Limited Edition Prints now available!

Prints advert

Hi¬†guys ūüôā

I’m pleased that I can finally announce that I am offering Limited Edition Prints of my Snooker Series for the start up price of ¬£79 each.

Each Glic√®e print¬†will be¬†16 x 20 inches in size (406mm x 508mm),¬†printed onto very high quality¬†Hahnem√ľhle German Etching 310gsm card and¬†hand signed and numbered (1/50) by myself at¬†the bottom.

For your opportunity to buy into this unique collection, or for anymore information – please email siancartledge@aol.com.

Steve Davis – Complete!

So Steve is finally finished! We’ve had our ups and downs but I’m thrilled with the result. I decided on a burgundy background with just a hint of the stair lights into ‘the arena’, to hopefully suggest his legend status and to not take away from him and his legendary perfect¬†cue action! You can see the final image¬†in my gallery under ‘Snooker Series’.

So today, I took the painting to be photographed and then off I went to the framers where I chose a beautiful black wooden frame to finish it off. I cant wait to see the final result!

The lovely, and very talented Kate Richards took the photograph, and she also took one of me with the painting for good measure! A nice refreshing picture of myself for my facebook page! You can find Kates work here Рwww.facebook.com/katerichardsphotographer and my facebook page here Рwww.facebook.com/siancartledgeart

I also have to give another shout out to Monique Limbos, the very talented snooker photographer, who gave me the photograph of Steve to use.

I am organising Limited Edition Prints (50 each) to be printed in the next week, so you can buy one of Ronnie, Ding, Mark and Steve VERY soon! I will keep you posted!

Me

A Nugget of information!

Hello! And welcome back to my blog! I’ve not been on here for a while my life has taken a few new paths; I have a new job as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator in a lovely Craft Tool company, we have bought our first home which we have totally renovated from top to bottom. And most importantly we have had an amazing and wonderful little boy called Maxwell Cartledge who we love with all our hearts.

With all this going on my painting has taken a back seat but I’m pleased to say I’m back!! With a little bit of inspiration I’ve decided to paint one of my absolute¬†heros,¬†the Nugget himself – Mr Steve Davis.

As you can see Im nearly at the finishing stage, as I’ve been working on it for many weeks but I promise¬†I’ll keep you posted.

Where this painting is going to end up is a secret for now. A very very exciting secret, and I will let you in on it very very soon!

Keep watching ūüôā

Sian xx12806249_602206426599308_3814145031720614526_n

i-Billiards debut

So after an exciting few days I have finally got to the bottom of my surprise China Open debut!

i Billiards logo

After being tweeted by snooker player Mark Williams to say I was in the China Open programme, it seems that its not the programme, but the 1st edition of China’s new snooker magazine, i-Billiards! The editor contacted me via facebook (with the help of google translate!!) to explain the situation, and to kindly send a PDF of the magazine to me.

It looks fantastic, with many interviews from the top players, including Ronnie himself! The design very funky with clean edges and quirky illustrations. A really refreshing look at the game today. i-Billiards is debuting in the China Open and will be on shelves throughout China in a few days. Heres my spread ūüôā

i-Billiards 1st Edition

i-Billiards 1st Edition

This is such exciting news as China loves snooker like the UK loves football. They are crazy about it over there, and players like Ding Junhui are superstars. Hopefully the fans over there will appreciate my portraits in this new magazine, and I’ll have a few more fans from over the seas!

I’d like to say good luck to everyone at i-Billiards. I’m honoured to be part of your 1st edition, and here’s to growth and success for many years to come!

i_Billiards 1st edition front cover

Surprise surprise!

Today I have had two lovely surprises! An email from a top 16 player enquiring about a portrait and a lovely tweet from Mr Mark Williams, including a picture of the China Open programme! The organisers have done a 2 page spread about myself and my Snooker Series, and Mark kindly took a picture of him holding it up to show me. I just wish I could read chinese (!), and that someone out there in the snooker world has saved me a copy!! I am pleased as punch! Heres the photograph that Mark sent…

China Open programme

China Open programme

As Im unsure whether they credited Kate Richards for her brilliant photograph of me I want you all to know she did it, and that shes amazing, and you can view more of her work here www.katylizrichards.wordpress.com

On a rainy day

As an artist, acrylics is predominantly the medium I favour, but after my mother bought me a set of oil paints for Christmas I thought what better time to use them. I’ve been wanting to paint a new painting for our bathroom for a long time and now its nearing completion I thought this was my chance!

I’ve always been daunted by oils, my mum used them when I was a child and the smell reminds me of the uber talent she has and what I need to match up to. I’ve also been daunted by the drying time; I am very impatient and the type of artist who likes to finish a painting, get it framed and get it on the wall in 48 hours!

Saying all this, Im so glad I did take the jump as I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! I loved pushing the paint around with large brushes rather than using fiddly small ones with the constant threat of the paint drying, as you get with acrylics. I am totally hooked. Maybe I can throw away my size zero brushes now and start purchasing some fat bad boys for the future…we will have to see.

So here’s the painting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed doing it.

On a rainy day

On a rainy day

Going the extra mile

My wonderful sister Kim is training hard to do the Brighton marathon in April so I thought I would design her a little something this evening to motivate her! I wonder how many of you can spot the subliminal message? Regarding the snooker series, I am awaiting photographs from my lovely photographer friend before I begin on the weekend!

Motivate Kim poster

Motivate Kim poster

The magic of the magician!

So after a Facebook plea, asking people to share my page for a chance to choose my next pai ting, the winner; Don McGowan, chose ‘the Magician’ Shaun Murphy.

I quote “Shaun Murphy would be a deserved choice as a genuinely happy snooker player and brilliant galant. He has always been one of my favourites”.

Watch this space!

The Master of tournaments

So on Friday 18th January myself and my friend Leanne finally made our way to Alexandra Palace in London to watch the quarter finals of the Betfair Masters. I had been featured on the programme for this event so the two tickets came with the package. Welsh snooker player Mark Williams had got through to play Mark Selby on this day so I was lucky enough to deliver the portrait I did of him personally. Here’s how it went…

After an epic journey featuring a bottle of Bucks Fizz, lots of snow, 2 train journeys and 2 tube lines we got to Ally Pally a bit shabby around the edges! We quickly made our way to the VIP desk where I had excitedly been told to go and were quickly given VIP passes before being whisked away to the Media lounge. It was here we spent most of our day, chatting to the press, watching the stars of snooker going about their daily business, and getting a real feel of what goes on behind the scenes at any major tournament.

During the afternoon we were escorted to our free seats to watch some of the Dott/Trump game, and after this, we watched them as they each answered questions from the media in the press conference. I was given two programmes, where I took so much joy from opening it to page 46, and seeing my article there in the flesh!

The programme in the flesh!

The programme in the flesh!

During the break in the afternoon we had lunch, watched some amateur snooker challenges in the foyer, and oddly signed some autographs!

It was then I was asked if I was happy to be interviewed for the World Snooker website, which I was terrified to do but gladly accepted! Rob Walker held the interview in which we discussed my love for Ronnie O’Sulllivan, my portrait of Mark and my hopes for the future.¬†

Not long after this I was told that Mark was waiting for me in the VIP lounge and could I take my painting of him there as soon as possible. This made me so terrified, excited to meet him, but anxious whether he would like the portrait which I had promised him a good few months before. All these fears were shattered when he warmly introduced himself and chatted about the day. We were then again on camera, capturing Marks reaction to my work. And thank goodness he loved it!

Giving Mark the painting

Giving Mark the painting

Before we knew it Mark was off to play his match and Leanne and I settled again into our front row seats to watch the first few games. We then had to make a speedy exit, to navigate the 2 trains, and 2 tubes home. Not before we bought a couple of bottles of wine and celebrated the unforgetful day we had.

I can honestly say this day was up there with getting married and I will remember it forever! A huge thanks goes to Ivan and all the Media team at World Snooker, Steenie and Lucy for being our guides (and promoters!), my great friend Leanne Evans for joining me, to Leggy and Denise for being the coolest partners we could ask for and ofcourse, to Mark Williams for being so gracious and charming as he was.

You can view the interview here http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4605249083466 or on my facebook page www.face.com/siancartledgeart 

Masters programme is here!

Today I recieved the Pdf of my page in the Masters programme. I’m elated at how it looks. Let me know what you think!

Masters 2013 programme

Masters 2013 programme

You can buy the programme buy clicking on the link below, worth your money even if you can’t make it to the tournament!

http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~3037136,00.html