Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Girl and Pomeranian

Just did a lovely summery watercolor 'Girl and Pomeranian.' Isn't that doggie so adorable? I want one! Only I don't want to scoop poop. I have enough of that with my two guinea pigs.

The good news for pet fans everywhere:  I am now doing custom pet portraits at my Etsy Store so convo me if you want to know more!

Happy Wordless Wednesday to dogs everywhere. Join the doggy bloghop!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Novica Handmade Gifts $50 Giveaway (Ends 9/10)

I have been wanting to show you this batik robe I fell in LOVE with from Novica and am adding to my boudoir collection.

The robe is made by a talented artisan in Bali and one of the many beautiful creations found on NOVICA, a company that works with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

When you order one of these unique products Novica don't just have them stockpiled in a warehouse. The product will come direct from the artisan, in a lovely drawstring bag (if it is jewelry) with a note from the person who made it. A lovely touch don't you think?

I must say I have spent quite a few hours ogling their site and can just imagine myself lounging in my batik robe on one of their amazing double hammocks....the breeze ruffling my hair.....


While I am in the hammock I can also see myself  sipping a margarita from one of these stylish glasses:

The wonderful people at Novica have given me a $50 Gift Certificate for one lucky winner. So hop over to the Novica site and check out their wonderful summer collection including cotton dresses and cool batik clothing.

Then enter my Rafflecopter giveaway below. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Anyone in any part of the world is eligible to join in and I'll announce a winner on 10th September.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Flea Market in Berlin

Coming back after a trip from Berlin I really wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of a street market at Fehrbelliner Platz which takes place on Saturdays. What a great place for people watching and snapping up bargains.

At first I wanted to do a watercolor to capture all the hurly burly of dogs barking, elbows shoving and people grabbing antiques to see if they might be priceless rather than decorative bits of tat. But I found I had no watercolor paper at home. Since necessity is the mother of invention I found some pastel paper and coated it with gesso. Gesso gives such a lovely three dimensional feel doesn't it?

Then I did  a bit of watercolor over it and finished it off with chalk and oil pastels. I think it captures the atmosphere nicely.

Whatever you do don't miss a trip to Berlin. It is so bohemian and unique. The people wear colorful and outrageous clothes and don't give a fig for what is 'on trend.' And the gelati is simply to die for.....