20 April 2009

Calendar Girls April

It was my turn to choose the picture for this month. It took me ages at the end of last year to find a calendar that was suitable to use. All I could seem to find was dogs, cats, cars or pop stars but after going into umpteen shops in town by pure luck I got it down the road from where I live in a card shop's New Year sale.

I thought it would be easy to use this as the inspiration for this months postcard but it has been harder than I expected. This afternoon I sat down to do a small watercolour painting of part of the picture to see if it would inspire me. I'm so pleased with it that I hope Lynda who it will be going to will accept it even though it is not a postcard as such. I've not cut it to postcard size and put a mount on it so you can frame it if you want to.

16 April 2009

All about faces

For the past few weeks I've been concentrating on an online class I've been taking with Paulette Insall called 'All About Faces'.

In the first lesson I practiced drawing eyes, noses and mouths. They look really funny when they are out of context.

Next I put them all together in a face. I need to practice faces they all seem to have the same look.

Week 2 I did the background for my paintings. I used a 8 x 10 inch and 10 x 14 inch canvas. I had to re do the green one because I made a mess when I started to paint the face and couldn't rescue it so you will see the background is different in the smaller canvas.

I made a start on the face by drawing then painting the first layer.

2nd stage - Add colour to the eyes and lips and the face starts to look more lifelike.

3rd Stage - Add hair, eyebrows and start to add shading to the face. I prefer the 1st face, the 2nd didn't work as well. I wanted her hair to look as if it was blown by the wind but I don't think it worked.

4th Stage - Add shading to lips and more shading to face.

Finishing touches - I didn't want to do to much to the 1st face so just added decoration to the hairband and touched up in a few places. The 2nd face hasn't worked out as well as I wanted so I just added a quotation and I'll put it to one side for a few weeks and look at it again.

PS I should have said I used acrylics for these painting with some Caran d'ache Neocolour water soluble wax crayons for the cheeks and lips.

15 April 2009

96 Remembered - never forgotten

Today is the 2oth Anniversary of that fateful day when so many Liverpool Fans went to watch their football team play in the FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough, Sheffield, my brother Stephen was one of them, he returned home safely to his family but 96 did not.

John Alfred Anderson (62)
Thomas Howard (39)
Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)
Thomas Anthony Howard (14)
James Gary Aspinall (18)
Eric George Hughes (42)
Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)
Alan Johnston (29)
Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)
Christine Anne Jones (27)
Simon Bell (17)
Gary Philip Jones (18)
Barry Sidney Bennett (26)
Richard Jones (25)
David John Benson (22)
Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)
David William Birtle (22)
Anthony Peter Kelly (29)
Tony Bland (22)
Michael David Kelly (38)
Paul David Brady (21)
Carl David Lewis (18)
Andrew Mark Brookes (26)
David William Mather (19)
Carl Brown (18)
Brian Christopher Mathews (38)
David Steven Brown (25)
Francis Joseph McAllister (27)
Henry Thomas Burke (47)
John McBrien (18)
Peter Andrew Burkett (24)
Marion Hazel McCabe (21)
Paul William Carlile (19)
Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)
Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)
Peter McDonnell (21)
Gary Christopher Church (19)
Alan McGlone (28)
Joseph Clark (29)
Keith McGrath (17)
Paul Clark (18)
Paul Brian Murray (14)
Gary Collins (22)
Lee Nicol (14)
Stephen Paul Copoc (20)
Stephen Francis O'Neill (17)
Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)
Jonathon Owens (18)
James Philip Delaney (19)
William Roy Pemberton (23)
Christopher Barry Devonside (18)
Carl William Rimmer (21)
Christopher Edwards (29)
David George Rimmer (38)
Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)
Graham John Roberts (24)
Thomas Steven Fox (21)
Steven Joseph Robinson (17)
Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)
Henry Charles Rogers (17)
Barry Glover (27)
Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)
Ian Thomas Glover (20)
Inger Shah (38)
Derrick George Godwin (24)
Paula Ann Smith (26)
Roy Harry Hamilton (34)
Adam Edward Spearritt (14)
Philip Hammond (14)
Philip John Steele (15)
Eric Hankin (33)
David Leonard Thomas (23)
Gary Harrison (27)
Patrik John Thompson (35)
Stephen Francis Harrison (31)
Peter Reuben Thompson (30)
Peter Andrew Harrison (15)
Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)
David Hawley (39)
Peter Francis Tootle (21)
James Robert Hennessy (29)
Christopher James Traynor (26)
Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)
Martin Kevin Traynor (16)
Carl Darren Hewitt (17)
Kevin Tyrrell (15)
Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)
Colin Wafer (19)
Sarah Louise Hicks (19)
Ian David Whelan (19)
Victoria Jane Hicks (15)
Martin Kenneth Wild (29)
Gordon Rodney Horn (20)
Kevin Daniel Williams (15)
Arthur Horrocks (41)
Graham John Wright (17)

You will never be forgotten by the people of this great city and one day you will have Justice!!!!