Monday, 20 April 2015

Blog Break

I am heading to London at the end of the week, traveling with my sister Debbie to visit our lovely Aunties. I am not going to be painting, sketching or doing social media. I look back on all that I have done so far this year and know why my body is telling me - time for a holiday.
I have scheduled posts to the Wash a Week Challenge blog so that I do not have the pressure of catching up when I return. I start a new watercolour course on May 19 and have all that prepped too as I know I will have some jet lag after the long haul flight home (26 hours).
Whilst I am not going to be physically painting on my holiday I am looking forward to catching up for chatting with Laura Moore who was one of the very first artists I met on the internet and also Vandy Massey so I can personally deliver some new little paintings I am donating for her charity project - Care for Casualties. These little 6" x 4 " works are matted and sell for just 15 pounds sterling so if any take your fancy be sure to look for them on the Running With Brushes website. They should be available sometime in the next three weeks.(and surprise, surprise, there is a cat among them, for those of you who don't know I have a big fear of cats so I don't paint them.)
Thank you so much dear blogging friends and followers of my art , having you with me on the journey of creating means so much.
Till next time, happy painting, happy living
Best regards

Sunday, 12 April 2015

When Mixing Mud is Good

This Little Piggy
28.5cm x 38cm
Saunders Waterford Rough 300gsm
Limited Palette: Opera Rose, Rose Madder Genuine, Brown Madder, French Ultra Marine Blue

You can also check out a pre painting study of this work for my week #16 post over at Wash a Week Challenge

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

From the Hot Centre

I recently chose a palette of hot colour to depict a trio of Emu in the Red Centre of Australia. With these colours in mind I changed it up a bit replacing just the blue (from French Ultra Marine) to Manganese blue hue. My Winsor & Newton tube might have been quite old as it was really hard to get the colour out even though I stood it in hot water, anyway it came out very thick and didn't thin out easily when I added water????.
This is Brolga and a young Joey from the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs. He may not think it looks like him but I feel I have captured the essence of what this inspiring shot I saw on facebook was all about and I thank him for kindly allowing me to use it. Should this work sell I will donate the price to his sanctuary.
The Protector
Saunders Waterford 300gsm Medium
38cm x 28.5

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter

Easter Bunnies
57cm x 38cm Saunders Waterford Medium
Limited Palette: Burnt Sienna, French Ultra Marine Blue, Permanent Rose

Easter for me is a chance to have my children and their families visit and stay for a bit and I so look forward to spending this time with my grandchildren: Tilly, Thomas and Lucy - all under 3 so it certainly keeps me on my toes. Tilly and Thomas are going to paint with me in my studio and maybe I can introduce Lucy who is not yet one to what painting is all about.
I wish  my blogging friends and everyone who kindly follows my art journey through my blog a safe and Happy Easter.