Monday, 14 November 2011

Every Picture Tells a Story

Apologies I have become a very bad blogger again, I cant even use the excuse of too much work, family or any other commitments. I had the idea I wanted to learn to paint. I did manage to finish the clay and mache creations, but OH has run off with my camera so cant enthrall you with those disasters yet, but I will! No, for today you can laugh at my 'art'. It was going very badly and I 'almost' gave up at weekend until I read a fabulous blog post from "CaroleeCrafts" about inspiration and not waiting to do what you wish, so I have carried on, thank you Carol. Also one of my team members from Etsy spurs me on (probably as she wants a good laugh) so here you go Jen, this is what I have been up too.

Before this one, my angels did resemble something from the Rocky Horror show. I have finished this one today and I am going to frame it for my Mum's birthday. Ever the optomist she wanted a piece of my new artwork for her birthday (no pressure). I would like to say I created her all by myself but no, I have purchased some books to help me learn to draw so this is adapted from one of those, but she is all my own work - no tracing.

I quite liked this one too, also done today and a vast improvement on the Rocky Horror show ones, I know I still have rather a long way to go - and plenty of work yet on features, but as OH said "at least you can tell what it is" so thats a start.

This was my weekend effort, I wanted to paint a bouquet for my Mum, as you can see I do need an awful lot of practice, and for starters learning how to draw a vase might be an idea, this one looks like a pint pot! But I enjoyed painting and the colours, again you can just about make out what it is meant to be LOL (Janice from Wellydog, I really hope you are NOT reading this!)

This was my very first attempt with coloured pencils, bare in mind I hadnt actually picked one up in over 30 years.

Spurred on by my angels I thought I would adapt the same principle to a self portrait, not done that for about 40 years - dont worry I dont really look like an odd shaped stick with a dog that looks absolutely nothing like any of mine, or any I know.

So, there you go - finished laughing yet? now how many of you have looked at this and thought they could do better? (aside from Wellydog who we 'know' can) so what are you waiting for? I'm not much good yet, but can certainly only get better and I am having a great time trying.
I do also have my very own art teacher at hand, one of my good friends used to teach art and has asked me to bring my work to her this week, she probably needs a good laugh too, but sure she will give me some valuable pointers. One day when you see my name in lights you might remember this blog post....... (..and I might wake up!)

Follow your dreams, life is too short.

~Bags of Swank by SimJaTa~


  1. Yes of course I had to come and have a look!! How could I not resist? Don't put yourself down, you are doing very well. If you were learning to drive a car you wouldn't just expect to get in be able to drive, its the same with drawing and painting you need to practice and learn from your mistakes. I think you are tackling some very hard subjects. I am sure you will get great help and support from your friend but if you ever need it you can always e-mail me if you want any advice and help. Keep going its so worth it x

  2. Heavens aove, don';t worry what any one else thinks. If you have enjoyed doing it that is sufficient. Love your fairies, they do have that delecate, ethereal look, as for the flowers, onward and upward I say. I think watercolouring is as much a knack as it is art, believe me, I have had a go and it aint easy. It is all in the eye of the said beholder (or so they say). I take my hat off to you. a brilliant effort and you will soon get back into the swing.

  3. Well done Lynda, I think you're inspiring even if you don't realise it.

    I can see great talent emerging in your fairies and I like the details in the fairy wings and the puffy dress with the flowers, although I would have liked to have seen the Rocky Horror version too ;-) I also like the bouquet!

    Once I have some more time (what I mean is if I can drag myself away from painting trinket boxes and the sewing machine) I'm going to take up art again too. Hopefully, I'll be brave enough to show mine too.

    Keep creating!

    Jen x

  4. Don't do yourself down Lynda I love these, never give up and remember to follow your dream. Thank you for your comment on my blog.

  5. So much better than I could ever dream of doing! Please keep it up because you have a real talent there...I would like to see the Rocky Horror show ones too!


  6. Thank you for taking the time to look and comment. Janice, I wish you lived nearer to me!
    You are all so kind, you are invited to my first exhibition, this will be in about 5 years time so keep the day clear...

    I like you all far too much to subject you to the rocky horror fairy.