Meet Mr. Nigel Forsythe Castleton, proprietor of the Lost Pages Bookstore. Owing to the bookstore being in a very old stone building, it is very drafty and cold, even on the warmest of days. Mr. Castleton loves nothing more than to spend his days in the bookstore, but the poor thing is always very cold even though he is made of wool. Luckily, the bookstore has a wonderfully big fireplace, where he keeps the fire going at all times. He pours himself a glass of ginger wine and sits by the fireplace, perusing those lost pages.
He is my first foray into making knitted toys. I can’t wholeheartedly recommend the pattern I originally started following, since it has mistakes. I ended up making most of Nigel on my own. He was such a relaxing thing to make.
Since Mr. Castleton loves that fire in his fireplace so much, he makes me think of winter. Just in time too.
Of course, me being me, I had to make a cat and promptly give him a story. Lost Pages was the very first painting in this little sketchbook, the last 5 pages of which I get to share with you today.
A very Technicolor alien world. Nothing in this world is shy about its use of colour.
The Ancients of this world used a type of white element for their ‘ironwork’ on wood with Caput Mortuum stain.
Steampunk Fleur de Lis
This steam-powered golden Fleur de Lis is floating through time and space. I love the challenge of figuring out how a steampunk mechanism might work.
The stone farmhouse not only has a lovely view, but the heady aroma of lavender makes it an even more inviting place.
I wanted the sense of nebulosity of the solar corona extending into the background space, as if space itself is made of a black nebula that, like the solar corona, is only visible during an eclipse.
Photographing the eclipse was a special event for me, and I had to make this one my last painting in this sketchbook. You can follow our journey to capture the solar eclipse on this post.
I am exclusively using Stillman And Birn Beta sketchbooks for these little paintings. I love to see the side of a finished sketchbook, with its wavy pages and colours peeking out. I have already started on my next sketchbook, and I can’t wait to see what journey awaits me in that one.
Previous Sketchbook Pages
Much to my horror and surprise, I completely missed the mark on Halloween this year. It was not until a cute little Winnie The Pooh rang the doorbell that I remembered why. Good thing I wasn’t without candy!
Charlie and the rest us hope you had a good All Hallows Eve, whether or not you celebrate Halloween!
I am linking up with the linky parties on my Events And Links page. Please pay a visit to some of them, they are a lot of fun!