What’s on my drawing board, Jan 09 2017

Sea to sky Top row: Sketchbook with studies of houses (Looe, a coastal village – Cornwall, UK) for planned large pen and ink study. Set of Inktense pencils by Derwent (a Christmas present) and colour swatches in sketchbook; Inktense pencils can be activated with water to deposit vibrant ink colours onto the paper.Middle row: Strip picture experiments, depicting sea to … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 16 2016

Back to botanics Top row: Sketchbook with leaf patterns, birch tree designs, Flemish flower painting inspiration, Moroccan tile design examles in scrapbook.Middle row:  Pink chrysanthemum watercolour flower study, on cotton watercolour paper (with reference photos above). Pencil sketch of ivy leaves around a wooden post. Banksia, gum leaves and agapanthus watercolour studies.Bottom row: Holly wreath sketchbook design ideas. Banksai watercolour … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Dec 5 2016

Basically…. a lot of holly! Top row: Hand tinted purple coloured holly lino prints, sketch book – flowers in a china jug (from a photo), holly wreath Christmas card initial design, current sketchbook – digital holly pattern, random holly leaf watercolour sketches. Middle row:  Laser cut plywood holly decorations, in process of being decorated. Small holly leaf design watercolour Christmas … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 21 2016

Top row: watercolour flowers, sketchbook with a study of wattle blossom and postcards of snowy Joseph Farquharson & Peter Graham paintings – images from my favourite Scottish highland painters to get me into a winter Christmas vibe in Australia. Middle row: current sketchbook with yellow colour mixing page open next to sketch development for a laser cut plywood wreath I … Read More

What’s on my drawing board, Nov 14 2016

Top row: sketchbook with quick study of passion fruit. Botanical line art preliminary sketches, lino print scrapbook.   Middle row: water colour doodles, & small chrysanthemum (prep work for larger design). Bottom row: childhood Christmas ornament sketches, orange & crimson watercolour splodge experiments. Print out of ivy photo from morning walk. Large flower sketch designs in watercolour & pencil – I … Read More

Creativity through affordable paper

I love getting new sketchbooks, over the years I have amassed quite a few. Large, small, hard bound, soft bound,  moderately expensive to quite expensive, and mostly with glued or bound paper pages.They are all on my shelves in perfect condition – unused. My current tussle is with a Moleskine sketchbook I treated myself to recently, it’s smooth creamy pages … Read More

Exhibition print work

I just created a poster and postcard design for a local art exhibition showcasing the work of my local ceramics group, and as the tutors name is Betty Jennings the exhibition is named after her classes: Tuesdays with Betty. When creating a poster/ postcard that illustrates the work created within a group of people its important to find a strong … Read More

Tube Lining Paintings

Tube lining is a technique I’ve always enjoyed working with in my ceramics, and I thought I would have a go at transferring the principle to artwork. To tube line a tile or pot – a bead of wet clay is applied to the surface of the object forming enclosed spaces, this is fired and results in raised areas across … Read More

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