Art · Watercolour

Flower Fun

I had a little fun painting some flowers for my watercolour sketchbook….

The Blue Flower - NB
THE BLUE FLOWER

The watercolour above is not any particular kind of flower – it just came straight out of my imagination…

I used Phthalo Blue for the majority of it and just added a few tiny dots of Permanent Rose. My mum fell in love with my bright blue flower so I’m going to find a nice frame for it and give it to her…

Lavender Watercolour Sketch - NB
LAVENDER WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

Fast and loose washes of colour. For the flowers I used Phthalo blue mixed with Permanent Rose for the mauve colour and I used Phthalo Blue mixed with Yellow Ochre for the stems and leaves.

After I painted this I asked my mum (who was with me at the time) if she could tell what they are… straight away she replied “lavender!”, so I’m taking that as a positive… !

I had great fun doing these and I am definitely going to do some more… !

Art · Nature · Photography · Still Life · Vintage

Vintage Blue & Rust

vintage-blue-rust-nb

A collection of vintage blue and rusty coloured treasures from around my work room. Vintage dyed fabrics, a piece of dyed string, a vintage blue pressed hydrangea flower, a rusty coloured dried pressed rose, a rusty ring pull from a can – all on a vintage blue textured background. I painted the background paper with acrylic paints.

All these lovely things I collect inspire me and I will eventually use them in art work when the right project comes along. And I will then replace them with other lovely things… !

Macro Magic · Photography · Still Life · Textured · Vintage

Messages From The Past

Messages From The Past

Vintage Cotton Reel - DIB

Both images are vintage treasures! The 1st image is of some antique post cards about 100 years old. They’re topped with lavender and tied with string! They are messages from the past… a glimpse into the lives of people who lived in a very different world.

The second image is a vintage cotton reel (spool) from my mother’s sewing box. It’s well over 50 years old – they don’t make them like this any more!

Monochrome · Nature · Photography

Fading Summer

Today I’ve had a little play in Photoshop and I’ve processed an image in three different ways…

Classic black and white:

Fading Summe 1

Desaturated and lightly textured:

Fading Summer 2

A soft dreamy sepia tone with a subtle texture:

Fading Summer 3

I like them all – I love the simple classic lines and tones of the black and white, I love the delicate tones of the middle one and I love the soft warm sepia tones of the last.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein