Tag: Artist

Getting Ready to Leave

Here we are, it’s March and we are planning to move out of our Winter Marina very soon. It’s glorious outside today, but we know that’s about to change and strong winds of up to 40mph are due to hit the Uk this week, making it very difficult to manoeuvre a Narrowboat.

We have made some amazing friends while moored here at Fettlers Wharf for the last five months…has it really been that long? We have other friends who are spending their first Winter on a Narrowboat and none of us can deny that this winter has been tough, mentally and physically. It’s been a very wet and cold winter with snow and ice and being in lockdown this has taken a lot of the fun out of it. We were hoping to sit with our neighbours on our boat or visit them on theirs.

Not to be deterred we have sat out at the end of our boat joined by our wonderful neighbours all socially distanced of course, through cold temperatures and even snow, drinking hot chocolate or coffee with a drop of baileys and we have laughed and loved every minute of it. We have named ourselves the weekend warriors. So thank you Colin, Sheila or Sherrie to her friends Fiona and Jude for asking our stay so much more enjoyable. We are really going to miss then when we leave but hope to be back this Winter. Colin and Debbie, Martin & Mandella what can we say but THANK YOU, you really are such wonderful people.

Yesterday I went for my Covid vaccine at Salford Royal Hospital, I had the Pfizer vaccine and no side effects only a slightly sore arm and for me its been no worse than having a flu jab. The hospital staff were amazing and really have the vaccines and entry into the hospital down to a fine art and most of all were very friendly. Thank you NHS staff at Salford Royal, you are all amazing.

I have had so many enquires and orders for pet commissions, I will have to close my diary for 2021 soon or I won’t have tome to practice my own art or work on my gallery and YouTube.

As I sit and write this the sun is shining, I have a black coffee at my side, Dexter is snoring, the fire is lit, I have my prints all packaged and ready to post out, I have three more commissions to finish this month, plus a boat to clean, inside and out ready for our departure.

Wish us well as we are about to set sail on our next adventure.

Thanks for reading.

Paul, Anthony & Dexter

Tools of my Trade

I recently took some picture for my website and for our channel pages on Instagram and Facebook. Although I studied art and design for two years, I never dreamt that pastel pencils would become the tools of my trade. While at Art College we used Gouche, Oil Paint, we screen printed on fabric, we studied photography, ceramics, graphics and life drawing. We never used coloured pencils although I do remember using sticks of pastel and charcoal.

I always wanted to use watercolour and have started to experiment in this medium. but a year ago I started to use coloured pencils and loved the detail you could achieve, then came along pastel pencils and I just loved the results.

In a recent YouTube video I mentioned a pet portrait I was working on and the enquires have stared to pour in. I’m now booked up months in advance and this is wonderful. I will need to take some time off from commissions so I can work on my own art and have images ready for my Calendar and Christmas cards.

Thanks for reading and have a great week.