I'm a bit late with a blog post this month, November is a busy time of year leading up to Christmas with wrapping parcels that will travel to new homes, near and far. While I was packing the other day, the low autumn sunlight was vibrant as it shone through my studio window onto my coffee cup...
The gold painted hearts reflected onto my desk. I was also designing new jewellery pieces for the shop and trying to draw a self-portrait, which I'm finding quite difficult to start painting at the moment. I have tried quite a few times over the years to create a picture of myself, but have failed. So this time, I thought about the animals that I love and added them into the picture as well, of course I had to draw Zigsa and really had to look closely at his markings, on his spotty fur coat. I also added the red birthmark on my cheek which is in the shape of a heart.
Frida Kahlo did some fabulous paintings of herself with her pets and she has inspired me to be more creative when doing a self-portrait. The owl in my sketch is not a pet, but is the tawny owl that I saw in my garden last year, I felt a strong connection when I saw it close up and managed to take a photo just before it flew away....
I will show the illustration as it develops in future posts. I might even make a copy of it and sell a print in Etsy, if it's good enough!
New Jewellery Ideas and a Christmas Giveaway on Facebook.
At the moment I'm into crystal jewellery. On Halloween I visited Avebury where I bought a few clear quartz stones from the crystal shop. I love clear quartz and the way the light shines through them. I'm really enjoying making pendants with the pieces that I have found. Two necklaces with pearls have already sold from Etsy and are on their way to Australia.
Here are another couple of necklaces that have just been listed HERE!
They are, one small ceramic owl with fairy silk ribbon and a jade bead. The other pendant is clear quartz which is wrapped in gold sari silk, held in place with a large bronze beadcap.
If you are looking for gift ideas there is still time to buy from #Etsy.
Finally, I have decided to have a Christmas giveaway again on Facebook. If you are interested in taking part in the draw, please stop by MY PAGE. The draw is 4 posts down from the top!
You can win a pair of these Red Bear Earrings. I will anounce the winner on MONDAY, 24th November, it was going to be on Sunday but I think we need to give a little more time for more likes and comments.
Do look and maybe share the Bears. See you soon! xx