We’ve just sat outside in the sun and cracked open a few oysters fresh from the loch, delivered to the door by a friendly neighbour. In the absence of an oyster knife we made a makeshift anvil with a rock and cutlery knife and they were delicious.
I’ve managed to get quite a bit done this week and a great deal of variety too. I’d actually rather be outside walking a doggy as it’s been so warm and sunny, but I’ve had work to do! The restaurant sign I designed at Christmas is now being transferred onto a prepared sign (expertly done by Henry) and is taking about 10 times longer than I thought it would. I’ve completed a commissioned personalised card and made an Easter card for my family. Easter took me by surprise this year – I even forgot to make a Simnel cake (sorry Henry). But I am now all set for Easter 2014 – so a year ahead of myself and very organised really! I’ve painted these are little ACEOs this week (artists trading cards, 2.5 x 3.5 inches), which I hope to sell in my shop as originals next year and transfer the designs onto a set of 5 Easter cards. In fact I have agreed with myself that I’ll do one per day and fit in some 6 x 8 inches as well. A selection of my daily miniatures will be emailed out once per week to those on my mailing list with an exclusive promotion code to acquire them at a special discounted rate – so do sign up if you haven’t already! The first one took me nearly 2 hours but I can now get one finished in about an hour, plus a little bit of fiddling and finishing. Original ACEOs appeal to collectors or anyone looking for a dinky picture to frame. Some go for as much as £125, but mine will be a bargain in comparison!