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Everyday in May #31

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Forfar Loch May 31 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Gorgeous day today so went down to the Loch hoping to see some ducklings or goslings, but no luck :/ Maybe later on in the week. There is what looks like a black rhododendron growing in the backyard. Mr.F says once it flowers it will probably be a purple colour but I hope to get a picture of it tomorrow as its so odd to me to see a black one. So crosses fingers for no rain tomorrow :) "Everyday in May #31" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I really need to think up a title for this. Pissed off bird doesn't seem to work :p Did about 45 minutes worth of work on this today, my back is really hurting for some reason so drawing is a little sore at the moment. I wish we had room for a drafting table, but I will have one someday :) (I could always build one myself. Which is a great idea because then it would be exactly how I want it to be). Put in the lines for more feathers and started on the back of the head. Still

Eye Spy ...

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My morning ritual....a shower :p (themed picked this week by Angie ) I don't really have anything special I do in the morning but if I don't have a hot shower in the morning I am dead the rest of the day (hot as in boiling. Mr.F has no idea why I don't have third degrees burns on me by the time I am done :p). I honestly don't really have a rituals in the morning as we don't have any dogs to let out, any kids to deal with and I work from home so can start work whenever I want lol Mr.F's grandfather did the lovely tile job in the bathroom :) which goes really nice with the paint colour and the tiles didn't cost us a thing as we had won £96 on the lotto the week before :) I love the electric shower. If someone flushes the loo the temperature never changes,well it does for a second if the washer kicks on which can be a little shocking. Boiling hot water to freezing cold :p bit of cursing coming from the bathroom when that happens. For more Eye spy head over h

Just a Minute in May

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First rose bloom Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Another month that has flown by :) Reading: I managed to finish 3 books this month same amount as last month but I would really like to read a few more. Gone are the days its seems where I have time to read a book a day lol Labyrinth by Kate Mosse The Stake by Richard Laymon Casino Royale by Ian Fleming I am reading Sepulchre by Kate Mosse at the moment. Only a few chapters in but so far so good :) Art: So the plans this month was to participate in Everyday in May by drawing one ACEO a day. Sort of worked. Missed a few days but on the whole managed pretty well. Didn't manage to get one done today as we are busy moving things around in the living room (we have a lot of stuff....) I started on another Eagle drawing but haven't managed to get a lot done on it :/ Music: Great Big Sea still. I need new music but nothing that has come out recently has made me want to go and buy it School: Got into the portfolio course at

Creative Space May 28, 2009

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Creative Space May 28, 2009 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons My creative space this week :) one messy desk lol. Pencils for the eagles on the right and the inked bird on the left. I really need to finish the curtains for the kitchen. Then we can walk around naked*. I need a bigger desk :p (some notes on the picture if you click on it/) I wanted to get more done on the dotted bird today, which was supposed to be a Goshawk but looks more like an Eagle now hmph. "Everyday in May #28" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Need to darken some areas and work on the neck area still but I do really like how this is turning out. Too bad it takes so long lol I had to stop and think about how to suggest feathers, its sort of worked, maybe leave a bit more lighter or white space next time to help pick out the feathers. I really want to use some Inktense pencils to colour the eye on this but not sure if it would be too much colour against the black dots. It would be probably just a bit

I am Such a Clutz

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"Everyday in May #25" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I'm accident prone. Yesterday evening I was trying to look in the front yard to see why all the birds flew away all of a sudden, thinking I had to scare away a cat. The window was closed and I must have misjudged the distance because I whacked my head on the pane. Didn't really hurt at the time, but woke up today with a horrible headache that got worse as the day went on. Was feeling dizzy and my head was throbbing where I hit it. Mr.F phoned the docs and he said "yep sounds like you have a mild concussion". of course :/ great. So I did try to finish this card but all the dots were really giving me a headache. Tried working on the eagles but the same happened. I'm hoping tomorrow things are better and I can at least get some more done on this card, even if its not finished. Kind of puts a damper on trying to get 31 ACEOs done for Everyday in May, but can't do much if I can't concentrate on

Pea Thief!

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Mr.F thought that the drunk pigeon was eating his peas but no. Its this little bird :/ and his pushy buddies (I swear its like a scene out of a Hitchcock movie when they all show up). They leave the peas in this photo alone but I guess the ones to the left are fair game. Well better them then the slugs (last year the slugs were HUGE! and everywhere) Some buildings for this weeks Monday photos :) Mcmanus art gallery in Dundee. Its been having work done for the last few months, and the fences are still up so not done yet. A church in Arbroath when I went to the college the other day. And the train station , notice the top of the building. It says 1911 :) Arbroath abbey from the crossing bridge over some train tracks. You can't really see it walking around but the bridge was up pretty high so could get a view of it :) On the top of the building I went in to :) Love old buildings and love finding these little signs on them. Since I've been taking the camera with us everywher

Everyday in May #24

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"Everyday in May #24" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I still have the allsorts in a container from the still life I did a few months ago. I think its probably time to chuck them :p They are not going mouldy but the colours have faded so much its hard to figure out which colour they were originally lol Another quick little card as I spent all day cleaning :/ but its done so now I can spend all day tomorrow working on the eagles and hopefully get a fair amount done on them. Of course if its really nice tomorrow I might just say "screw it" and go down to the loch to look for ducklings :p Baby birds are so cute :D This is in the neighbours side of the yard, I didn't realize what it was. I thought it was just a plain ole tree. Nope, but I wonder how long it will live now that the new neighbour is moved in :/ Not sure if the women upstairs is going to still take care of it now that the person who lives in the bottom flat is able bodied enough to do it himself. A

Eye Spy ...

My karaoke song. I listen to a lot of music so picking one song that I would sing is hard. And I don't drink so would never be drunk enough to get up on stage and sing lol but if I had to I would probably sing this and get tongued tied doing it :p And of course this song lol I really like this cover version of this song, hard to match the original though but I think Pink comes close sometimes :) More Eye Spy here :)

Everday in May #23

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Took the day off from drawing but did manage another small experiment with the Yupo paper. Took the last card done with watercolour pencils and used Neocolors on top of that. I actually thought that the crayons were not going to "stick" to the paper. They didn't pick up the underlying pigment, but the Neocolors just slid off the watercolors. I had to press really hard to get any of the crayon to adhere to the paper but once an initial layer was put down there was no problems getting the crayons onto the paper. The crayons seemed to blend pretty well over the watercolors. And wetted down: Big problems with this :/ The underlying watercolours were picked up and washed off when I wetted the Neocolors. This had not happened on the other 2 cards I did. So this really ended up as a card done with Neocolors only as there is no evidence of the watercolor pencils except in the shadow. And finished and scanned: Photo: The actual card is somewhere between these 2. White paper,

Everyday in May #22

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Another Yupo experiment.This time done with watercolour pencils. The pencils went down pretty easily. Felt again more like I was using markers to colour with, didn't have any issues with the pencils picking up any under laying colours. Blending wasn't a problem but I was using a light touch so that might have had something to do with it. And wetted down. I tried not to use as much water as I did last time but I still had a problem with the water pooling into one area and the colours just blended right together loosing any of the shadows I had tried to put down. And the scanned drawing. Once again the scanner really doesn't seem to like this paper :/ If I use watercolour pencils on Yupo again I need to put done twice as much or more pigment down as it dried very light. You can still see the pencil marks on the paper, but it actually looks neat and adds more to it, helps with the shading. I'd probably use these over the Inktense pencils mostly because when putting the p

Everyday in May #21

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"Everyday in May #21" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip ACEO Graphite on Coloured Stonehenge Quick little dragon today :) When I don't have a lot of time to draw, I fall back to doodling dragons. Spent most of the day working on this: Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip I decided that I liked the background as it is so didn't need to add any more colour to it. 3 hours later and all I have to show for it are 2 eyes lol Still need to darken some parts of the eyes, but I am going to wait to do that until I have started in on the rest of the face before I do. That right eye just looks so odd. I think its because of the slight tilt to the head and the lack of colour on the rest of the head. At least I hope it is lol :p

Creative Space May, 21, 2009

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Creative Space May, 21, 2009 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Working on the eagles today. I hope to at least get the eyes done and everything after that is a bonus :) This might take a while as I want to try to go back to realism. Trying to do all those feathers is going to drive me insane :p surprisingly I would rather be making hundreds of dots on the paper then colouring all those feathers. hmmm I could do a bird piece in pointillism! That would look really nice and I would be certifiable in the end so would get locked up and never have to do laundry again :p (I swear for it just being the two of use we go through a lot of laundry :/) more creative spaces here

Everyday in May #20

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"Everyday in May #20" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip Coloured Pencils Canson Mi-Tientes paper For Sale Here 11 more to go :) I don't think I have actually ever drawn a kiwi before, don't like the fruit so never have them around. For once I can think of nothing to write about lol I'm speechless which for me is a shock :p I could very well try to think up some drivel (thats a great word) to fill space but I'm going to go to bed instead :p *note to self* Just because the strawberry body butter smells like the real thing, doesn't mean it tastes like the real thing. It tastes like feet :p (or how I would imagine feet to taste, not that I have any desire to taste feet) Good night online world :)

Everyday in May #19

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"Everyday in May #19" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip ACEO Coloured Pencil on watercolour paper Little colour study :) I want to do a bigger piece of art of the Anemones but it needs more purple if I do. I would probably do a base coat with the Neocolors to try to help get the slight colour variations these flowers have. Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip The eagle transferred onto Fabriano paper (I think I spelt that right). I know I should be doing more detailed backgrounds but I just really like the colourful backgrounds that I can get with the Neocolors. Not that this one is going to be really colourful, just lots of yellows and greens. This has a layer of Neocolour scribbled on it. One could say I'm being lazy by just scribbling onto the paper and not taking the time to draw out a background or have an even distrubution of colour. But hey this is the only time I can act like a 5 year old and get away with it :p Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip And the first layer

Everyday in May #18

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"Everyday in May #18" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip ACEO For someone who loves snakes I don't draw them enough :p hmm the angle on this is a little off so he looks a little crooked. Practice, practice, practice :) I have a lot of ref. pictures of my Ball Python that I had, so I will probably do a few more practice pieces of him and then I want to try to do a coloured pencil piece. The colours that his scales gave off when the sun hit them was just gorgeous and its the colours you don't think would be there. Lots of blues, purples and greens :) (even pink lol) Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip This looks so odd right now. The eagle facing the viewer is at an odd angle that looks really wrong when its not shaded. I think everything is where it should be, but I will have another look at it tomorrow to make sure before I transfer it onto the watercolour paper. I made the bird in the backs head a little bigger then it probably should be but, but with a small head his/

Monday Photos of the Week May 18, 2009

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Who in their right mind would go swimming in the loch? o.0 Does not look clean enough to swim in, but I guess it is cleaner then it use to be. The loch use to cover quite a lot of town before it was drained in the 18th-century. And if you ever get lost in Forfar here is a map :p I think they need to replace this one. Its looking a little old. (the map images are pretty large so you can read the text, just a warning for people on slower connections) And a close up of the right side. And a close up of the left. Art later :D

Everyday in May #17

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everyday in may 17 Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Managed to get some art done. Not much, buts its better then nothing :D The other Eagle is going to be looking at the viewer. Going to be about 10 by 15 inches. I'm debating on what to do with the background. I could either use the Neocolors or just use different coloured pencils. The Neos would save a lot of time though and this is going to take a while due to its size lol Another tiled store front :) We get the oddest looks from people when we are taking pictures of random things. People stop and stare at what we are taking a photo of trying to figure out why we are taking the photo, what could be so interesting that we stopped. They either shake their head and move on, or keep looking looking long after we are gone still trying to figure out what was worth taking a pic of :p or yell "Take my picture! Take my picture!" I don't think people want to see a picture of a ned. Once you've seen one, you'v

Eye Spy...

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Eye Spy...green Originally uploaded by fuzzydragons Something green :) Mr.F's little veggie patch is growing well. He put some stakes in the ground for the beans (yuck!) and the peas to help them. The strawberry plants are growing new leaves and the onions are growing like weeds :p There is a Dahlia bulb in the ground before those stakes in the front. I don't know if it will get as big as the one last year, but it might as the soil is deeper here and its full of all kinds of plant food (bone meal stinks :/) The little veggie patch looked like this at the end of April but with all the rain we have had this past week everything has grown A LOT. The rain last night was insane! A river of water flowing down the street. Really neat to see, but its shredded a lot of the flowers that came early this year :/ These were all right as they are right beside the house so were protected. See that bundle of sticks in the top of the picture? Thats what I tripped over last week. Don&#

Everday in May #16

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"Everyday in May #16" Copyright Jennifer Rose Phillip ACEO Coloured Pencil on Murano paper Todays Everyday in May piece :) Trying to get more practise with doing landscape type pieces. I do actually enjoy drawing landscapes, I just need to draw them more. More Yupo experiments :) So here is a scan of the finished cards from yesterday: Kind of a pain to scan as the light just reflects on the shiny smooth paper so washes all the colours out. Neocolors on the left, Inktense on the right. On the left the card with Neocolors down first and then I went over that with the Inktense pencils. On the right the card with the Inktense down first and then I put Neocolors over those. I had no problems with either of the mediums going over each other. The colour actually laid down better it seemed with a base of pigment to work with. I really liked the way the card on the right looked dry. The colours were really vibrant and the various crayon colours really blended together well over