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!

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

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

Mini acrylic painting

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] 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 … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, March 06 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Tropical leaves. This weeks drawing board has a new crop of watercolours in my tropical leaves series. Top row: Colour swatch sketch book, open on my Winsor & Newton watercolours page, I find it a really handy reference when working out colour schemes for new paintings.  (Underneath sketch book) a tropical leaf painting I keep coming back to, … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Feb 02 2018

[siteorigin_widget class=”SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget”][/siteorigin_widget] Saltbush leaves and flowers This weeks drawing board has a beach vibe and a few experiments Top row: Sketch book with colour swatch samples from some new tubes of Winsor & Newton paints – Winsor Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Indigo (my new favourite colour!), Paynes Grey & Burnt Sienna, plus a little sketch of an Agapanthus flower using Winsor … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 16 2017

Patterns from the 16th Century. This weeks drawing board is full of 16th Century Jacobean patterns featuring flowers and leaves (of course!). Top row: Top sketch book with colour swatch samples for leaves, mainly yellows, blues and greens, lower sketchbook with gum leaf pattern in watercolours using tonal shades mixed up from Payne’s Grey, Ultramarine and Crimson. Square 6″ x … Read More

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