Just checked the date of my last post and it's been ages since I've posted anything! SHOCKING! In my defense the festive period took over my life and my task load was piling up and up on my desk at work just before the festivities. All I wanted to do was get in, put my leggings on, whip the bra off, shuv my hair up into a 'pineapple' and vegetate. I had nearly 2 weeks off doing nothing but sleeping in until 2pm. One of the many phrases that passed my lips during this holiday time was 'Where the heck has the rest of the day gone? For anyone who knows me, I am an early riser and I mean early. I can't help it and this frustrates friends and family massively. My mum banned me from getting up before 7:30am until I left home. I'm 24 for goodness sake I shouldn't be confined to my room! I want to grasp the day with a power grab. There's a day to be had and life is too short to be spending it sleeping in. But life wouldn't be life if we weren't being hypercritical once in a while as that 'seize' the day' nonsense went out the window over Christmas and I came to understand why my mother put a 'don't get up early 'ban. I blame the mince pies, several roast dinners, mulled wine, after eights, Christmas chocolate and the film Elf for my long sleeps.
During the time that I wasn't asleep or engulfing mince pies, I did do a bit of painting and I finally managed to complete the first set of my little art project that I am going to be doing. You will have to wait and see further down the line what that will be ;). (I say that because I fear it will be a train wreck and I don't want to publicise it if it's not going to work. That way if I do need to take another route, you won't even know about it Muwhahah. I'm clever like that you see. Don't let the hair colour fool you people. I am a genius in disguise (I like to think I am)
I'm not sure what is happening but I 'swear down' I think my detail is getting better by each painting. Practice and persistence is definitely a key thing with all art projects and I've noticed that I'm less and less annoyed by my canvas's. They seem to be responding to my abuse and are starting to cooperate with me. FINALLY! You have to be persistent with these things otherwise 1) you will have a build up of unfinished canvas' in the corner of you room and friends will think your art work is some what peculiar 2) you will end up being poor and eating will be non-existent as you've spent all your money on canvas's and paint 3)you don't want the canvas to beat you.
Another reason that I think my detail is improving is because to lovely other half bought me a cracking huge wooden easel for my birthday! What a gem! So long back aches, achy knees and dead legs, hello painting bliss and (fingers crossed) masterpieces. Move aside Van Gogh, Holly has entered the building. The best and by far the most thoughtful gift I've ever received :).
I tried so hard to make sure these eyes were exactly the same because according to an article I read a while back 'faces are considered to be more appealing and beautiful when they are symmetrical' which is hugely annoying as no-one in this world is completely symmetrical not even a models eyebrows.
Just like the mouth, the white lines on the eyes where made using the edge of that wooden thing that you use to tighten a canvas. I really should find out the name for that thing but in the mean time 'wooden thing' is it's name. Took me about 3-4 hours to paint each eye and was another great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Perfect few days if you ask me :)