I'd like to wish you a wonderful, joyous Festive Season.
Love and Peace, Carolyn xxx
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Goodness! I thought my cards were pretty good until I saw the wealth of talent on offer here.
I particularly love Nik Neocleous' cards.
I need to keep getting better and better, so I do. Still only a newbie!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Oh, and on Sunday, we sold our house. Celebrations all round, though I won't feel completely happy until papers are signed...
Meanwhile, on with my outstanding commissions!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Currently working hard on some Hammer Horror Sketch cards and still playing catch-up on outstanding commissions. I'm getting there, in bits...
No sign of selling our house yet. Here's hoping...
Friday, October 19, 2007
I'm tracking lots of my Trilogy cards on eBay; they're being sold for mad amounts. I wish I got paid that much for each card!
We're in the middle of moving house now, so I'll have to grab an odd hour here and there to work. Fingers crossed we sell and complete before Christmas.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Have also been trying to clear an obscene backlog of work, which I'm very ashamed about. Meanwhile, the sketch cards keep coming in. Two latest - above. Now working on a Hammer Horror set.
My sketch cards have been turning up on eBay and selling for amazing amounts. Never knew there was so much interest out there.
Friday, August 31, 2007
My John Barrowman canvas safely reached its new home today. I was quite attached to it in the end. It traveled to a number of shows with me.
Next job will be to tackle the dreaded tax returns. I've been putting them off for too long. As a result, I've got very behind on my accounts - yuck!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Meanwhile, or at the same time, I'm working on some more sketch cards for Strictly Ink. CSI Miami and NY this time. I'll post some examples as soon as they're complete. Only 13 more to go!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The kind people at "Time Was" have agreed to sell some of my artprints and greetings cards at their online shop and various shows they attend. Go check out their webpage. I've put a link in the 'Linky Thingies' section, or use the address in the button above.
I'm also selling some unmounted prints on eBay and my mounted prints and greetings cards are still available by mail order. If you'd like a catalogue, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I did manage to slip away and pay a quick visit to the resident Concorde. What a beautiful airplane. I can finally say I've been on Concorde, hah!
I was very impressed with Yeovilton Air museum. The staff were friendly, the displays beautifully presented and wonderfully interactive. It was well worth the long journey to get there.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I spent most of the day painting behind my desk, so at least I got some work done, and I made a couple of contacts, which is always good and the reason one should always attend events - to network, and be seen. Even if the stall doesn't do well. Thankfully the stall does do well, most of the time. It was a pleasure to meet and chat to Debra Watling and have my portrait of her approved and to meet some new people, though not as many as usual. As already mentioned, the sunshine beckoned!
The one thing I really didn't enjoy on the day, was the screaming competition for budding (young) female companions of the Doctor... ouch!
This coming weekend, I'm on a long trek down to Somerset for a Dalek day at The Fleet Air Museum on Sunday. Fingers crossed for a good day this time. :) The above artwork is for the event.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
As I mentioned the esteemed Lords of Time in a recent entry, I thought I'd post a piccy or two of the motley crew - there you go! Not all of us are represented, as we're rather a large collection of Bohemian Bods, spread across the four corners of Britain, and Canada! But it gives you an idea. I hasten to add that Sylvester McCoy is an honorary member only(and I don't think he knows it yet...) . Nicholas Courtney is a member, but I can't reveal in what capacity - hah!
Birmingham's Bad Wolf event was a successful weekend for my stall and an interesting one for everyone who had to travel to Birmingham from the south! I'm amazed so many people made it, many after nightmare journeys. Some didn't and that included a few guests, but everyone still had a good time. Eric Roberts was very popular indeed!
Hello to all the new people I met, and to the ones who came to say "Hi", who I've met at other events. It's always nice to see familiar, friendly faces!
It's all go to the next one now; Carnival of Monsters in Alfreton. I'm working on a portrait of Debbie Watling, one of Yoda, and a Stormtrooper picture, all to be finished before next weekend. Think I'll do it. No pressure!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
On my way out to the shops this afternoon, I spotted a familiar figure out running. At first I thought it was someone I knew, then I realised it was Christopher Ecclestone! He's a regular figure round these parts, as he's a keen runner. He has grown his hair long since I last saw him. I think it suits him!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I've just finished another 50 cards for Strictly Ink. Bad Wolf and Carnival of the Monsters are looming and I still have commissions to start and to finish. Help!! Anyone got a Tardis they can lend me???
In the evening, after the event, the organisers arranged a showing of that night's Doctor Who episode 'Blink', in the little in house cinema. What a (scary)treat!
Three hours' drive home, munching melted chocolates to keep me awake!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Right. Onto the next painting for The Oncoming Storm Event. It's nose to the grindstone time for the next couple of weeks.
A note for Graham: Don't worry, I've not forgotten your painting. I'm working on the revised composition sketch in spare moments. I'll be able to do more with it after The Oncoming Storm. Speak to you soon. :)
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Do check out the other artists there too, I'm in complete awe!!!
Due to public demand, I am currently taking commissions for sketch cards. My own unique design of sketch card will be back from the printers in about 8 weeks. Contact me at email@example.com for more details.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It would be interesting to attend the 20th Anniversary ('Perchance to Dream: a Life Without Limits') Convention in Los Angeles, where prints of this painting will be sold. I'd also love to see the series again, having spent so much time with the characters lately ;).
Unfortunately, it's only available at the moment on region 1 DVD, or VHS. I'll have to wait until it is released here in the UK. Fingers crossed!
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Didn't get any painting done today, because I was at the Cavern Club Doctor Who event, in Liverpool. I met up with friends, networked and watched the panels onstage, which featured Colin Baker, Terrance Dicks, Anneke Wills and Sophie Aldred. The place was packed with people. The Cavern Club is a strange and wonderful venue, steeped in nostalgia and history, tucked away down a side street, and deep underground. As a result it gets very hot and smokey, and I took frequent trips up to the surface for air, only to be greeted by a barrage of cameras whenever I stepped out of the entrance. Even on a Sunday, Mathew Street is a haven for Beatle fans!
I booked my ticket tonight for The Big Session in Leicester, in June. The OysterBand are headlining the event and Show of Hands will be there too. I can't wait to see them both live. I've been playing their new albums to death these last few weeks!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Go have a peek, using the link above, or under the 'Linky Thingies' section. I am shameless in my promotion of this site because I'm very proud of all that Lou has achieved. It's not easy earning a living as an artist, unless you're very lucky, or well connected!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Now on with more work. I have a new Aragorn portrait in the planning stages, a family portrait to complete, a special anniversary painting for the 1980's Beauty and the Beast television show, and then something large, special and cartoony, incorporating elements from lots of Sci-Fi shows... watch this space for more news!!!
Most of the guests I meet at these events, are as excited to be a part of Doctor Who as we 'ordinary' fans are, and Nick is no exception. I gained some interesting insights into what it is like to be an actor(and a fan) working on the show right now.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The lovely big surprise of the weekend, was winning 2nd prize in the Art Show. I've never won anything in an Art Show in my life - yay!
BIG thanks go to Shaun Lyon and his team, particularly Ken Barr and his lovely wife in the dealers' room, who made me so welcome. I hope to see you all again next year!
More big thanks go to Derek Hambly at the Tenth Planet shop for keeping an eye on me, and The Offstage Theatre Group who performed their little socks off on stage on Saturday evening, and welcomed me as part of 'The Gang'.
Finally, more big thanks to Bonnie and Kelvin for being the perfect hosts after the show and giving me an extensive tour of Los Angeles!
It was a big learning curve. I'll know what not to spend money on next year, like making international phone calls from my hotel bedroom - don't! It cost me £70 for two short, essential calls to let family know I'd landed safely.
Being a first-timer to the US, I was a typical wide-eyed tourist when I arrived. I got all excited over fire hydrants, yellow taxis, palm trees, the smell of gasoline on the freeway, bill boards and American food. It was all just as I imagined it and everything really is bigger than in the UK . It's great fun feeling like a child again, when you're an adult! I can recommend chasing waves into and out of the Pacific Ocean, late at night, by the light of the moon, with new friends!
I'm already looking forward to next year's trip!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I had the sense with the new series and with Christopher's portrayal of the Doctor that the Doctor's life had been given a shake up. The image which came to mind was of the Doctor taking a handful of pictures of his past selves and literally throwing them in the air as if to say "This is me now. Everything Changes..." New actor, new Doctor, new show - hurrah!
Not forgetting the original classic series though!
Next stop for me - Los Angeles(in 4 days time). Wow!
A good time was had by all, especially the children, who took part in the fancy dress competition, Junior Mastermind and monster design competition. Colin Baker, Nicholas Courtney and the two children from the upcoming 'The Shakespeare Code' episode of Doctor Who; Hope Yeomans and Thomas Benikas were kept busy with autographs and questions, while Yeti, Autons and other monsters roamed the crowds.
The dealers all had a busy day and Steve Caldwell and I were kept on our toes too, in our Artists' corner! It was nice to meet so many new fans of the show, old and young. I certainly enjoyed comparing sonic scewdrivers with some youngsters - wonder who was the biggest kid?!
My drive back home was no less hairy, as thick fog made it difficult to see the road in places! But at least the snow had gone. I celebrated a successful day by treating my hubby John to an early valentines meal out. Our first time ever using a baby sitter - the lovely Jain from next door. Thank you Jain!