Art · Watercolour

A Stormy Sky

A stormy sky over a turquoise sea…

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A Stormy Sky Over A Turquoise Sea

Sometimes the light is so beautiful at the Cornish coast ~ on one side of the sky you can have briliant sunshine and on the other you can have dark stormy clouds, all at the same time! The sunlight makes the sea a beautiful light turquoise colour and the storm clouds cast dark shadows over the the distant coastline…

This is a watercolour on Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper. The colours used were: Paynes Grey, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal Blue and Viridian. My seascape measures approx. 7.5″ x 5″.

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Today’s Watercolour Inspiration…

Today a lovely post appeared in my blog reader from watercolour artist Edo Hannema. He posted a beautiful watercolour landscape followed by a video of how he painted it. I was completely mesmerised. Here’s a link to the post: http://www.edohannema.nl/wordpress/painting-a-dutch-landscape/. If you love watercolour please check out his blog and YouTube channel. I love the gentle palette he uses and his technique – I can see myself learning a lot about watercolour from him…

Meanwhile, I found time this afternoon to paint a simple watercolour of lavender in a pot. I know it’s been done many times before by many people but I’ve never done it before. And I need to practice…

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I’m always ever critical of my own work (but much less so of other people’s work… ) and the pot is slightly too big and the lavender not quite big enough. But I’ll put that down to experience. It was painted fast and loose and most importantly it was fun to do… !

Inspired by Edo’s lovely watercolour painting demonstration in the link above, I’m now off to plan some watercolour landscape painting for tomorrow. I need to think about what I’m going to paint, what colours to use, whether I need to sketch anything or a least have an idea of where everything is going to be placed. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…

Art · Collage

Words

Today it’s time for a little collage catch up for the collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn. We’re following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. I have three collages to share today and they are all word related.

First, the prompt for week 12 was typography. Here’s what I did:

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Seaside Typography

A collage consisting entirely from words cut out from old magazines. The words have been cut in half or overlapped for added interest. I used type in shades of blue and turquoise, but added that little touch of yellow off centre for a focal point.

The prompt for week 13 was Secret Message – you pick a name, word or phrase or similar and create a collage incorporating the letters. Here’s my collage:

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Secret Message

I jumbled the letters of my “secret word” up and glued them round the edge of my collage…

The prompt for week 14 was stamps – use stamps (any sort of stamps) to create an additional layer to a collage. Here’s my offering:

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Vintage Pink

I created my collage in shades of vintage pink with complementary neutral shades and stamped the word “vintage” on my collage in black ink.

I enjoyed creating these collages. A couple of the prompts have taken me a little out of my comfort zone and forced me to create something I wouldn’t have otherwise have created. So that’s a good thing. I’m looking forward to pressing on with the rest of the prompts in the book and I’m sure I’m going to be forced even further out of my comfort zone with some of them… !

Art · Watercolour

Blossom Time

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A watercolour sketch of spring blossom. This was based on a video from Maria Raczynska’s YouTube Channel. This was very simple to do and lots of fun… !

It was painted on Arches cold pressed paper and measures 10″ x 7″. The colour used for the blossom was Alizarin Crimson and a little white gouache.

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The Blue Fuchsia

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I bet you’ve never seen a fuchsia quite like this before. If you could buy a fuchsia this colour at the garden centre it would probably cost you a lot of money… !

This painting is based upon an exercise in Jean Haines Colour & Light In Watercolour New Edition but I used totally different colours – creative license… ! Rather than conventional fuchsia colours I used Winsor & Newton’s Cobalt Turquoise Light and Indanthrene Blue. They contrast beautifully. This was painted on Arches Cold Pressed paper and measures 6″ x 9″.

Indanthrene Blue is a new colour in my palette. I have to admit I would have bought the Daniel Smith equivalent but it was out of stock. That said, I’m not disappointed with the Winsor & Newton version – it’s a gorgeous, rich dark blue colour. But it also fades to a lovely pale blue with the addition of lots of water. It also mixes well with other colours and I did a few quick tests in my khadi paper sketchbook:

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I love all these colour mixes but I especially love the purple shade in the top left corner and the colours in the Cadmium Orange line…

So that’s my watercolour fun for today. Wishing everyone a great creative week ahead…

Art · Watercolour

A Portrait Of Ewe

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A Portrait Of Ewe

My Portrait Of Ewe is based upon an exercise in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. I have to admit that I’ve skipped a few exercises in the book just to get to the sheep a bit quicker… ! I will go back and do the ones I left out….

Jean’s rendition of a sheep is so colourful and vibrant. I loved painting this. This was my third attempt, each one getting slightly better. This was fun to paint and it’s very good practice for me. It was painted on Arches Cold Pressed paper and measures 9″ x 6″.

Since buying and reading this book (I’ve actually read the book 3 times!) my watercolour painting has improved in leaps and bounds. It’s been a real eye opener for me. It’s taught me that I have to let go of all the things that were restraining me, holding me back. Let go of the fears too…

I can honestly say that I’m in a much better place with my watercolour painting now than before I studied this book. It has changed the way I think about and paint with watercolour forever. I can never go back…

I still consider myself to be, not a beginner anymore, but still in the early stages of my watercolour journey. I’ve only been seriously painting with watercolour for about one year.  I have a long way to go yet. And I need to practice, practice, practice and practice some more!

So if, like me, you’re learning to paint with watercolours too, keep going and never give up on your dream. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy – it’s going to take a lot of determination and hard work. But we CAN do it…. !

Art · Watercolour

Jellyfish

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I had a little watercolour fun this afternoon painting some jellyfish. I was inspired by Maria Raczynska’s tutorial on her YouTube channel. Her watercolour work is stunning and inspiring.

This was a fairly simple exercise to do. I varied the composition of my painting a little and also used different paper and different paint. I used Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper ~ 140 lb NOT, 100% cotton. The paint I used was Daniel Smith’s Ultramarine Turquoise. That was the only colour I used. It’s a gorgeous colour and I love how it granulates and separates. A good choice for my jellyfish. I also didn’t do any pencil sketches first either.

The photograph doesn’t really do the painting justice – the reality is much better – however, I have tried to capture the colours as accurately as possible. You can click on the image to view it larger if you wish. I had so much fun doing this and it only took me about 15 minutes to paint. Happy days…. !

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Art · Collage

Spring Collages

It’s collage time! Welcome to weeks 10 and 11 of the collage project I’m doing with my sister, Carolyn, following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman.

The week 10 prompt is Decollage. We had to glue down lots of layers of paper and then when the glue is nearly dry rip the top layers of papers away to reveal what’s underneath. Here’s what I did:

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I used soft pastel coloured papers and also added some dried pressed flowers – a little hint of spring….

The week 11 prompt is numbers – create a collage with numbers as the focus. Here’s my offering:

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A vintage blue collage with a spring twist with the added dried pressed flowers. And of course the numbers were included and I used vintage ephemera for that. Some erosion bundle papers went into this collage as well….

I had fun creating these collages. Next weeks theme is typography – something a little different for me. Looking forward to it…. !

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Squaring Up

Welcome to weeks 8 and 9 of the collage project I’m doing with Carolyn, following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. The prompt for week 8 was reassemble – cut an image into approximately equal squares and rearrange them to create a new image. Here’s what I did:

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Books Reassembled

This is a print of one of my own photos cut up into squares and reassembled. This is the original image:

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A Little Light Reading

This was quick and easy and fun to do. Next is week 9 and the prompt was squares and rectangles. We had to choose 2 or more images and cut them into squares and rectangles and  then create a collage using the pieces. Here’s what I did:

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A Winter Seascape

This collage measures 8″ x 8″ and is created entirely from my own art work and photography except for one small square which happens to be a piece of scrapbook paper. Each square of this collage is a work of art in it’s own right! Please click on the image to view it larger to see more of the details. At the bottom section of the collage you have the yellow ochre sand with rocks, seaweed and rock pools. In the middle section you have the sea ~ a mixture of turquoise, greens, rich inky indigo and prussian blue tones. Towards the top of the collage I see a distant shoreline topped with moody grey and blue sky.

There will be more collage fun next week – thank you for visiting!

 

Art · Collage

Image Pairings & Strips

Today I am posting 2 weeks of collages together as I wasn’t able to get any done last week! So first this is week 6 – image pairings. For this we had to cut an image in half and create two different collages from each half of the image. Here’s what I did:

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Bring Me Sunshine
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A Sprinkle Of Snow

For these collages I cut in half an image from a vintage French fashion magazine and created 2 collages from each half. The first one has a spring feel to it and the second one has a touch of winter added to it.

Next we have week 7 collages – strips. We had to cut 2 or 3 images into strips and then rearrange the strips to create a totally new image. Here’s what I did:

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Shipwreck

For this collage I used ocean themed images in ocean colours.

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Indigo Dreams

For this collage I used images with different shades of indigo blue.

These collages are part of a collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn, we’re following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. All of my collages this week measure approx. 8″ x 8″ and will be stuck into a sketchbook I’ve set aside especially for this project.