What’s on my drawing board, May 03 2019

Variations on watercolour This weeks drawing board has some watercolour paintings in different formats. Top row drawing board: Notebooks –  Colour swatches from latest swivel pan watercolour set. Quick daisy sketch, tall tree study, focusing on tree bark, quick rhododendron sketch – prep work for picture in next row. Middle row: Rhododendron watercolour painting, 8″ x 8″ wooden panel with … Read More

Watercolour Oranges

Taking a painting from an initial idea to finished piece I recently resolved to make a quick sketch of any idea I had for a painting. I normally just write a quick note down in my daily sketchbook, but the other day I was flicking back through some ideas for pictures, and really couldn’t remember quite what I had wanted … Read More

Cropping paintings

Whilst testing a new circular hole punch, I remembered how effective cropping an image is, not just in Instagram but also in real life!

Making Gum Leaves from silk threads

Free motion embroidery on water soluble film I recently experimented with water soluble stabiliser, a film that is used in the machine embroidery process. I came across it on an internet wander, and I suddenly realised that I could use it with some Mulberry silk strands I bought nearly 2 years ago at a Halls Gap craft fair, from a … Read More

Watercolour Baubles

Painting onto baubles I recently picked up some Daniel Smith Watercolour Ground in Titanium White.Its a medium that you can paint on many surfaces, creating a paper like finish that a watercolour painting can be applied to. I Chose some plastic craft baubles (sold in Lincraft hobby stores in Australia), to paint a design on. I wanted to create a … Read More

Q: When is a mood board not a mood board?

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] A: When it looks like a finished item,  rather than a work in progress. Mood boards, sketchbooks, journals – are becoming finished items to be admired in their own right. I have noticed an increasing trend towards taking creative methodologies, tools and processes and turning them into art forms to be shared through the more visual social media … Read More

Painting on laser engraved plywood

Watercolour painting on laser engraved plywood Laser engraving a design onto wood such as plywood, creates a wonderfully crisp image, but more importantly if you want to to add colour, it provides a ready made indented work surface, which helps to contain liquid paint colours to each separate element. Essentially its colouring in, on wood. Types of paint Water based … Read More

Solo Exhibition

I’m having a very exciting month this December, as my first solo exhibition is up and running at my local library, through till the New Year.  I’m displaying original artworks both watercolour and acrylic, prints, cards, ceramics and my latest artistic adventures in laser cut accessories and decorations. [siteorigin_widget class=”kad_gallery_widget”][/siteorigin_widget]

Lifting Leaves

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Removing top layers of watercolour paint Here’s a detail from my recent Palm House painting, showing the glossy leaves on a bush in the shadows. After a number of attempts at painting this foreground foliage, I decided to use the lifting technique to ‘find’ the leaves in the shadows. I painted the whole bush in detail, in a … Read More

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