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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.

Lifting Leaves

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.… Read More

Mini acrylic painting

Little & Large: I’m enjoying working on a mini acrylic canvas, using a favourite green colour mix of Payne’s Grey and cadmium yellow light. I’m also working on a large version of this painting, it’s taking a while, so I thought a change of scale may help to revitalise things. I’m using canvas sold for watercolour painting, it was on … Read More

It’s good to sketch

Quick pen and wash sketches So good to get out and do some loose sketching of shoreline plants with my morning coffee at the beach. I used my new swivel paint palette, and its water pen, the colours are lovely and vibrant ideal for colour washes over ink work. I was also using a new Hahnemuehle sketchbook, which performed quite … Read More

42 Colour Fan/ Swivel Watercolor Paint Set

Portable Paint Palette Just got these bright happy watercolour paints in the morning post, approx $20AUD on eBay.I was attracted by the nifty swivel trays, but am very impressed with my first swatches, colours are bright, mix well and will hopefully be good for sketching flowers when I’m out and about. Vibrant colours Experimenting with a hand tinting one of … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, August 03 2018

Halfway there This weeks drawing board has some watercolour paintings halfway through, plus my largest watercolour painting yet, on an easel. On the easel: This is a large painting of sweet pea flowers, I’ve completed the background washes on this stretched sheet of paper and am now starting to paint in the flowers. Top row drawing board: Tall skinny beach … Read More

Frame free watercolour mount method

A fresh, modern way to mount and protect watercolour paintings It’s quite a simple process: glue a painting to a wooden board or panel and give it a protective coating. I have used a cradled wooden panel as my mount and protected the painting at various stages of the process with varnish and wax, to create the look of a … Read More

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