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Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life


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Monday, 7 May 2012

Say 'Cheese'...


My Mum is one person who absolutely hates the camera!
She is extremely camera shy and is never happy with any photo taken of her - at all - ever!!

So I thought I'd do what any sensitive daughter would do... 

...Plaster her face across the Internet! Mwahahahahah!!




I've had a particular photograph of Mum that I've been meaning to draw for some time. She was obviously only young and it is a lovely photograph, so it seemed the obvious reference for me to choose :0)

What's odd is that whilst I found my Dad very easy to draw, I found my Mum extremely difficult - particularly her mouth for some reason.
Anyway, I always expected it to be the other way around! 
I have to say it was a very difficult photo to work from with its soft focus and lack of tone.

Ordinarily, I would have drawn this as a gift for Mum as I did for my Dad when I drew him. But since I can tell what my Mum is thinking even when she is pretending otherwise, I thought I would spare my self the possible look of horror on her face when she sees it for the first time!
Of course she may love it and I hope she does, but at worst I enjoyed the challenge and as always it's a good thing to keep drawing as my oil layers dry :0) 

Speaking of my oils, I know I keep saying it but I really am excited about the progress of the latest bear! 
I am working on the glass and decanter of red wine at the moment and the richness of the colours are an absolute joy!

I have only had one day to spend on the painting this Bank Holiday weekend, because on Saturday we needed to buy Charlie some new clothes and shoes - he is growing so fast! I have told him that if he grows any more, he's grounded, lol! ;0) It's so odd that these days I have to reach up to him to give him a cuddle!

Then, on Sunday he was playing football in an all day tournament. It was SO cold! I can't believe that after the wettest April on record, we are now having the coldest May! Anyway, by the time we arrived home we were almost numb with cold!

Today though, I took myself and my radio down to my art room at the bottom of the garden and spent about three hours working on the bear, listening to my new favourite radio show, while Paul worked in the garden. And when I couldn't paint anymore I completed Mum's drawing. So it was a most productive and enjoyable day :0)

Meanwhile, Paul is preparing to completely strip my art room over the next few weeks and redesign it with me! I am so excited! So, if anyone has some studio design tips you can share with me, I would really appreciate it :0D

Anyway, before I go I will leave you with a random fact about my week...

Q: What did I learn from our Son Charlie today?

A: Well, I find it interesting that both Charlie and Adele refer to me as 'Mum' almost all the time - until they want something! Then they calls me 'Mummy'! 
"Mummy, can I have...", "Mummy, will you please..."

So, I asked Charlie why this is...

"Well", he said. "The word Mummy is supposed to trigger your maternal instinct. So I figure that when I call you Mummy, you should instantly do what ever I want!"

Hmm.. I don't think so Charlie, lol!

PS...

Mummy, I hope you like my drawing :0))


35 comments:

  1. A really brilliant post and a totally brilliant drawing of you mummy :0) She is bound to like it, perhaps you should leave it by her bedside, let her find it. That way she can get used to it without embarrassing both herself and you.

    Tip for an art room (besides running water)Lots of INSULATION - to help keep it cool as much as keeping it warm. In the 'hutch' I can heat the place ... but I get cooked in the summer.

    My son called us mum & dad, until the day my first granddaughter (his niece) was born, whereupon we became Nan and Granddad, and so we have remained .... even though she is now 28.

    Have you ever thought of getting some of your bear pictures copied as posters? I could see them selling by the thousand to kids bedrooms throughout whereverland. Perhaps you could do one with toys and things in the background?

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    1. Thank you John! I am glad you like it. She has JUST seen it and says she really loves it, so that's a big fat 'PHEW' from me!
      That's a great tip you shared for the art room, thank you. At the moment it isn't insulated and I had no idea that's why I have to wear a bikini while I paint in the summer, lol! Just kidding ;0) But it does get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. It will definitely be insulated!
      Although I can paint I have no marketing experience at all. The Gallery are making limited edition prints as we speak. I get very little for those at 12.5%, but I will get 50% of the original. So, when I tot it all up, if I were to sell all 149 prints and also the original it certainly means each painting pays me very fairly. I think they would make nice note cards and I might ask the Gallery if I can get some of those made up :0)

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  2. First of all, Sandra, your Mum is absolutely beautiful!! But I am so sure you know that already. In the beginning of your post you said you would plaster your Mom's painting all over the internet!! That made me laugh so much...you are soooo evil!! LOL. I know she will love this painting!

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    1. Lol, Hilda! Thank you! Yes, I am eeeeevil, teeheehee!
      But, she has just seen it and loves it so I am very happy that she is still speaking to me. Maybe it is just because I called her Mummy! ;0)

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  3. Hmm ... I think Charlie may have something there. :) And your sketch of your mum is beautiful, Sandra. She must be a beauty indeed, and deserves to be "plastered all over the internet"!! You rascal!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! Hmm, I wonder if 'Rascal' is the word my Mum would've chosen had she not have liked it, lol! Luckily she really does so I am very happy :0)

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  4. Un très beau portrait de votre maman... Je suis certaine qu'elle va en être très honorée.
    Gros bisous à vous

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    1. Merci beaucoup! Elle vient de le voir et heureusement, il aime beaucoup! Je suis releived: 0D

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  5. Your Mum as well Mummy would love this Sandra. Isn't she beautiful!!
    You surely are a sensitive daughter. :)
    I really loved this portrait.

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    1. Thank you Prabal! Yes, you got me - I am sensitive really! I had a fair idea that she would like it but of course I could have been wrong! Luckily, she loves it, so I can go back to calling her 'Mum' now :0)

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  6. Should mum need it, my blog is open for embarrassing baby pictures - for a fee :lol:
    Its a beautiful drawing, Sandra. I would frame it and just pop it on a shelf when she's not looking, and wait for the oohs and aahs which will undoubtedly follow.:)

    Yes, insulate the art studio. Mine is and that's fab! Also pop some blinds up that work on individual windows, just in case you have too much glare. Be careful of running water, in my borough it changes use and you then need planning permission. Pair of binoculars too, when the painting is resting, you positively need to watch the birds :) xx

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    1. Thank you Pat! She really loves it, so I am very happy!
      I had never thought of binoculars for the studio, lol! Great idea :0)
      Yes, I agree, blinds are a must! I have two windows which my husband put in the ceiling which were a fabulous addition - but I have realised that I need to 'frost' them to diffuse the light, which I hadn't thought of at all until the light bouncing of the white paper nearly blinded me, lol! :0)

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  7. I agree with Pat ... get it framed and just sneak it in to the house somewhere and I'm sure your mum will be extremely proud of it! It's a lovely drawing and with more than a passing resemblance to yourself I think, Sandra.

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    1. Hi Michael. Thank you! I must say, I did think that as I was drawing it. There is a very strong likeness! She absolutely loves it, so I am very pleased :0)

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  8. Hello Sandra, painter of vintage bears! :) I'm sure your Mum will like the drawing, it's gorgeous! And I saw a resemblance to you too. Your son Charlie is very clever :), mine is somewhere up there too when I hug him!

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    1. Hi Judy! It's hard to know what to describe myself as, lol!
      Thank you so much! Yes, I agree with the likeness too.
      As for Charlie, he is too clever for me, lol! ;0)

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  9. Hello Sandra,
    excellent, very beautiful portrait!
    A hug

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    1. Thank you Antonio! A hug back to you :0)

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  10. Sandra, what a great portrait and gesture! I am sure your mum is proud!

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    1. Thank you Liana! She likes it very much so I am very pleased :0)

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  11. what a beautiful portrait. do you take after your mum as i can see you in it? of course she'd love it-its gorgeous and who wouldn't rather have themselves immortalised in their prime!

    that's a very clever son you have, so does the mummy trigger work?!

    how exciting that your studio is getting a revamp. hope you'll post photos of how it looks before and after!

    btw, did you manage to see the first episode of next great artist season 2 in the end up?

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    1. Thank you Nicola!
      Yes, there is a resemblance which I noticed as I drew her :0)
      The Mummy trigger only works when I am not thinking! Then the best way to describe it to you is that it's like a dog looking up at you with big sad eyes and a wrinkly head lol! But when I have my head on properly I see straight through it!
      I will definitly do some before and after pics of the studio. The best thing is that hopefully I will have a sink and tap down there which at the moment I don't. You can imagine how difficult that makes things!
      I did see the first show, thanks to you! What an odd bunch! It's a shame the French man went first. I though he was the only normal person there and had much more to give (nothing to do with that accent or his smouldering good looks, honest!. I'm going to watch the next one tonight and if the preview is anything to go by, I could be shouting at the telly A LOT!! :0)

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  12. Sadra what a BEAUTIFUL drawing!! I love that look of shyness that she has, which is so appealing because she is so beautiful, humility I guess is what you would call it. Fantastic work Sandra dear and with such sensitivity! :)) And do you know that I believe I have used Charlie's same rational when talking to my own mom. heh heh! It does seem to work. ;) I'm positive that your mom will love this Sandra, and I can't wait to see the bear!!! :D

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    1. Thank you SO much Crystal! I just wish you could see the real thing because the photo is quite grainy and blue. I had it mounted and framed today and it looks so nice! I can't wait to give it to her tomorrow :0)
      I like the look she has too. It is more interesting to try and capture an expression rather than just a likeness isn't it - something you are a master at! :0)

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  13. This is such a great post... from the evil maniacal laughter at the start, through a gorgeous drawing and the fact that it appears your mother and mine are sooo alike, through to the mummy tale... loved it from start to finish...xx

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    1. Thank you Tracey! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
      It seems that the mummy thing worked because she really likes it, phew!! :0)

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  14. What a wonderful drawing! Love the shading, the softness, and how you did the hair. I never know how to draw hair, I never get it right. I'm certain you're mum will love it! I can well understand your mum not liking to have her photograph taken. I hate it too, and I don't think I've ever seen a photograph of me I liked. (That's why I think self portraits are so great, because you can manipulate them so well). Ten years ago, when I was studying abroad, one of my friends used to take photos of all of us all the time. I hated it. But looking back now, I'm glad to have those visual memories, and sometimes regret that there aren't more photographs of me from other times.

    How wonderful to have your studio redesigned! I still dream of having a proper studio one day, but I already know exactly what it should look like. Although I'm pretty sure I'll have to make some compromises with the real think - unless I'll win the lottery :).

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    1. Thank you so much! I can also relate to the photo thing because I don't much like them myself either. I don't mind it if it's been taken without me having to 'pose', but to have to stare at a camera and smile I find really uncomfortable! It seems we are all the same, lol!
      It turns out that this is one of the only photo's my Mum actually likes so it was a very good choice to draw, lol!
      I have drawn the plans for my studio for Paul today. first the floor plan, then the wall plans. Hmm... I have no idea about scale so he will probably tell me it's not possible the way I have drawn it, so I will ask him to use it as a guide and do the best he can. I'm so excited!! :0)

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  15. Magnificent Sandra! This may sound silly, but you did a great job with her teeth! I can't draw or paint teeth without the person looking creepy! Awesome hair too.

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    1. Thank you Nora! Yes, I also find teeth a challenge! I find that the best way is to draw the shape beneath the teeth but without the lines between. That way they appear much less 'in your face' (no pun intended, lol!). Also, I make sure they are shadowed rather than white to give them form. I still find them very difficult though too! :0)

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  16. This is a fabulous post Sandra. I love the way you include us in what you're doing. You're Mum is beautiful and you've done a wonderful job of drawing her. I love the way you've done her hair and agree with Nora about the teeth. I'm wondering if you had trouble with her mouth because of the slightly unusual perspective. As far as Charlie is concerned ... cuddles from mum? That's ruined his street-cred then. lol. Brilliant work as always. ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much John! I'm glad you like it. Yes it could well be the perspective of the mouth and teeth that made it a challenge! As for Charlie, he is the most loving boy, but only when nobody else is around, lol! So for now his street cred remains intact ;0)

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    2. Thank yo so much John! Yes perhaps the perspective made the mouth and teeth particularly challenging! As for Charlie, he really is affectionate, but only when nobody is looking ;0)

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  17. Sandra, hi your drawing is beautiful as well as your Mom..
    and lets not forget your handsome Dad.. no wonder your so pretty ... How could it go wrong ??? lol ! BJ

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    1. Thank you Barbra! What a lovely compliment - I am positively blushing, lol! :0)

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