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Friday, 18 April 2014

Scared of my own shadow

Morning all, and a Happy Good Friday to you!  I had a nice lie-in this morning and didn't shed the dressing gown until an hour ago.  We are having a pootling about morning, and then this afternoon we will be off to Church for Good Friday Mass.  Hope that whatever you are up to it is enjoyable.

When Toad and I attended evening art classes, one thing that our tutor always said to me was not to be afraid of shadows.  But I am.  Still.  It takes a certain kind of bravery to start adding darkness.  I began playing with this image last weekend, and have been slowly working away at it.  I would do a bit, leave it for a while, come back and have another look, do a bit more, walk away, come back, add more.  Last night, I reached the point where I thought I don't know what else I can do without totally mucking up what I have done so far, so I have left it now and am calling it finished.  Although there are many artists out there who will scoff with undisguised amusement at my efforts.  I am still learning with these darned pencils, and it is a steep learning curve!


This little lady is Senio-rita Gladys The Superhero from Stamping Bella
The sentiment comes with the stamp
Coloured with Polychromos pencils
Tiny stars and matting layer are BoBunny Double Dots papers
Stars punched with an old Fiskars hand punch


Told you that I still have a lot to learn!

Hugs to all
Squirrel xx



25 comments:

Aunty Sue said...

love this card and think you did a great job fab stamp love it

Mary J said...

Your cards always make me smile Squirrel but this one made me laugh out loud! Fantastic!

Sarah said...

Looks like my Mother!!! Fabulous shading Squirrel...love everything about it!! xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This image made me smile. Fantastic colouring and shading.

Happy Easter
Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Christina said...

This is such a great card Squirrel!
Hugs Kristel

Jennifer said...

What a fun card, Squirrel. I'm still giggling...she looks as if she is wearing incontinence knickers???

Your colouring and shading is fabulous too!

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

coops said...

love this squirrel.the image is fantastic and the shadow on her cloak is stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Sue said...

Fabulous card Squirrel. Such a great image, beautiful colouring and I love the sentiment so much!
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend.
hugs Sue xx

Annette said...

Yes, you do have a lot to learn hun.

Firstly, your creations bring a lot of joy to those of us who visit you, and, secondly, your colouring is great. The shadows around her bum and legs are absolutely spot on, the light is all coming from the same direction and she looks great. Even a little shadow under her nose and chin. And her legs. It's spot on hun, stop procrastinating and enjoy your visit to the "dark side" :0)

Hope you had a lovely day hun. We've got a beef stew that's been bubbling away in the slow cooker all day, and it's making the house smell yummy. Unfortunately it's making me feel hungry, but I can't have any until my dad comes over to join us for dinner. The best I've just been offered to tide me over in the meantime is a flippin' apple.
Pah!

Annette said...

Hun, I've also just noticed the blue accents on her glasses to show the glass. Hun, she's perfect. Stop worrying. That's an order. :0)

Dot said...

Such a beautie queen you are sharing today, love her,
hgs Dorte

Christy Beans said...

Some day we'll find a way to shut up that internal critic of yours... LOL Til then I'll just go shouting from the rooftops about the fabulously fantastic Squirrel and her talents!!! This card's so much FUN and I love the colors you chose. Sandy Allnock is an artist totally not afraid of shadows. If you haven't watched or seen her cards you might enjoy her playing with the darkness. I'm learning loads from her. Hugs & best Hoppy wishes, sweet Squirrel!

Julye said...

Think your art classes are working and you are hard on yourself as I think this looks great. I'm no artist but once I've decided on my image I just imagine the sunshine or light shining from one direction and imagine where the shadows would fall I then cheat and use my promarker blender to add highlights to the bits where the sun shines brightest. I'm not sure this works all the time but I can kid myself it does.Have a fab weekend.

tilly said...

love this funny lady lol, a fab card
Tilly

Lynsey said...

What a lovely fun card Squirrel! Have a great Easter.
Hugs Lynsey x

Claire said...

Love this card! What a great image! Hugs, Claire x

Wishcraft said...

Looks fabulous to me hun, and I love this fun image! I really need to practise more with my pencils - I can't quite get skin tones to look right, so it puts me off using them. Hugs, Lisa x

Lorraine said...

What a fabulous card Squirrel and such a fun image!
Happy Easter
Lorraine x

Stamps and Paper said...

Great card Squirrel...fabulous image

Anne

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Squirrel, love the image and fab design.

Donna x

McCrafty's Cards said...

This one made me smile Squirrel love that image and sentiment, Happy Easter.
Kevin xx

Chrissy said...

She is SUPER Squirrel..I use pencils..cant use anything else really..and I do try..but I dont use polywhatever's I use cheap Faber Castell pencils from the kids department..lol..I love your shading inside her cape..perfect skin colour and shading and love her glasses..she is perfect.

luv CHRISSYxx

Jackie said...

Fabulous card Squirrel, love that image and your shadows look good to me :o)
Jackie xx

Faith A said...

The colouring on this is rubbish, the shadows are too dark, the image is old and the whole things sucks!

That's not what you want to hear is it and it wouldn't be, because this is FABULOUS and your colouring is ALWAYS top notch.

Have a lovely weekend and keep colouring :)

Kat W said...

I'm glad to see you pulling on your big girl pants and facing your colouring fears... and you should be very proud of the result - it's brilliant! I LOVE the shading, especially the shadows on the inside of the cape - absolutely spot on!
I also love the wonderful CAS design and funny sentiment :-)
Big hugs, Kat xx

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