Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Monkeying around...

 This one is all my own design...
 ...fully poseable...
 ...ready for mischief!
Still finding it hard to sew under electric light in the evenings, but at least the brown felt was marginally better than working in black. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Waterfall...

I had a few spare hours today and put in some time on this -it's now complete.  The camera has made the greens a bit lurid - they are more natural than this in the actual painting.

This is a small waterfall we came across in Lynmouth, Devon while on holiday.  We stayed next to the river Lyn in a cabin and I used to take the dog exploring along the riverbank through the woods - beautiful scenery.  I am sure there will be more river paintings further down the line!

This is painted in watercolour on paper and will be in my Etsy shop soon.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Further Progress...

I'm really enjoying this one, taking my time with it.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Cataracts...

Just started this watercolour of a small waterfall that we discovered while hiking next to the River Lyn in Devon.  It was stunningly beautiful and I can't wait to get on a paint the rest of it.  Thankfully I have now settled into the new position of painting with my back straighter in order for both my eyes to focus on the paper.  Seems to be working OK!

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Apples & Bears...

 I finally sat down and made a concerted effort to finish this little painting yesterday.  As it is the first painting since my eye op, I'm very happy how it has turned out.  I've had to change my painting position a little to account for the fact I cannot wear my reading/painting glasses any more so have to wear the varifocals with one lens missing.  It means I have to sit back a bit (better posture at least!) but after a while you get used to it. 

This is a watercolour on tinted paper and will be in my Etsy shop soon.
Last year we had only two apples on our tree - this year it appears to have over-compensated!  This box load is from one branch alone.  I don't know what to do with them all - how can I store them without them going bad?  There are only so many crumbles and pies we can eat...

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Holiday Sketches...

 The view from our holiday cabin in Devon was stunning and I wanted to get it down on paper if I could.  The only problem was that if I sat down, I could not see it!  So this small painting was achieved standing up with the pad in one hand, brush in other, and paints on the coffee table.  Not my chosen way of working but I am pleased with how it turned out.
 The second sketch was a closer study of the water - this one I could do from a chair on the balcony, the only problems being the very bright sunlight and the dog drinking my paint water.

Interestingly, with each day that passes I am noticing that the eye I had the cataract removed from sees colour so much brighter now.  I am wondering just how badly having cataracts has affected my colour perception when painting - probably just as well I have been painting brown bears a lot!  I just cannot wait for the other eye to be done.
Hopefully now the catching up from being on holiday is done, I can get back to this little cutie - he's already got a buyer so I had better get a move on!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Refreshed & Raring To Go...

I've just spent a week at this wonderful place in Devon - a well needed chance to step away from the world and re-charge my batteries.  I can't wait to get back to painting...once I've finished sorting out the mess we seem to have brought home with us!