Zombie Bear Girl - Reworked

...Well, a little bit anyway. The original writing was annoying me and I love moons with faces so... The original writing is gone and the moon with the face is there instead. 
Whoopidoo...ings: Zombie Bear Girl - mixed media on Ikea mirror frame.
How have you been this Summer? I've missed my blog - there has been a lot of thinking if not a lot of arting being done over here. I'm publicly putting it out there that I'd love to take my art further than a hobby. I'd ideally love to do an illustration or fine art uni course but am by no means ready for that yet. I have to get my maths grades up a bit first - that took me by surprise! I know I'm rubbish at maths but didn't realise I'd need to be OK at it for an art course!

Then - much as I'd love to jump straight into uni (if they'd have me) a lot of online sources recommend college or a foundation/access course first... which will put me near 40 before I get to the uni stage. Honestly - just typing here and having done all the research gives me feardy cat butterflies but if I don't do it now I never will. I feel like I'm finally finding my way back to the path that I wobbled off in my late teens. And it's scary as Hell but in a good, purposeful kind of way.

So - I need to build a portfolio (no clue at all where to start) and I need to be working on my skills every day. And - perhaps scariest of all - I'm hoping to sign up for a GSCE maths class. It's like a foreign language to me - I really don't get it!

So - that's what I've been pondering while unable to blog or get out to my shedio this Summer - roll on the kids going back tomorrow ;) How have you been?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Zombie Bear Girl

Good Afternoon, Evening... or Morning. It's a very dull, rainy afternoon here so I thought a little zombie bear girl might make for a cheerful post.

This was from Micki Wilde's class on Soul Food. She did a lovely little rabbit girl on a wooden canvas and encouraged us to do what we want, use what we have etc, etc. So I decided to use an Ikea mirror - I have a little stash of them that I've been meaning to pretty up for ages!

My rabbit girl also kind of evolved into a little zombie bear girl - I have to admit to loving her just a teeny bit... 
Whoopidoo...ings: Zombie Bear Girl - mixed media on Ikea mirror frame.
I's gonna eatcha!

Whoopidoo...ings: Zombie Bear Girl - mixed media on Ikea mirror frame.

Please excuse my carpy lollocky camera skills - the writing isn't blurry in real life. Must of been the sheer terror she induced, made my hands wobble ;)
Whoopidoo...ings: Zombie Bear Girl - mixed media on Ikea mirror frame.
Liquitex & Kaiser Colour Acrylic Paint
Derwent Watercolour pencils
Posca Pens
Water soluble Graphite pencil
Neocolour ii Crayons

She is lurking in my shop as I type - I'm slowly filling it up.
 Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peep :) 

Rocking My World Friday...

Well look at me only posting a day late. Kids are on summer holidays now which means I'm already losing all track of what day it is - I actually thought it was Sunday.

It's that time of the week when we look back over the past seven days and think about what made us smile. What? You don't do that? Whyever not you crazy fool!

So, we were treated to another pretty cool sunset on Friday night, I think it was. So pretty...
Whoopidooings - Rocking My World Friday

We've been to a couple of car boot fairs over the past two days. My bargain was this framed Klimt print. Craig looked at me a bit strangely when I picked it up. I'm always after nice frames I can re-spray to house the bits of art I'm collecting. This one, the owners had painted thickly in emulsion and it was all over the glass. But it was the print which had caught my eye. I love Klimt. When we got home I took it apart to clean up - the glass cleaned up really easily and I sanded the emulsion down a bit. I am probably going to repaint it either black or gold. But the print is a really thick glossy one from a gallery. I was so chuffed. £2 it cost me!
Whoopidooings - Rocking My World Friday

A few weeks ago I won a giveaway on Derwent's Facebook page. Actually it was an offshoot to the giveaway they were doing - an extra prize draw if you shared their link to the actual giveaway. And I won one! It came today - a really nice sketching wallet.  Pleased as punch - the girls are always 'borrowing' my drawing pencils and then they disappear into the vortex of the unknown - probably along with all the socks and biro's we lose too. These are going to be strictly mine!
Whoopidooings - Rocking My World Friday

I'm going to be the good and loving Mum now and say how happy I am that the girls are off school. For the long, long, loooong, long summer holidays...


Other things that have made me smile this week:
  • Finishing the painting I was working on and the lovely response it's had both here and on Facebook.
  • Feeling like I am getting the hang of Facebook. Finally. 
  • Knowing that one of my Wonky Cats was found on the Swindon Free Art Friday launch and sounds like he went to a great home.
  • My sister and her partner popping in for a catch up and chat. 
  • Planet of the Apes - the newish film, not the 70's ones. I've never really fancied it but it was on the telly this week. We all sat and watched it together. Ended up really enjoying it. Devvie went to see the new one at the cinema last night so I shall be interested to know what she thought of that.
  • Virtual window shopping on Amazon. Craig doesn't understand it. But I spend ages window shopping the books and art supplies, adding to my basket or wishlists. (Yes, wishlists, plural.) Pretending I have all the money in the world to stash shop. Then I close down my tablet and go to sleep. He thinks I'm bonkers. Maybe it is.
  • Walking the dogs.
  • Talking with Craig - proper good chats, while walking the dogs.
  • Thunderstorms.
And that will do me. Fancy taking a look back on the things that made you smile this week? Why not drop by Virginia's and link up.

Thanks for stopping by today - how was your week?

The Watcher - Mixed Media

Morning all. 

I've finally got back to my Soul Food lessons. This week I've been beavering away on the wonderful Mitsi B's class. I adore her style and boy, oh boy does doing one of her classes really give you a feel for what goes into one of her works. 
Carmen Wing - The Watcher - Mixed media on canvas board
The above picture has a bit of glare where I've varnished it - the one below is just before I varnished it - still need to get better at taking photos :)
Carmen Wing - The Watcher - Mixed media on canvas board
I started out on a 20x24" canvas board...
Carmen Wing - The Watcher in progress - Mixed media on canvas board
The beer is Craig's ;)
 Built up layers...
Carmen Wing - The Watcher in progress - Mixed media on canvas board
Carmen Wing - The Watcher in progress - Mixed media on canvas board
I had so much fun with this one - worker on a larger scale was so different for me but I really enjoyed it.

I love the interpretation from my friend. She said "The picture, to me, is all about caring and cherishing. The focus of the picture is the person on the right - it all revolves around her" Do you agree? What do you see? I'd love to know.
Carmen Wing - The Watcher - Mixed media on canvas board
Liquitex acrylic paint
Posca pens
Copic Markers
Water soluble graphite pencil
Neocolour ii crayons
Winsor Newton Drawing inks
Perfect Pearls mists
Probably a lot more...
The Watcher is now for sale in the Whoopidooporium. Slowly, slowly adding my work there.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

WOYWW... already?

Quickie quick post as I just realised what day it is :)

Hello! I'm still catching up with the deskers who visited me last week (thank you!) I'll get there, I promise, if you get a random post on last weeks desk. That's me huffing and puffing, bringing up the rear, to repay the visit.

This weeks desk out in the shedio - oh I've been so busy, busy, busy. And it makes me happy, happy, happy! This is the Mitsi B inspired canvas board that was on my desk from last week. Nearly done. Have had so much fun with it. Really makes you appreciate what goes into her paintings - have loved taking her Soul Food class - very much!
Carmen Wing - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, WOYWW
Carmen Wing - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, WOYWW
And that's me done! See? I can do quick posts! Off to link up with Julia in WOYWW land now. Fancy a snoop through some more work spaces? Follow me over by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by today :)


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