Sunday, 21 December 2014

Seasons Greetings

Wishing all my dear blogging friends and lovely followers by email a wonderful Christmas holiday time. Let us hope that 2015 can deliver just that, hope to so many in the world doing far too tough.
I look forward to sharing my paintings with you again in 2015 and don't forget if you are interested in seeing a variety of experimental washes pop over and sign up to follow the new blog by 7 artists from around the world (including me) at Wash a Week Challenge that starts on January 1st.

Till the new year take care xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Painting from Life

My models:
Shop bought bunch of 4 Sunflowers, 
Little Gem potted Magnolias outside my Studio

Sun Tough
Watercolour 57cm x 38cm
Arches 300gsm Rough Paper
Little Gems
Watercolour 57cm x 38cm
Arches 300gsm Rough Paper

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Watercolour 28.5cm x 38cm
I must be getting tired as the years end draws in as unusually for me I was at a bit of a loss on Saturday afternoon for inspiration to paint. I had put my open sign out so I needed to be in my studio working. I flipped through some magazines and found a great full page size photo of Mick Lanagan a volunteer in the Bush with the Royal Flying Doctors Service. I needed to push myself with a challenge and not being a portrait painter I decided to try to capture him in watercolour and without laying down a drawing first. I started with his eyes and soon three hours had flown past with not much interruption from visitors and voila! I had Mick on paper and was quite surprised that I had his likeness to about 95%.
Thank you to the photographer Leon Mead who gave his blessing for me to share my experience here.

I so love the freedom of painting without any initial drawing and it is by far my most preferred method so to practise it with any subject is really helping my observation skills.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Meet Jumbo

Finding painting time is getting increasingly harder as Christmas draws nearer and time is needed for preparations and extra socialising. Found time yesterday to paint Jumbo which is a Christmas gift for my friend Annette. Its not a surprise as she provided me with the adoption certificate with his photo, so safe to share it. I did smile for the whole time I painted his dear little face.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A Big New Challenge - Join In

Well as the year end is drawing in and I reflect on all that I have achieved in my art journey this year I wondered what 2015 might have in store.
I am happy to announce that "one big new challenge" is starting on January 1st when I join 6 other "washing girls" each from a different country to present a new blog "Wash a Week Challenge". I invite fellow watercolourists  and those wishing to know more about painting in watercolour to check it out and consider joining in. We will be sharing our experiments and learnt lessons each week for one year. Olivia Quintin (France) will be adding a monthly challenge for everyone to participate in if they wish. It should be a lot of fun and will become a thorough resource for watercolour.

The 7 Washing Girls are:
Olivia Quintin - France
Christy Lemp - USA
Isabella Kramer - Germany
Jane Minter - Italy
Lorraine Brown - Australia
Lori Bentley - South Africa
Vandy Massey - England

This week I set up (with the help of my wonderful husband Ian) two exhibitions which run during December and January. With these commitments out of the way I have the freedom now to just play and learn something new and this latest challenge was just that. Human eyes, porcelain skin, added intrigue, hot press paper and NO pencil drawing first. Not perfect but good lessons learnt.