looking forward to the challenge of those beautiful ears!