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Friday, 20 February 2015

Paint Party Friday... Japanese Paints

It's been a funny kind of week, busy as usual but with very springlike weather giving us hope of things to come. 
But the highlight had to be that I finally received my Japanese paints in the post.
It was just enough to look at the box never mind opening them to play.

I've been very pleased with my time management because I've actually been able to paint at least for some time every day, which is incredible for me.
I've also managed to spend some time in the garden too.
I've dug borders AND weeded. (Are you impressed?)
I did find a little cat bell in one of the borders, that had obviously become detached from one of our neighbours cats, during one of their forays through the garden no doubt.
We have three cat callers regularly... much to Mufftypups disgust. 
I thought it would be fun to give it a little tinkle, but Muffy's reaction was way over what I expected. Rapid eye movement, head on a swivel and rushing around in every direction.
She obviously thought that there was a cat in need of eviction! 
She had no idea that the bell was in my hand. I know... cruel but fun.
Now I can have play whenever I want.
 I can't wait for the next time that she's hiding in the undergrowth when I'm frantically calling her. 
She has a tendancy to play this game from time to time and just won't come out no matter how urgently I'm calling her or what I'm saying.
Even my trump card of  ' Chicken' doesn't work. Minx!
Now just a little tinkle from the magic bell has her charging from the undergrowth like a raging bull.
The mystery of the invisible cat!
 Anyway... back to the paints. 
I produced a colour chart as I think I'm supposed to do and it was really fun painting Mr Fox.
Why a fox? 
Well I've seen a magnificant fox in our back field but I'm hoping he stays near the woods although I suspect he may have come nearer to the house last week because we had a casualty... 
or should I say a corpse on the lawn. 
A headless poor wood pigeon to be precise.
I'm thinking it was the fox because...
1. Mr Fox looked extemely well fed and healthy, so he can obviously look after himself and...
2. The wood pigeon had no head which I believe is what foxes do to chickens.
I could be wrong, but I'm keeping a close eye on Muffy when she's out in the garden.
With all of the lovely weather we've been having this past week I've certainly got spring in mind. 
We've gained an extra hour of daylight either side of the day, which has made such a difference. 
The birds are singing at the top of their voice, trying to out do each other and the bulbs I planted with such high hopes last year are peeking up through the soil.
With the flowers about to pop I wanted to paint something for spring and because a cuppa is never far from my hand, I thought a flower filled tea pot was the perfect paint project.
I'm still unsure of the paints... we're like strangers but each time we meet over a cuppa we're getting more and more familiar with each other.
I think we're bonding well and may form a firm friendship for many years to come.
Because it's Friday I think it could be party time, so I've linked up with Kristin and Eva at Paint Party Friday. 
This week features Boo's work along with many other artists work.
Paint Party Friday
 Why don't you take a peek?
Or how about Sunday Sketches
Have a wonderful weekend everyone... have fun and hopefully the sun will shine.


  1. Those paints truly do look luscious, what a fabulous sheen they have. I still love Mr Fox, but hope the real character steers clear. I giggled at your playing with the bell to get a rise out of Mufty, but it's a very good idea if she's being a minx and not coming on when called, lol.
    Your teapot full of flowers is fabulous, especially the daffodil. I look forward to new photos of your spring flowers as they begin to bloom.
    Have a great weekend Denise ((hugs)) :o) xox

  2. Looks like you have already bonded with your paints quite well. I will have to google the Japanese paints to see what makes them different from the English version. Your painting is gorgeous.

  3. You know you and I were always on the same wavelength?? We do it again - here you are with your Japanese paints, and me on the other side of the world with a houseful of Japanese. How gorgeous is that, or "Spooky" as Dame Edna would say!
    Loving all your work and that cat bell had me in stitches as I need one for the Crazy Poodle we have the same recall probs for the late night wee, if there is a possum within coowee (I'm not sure that is the right spelling but fits nicely with the 'spend a penny; theme) within coowee of the house, he's not coming in! Now if I had a cat bell wow that would make all the difference!!
    Have a brill weekend.

  4. those paints look so rich and fabulous! And look at that gorgeous art you have been painting with them-love that fox especially! Do take care of Muffy. Although we don't have foxes in our neighborhood I do chase away the hawks that like to prey and leave their leftovers (which isn't much ) behind.

  5. Gorgeous fox and flowers...those paints are yummy! However I hate that the real fox is so close to mufftypups!! Oh how scary...I'm not sure if they are as aggressive as Coyotes but boy they will take a little animal in a heartbeat!! Better keep that bell on hand just in case!!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. The paints took me a little while to get the hang of at first, but I really like the strength of the colours now I have the hang of the texture of them... And I love your teapot painting... It is just gloriously spring like... As for the little bell trick... Genius!

  7. Your paints look good enough to munch on - glad you painted with them instead. I love the colors in your paintings. When you become best friends with the paints - there will be no stopping you. Your fox is wonderful by the way. Foxes love chicken heads - but they also love dog biscuits.

  8. Hearing about your spring weather is heavenly. We've had snow for a week and I'm ready for spring. Scooter is also very serious about evicting cats from our yard. If he and Muffy were together we'd need sound protection for our ears. Your yellow flowers are lovely and remind me of spring. I fear the below zero temp here has killed my spring buttercups. I'll check later.... who know they might surprise me. Thanks for mentioning me in your post today.

  9. Cool paints in a gorgeous box. You're the minx for teasing Ms Muffy that way. ;) Fun to play with new crafty/painty stuff isn't it?! A nice start with mr fox and the teapot. I'll be a couch tater all weekend watching the NASCAR races. It's so cool the daytona soeedway is only a half mile away from where I live! Hugs Nan

  10. lovely work, lovely paints!

  11. I love your sweet paintings. You are very talented Neesie.

  12. The Chinese watercolor paints are kind of like a cross between Western watercolors and gouache--not as transparent as watercolors but not as opaque as gouache. Vibrant! Love the fox and the flowers...and cracking up about the cat bell! ;)

  13. Ooohhh, that really is a pretty box of paints...!!!!

  14. wonderful paintings... I love this fox!

  15. Lovely paintings! Especially like the details in the flowers! Happy PPF!

  16. I love watercolors.... How exciting to get a new set to play with! Your paintings are lovely.
    ~ Karen

  17. First off....WELCOME to Sunday Sketches! :) Your work is absolutely beautiful. I just purchased the same Japanese set last month and love them very much. I love how rich and thick the colors are. Adore your fox very much! xx

  18. Oh how I'd love to see you tease Muffy with the bell. Cats outsmart us so much of the time it is satisfying to occasionally have the upper hand. Great paintings, look forward to hearing how you do with your new paints.


  19. You did wonderfully well with the hair on the fox. Watercolors are difficult for the tiny stuff. Blessings, Janet, PPF

  20. beautiful paintings, and you new paints look so wonderful.


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