Spreading the Cuteness

You might already have seen these cute pup pics on my Instagram, but for those who haven’t, prepare yourselves because I’m about to inject some adorableness into your day and spread cuteness across the blogosphere.

Okay you all ready? Great! Time to meet Oscar the cutest Miniature Jack Russell I’ve ever seen.thumbnail_20190916_113800

2 weeks ago, my brother got his children a puppy and I finally got some free time to go visit and meet the little guy.

thumbnail_IMG_20190920_191705_830When I said little, I really mean little. He’s just absolutely tiny, possibly the smallest pup I’ve ever seen. To give you an idea of how small, he’s smaller than my shoe, which is also kind of scary to think about because if you accidentally step on the poor pup, things wouldn’t be very good (sorry for the horrible visual. My brain has a terrible habit of thinking of the worst-case scenario).

thumbnail_IMG_20190920_191705_828Anyway, back to cuteness. As well as being adorable, Oscar is incredibly chilled. So much so that he took one hell of a dog-nap on me (I really love chilled dogs though, that sit beside you and relax with you so I didn’t mind).

thumbnail_IMG_20190920_191705_832Oscar just got up beside me and snugged in and fall asleep for over an hour like this. Which reminded me a lot of my dog (that died a few months ago). She loved to sleep on or near you. If she wasn’t sleeping with her head on your lap, she was sleeping at your feet or below your chair.

thumbnail_IMG_20190920_191705_829I really enjoyed visiting this wee guy. I was so tempted to bring him home with me, but I think my brother’s children would have something to say about that and probably kick my butt for even suggesting it. Hope you enjoyed the cute pics. Oscar’s only 14-weeks old, so I’ll probably have more cute photos of him as he grows and be able to spread some more puppy cuteness across the blogosphere.

As always, Thanks for reading!

A Rather Spooky Painting

Last time I painted a piece like this someone called it emo art (don’t worry it was just friendly banter and there was no nastiness meant by it), which really made me laugh. To be honest, I found this observation hilarious because it was very true. When I’m not making cute art, I’m creating dramatic spooky art. Some of the things I’ve painted, you could imagine an emo kid painting them while flicking their fringe back and listening to emo music. Strangely though, I’ve never been an emo and haven’t made any plans to become one (seems like a lot of work and would ruin my fall into the cupboard and wear whatever I fall into, approach to dressing). So, then what’s with the spooky looking painting below you ask?

thumbnail_20181214_132540For some reason when I paint from the heart this happens. A rather dramatic spooky looking piece of art that usually features dark colours, is created (I’ll add a few other examples of this at the end). I’m not exactly sure why this art style developed, but I think it’s partly to do with preferring darker colours and liking the way red and black looks together (maybe it’s just my inner emo shining through).

Getting back to explaining this latest spooky painting. In a nutshell, the stress of this time of year was getting to me, so I sat down to unwind by doing a bit of painting and the black paint started calling to me. It was saying “Nellsbert Kelleeic the first (not my actual name) use me and embrace the emo-ness within. Also take my friend red and use them well. Black paint alone to not enough to achieve the true emo look”. So, I listened and took the black and red paint (as well as the blue and white) and painted my little heart out. I switched black and red paint here, there and everywhere until finally I looked down and before me appeared a painting of a woman and a red eye shadow monster.

Okay that might be a little exaggerated, what actually happen was I seen the black paint and took a liking to it and thought red would go well with it. Then in true stressed out bunny fashion, I assumed the “need sleep” position, with one arm and head laying across the table and with the other arm, I painted whatever came to mind. In the process ruining my paint palette with black paint (which was formerly my dinner plate, until it was cracked and chipped by me dropping it), that is hell to get off. Oops!

thumbnail_20181214_142238But don’t worry, after an overnight soaking in bubbly water and a hell of a lot of scrubbing, I restored it to its former cracked and chipped beauty. Best darn paint palette I ever owned!

thumbnail_20181214_142424Hope you enjoyed this post and its mildly darker art style and
As always, Thanks for reading!

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Doodle Fun

We have finally made it back to the land of the living (okay that might be a tad on the dramatic side). What I mean is I’m feeling a lot better now and nearly fully recovered. Thank you all for the lovely comments and well wishes while I was ill.
As promised I’m making a post of the best doodles I did while flu ridden. Apologies for the random writing around the doodles. These doodles were done while professor YouTube was educating me on the workings of Hangul (the Korean alphabetic system) and Katakana (one of the Japanese syllabic writing systems) and I sort of practiced a little on the page while doodling and watching YouTube videos (Had to do something to occupy my mind. Lying in bed, staring at the ceiling was dreadfully boring, so I might as well have used the time to educate myself. Also writing systems are really interesting).

thumbnail_20180918_175958So, this is the first page, I was really into doodling little men that day. If you’re wondering about the Hangul (writing) on this page, it’s mostly just random words and me using what I learnt to complain about having the flu.

thumbnail_20180918_181119This is my favourite doodle on this page. There are a few guidelines showing, but it’s still really cute.

thumbnail_20180918_181350Although, this turned out a little crooked (probably because it was drawn from a weird angle), I still really like this doodle, too.

thumbnail_20180918_181226Not a fan of this doodle, as you can tell (but in saying that, high fever me thought the speech bubble was fringing hilarious. God, I must have been delirious, at that point).

thumbnail_20180918_180448The second page is a little busier. I’m a little more familiar with Katakana, so was listening more than watching the screen (meaning more doodling). Katakana is phonetic and is used for translating non-Japanese words into Japanese. This includes names, so I decided to give my doodles names using Katakana (boredom was very strong at this point).

thumbnail_20180918_182422I’m extremely proud of this little dog, Tobi. I doodled him in under 2 minutes and he turn really good. (If you’re wondering what the fox and fish are called, I named the fox Toboe and the fish Tuna.)

thumbnail_20180918_182936 (1)A little close up of the stick people tree. Stick people are a hell of a lot of fun to doodle. If you’re feeling stressed or horrible, I highly recommend doodling stick people. It’ll cheer you right up.

So that was my doodles. Hope you enjoyed them. I have to take it easy for the next while (don’t want to get really sick again), so thanks for your patience and…
As always Thanks for reading.

The Peony Rose Rabbit (Paint with Me)

thumbnail_20180404_173344I am a woman in a mission this week. That mission being: “inspire some of the beautiful people on WordPress to mess about with paint.” (that’s an awfully long title, so we’ll shorten it to “Mission Paint with Me”.)

So, what does this mission entail you ask? Well, it’s simple. I create a montage, where I climb a really tall mountain with a bunch of art supplies, tied to my back. When I get to the top, I jump and punch the air and everyone is so inspired by this act of art enthusiasm, that they immediately run off and start painting on the first paintable surface they find.

Okay, I’ll stop my messing and tell you what I’m really going to do. I’m going to make a tutorial using my rabbit drawing, to show everyone a nice and simple way to use acrylic paint.

But before we get started, I should warn you that acrylic paint can stain tables or other surfaces, so it’s best to put an old table mat or paper down before you start (I learnt the hard way and now my table mat has blue stripes). Right, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started:

thumbnail_20180328_174725Step 1: Draw yourself a rabbit and a flower.
It doesn’t have to be perfect or a masterpiece. But if you’re having trouble, find something round to draw around and try making a little cartoon round-head rabbit, instead.

Also, don’t worry about erasing guidelines, if you’re sketching. The paint will cover them and you won’t be able to see them.

thumbnail_20180328_184125Step 2: Line your drawing and give everything a pale under coat of paint.
At this point, I would recommend going over the outlines of your drawing with paint, because it’s very easy to lose the outline under layers of paint, which can be so frustrating.

As for the under coat. It’ll help you plan the colours of painting, help build colour and make it easier to control the paint in the next layer.

After this step its best to let the paint completely dry.

thumbnail_20180329_181248Step 3: Paint the background.
It might seem strange starting with the background, but this allows you to paint closer to edges of your drawing and makes painting the background a lot easier.

If like me, you get distracted and get green paint on the rabbit, don’t panic. It can easily be corrected by waiting for it to dry, then painting over the area with a little bit of white paint.

Tip: If you’re using more than one colour on the background, keep in mind how the colours mix together. For example, I used 2 shades of green, lemon yellow and Pink. So, I had to keep in mind that if the pink mixed with the greens it would turn a brown colour.

thumbnail_20180329_181340Step 4: Paint the Flower.
If you want to try to capture light and shadow, you can lighten the pink with white and darken it with red. On the leaves and stem try using the yellow with the greens, to capture light.

If you find that too difficult, don’t worry. Instead, try painting the leaves and flower petals in a way that shows their shape (meaning, paint them so you can see the leaves and the flower from the background).

Let everything dry completely before moving on to the next step.

thumbnail_20180404_172917Step 5: Paint the rabbit.
Again, you can try capturing light and shadow. But if you find it too difficult, try looking at a picture of a rabbit and painting the lighter and darker parts of it’s fur.

At this point, don’t worry about making the paint look like fur, that happens in the next step. This step is more about building colour and capturing light and dark.

Tip: If you accidentally got green on the rabbit back in step 3, pay a little extra attention to those areas. To make sure they blend in with the rest of the rabbit.

Let the paint dry.

thumbnail_20180404_173424Step 6: Attempt to paint the rabbit’s fur.
This is probably the hardest step of this painting. I find this step difficult too, so don’t feel bad if you can’t do it. It can be kind of tricky to get right.

YouTube and books recommend using little brush strokes, to paint clumps of hair rather than individual hairs and use references pictures of rabbits.

That mightn’t be much help to you. So, the additional tips I would give you are, look at fur first hand (I took a trip to the pet shop to look at rabbits’ fur. They were so cute), try capturing the direction the fur grows in and try capturing the light changes in the fur. Hopefully that will be of more help to you.

 

So, that was my painting tutorial of The Peony Rose Rabbit. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed it and if you were following along, hopefully now you’ve got your very own lovely painting of a rabbit and flower.

If you have thing questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them as best I can and as always, Thanks for reading.  

The Jungle Book (2016)

thumbnail_f256818e-292d-4bc9-9033-81e02c0306bbAs Disney films go, The Jungle Book has always been one of my favourites. Out of all the Disney movies I watched as a child (which was a lot. I was a 90’s kid), The Jungle Book had the best soundtrack (followed closely by Mulan) and would really get you up and singing along. It’s pretty hard to believe that anyone could resist singing along to The Bare Necessities.

Watching the live-action version of a childhood favourite has put me in very sentimental mood. So, I thought since I’m sitting here reminiscing about the days of The Rugrats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I might as well make this movie, this week’s review.

The storyline to the live-action film, is pretty similar to The Jungle Book (1967), I watched as a child. A baby boy (Mowgli) is left alone in the jungle and is raised by wolves. An old bigoted tiger (Shere Khan) shows up one day, notices Mowgli the man-cub and decides he doesn’t want any man-cubs in his jungle. So, demands the man-cub be given to him, so that he can kill him (Glob, that’s actually rather dark and twisted). Mowgli doesn’t want to endanger his wolf family, so sets out to return to the man village, escorted by his panther friend Bagheera. However, things do not go to plan and Mowgli ends up going on an exciting adventure through the jungle, meeting a range of eccentric animals on his journey.

thumbnail_3b0b1417-ea85-4d73-8fcc-d9fe415a14faThis film is very CGI, with only one non-CGI character (Mowgli). The rest of the characters are CGI animals, which in my opinion were done very well. Granted you could tell they were computerised, but they still looked really good and moved like the real animals (not like some films, were the animals move like robots). CGI King Louie, even managed to thoroughly creep me out and will forever haunt my dreams. He was like a terrifying ginger King Kong, that disturbingly wanted people’s red flower.

To be honest, I was surprised by how good this live-action Jungle Book was. It managed to capture the fun of the cartoon 1967 version, without making any of the characters seem too over the top. They even had a few of those great songs from the cartoon version, which was a very nice touch to the film. The Jungle Book without “The Bare Necessities” and “I wan’na be like you”, just wouldn’t have been the same and just wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.

thumbnail_9eb92bf9-5fff-4110-91af-10eb8367882cHowever, one thing I do have to say about this film is, it’s a hell of a lot darker than the 1967 version and has more action scenes. Although, in my opinion this just sets it apart from the other versions of The Jungle Book. The only other small negative, is that Neel Sethi (Mowgli), acting isn’t that great at times. But considering how young he is and the fact all the other characters are CGI, I think this can be over looked.

Overall, the live-action Jungle Book (2016) is a rather enjoyable film. It has the fun of the 1967 version, while still managing to set itself apart from that version. Granted it was a bit dark and creepy, at times and that King Louie would look at home in any horror movie. However, the film as a whole is good enough over look this, if you dislike the dark and creepy. Personally, I still prefer Disney’s 1967 version of The Jungle Book, but I would say that this live-action version is worth watching, especially it you’re a fan of The Jungle Book.

Rating: 4/5

Gerry, The Paint by Numbers Wolf

thumbnail_20171230_132733I was given a Paint by numbers as a bit of a joke Christmas present (might seem mean, but was hilarious). As I’m not one for wasting paint or a perfectly good canvas board, I decided to give this bad boy a bit paint (also it’s a wolf. Wolves are awesome). Unfortunately, painting by numbers took me a lot longer then I thought and kind of stole all the time I allocated to painting. So, I’ve no new paintings to show you guys this month. Since this little project took so long, I thought it might be fun to do a little mini review for it.

First things first, what comes in the box.

thumbnail_20171230_134017A very large palette of 20 paints and the world’s smallest brush. Some really nice colours in that palette (my favourites are 53-Autumn green and 76-Bright Lavender).

thumbnail_20171230_133210And of course, the canvas board (tis confusion by numbers). A little tip, its best to take a good clear photo of the canvas before starting, because there’s numbers everywhere and things may get confusing.

Now that’s out of the way, time for the good, the bad and the I wish I knew that before I started, of this product. I’ll start with the bad, to get it out of the way early.

The Bad:

  • There are at least 3 sections with no number, so you have to guess what colour they’re meant to be and hope for the best.
  • The brush was so tiny, that it made progress deathly slow. So slow in fact, that I had to abandon using the brush for the sky and uses one of my other brushes. It was also kind of hard to keep hold of and I dropped it a whole bunch of times (not good, when it has paint on it).
  • The way the picture is numbered can be confusing, at times. There’s parts with lots of numbers and arrows pointing everywhere. Meaning it can be very easy to lose track of which colour goes where.

thumbnail_20180113_142130The Good:

  • It’s a Glob Dam Is there really any need, to say more? (Wolves are beyond awesome)
  • There’s also just something very satisfying about filling in all those little sections, with its corresponding paint. It just gives you that relaxed feeling, where the world feels right and at peace. Kind of similar to, the first coffee of the day or a really good hug.
  • They really give you a decent amount of paint. I still have a lot of paint left over and I was piling it on.
  • The picture, itself is very beautiful and is nice enough to keep after you’ve finished painting (It also reminds me of Hige from Wolf’s Rain, which is definitely an added bonus).
  • And most importantly, painting by numbers was a lot of fun and really doesn’t take much skill. Anyone could do a good job of it. Even a fellow coordination impaired person like myself.

 The, I wish I knew that before I started:

  • How incredibly messy this would be. At one point, I was basically wearing the paint. It was on my face, in my hair, all over both hands and on my clothes, too. Luckily, I wear my brothers’ clothes while painting, so we’ll not worry about that (a joke, of course. I’m not that mean. I asked them for an old t-shirt for painting).
  • How fast the paint dries. It dries ridiculously quick (within minutes), so blending the sky to make it look more natural, was a lot of works. You really had to work fast and keep that brush wet.
  • Also, how long painting by numbers would take. It took me weeks to complete, but at least you really get your worth out of this product.

thumbnail_20180125_133844Overall, I’d definitely recommend giving paint by numbers a try, especially if you like to paint. Although it has its short comings, it’s really enjoyable and is very satisfying. So, you can easily over look its bad points and really have fun with this little project.

I know some might think painting by numbers, takes away the creativity of painting, but sometimes just painting is enjoyment enough. Sometimes just having a brush in your hand and something to paint, is enough to make you happy and bring you some peace of mind.

Camping with Animals

Last weekend I discovered something very cute and very fun. Something I haven’t played since my early teens, something I’m sure a few of you may remember playing. Animal Crossing, to be precise I discovered Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and all I can say is I’m overcome with nostalgia. So much in fact, that I really wanted to draw people as Animal Crossing Villagers. But, sadly no one would let me draw them and I had to resort to drawing myself as a villager (not as much fun as drawing other people). Nevertheless, I give to you, myself as a little Animal Crossing Bear (holding a cup of coffee).

thumbnail_20171204_170726I chose a bear because I have bear body proportions and occasionally, eat loads and go into hibernation (Bear like in behaviour and appearance).

Since I was only able to create one villager, I thought I’d do this properly and make a short little character sheet. Not sure exactly what goes into one, but not to worry, I’ll try my best to make it entertaining (as always).

Name: Nel Bear

Age: 3076 (exactly how old I feel, when I wake up every morning)

Sex: Female

Species: Grizzly Bear

Personality: Curious and playful, but also very skittish.

Appearance: Honey Brown and Brown.  Always seen holding a cup of coffee, looking a bit frightened and confused.

Outfit: Lilac and Blue dress

Catchphrase: Oh Glob

Home Request: Blanket Cave

Food: Basically, lives of chocolate and coffee, but also has liking to lasagne

Favourite Season: Summer (Despises the cold)

Additional Info: Can be found in a portable blanket cocoon, during winter.

Trying my Hand at Art Challenges

thumbnail_20171107_182800Have you ever watched something on YouTube and thought “that looks too fun, not to try?”

Well, that’s exactly how my latest disaster started. I watched YouTubers take on the finger-painting challenge and produce amazing paintings of fishys, mermaids and landscapes and naïvely thought, it would be fun to try the finger-painting challenge myself. I’m going to be honest with you guys here, I’m pretty such I’ve failed at this challenge.

Suspiciously, no one really shares their fails at these art challenges (makes you question, if they’ve had multiple attempts or how challenging the challenge is for them, in the first place). So, to break this perfectionist trend and show a genuine attempt at an art challenge, I will share with you my attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

thumbnail_20171107_151719There was some instant regret right about here. A pre-school child’s painting this fox, was not what I was going for. Fingers are so much harder to use than brushes.

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Yeah, adding more paint really didn’t help the situation. Apologies for the nightmare inducing eyes (My fox looks like he had a run in, with jeepers creepers).

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At this point I was finished murdering my fox with paint, so I decided to paint the background. I quickly learnt fingers can’t paint blocks of colour, so I smeared paint all over the place and hoped for the best.

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So, this is the finish piece. It might not be the best thing I’ve painted, but at least it’s an honest attempt at the finger-paint challenge.

(I should probably insult my own intelligence, before ending this post and mention that I wasn’t using lead paint or any other type of poisonous paint. I used non-toxic paint, so there’s very little chance of my hands dropping off and dying from paint related poisoning).

Oliver The Cheshire Cat (Bringing a Little Smile to Everyone’s Face)

thumbnail_20170718_123118Thankfully, I’ve survived storm Ophelia, with only minor injuries and still have a roof over my head. (I was sent out to secure the wheelie-bins and the blue recycle bin, blew over on top of me. Now, my ribs hurt). Unfortunately, we’ve now been told storm Brian will hit us on Saturday.

Two storms in one week, the weather is truly fringed. Ireland usually doesn’t get hit by storms, but if Ophelia was anything to go by. We’ll all acted not too bothered, until the news replaces the word storm with hurricane. Then we’ll all start acting like, it’s the zombie apocalypse. Which was actually kind of funny. People were rushing out to buy a month’s supply of bottle water and a life-time supply of candles. You would swear the storm was going to last weeks, not just a day. But in their defence, housing isn’t built to be hurricane proof here and we usually don’t have cellars/basements. So, if an actual hurricane hit we’d all be screwed and quite possibly homeless afterwards (if not dead).

Swapping the word storm with hurricane, put the fear of god in people and caused a bit of panic. So, to ease the tension and bring a little smile to everyone’s face. I thought I’d share, something I painted/drew that always brings a smile to me face and spread that smiley feeling. As always, I’ll share my process, but this time in reverses because I’m in an awkward mood today.

thumbnail_20171011_125525Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite books. I absolutely love the way it uses words. It makes characters appear to be talking nonsense. However, pay attention to the words they speak and I’ll find they’re actually making perfect sense and occasionally have a stab and showing how mad and crazy certain aspects of society actually are. But enough of my deep analysis of the book and back to the painting.

thumbnail_20171010_125317The Cheshire Cat is one of my favourite characters and as the book suggests, there is more than one Cheshire Cat in wonderland. I thought for my own amusement, I’d create my own Cheshire Cat and give him a proper name. Oliver the Cheshire Cat, turned out a lot better than I thought, so now I’m sharing him and spreading the amusement.

thumbnail_20171007_093919To be honest, Oliver looked possessed when I first drew him and was quite unnerving. But thankfully, when I finally painted in his eyes, he looked a bit more smiley and less soul devouring.

I hope Oliver has brought a smile to your face and brightened your evening. Hopefully storm Brian won’t be as bad as Ophelia and I’ll make it through it, without my house re-enacting the scene from The Wizard of Oz or being floored by anymore wheelie-bins.

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The Drawing that Caused a Kerfuffle

thumbnail_20170923_000009I present to you, the drawing that horrified my friend. I honestly can’t see why she thought, this was a statement about bestiality. Granted, it’s not to my usual standard of drawing, but glob it’s probably the least sinister thing I could draw. I even made the man look unrealistically cuddly (like a giant teddy bear), to maximise cuteness.

I really thought I had nailed cute, but I must have been mistaken. Safe to say, I think I’ll stick to my usual way of drawing.

On the bright side, at least it got my friend to called me by my actual name, instead of cheek-a-boo/cheeky boots. Even if it was followed by WTF.