December 25, 2011

A Very Clarrey Christmas!

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
~Hartley Coleridge

Dear friends, may our lives be filled with peace, love and happiness. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

and little Clarebear

December 22, 2011

Preparing to Paint

Well, I didn't actually get to painting today, I was so distracted trying to figure out this video stuff. I did manage to get a few pointers from my favourite water colour artist, Billy Showell. I'm using art masking fluid to mask off the flowers so I don't get unwanted paint on them when I put a wash of colour on his coat.

I would like to say I paint tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure that's not happening. The next few days are super busy around here, getting ready for family. I can hardly wait to see everyone. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones too. See you soon.

December 21, 2011

My Journey Into Self Publishing

I wanted to try and make a video diary documenting the progress of my book cover. I only wish I'd thought of it sooner because as you can see I'm already a couple of days into my painting. I'm using water colour, pencil crayon and my husband as a model. But shhh, he doesn't want anyone to know.  

Tale of the Black Mamba is my first YA novel which will be self published by Rare Rabbits Press in mid January. And despite the fact that I really don't know how to make a movie I'm still pretty proud of myself. Considering there's no music, the beginning moves around as if I was wearing a beanie cam and the ending cuts off rather suddenly, I still think it's great. But then I would, wouldn't I?
 Even though my movie was cut short, I kept working and managed to finish quite a bit of my painting today. Looks like it won't take as long as I thought. There's hope yet. Tomorrow I start on the evil Dr. Wu.