Friday, 22 September 2017

Book illustration

It's been a long time since I posted in here. It's been a busy year but not in my sculpture studio. Sadly the light pieces I've been working on have been put on hold for a while.





But I've been illustrating a children's book.

And after a year of hard work I am now nearing the end.
Soon I will be able to talk about it more.







I am also in the middle of moving house and developing a website. Both very time consuming.
The new house will mean a bigger studio for my sculpture and a lighter painting room for my illustration work.
Also a big garden.
Looking forward to growing my own vegetables!

Monday, 16 January 2017

still life drawing...



First life drawing session of the year last night.  I am managing to go life drawing fairly regularly now.
I spend much of my time painting very detailed, small things, so it is wonderful and very important that I can occasionally be free with a large piece of paper, a large chunk of charcoal and a big paint brush.

I put all life drawings in albums on my Face Book page facebook.com/smccartneyartist/









Saturday, 7 January 2017

new year garage update...



It wasn't that long ago that I did a big tidy up in my garage. Yet it was back to busy chaos again almost immediately and by Christmas it was looking like this. Many things happening at once but no room for anything to happen till I tidy up!




Today it looks like this.

All the things I'm in the middle of doing set out neatly, ready to go.




These two need their batteries fitted so I can finish them...



This one and the other two beside it need the LED's soldered up and tested. Soldering is the best job for when I am feeling a bit over whelmed by life...



This one has the led's soldered together and now needs setting in resin then the wall fixing sorted out ...

I have new moulds to try out ...

and my painting room is full of boxes of things I can't keep in the garage over winter because they go mouldy or get eaten. A casting is needed to clear the decks ...

oh and there are boxes of resins that need polishing ,,,

... so when me and Marmite are having a little break from painting, I can now get out in my garage and get on with some of these goodies. I like that I have something practical to do when my eyes need a rest and I can't paint any more. 



Sunday, 18 December 2016

more lego and mould making


Busy with illustration and other things but slowly plodding on in the garage with the 100 led peices. Another one soldered up and ready to set but no resin so that will be next year now.

Meanwhile making new moulds so I can make tiles. Fun playing with lego again...

 ... and finding alternative uses for Christmas baubles. 

Thinking of making door handles, beads, tiles and coasters. Small things I can sell to fund the big things. 


When these are out I'll make another set of the square ones.

I wasted a bit on this pour. Overestimated how much it would take to fill these. I could have made another small mould and it's expensive stuff. 





Next time be more efficient!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

the first 100 led block lit

So I finished one of the 'one hundred LED blocks' and had it hanging at the Art House this weekend. Good to see it working. Didn't manage to get brilliant photos of it but there will be other times. One day I will have all of them hanging together.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Art House Christmas arts and crafts party 2-4 December


I will have some of my things at The Art House Christmas arts and crafts party this weekend. Will be there on Friday evening from 5pm. Then Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11.30am to 5pm.

Have finished one of the 100 led blocks, so that will be there and have I filled my new light box with small resins to sell. There will be some 3x3 light boxes and a few other pieces.

Please come and say hello.




Tuesday, 26 July 2016

starting to light the hundred LED blocks at last



Finished making the five blocks with the big mould and after much sanding and polishing I'm ready to start the lighting.



A few soldering lessons and much note taking with my electrician genius friend Mike and I'm off.


Did the three small blocks first.
They work OK!


So started drilling the hundred holes in one of the big blocks.



All good and started soldering a resistor to each LED bulb. Hopefully will have some time soon to get this one soldered together and lit up.

















Meanwhile a wildlife update.

Buff tip caterpillars have been falling on me as I work. I gather them up and put them on the ground underneath the silver birches where they came from. I think they drop to the ground when they are fat and ready to pupate so they should be OK.