It wasn't meant to be so long between this and my last post - but I have been SO busy over the Easter, that I just haven't had the time to sit at the computer! In fact, I haven't even had the time to do any art at all for more than two weeks!
Anyway, before I explain why - here is the Apple, which won the vote as to which to share next...
8" x 8" Oil on Canvas Panel
I thoroughly enjoyed painting the apple its self.
All of those final glazes, each bringing out different colours and markings...
In case you missed them, click on the links for layer 1, layer 2, layer 3 and layer 4, which came before these final few glazes.
Anyway - why have I been SO busy?
You probably remember when our dog, Codi, passed away, a year ago last Christmas day... Well, I didn't deal with it very well at all and I vowed never to get another dog.
Codi was a dog who made her presence known - admittedly much to my dismay at times! But she had been by my side almost every day, all day for ten years and when she was gone, I was overwhelmed by the hole she had left behind.
Still, I never wanted to replace her and that was that. My mind was completely closed to the idea of another dog.
But for the last few weeks, Paul has been bringing it up from time to time.
My first reaction was to flatly refuse to even entertain the idea. But then he kept on talking about it to other people, looking at puppies on the internet and generally bothering me about it...
Eventually, I agreed to give it some thought and the more persuasion I had from Paul, the more I warmed to the idea. But this time, it would have to be a completely different breed and a different sex - this way it would be easier to detach a new pup from being any kind of replacement for Codi - because he won't be. He'll be an individual all of his own.
Anyway - within days of agreeing to think about it, we were travelling 4 1/2 hours up north to the 'chocolate box' village of Pickering in Yorkshire, to view some puppies... and of course once I saw them, how could I possibly refuse???
It was SO hard to choose - but in the end, out of six little boys, we picked the one who was really content to have a lovely long cuddle - just as content to play amongst the other pups and equally content to wander off on his own, generally entertain himself and find things to bring back; first, a twig, then a leaf and then a small lump of moss!
Here he is at six weeks old...
This was much less time than we had expected and since this new pup might not be quite as reluctant to wander off as Codi was, we are using all of our spare time to prepare... securing fences, shopping for supplies, clearing the garden of anything that might be dangerous etc...
So, that's why my blog is slow at the moment - and it will be for a little while, because the next two weekends will be taken up with more preparations and another trip to Yorkshire to collect him - then of course I'll have to put some time in to training him to pass me my brushes etc ;0)
Anyway - if I where to give you 3 guesses as to what we've named him, you'd probably get it right!
No - it's not 'Ted', though that was one we were toying with....
...We've named him 'Sherlock' after one of my bear paintings :0)
But not only that, it's a cool name for a 'Fox Red Labrador Retriever' don't you think?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my news! I must be completely BONKERS!!!
Next up will be the charcoal drawing of Bear 7 :0)
See you then!