Hello! I hope this finds you in good health and spirit. Things here are plugging right along and everyone is doing well. Not much to write about really, just working and hanging out at the house. I long for the days when things go back to normal (Well, as normal as our normal can be) as I am sure we all are.
On to the painting. This little girl was quite a stretch for me, being that it quite a large portrait. I love how she turned out. Yes, her eyes are that big, lol and that little side eye she is giving just makes my heart melt. My clients loved the painting and it was honor to paint this memorial to their very loved and precious member of the family.
About the drawing: Isn’t she just the cutest! This is the first commission of a puppy I have able able to draw in quite a while. I have missed drawing pet portraits. Drawing animals gives me all the feels and I was very excited to draw this one. She loved it!
Things have been pretty busy around here. We bought a new home, sold our primary home and been working from home. Its been pretty chaotic! So for some reason, I thought it would be the perfect time to change my domain name back to carolottaway.com. I had to change everything on social media too and it took forever! My account on Bloglovin’ is still listing my site as wordpress instead of .com and I can’t seem to change it. Not that it is a big deal or anything but I pay to use the .com so I should be able to utilize it but this is an issue that I will save for another day.
Speaking of moving, I can’t wait to share my office studio with you! Still have a lot to do before everything is set up and my husband is still in awe and amazement of how I fit everything in our little house, lol….(Where there is a will there is a way). It feels weird being in a different home, but it has really worked out with all three of us working from home during the self isolation. We aren’t on top of each other and I am sure if we were in the other home it would be like War of the Roses at the Ottaway household.
I hope everyone is staying safe and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did! I spent some time with my little pack of 3. We didn’t do all that much, I cooked and we watched some TV and laughed a lot, but it was more than enough and I’m very thankful.
On Friday, we went to the movies and watched Creed II. It was a great movie! Although, the movie did make me realize that I was around during the old Rocky movies and getting on up there in years, lol Strange that a movie can bring on angst regarding my mortality, but there it is. Seriously, if you like Rocky movies, you won’t be disappointed.
I am hoping to get back in the studio this week. I have a commission that needs to be completed and a few pieces that need to be started. I won’t mention the box of misfit works that need tending to, that have me stumped! But such is life 🙂
Do you have a box of misfits that you can’t throw or won’t away?
This pooch looks very wise and well acquainted with the ways of the world….Like the Yoda of dogs, lol. It wasn’t the easiest to render but I think this will go down to be one of my favorites. The process was so much fun, all shaggy hair! And I bet where ever he is, his belly is full of turkey 🙂
Do you have your tree up?
The holidays are approaching. I can’t say that it completely snuck up on me as I have been seeing Christmas stuff since Back to School shopping. IMO, it is a little much. So, While everyone is doing their Black Friday shopping, I am going to spend the day in my PJ’s and in the studio 🙂
“A Puppy for Brittany”-Commission Graphite on Bristol Smooth
This portrait is almost too cute to send to its new home. Seriously, I wanna keep it, lol But I guess, I won’t…my client has been waiting long enough for her portrait. I think I am so attached because it has been a while since I completed a pet portrait and I really missed it.
Drawing this subject matter again was not like riding a bike. I had gotten pretty good at drawing animals, but in experimenting in other medias and different subjects, I was more than a little rusty. In the end, I figured it out and she loves it, but it wasn’t without patience from my client and my stubbornness.
That’s all that is on my drawing table, but on a personal note, things at home are going great! My daughter is home from college and I have missed her terribly! I am going to be a great-aunt to a baby girl and the family is so excited! ANNNND I will be celebrating 22 years of marriage to the Mister on July 14th.
I hope your spring/summer is great and you are enjoying sunshine, flip-flops, cook outs and laughs! Don’t forget the sunscreen 😉
I giggled the whole time I drew this sweet little portrait. Those ears….those wrinkles….those bulging eyes! I mean, seriously? What’s not to love!
I treasure each experience when drawing these little love bugs…But this experience was different. I smiled like a complete goof ball every minute I was at the drawing table and quite frankly I was sad when it was over. I dunno, it just made me happy.
Unfortunately, she has passed over the Rainbow Bridge but the owners loved their tribute to remind them what joy she brought to their life.
I hope this post finds everyone excited for the new year. I know there are a lot of exciting things happening this year in the Ottaway household. So much so, that I don’t think I could handle making any resolutions let alone keep them. I hope times are as good as I anticipate them to be, though they may become a little bittersweet.
Above is a commissioned piece that I completed over the holidays. Sadly, this lovely girl has crossed over the rainbow bridge. But you can tell she was probably a rambunctious little priss pot and spoiled rotten by her owner, lol
Not a whole lot going on right now to blog about. I have been spending my time like everyone else. I ate so much food that my jeans are tight and the thread is screaming. I watched a copious amount of Hallmark movies. I enjoyed a lot quality time with my loves (more than they would have liked) , and A LOT of time spent in my P.J.s. That’s pretty much it.
I have a few things planned for my blog, so stay tuned!