Saturday, 17 September 2011

All systems go

I'm so pleased I managed to get some time this evening to add a few essential bits to this site. The gallery is up now so please feel free to look at the images in there. Unfortunately, it seems I have misplaced the copies of my postcard girls that I sent off to the printers earlier this year. This is the problem with using more than one computer for storing your files. So kids, I hope you'll learn from my misfortune and keep your files backed up on a disc that you have easy access to.

I've started working on my new project: wooden dolls. I'm still learning, as I don't really use acrylics and have never painted on tiny wooden objects before. The key to the whole thing, I find, is patience, of which I have a miniscule amount. It takes a bit of time for each layer of paint to dry, and it's essential to get the colours right because once you spray on the gloss, that's it.

I'm also working on my sketches for The Sketchbook Project 2012. It's a wonderful project that brings together sketchbooks from all over the world and takes them on a touring exhibition in the U.S. This time, though, European contributors will also have their sketchbooks exhibited in London (and Australians will exhibit theirs in Melbourne). I'm looking forward to seeing a whole load of sketchbooks when the tour stops in London next year!

When I got my sketchbook in the post a few weeks ago, I felt daunted. My inner critic went into action straight away, taunting me and saying that I wouldn't be able to fill the book because I was a mere crappy wannabe. I decided to leave the book for a while and start working on it after my husband left for his skydiving holiday in Spain. I finally started the first sketch a few nights ago. I'm quite happy with it and would love to show it here, but I think it's best to leave it for when it's officially part of the exhibition next year.

Next week, I'll be posting pictures of my dolls and a few plans for Halloween and Christmas. In the meantime, have a great weekend, everyone!

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