Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Daily Painting

It has been an age since I blogged - life has been busy and my energy levels have not been as high as I'd like! I am finding it difficult to photograph my little oils without getting some glare from the oils themselves! I use a quick dry medium which gives the paintings a really nice sheen but it is this sheen that is causing the problem! I take my photos from the same shady spot in the garden but the results aren't consistent these days. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
I have been busy with commissions, pastel dog portrait and children's portraits. It has been a long time since I did a painting for myself! When will I get back to Daily Painting? The nasturtiums were a late summer subject - I still have a little red one flowering under the hedge!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Winter Fair

I spent today at the Winter Fair in Castle Douglas. I didn't sell as much as hoped but have 3 commissions in the book and some more names for my classes. All in all I enjoyed the experience. This was my first "Fair" event. It was well organised by Leah Halliday from Dumfries My table was located by a wall for my boarding with an electrical point. I arrived too early - story of my life - I hate to be late!!! I was set up in no time - surprisingly it took longer to take down!
The cakes, teas and coffees were situated straight across the room from me - yummee!! There were a variety of vintage stalls, food stalls and of course, crafts of every shape and form!
There were loads of people, at one point you could hardly move - difficult for folks to see the stalls though! At 2pm we had some live music - The choir Leah belongs to gave us their best, especially a rendition of Adele's "Breathless" - they were wonderful.
I had intended to wear "vintage" but I was so cold in the morning that I'm afraid my dress stayed in the car! The sun was beating in the windows of the hall but with the doors open for the punters, it was decidedly chilly at times!
The stall on one side was Ivy Rose Vintage www.facebook.comIvyRoseVintage, their stuff went like a train from the moment the doors opened and Morag MacPherson's Textiles on my other side was also very busy. Ivy Rose are two ladies from Edinburgh who do this as a hobby - they and Morag were great company. The stallholders were all very friendly and welcoming!