Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction. I used the ram pattern but altered various bit and pieces to fit in with what I wanted to do.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Saturday, 22 February 2014
I use ordinary paintbrushes, usually with a good point and a springy feel to them. It's also handy to have a brush with a water reservoir - when you are working on a large section of a painting, it saves constantly dipping your brush in the water pot and losing your flow - literally!
The blocks can be used like crayons for larger areas but my preferred method is to use them like watercolours.
It helps to have a small piece of watercolour paper to test your colours on first and also to use a bit like a palette.
Here I have used the blocks as watercolours to lay down a first layer of colour for the red flowers, making the pigment darker where needed.
And that's as far as I have got with this little painting. The rest of it will be more of the same, building up colour with pencil and washes until I reach the depth I want.
Of course, this is just my style of painting - you could work in big bold strokes with vibrant combinations of colour, it's entirely up to preference. The colours are worth persevering with, the results are lovely.
It is also possible to paint like this on fabric - I have done a couple of t-shirts and several silk ties. But that's a tutorial for another day!
Friday, 21 February 2014
With regard to the Inktense tutorial, it's on it's way, I'm halfway through.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
I think it is still OK - you can see where the pigmented water shot off to the right but I am hoping that adds an air of movement and spontaniety to the painting....
This was a bit of an experiment - I had the photo of this very inquisitive duck that we had taken last year and I wanted to use it but not in a boring animal portrait kind of way. So I began just painting him on his own but as it progressed and I worked on the water droplets and irridescence of the feathers, I thought it might be fun to have him get his colours from the 'rain', and also have them slide off him onto the ground. It kept me amused anyway!
Upon reading a comment on yesterday's post about how to use Inktense colours, I think I might run up a little tutorial later on today - I have to admit that when I bought my tin of Inktense, I had a couple of tentative attempts with them and then put them away as being far too scary. The colours are bright and once dry, very, very permanent. They sat under my desk for months...nay, years...until one day Derwent asked me to illustrate some packaging with them. Gulp! So it was time to take the bull by the horns and work with them properly - since then they have become one of my favourite mediums. So watch this space over the next couple of days.
I'm very excited about going to Unravel at the weekend. A festival of knitting? Absolute heaven! Better make some room at home for a stash upgrade and check the bank balance.....
I painted this last year and have had to 'sit' on it since then. It's wonderful when you get a brief that involves all your favourite things and this one certainly did - a bear, rushing water, and lots of splashes and dribbles with the ink.
Yesterday I met up with an old friend who knew me twenty-five years ago when I lived in Greece. When we first met, I was a housewife struggling to come to terms with the birth of a baby with Down's Syndrome in a country that had no time for the disabled, and dealing with the resultant fall-out among family and friends. A few years later, I was penniless after my husband walked out on me leaving me with two small children in a foreign country, and we had to come back to the UK with just about nothing, leaving a whole life behind us.
So to see how things have changed since then, especially when my work is in shops and magazines, my friend and I agreed it is more than a little mind-blowing at times!
Thursday, 13 February 2014
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Monday, 10 February 2014
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Now it's a matter of waiting - something we artists seem to do a lot of. If it doesn't get into this exhibition, there are a couple of others coming up that it could go into.
In the meantime, my knitted bread was so successful someone here thought it was a plate of buns for eating...
Monday, 3 February 2014
However, the best laid plans of mice and men......
I know what needs to be done to finish this off now and it is just a matter of concentrating on the detail plus adding a vague background. Wish me luck!
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Perhaps I will just put on the earphones with some loud music and hope they all go away....