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10-29-2013, 08:56 AM

Designed for the owner of the cottage I stayed at in June. A fabulous place.

and a cardoon done very quickly to encourage my students to mix media and incorporate drawing with their watercolours. It was a class of beginners and they did some really good versionjs of the seedheads. Sometimes a difficult subject brings out the best in people doesn't it?

watercolour,charcoal pencil and coloured pencil

oh that sunset looks really lurid on here - it isn't and it doesn't print looking lurid :(

10-29-2013, 12:52 PM
Great seascape. Sometimes sunsets look that way.

11-01-2013, 12:04 AM
Great design for the cottage owner, love your colors too.

11-02-2013, 10:15 AM
Thanks Candace and Debby :)

This is an ongoing project in cp - started this morning for my grandaughter for Christmas



A few years ago I made Russian Dolls for the family, if you want you can see them here (http://vivienb.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/painting-russian-dolls-3.html)

Lucy is now old enough to have some of her own - these are a work in progress and far from finished.

As before I'm using coloured pencils as they are more controllable than paint for me. The smallest cat is minute! The cats are a little more colourful than they show up here.

And another project brewing is a book for her about a little rag doll I had made, that I gave to her when she visited last weekend.


With paintings and Jewelllery to pull in I think sleep might not be an option!

11-02-2013, 12:39 PM
Oh, I LOVE the Russian dolls. I looked at the ones on your link - they are adorable!!!! Where did you get the blank dolls? How many come in a set?

11-02-2013, 02:22 PM
The Russian dolls are adorable. So is the little rag doll. Looking forward to seeing the story book that goes with her.

11-02-2013, 07:25 PM
The Russian dolls are so adorable. Had a look at the whole family on your site. Fantastic gift idea to be treasured. I'm with Michelle, where did you get the blanks? Such a cute rag doll too. Great job on the hair. You are just so creative, I am in awe. Thank you so much for sharing.

11-03-2013, 09:12 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments :)

Good ol' eBay! If I wonder where on earth to get something, eBay always has it!

Type in Russian doll blanks. They come in different shapes and sizes an different numbers of dolls to a set.

I did a search simply wondering if you even could buy them, wasn't sure if you could ... You can :)

Cp was easier than paint, much more controllable, oil based like polychromos are best.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2013/53888-image.jpg

11-03-2013, 12:50 PM

finished :)

The biggest one is holding the rag doll I showed you.

11-03-2013, 02:45 PM
So cute. I'm sure it will be treasured.

Joan T
11-03-2013, 09:25 PM
You do such a variety of art projects. I love the Russian dolls!!! I can't imagine working on the smallest one. I remember how tiny that last one is!

11-07-2013, 04:06 PM
Yes .That last one was tricky! :)

11-07-2013, 07:53 PM
These are just go adorable. I love them. I want them :) Thanks for sharing your wonderful inspiration and creativity. :)

11-08-2013, 01:04 AM
These are so cute! Lucy will be so happy with them!!

11-08-2013, 01:30 PM
Thanks :)

11-08-2013, 03:56 PM
I found some wooden jigsaw blanks on Amazon :). Quite small. I could draw the rag doll on one and link the presents. Can't wait for them to arrive! It was a 2 pack so can do 2.

11-11-2013, 01:16 PM
Oh gosh I started something with those Russian dolls! One of the classes I teach is accredited and I asked the class if they fancied designing some on the next section where I'll have them working in coloured pencil. I said IF they fancied they could then do them for real. They all jumped at the idea and I came home with their cash and have just put in a large order for the blanks!

11-11-2013, 09:22 PM
Well, it's a unique and awesome use of colored pencil. If I was in your class, I'd have said yes too. :)

11-12-2013, 02:38 AM

Nothing to do with sketching but this is another project ... Necklace for eldest daughter.


11-12-2013, 02:48 PM

11-13-2013, 12:09 AM
I love the seascape at the beginning of this thread! How gorgeous!

11-13-2013, 04:04 AM
Thanks Leslie :)

11-13-2013, 04:06 AM
Rather than a story book, because my granddaughter loves to draw, I think I will make her a colouring book, based on her toys and family etc

Now to find time ....

11-13-2013, 04:50 AM
delightful thread....one or two times I've misread the title as "going to bits and pieces in November"

11-13-2013, 08:29 AM
delightful thread....one or two times I've misread the title as "going to bits and pieces in November"


Much closer to the truth!

Joan T
11-13-2013, 09:57 PM
Lovely necklace. I like that pendant!

11-14-2013, 07:19 PM
It's malachite.

11-16-2013, 04:36 PM
oh my, you are such a busy person. Love that you make all your Christmas presents. Love the mix media seedhead, and the russian dolls are such a cool idea. rag doll and necklace are super too. You make me wanna go make crafty things, love the thread :D

11-17-2013, 12:49 PM
Thanks :) !

Well tomorrow one of my classes start work on designs for Russian dolls, next week they make them.

11-17-2013, 03:35 PM
And these are going to be turned into a dolls house family. I hope.


With the help of pipe cleaners, fabric and wool.

11-18-2013, 03:03 PM
I'm sure you'll do fine with the peg dolls.

11-18-2013, 03:42 PM
I love those nesting dolls! Bravo!!

... and the green necklace for your daughter is so splendid :)

11-19-2013, 01:37 AM
The colour of the neckless is stunning! It will be interesting so see what you will come up with the dolls...

11-20-2013, 04:48 AM
Well the beige pipe cleaners for the arms and legs on the peg dolls have arrived. I'm thinking the best solution is to drill a hole to thread them through. May be a job requiring assistance :)

Meanwhile, I made a start on the Noah's ark painting requested. First thoughts were a queue of animals 2x2. I couldn't get interested. So I decided to do it this way. Lots still to do but at least it's underway! It is big, a full sheet of watercolour paper. I'm using caran d'ache neocolor Ii and Derwent Artbars to keep the marks bg enough for the scale.


Mmm just thought .. I could have the dove with the branch over the waves on the left that feels as if it needs something.

11-20-2013, 11:32 AM

Taken in very dull light so it's a bit brighter, but nearly done.

Thank you to Picasso for the dove!

11-20-2013, 04:15 PM
Cute ark for Charlie.

Joan T
11-26-2013, 04:48 PM
Love the ark and the animals. That must be impressive on a full sheet.

11-27-2013, 10:53 AM
Thanks Debby and Joan :)

One of my students is hopefully drilling holes through those dolls so can thread the arms through.

So next in line was the pirate map. I tore a double page out of the big moleskine sketchbook. Not great art ... But fun!


I bought a pirate ship, with pirates and a pirate costume, so it went with the theme :)

11-27-2013, 03:22 PM
The pirate map is delightful!