I hope it snows for Christmas.... but only briefly. :)
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Decided to try a little experiment with gouache and waterproof ink.
Firstly, drew the outline of the flower with pencil and then laid white gouache in places.
Then when the gouache was dry I painted over the whole thing with black waterproof ink.
Wait until the ink is completely dry. Then wash off under cold water using a brush to gently remove some of the ink. In theory, where the ink lays over gouache it should lift off revealing the white paper underneath and the ink where there was no gouache remains untouched.
The finish was not quite as expected - in fact, you could say it all went hideously wrong. lol
However, it is quite an interesting effect and I will try this experiment again. I quite like the effect, it's just the black lines across where it didn't quite work for me.
I think perhaps I need to lay the gouache a little thicker, allowing it to dry completely and then go over with the ink. I also think it might be better to try something a little more robust than 140 lb paper. This could be the reason the ink sunk into ridges or lines across the paper.
Monday, 7 November 2011
OMG! I'm in love! I have just discovered the delights of gouache. It's like coming home, I've found my medium, it's better than chocolate even!
This is just a small quick study and maybe if I try something larger I'll come down off this cloud but so far it's so wonderful to work with.
It's like using watercolour but without transparency, it's opaqueness means that it covers even dark colours. It's easy to make changes and yet you can work in detail much easier than with oils (at least for me anyway!)
I cannot wait to have more time so that I can really get to know my new love!
Monday, 3 October 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Summer is almost over here but I want a painting to remind me of the long hot summer. OK so it was more short-lived than long but I need a summer landscape to help me get through the cold winter months and I rather think this should do it!
Friday, 19 August 2011
I am pleased with the hair at this stage (must admit the painting looks better in real life) but I felt I might need to add more of a fleshtone to the face as presently I look kind of bruised. I may do more to it tomorrow, we'll see.
As for likeness.... well, it's getting there I feel, not quite made it yet though. :)
Update - after adding more skintone - I have a slightly healthier glow now!
Thursday, 18 August 2011
So within the last 3 weeks I have been attending our local Leisure Centre where you can drop into various exercise classes and try them out.
First I tried aqua aerobics which was a bit of a damp squib (ha-ha) for me as I am terrified of water and refused to move from the shallow end of the pool but I must admit the instructor was very patient and by the end of the lesson I was actually doing my exercises away from the walls unaided!
When I tried spinning. Wow, was that hard work! But you know, I loved it. The guy who led this indoor cycling class was very enthusiastic and had us cycling in the Tour de France. When we were riding uphill we had to stand and cycle but my legs being totally unco-ordinated refused to get into the rhythm so most of the time I remained seated. In this position, be warned, you are likely to get somewhat saddlesore! It was fun however and I am continuing with that class.
Next came aerobics - OMG, I hadn't done real aerobics for some years and this was such a shock to my system by the end of the class I was totally convinced of my lack of co-ordination and sense of direction. Every turn, every leg or arm movement you can bet I was doing the complete opposite to the rest of the class. Even when we did the floor exercises everybody waited while someone pointed out to me that I was facing opposite to everyone else! No, I'm not doing that one again!
Yoga next…. This is my dream exercise class, it's just perfect for me. Slow and
gentle, stretching, relaxing and deep breathing. Oh yes, my favourite by far and one that I am continuing with relish. Such serenity. Definitely good for the mind, but I also need more challenging exercise, so onward.
Now Zumba. What fun! I have never sweated so much in my life, but the dance routines and movements were wonderful. Easier for younger people but I really enjoyed myself. Hard work, but definitely worth it.
All in all it was pretty hard work, but afterwards I felt so good I knew that I must continue the exercise regime. With this in mind for the first time in my life I joined the gym. Today I am going for my induction after which I can use the gym as much as I want. I'm really looking forward to it and I'll report back to you later.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Acrylics in watercolour sketchbook 12" x 10"
Seems I am inspired by trees and woods lately. Asked if I could paint fairies I said no, I am no good with fantasy although I wish I were.
Anyhow this is it and I wish I had left off the wings but you live and learn!
I do like the sunlight captured here so all is not lost as I think I may be able to do something in the future with strong contrasts of light and shadow.
That's what sketchbooks are for, isn't it? Playing around and learning through play.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
I am having some difficulty in getting back into painting and so I look to find some interesting challenges to inspire me.
WetCanvas is a good place to start and this challenge is about Australia - my thanks to Stacey for the use of her photo as reference.
I enjoyed doing this and hopefully I will soon rediscover my artistic muse.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
I seem to be going through a blue phase just lately, I am attracted to everything blue. My new clothes are all in blue, my paintings lean towards blue and I feel I need the calmness of blue for healing.
I do think that colour is important and I have noticed at different times I am more attracted to one colour than another especially in the clothes that I wear. Normally I wear bright colours because it makes me feel bright and cheerful, I love reds and yellows but when I feel down I wear a lot of greys and blacks. Now, as I said, I am going through a distinctly blue phase. It's a lovely colour.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Monday, 6 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Friday, 3 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
This is Mother Bear, just a very quick sketch of her in acrylics. I was getting ready for my stint as steward at a local exhibition when she called to me to paint her and I just couldn't resist.
I still managed to get there on time so no harm done, but it just goes to prove to me that the urge to paint can occur at the most inopportune times.
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
After Charles Robinson again, this time a fairy. I'm kind of pleased with it, although Charles Robinson's was of course better, but then he did add colour. I'm afraid to use colour in case I mess it up again. Ah well, it's only a drawing.... maybe I will try some colour on it after all.
If we are paralysed by fear and afraid of messing up we will never move forward, never enjoy the thrill of taking a risk and possibly succeeding. Where is the fun in that?
I think I'm ready to take a leap of faith.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
As you can see still no likeness, in fact I think I'm losing it totally! Trouble is I rather like this guy, if only I knew where he was. He's so cute.
OK, tomorrow I start getting serious and get down to measuring properly. Let's see if we can nail this one once and for all.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Anyway, back to art... I am trying again with portraits and as you can see by this one I really need to work on getting a likeness. I sure didn't get one this time! I will try again tomorrow and see what happens.