Though there is a nip in the air there is still so much light and warmth to get out and about after school.
The magic of Autumn's free harvest!
Getting close to magesty!
The beauty of nature.
I love making the most of our time between leaving school and getting dinner on the table. The dark winter nights will be clamped about us in the blink of an eye, then it will be lit fires, cosy darkness and crafts at the kitchen table. But for now, we revel in the outdoors.
As I aim to be a stay at home artist as well as a stay at home mum, I have spent this entire morning working on my etsy shop.
It is actually a very time consuming process to create the picture, transfer it to the computer via camera or scanner whilst all the time fixating on the contrast, the resolution, the detail, the need for the loo and yet another cup of tea.
I now have a craving for scrambled eggs but just thought I'd post a little gallery of what I did this morning...
Taking photos outside provides the best results - a tip I would suggest is that you don't let the cat out when you lay out your wares for it will lie on them. Another tip would be to check the lawn before you kneel down to take the photo otherwise you may kneel on a slug.
I'm very into colouring in pages for both adults and children for I feel it has the very therapeutic effect of settling a busy mind.
This little fairy daydreamer is so intricate in her lacy wings that I think it would satisfy an avid adult who loves colouring in as a well as a child. Plus when it's complete it makes a beautiful stain glass or patchwork effect.
To earn my crust from my passion for illustration is literally the stuff of dreams for me. So out comes the pencil case at every opportunity and I'm doodling, drawing and colouring like a thing possessed.
Now both my children are at school all day I am simultaneously excited and terrified at the notion that I might actually finish something and, dare I say it, earn a living.
So far I have managed to finish some designs and make them into cards.
Cards are fabulous of course but I do love storytelling too and wanted to combine the two, and so along came the concertina story card.
Meet Humphrey, here he is in charge of cocktails at the Birthday party, a party with a difference. In Humphrey's world you get what you ask for for your birthday, whether that's a monster, tiger or dinosaur, the only real issue is, how to keep them in the box!
This is the inside and can keep tiddlers occupied with colouring if they fancy it, plus they can display their colouring efforts on the shelf like a little gallery.
This is the cover and more pages to colour in.
If you fancy reading Humphrey's birthday tale here it is...
There's also tigers, dinosaurs and fairies in my etsy shop (and some beautiful nudes too!):
Just a quick, funny sketch of how one mum can get it so wrong...
Marianne Misfit was determined to make the most of the last day of the Summer holidays. Her little girl Betsy was starting Year One and little Arthur was starting full time nursery so this would be her last chance to have them all to herself.
They spent hours at the park playing monsters, much to the annoyance of other, less tolerant folk...
Betsy was in her own mermaid world of wonder...
'Swing me as high as a dinosaur!' shouted Arthur, though he cried in terror whenever his swing moved. Betsy now saw the swing as a challenge to get as high as possible, maybe even over the top. Marianne felt sick watching her with thoughts of casualty visits looming in her mind.
Later, after a fabulous day of fun, Marianne sat down at her laptop and thought about the next day. Did she have both P.E. kits ready? Would she ever find Betsy's reading book which disappeared on the first day of the holidays and hadn't been seen since?
Opening up her facebook page she felt a mix of feelings. It would be the first time that she would have whole days available to her. The possibilities were endless and exciting but her heart twanged anxiously as she remembered the cosy afternoons together, the autumnal walks when the parks were less clogged with school children. She felt a sense of a new beginning along with a sense of loss.
She determined to be positive and make the most of this opportunity. It was a fresh start. She would finally have time to be the perfect housewife and mum. Visions of the children arriving home to freshly baked biscuits and milk, a spotless house and a creatively satisfied mum filled her mind.
There would be time to do homework and keep abreast of all school affairs without trying to hoover, cook dinner and entertain children all at the same time.
Feeling better she started to read her facebook page and immediately realised that she'd f**ked up again...
For more funny tales of Mrs Misfit getting it wrong, have a wee look at my short stories...