Foxes, dogs and sunshine…

During my cancer treatment I received so much support from many people, some of whom I’ve never met. My gratitude knows no bounds and as I’ve always been a big believer in paying it forward, every year I draw four or five portraits in aid of charities.

So far this year I have given three (Waltham Forest Cat Protection, The Fox Project, Boston Pilgrim Stroke Unit) and have two more scheduled (Lincolnshire Dog Rescue and The National Fox Welfare Society).

It’s not entirely selfless. It makes me feel I am giving something back and that is a good, good feeling. So, on this beautiful sunny morning I am smiling like a mad thing as I trawl through photographs of foxes and dogs. Life’s pretty darn fine!

Crumpet and the Fox Project

This portrait of Crumpet is being auctioned in aid of the Fox Project.
(And here’s their Facebook Page)
The outside measurement of the frame are 54.5cm x 44.5cm.
Crumpet’s story and how to bid are below.

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Crumpet is the smallest adult fox that The Fox Project have had in, in a long time, weighing in at just 2.76kg.
Crumpet has front leg deformations and is possibly mildly brain damaged.
It was decided that for her own safety, she could not be released back
into the outside world, so she’s gone to someone that The Fox Project knows who takes non-releasable foxes and now lives with three others in a very large, naturalistic run.

Bids can be place here on Bren Hopping’s Fund Raising Page

Go, people, bid…let’s do Crumpet proud.

Couch to 5K…

Today I told Sarah Millican to f*ck off!

She kep telling me to run. Every 90 seconds she told me to run…and I did.

I’ve downloaded the NHS Couch to 5K app and have just survived the first run of week one. I chose Sarah to bully me. Thank you TB for running with me at the slowest pace known to man, woman or beast :)

I’m a seasoned walker but now it’s time to run.
TB was a triathlete so he can already do that running thing and cycling and swimming. Really though, walking and running will do for me.

Go me!

Get a grip!

My mood this morning…

I have food, shelter, warmth, education, healthcare all the essentials and then no end of luxuries. There are people who have no clean water, not enough to eat, no access to education, no healthcare. There are people literally dodging bullets and yet I frequently hear young “adults” having a hissy fit because the Sky TV box keeps re-setting, or not enough likes on Facebook or “he hasn’t texted back…it’s been like three minutes!” Seriously, get a grip!

I once stood in the bottled water aisle of a large supermarket and huffed and sighed because, in spite of the dozen different brands in various permutations, they had run out of 6 x 1 litre packs of Evian. Then the shame hit me. Really? I’m cross because of this, when millions of people don’t have clean water?

It seems utterly ridiculous that so many people are starving when so many people are suffering through excess. People malnourished through lack of food yet in this first world of plenty, there are people who are malnourished because they stuff themselves with junk.

Oh and the sense of entitlement which seems so prevelant lately…don’t get me started on that!

Ding Junhui…well played!

I have been watching the Snooker World Championship. As a fan of Ronnie O’Sullivan I am not overly chuffed but Ding Junhui is a deserving victor.
(Man, that was hard to admit!)

St John is currently hanging at the Carre Gallery (albeit a little tucked away…look closely, you will find him) along with a couple of TB’s rather splendid photographs.

I am working on a couple of drawings at the moment so watch this space…

St John the Evangelist…

I began a drawing of St John the Evangelist last year but abandoned it. Last week, a short notice call for submissions to an exhibition for which he is relevant had me putting him back on the easel and finally completing him. I didn’t enjoy this drawing. I don’t feel it demonstrates my ability as it has no life. Of course it doesn’t, it’s a statue but I found this very, very difficult. Yet I enjoy drawing collars on dogs, bicyles, cars which have no life but wait…they shine…they are shiny and sparkly. I think this was the problem with St John…he has no sparkle in stone form.

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Still, here he is, finished and ready for the exhibition.
My husband has submitted a couple of photographs..I am very proud of him.

I’m happy that Crumpet is back on the easel.

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She is to be auctioned in aid of the fabulous Fox Project.
Here’s their website and here’s their Facebook page.
Sooo much life in this…thanks to the project.

This lady raises funds for the project…go join her page!

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Find Mr Tea a home…

Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels
do a fantastic job but they have a problem…Mr Tea,
a truly handsome, wonderful boy has been in residence too long!

Mr Tea

As a thank you to whoever gives Mr Tea his forever home, once has been with you for six months, I will draw his portrait…it will give me great pleasure to do so.

Below are his details taken from Lincolnshire Rescue’s Facebook page
(Mr Tea has his own page)

Tea is a very strong boy who would benefit greatly from some lead training; his knowledge of commands is improving since he has been with us , he can do sit and get down ( when jumping up ) and understands a firm no . We are teaching him paw but currently he likes hitting us in face with paw !

Despite the kennel environment Tea has actually calmed down a little since being here and would surely come on in leaps and bounds once he is in the right home. Tea loves his walks but is very strong and pulls like a steam train so needs training on this

Tea is fantastic in a home environment and is fully housetrained , he loves to play with toys and he is very very loving and loyal . Tea has no issues around food or possessions , he is a quiet dog in a home He is much calmer in a home than in a kennel and is a pleasure to be around.

Tea is fully vaccinated and castrated .

Tea needs firm boundaries , he needs to know the rules of what is allowed and what is not .

As Tea is a big dog who is very strong ,he needs to go to a home without young children, 10years + would be fine

Although Tea loves humans and is very affectionate , he isn’t a fan of dogs at the minute ,and I wouldn’t recommend he lives with cats .

Cats – No
Children – Over 10 only
Dogs – No

More in depth details about Mr Tea are in the mr Teas day out 23.3.17 album and videos are in video album

(reduced cost £35 neutering voucher subject to availability and qualifying breed , please ask a member of staff if this dog qualifies )

Questions ? please ring 01522 730502 and leave a message if no answer . please note most of our dogs are stray so we have limited history on them , but will do our best to help

Boston Pilgrim Stroke Unit

I often draw generic portraits to test new paper or pencils and I like the resulting drawings to serve some  purpose. Last week, the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire suffered a massive fire in its stroke unit. A fund raising event is being orgainised to help replace vital equipment as soon as possible and my portrait of a King Charles Spaniel will be a raffle prize. As a generic portrait, framed and mounted it would be £250, so a bargain can be had…but only if you have a ticket!

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Finished, fin, finis…

The final touch to any drawing is signing it.
Once I’m prepared to sign it, I know it’s finished.
I have just signed two portraits, which will now be packed and shipped.

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Right then, no time to pat myself on the back, on with the next.
(I’m putting the kettle on, though…there’s always time for tea!)

Still kicking butt!

Today I saw my surgeon, the wonderful chap who took away the cancer. He said he has no need to see me again unless I wish to see him. He also sanctioned a further five years of drugs which keep that pesky stuff at bay. I am a happy bunny.

It’s been nearly five years since I was diagnosed. I shall be 56 this year and am looking forward to maybe hitting 100 after all!

On another note, I am chuffed to wotsits that a portrait to be drawn by my good self has raised £205 in a charity auction. I feel fuzzy and warm about this as I truly believe in paying it forward.

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Here’s the portrait so far…beautiful Bunty

And on another note, please click on the pink ribbon,
let’s keep kicking cancer’s butt.