Monday, December 18, 2006


Well here it is at last! I was panicing slightly as I still had to print out the cards and send them. But today the last lot went so that's a relief. Happy Christmas to all!

Friday, December 15, 2006

More colour...(sheesh what a dull title!)

Well, I did some more last night and it's taking shape. Hopefully I'll have it finished tonight then I can get copies printed off and sent. The printer ink and card-with-envelopes arrived yesterday so that's a relief!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

More colours...

Time is a-getting on and I'm hurriedly colouring in my card. Not in my usual meditative state when I'm doing it this time, as I'm concious of having to do it quickly before Christmas has been and gone.
Slight panic today as the printer is ink-less and I have no greetings card card to print on as my supplier hasn't delivered my order yet. Grrrr! Still, an email in my box today said they'd dispatched it all so here's hoping.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

colour's going on!

The sky's on.....I'm never too sure about my skies, until the other elements start taking form. Thank goodness for Painter's iterative save feature that allows me to save various stages of the work! I'm working on the snowy bits now....just deleted one lot and went back to the version you see above as it looked all wrong.
Wish I could work on this during the day, but I'm busy doing educational illustrations. Siiigggghhhhh.......................

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

step 2......

Maybe you can't see very well, but I've dropped the line drawing onto a dark paint-bucketed background. Gives the 'oil' colours a bit more body as they pick up traces of the background colour as I paint.
My favourite oil brushes were best in Painter 5.5; 'loaded oils' and 'brushy', which don't work as well without tweaking in Painter 9's brush creator. I've had to almost remake them for the purpose as the existing Painter 9 oils weren't quite right for me.
So...hopefully tomorrow I'll start laying down a bit of colour. :-))

Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas is coming.....aargh!

It's that time again and as ever I've been too busy to think about my yearly Christmas card design till it's almost too late. So last night I racked my brains for ideas on the same sort of theme as last years card, which went down very well. Here's the start of the result:
This is the black line stage. I shall drop it onto a coloured base then paint with oils, all in Painter of course. I shall be putting the various stages up here as I do them, for the interested. To see last year's card and other years go here to my other blog here.

I love doing snow scenes! This is a very personal card too; the surfers just coming out from a last Christmas Eve surf are hubby and son; that's me walking Charlie the Jack Russell and one of the cottages has a weathervane I designed and had made for hubby a couple of years ago. Note, even the seagulls have their stockings up!