Monday, 24 October 2016

Tweaks and Remakes

I am revisiting earlier works, some from two years back, some from two weeks ago. Paintings that I have liked at the time so they have been stored away but have never made it to the framing stage. It isn't possible to frame everything but when a work doesn't get considered I know it has not yet shown me everything it can. This is when I have nothing to loose but to push it further.
Some require just a little tweak others a bit of a bigger remake. This results in some going in the bin because the extra painting didn't work out but a lesson or two is always learnt first. Happy to say this one will go onto the framing stage.

A Touch of Paradise
Unframed size 76cm x 56cm
October 2016

November 2015

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Demo Painting

Gifts from Spring
76cm x 56cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Hot Press Paper
Gifts from Spring was painted yesterday as a demo during a two day workshop here in my studio for returning students who had already been on one of my foundation courses over the past two years. 
So much fun and laughter, serious painting too as watercolours were painted to be framed for gifts for special recipients. I really enjoy sharing my journey and passion for this exciting medium and what better way than painting along with others.
The workshop was about each artists painting their own inspiration with help when needed. I enjoyed showing how to move their paintings forward when asked.
I never intended to paint a full sheet demo at all but on our second day from all the combined contributions of flowers it was perfect for me to show how I create a painting without drawing or composing first.
Much fuss was made to make me a nice still life arrangement but I said it was not needed as I don't work that way. You can see the few blooms in a vase in front of my easel. 

  • I wet both sides of the paper
  • Splashed in some colour for a soft background avoiding the area where I needed some white for my white roses. 
  • Darks were added underneath. 
  • Whilst the underpainting was drying I could work on the white blooms.
  • Once dry I added more colour with harder edges with postive and negative painting
 I left the painting many times to go help anyone who was working on their own but even by my standards this large work that can often take two or three days to resolve came together easily and quickly. I was in the zone, the studio was buzzing. A tiny tweak and signature added this morning in my now very quiet back to normal studio and I'm happy.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Bits of Spice

I love painting in pure watercolour but I really do enjoy mixing it up with adding other media which is really bits of spice as the main ingredient is watercolour pigment.
We have just had a few days away in the country further south from where I live and when away in a new town retail therapy always calls. I did purchase a few usual temptations but I was most excited by my purchase of some handmade paper ideal for collage in my work.
This Bougainvillea features two papers- gold leaves on green and real petals on a cream.

Cascading Colour
56cm x 30cm