Monday, 22 February 2016

Quirky Celebration

Hi everyone,

It's been a little quiet on the creative front around here lately - other stuff getting in the way again! - but I've been trying to squeeze a little time to play every day, and I finally finished my Quirky Bird picture for week six of LifeBook 2016 ...



In this lesson, Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts invited us to celebrate our Quirky Amazing Life, by painting Quirky Birds to represent what we love and are grateful for. One of the big revelations of this week for me was that I can use my felt pens as water colours - WOW!!! Tam used Tombo markers, but I found it worked really well with my Wispa pens too. I love how you get a watercolour effect, but the colours are more intense. Unfortunately the light was very poor when I took these pictures so it doesn't really show here, but I will definitely be getting lots more use from my felt pens from now on.

Here's a closer look at my quirky characters ...


First is Quirky John holding a broom, because he's always busy, and listening to music which he loves to do, and he has one eye shut to show his tendency to fall asleep anywhere! I've written Cake Boy on his "trousers" and he has a piece of cake behind his back - John has been known to eat cake in his sleep!!

Next to John is Quirky Moi - all in pink and orange of course, my favourite colours, a bit scruffy round the edges and with a pocket in the front for the crafty tools which are so important to me ...


Next in line is Quirky Tom, my youngest son, who never goes anywhere without his laptop. He also has some pencils, because to me they represent creativity. His face is owlish because he's clever, and I've tried to show his wry humour in the expression ...



He's patting me on the head here, which is something he does all the time grrr! I've written 1337 on his side, which is a bit of a geeky joke.

Up in a higher branch of a slightly more distant tree is Quirky Richard, my eldest son, who has been flitting all over the world recently - I don't see much of him and I never quite know where he is at the moment, but I'm so happy he's doing well and having fun. He also has an owlish face and I added a hipster beard ...


... again the pencils to show his creativity and his heart has a bite out of it to show he loves his Apple Mac!

The pretty girly bird represents all the women in my life, the good friends and family who are so important to me ...


I wanted my Quirky Girlybird to be gorgeous, fun, creative and big hearted. She has knitting needles and a pencil under one arm and you can't see it, but I bet she has cake under the other! I've written "Soul Mates" on her wing.

Last but not least is my little Quirky Cat ...


I love cats and miss my little mate Archie, but also for me a cat represents the ability to just "be" and enjoy the moment.

Well that was fun, I really enjoyed making this picture - I have a couple more lessons to catch up on, just need to squeeze a little more time out of my days!! :o)

Thanks for popping in to see me today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

2 comments:

Lizzy Hill said...

Quirky indeedy. And funtabulous... Love each ones personality.... Very clever:)!!!

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Love how you made it all personal, Annie, and gave these little creatures characters with a story behind them! I'm dying to know what that geeky joke is, LOL! They're all so cute and lovable! Hope you'll find the time to catch up!