Saturday, April 4, 2020

Virtual Art Summit.

I've joined the Virtual Art Summit, which is a group of fabulous artists who have collaborated to make a series of free video lessons, to help us all endure The Great 2020 Lockdown. Please do head on over to the Virtual Art summit website. You can donate if you wish, I gave as much as I could afford to these lovely people who have worked hard to produce quality videos; but if you're penniless in these troubled times, donating is not compulsory.

To my delight, there were also some bonus lessons from Kellee Wynne Conrad, so I've gone back to basics to play with colour harmony.

 The colours Kellee uses are Golden's primary yellow, primary magenta, and primary cyan. I have some primary cyan, but not the other two (yet! I've ordered some, but was too impatient to wait...) so I substituted Liquitex Hansa yellow opaque, and Winsor & Newton's quinacridone red.

 I had great fun following the mixing hints and tips, and am pleased with my colour wheel. I was greatly surprised at the primary cyan's ability to create some lovely purples and violets. I have learned in my long creative past, that for good purples, you need to pick a blueish red (hence my choice of quin red) and a blue that leans towards purple (such as ultramarine) and the primary cyan does seem to lean more towards green; but the quin red and the primary cyan do make fine upstanding violet shades.

 After I'd painted my printable colour chart, I didn't want to waste my colours, so I added a bit of white, and then a lot of white, and painted in the concentric circles on the wheel. It was a blast. I can't wait to try it with the primaries yellow and magenta when they arrive.

 From complete novice to artistic genius, painting colour wheels is never a waste of time. You sort of absorb the joy of mixing the colours and the more you do it, the more the theory sticks.

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Mixing the colours.

Adding white.

(Photograph) Finished colour wheel, using primary cyan, hansa yellow opaque, and quinacridone red.

(Scan) Finished colour wheel, using primary cyan, hansa yellow opaque, and quinacridone red.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Another leafy painting.

Having tweaked some of the values, and faffed around with the background. Wy work is done.

This is the collage I actually messed up, but it's turned out to be one of my favourite paintings. I suppose when you think it's all cocked up anyway, you just stop being so precious over things, having nothing to lose, as it were.

12” x 12” Mixed media - collage, acrylic paint, acrylic gouache, inks.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Messy art. Again.

Still playing with the collage pieces.  The first that I messed up is bearing little resemblance to the finished stage.

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Adding lots of bits and pieces...

The second larger piece has carefully applied drips and runs.  It looks like hell on earth right now. but I'll be working more over the top.

And finally a sketchbook spread.  I didn't even think about this, it's completely intuitive and spontaneous.  Not that that makes it anywhere near good.. but it was fun. And it's the process that counts, right?

Looking back at these, that first stage was actually quite pretty.  But I love the wild abandon, and the lack of restraint. and the grunge. 


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Happy Collage Funtiems.

Produced this, which I adored and whilst I wanted to paint over it, I hoped not to cock it up.

So I painted on it and then cocked it up. Heh.

It's rescuable though.  I shall persevere.

Initial collage.  Luscious colours!

Ink drips.   The darker lines on the right hand side gave a hard contrast.  It needed balancing by more contrast towards the other side.

Here's where it all went pear shaped.  The dark area almost in the centre is too big, and too dark, and I lost some of those delicious turquoise areas.  Ah well.

Next, I used up some more of my colourful papers on this larger piece.  I'm going to think about it a lot, and stare at it, before I do any more work.

I really, really, love this. It looks a lot nicer in real life. My pics can't do it justice.



Friday, November 1, 2019

Big messy paintings...

I like to plaster paint all over a larger piece of paper and cut it down to make smaller compositions.  It's fun, and I can work on these smaller pieces tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Journal spread "Wilful Lack of Restraint".

Sometimes if I have several days of not being able to art, when I can finally sit and daub,I tend to assault my sketchbooks as opposed to painting in them.

If there was a RSPCJ, I'd be heavily fined. And never allowed to keep a journal again...

Paint, collage, stencils, stamps, paint pens, in a really expensive Stillman & Birn sketchbook, that's far too good for the likes of me.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Collage papers.

I made some collage paper on the gel plate, with the intention of ripping them up for some abstract collage work.  Only I spent so much time and effort on some of them, that they look too good just as they are. 

So I've cut out rectangles and stuck them down on paper. They may or may not have a load more stuff added, and may or may not end up as art greeting cards.


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sketchbook Work (cont.)

Managed to finish three pages.  They're nothing like I had planned, but I'm okay with them.  I'll do better next week.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Weekend Sketchbook Work.

First layers in my sketchbooks.  I've taken to disassembling my sketchbooks so I can work on the paper more easily.

Art materials used: Dylusions paint, W&N acrylic paint, and golden soft matte gel medium.

Most of these have one base layer of paint.  The second layer is collage of book pages, maps, and my own gel-printed tissue papers.

I love collaging with tissue paper.  white tissue goes almost transparent when you glue it down.

I have to work all week, so I have a lot of time to make up at the weekends.  It's mostly splashy and gluey, although I do sit down quietly eventually, to lay down more considered layers.

This last one is Dylusions paint applied with an old plastic credit card.  I often find I can get nice crisp slabs of colour with a card, rather than a brush.


Monday, October 14, 2019

"Tanager" the completed artwork for sale.

Having finished this over the weekend, I've added a little greeting card that tucks neatly into the back of the panel.

I'm so pleased with this image.  It's a bit of a wrench to sell it, but I really would like to make at least a small name for my art!

Available in my Etsy Shop for £60.00 with free Worldwide shipping.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Yesterday's work finished... and new WIP.

Yesterday's small piece is finished. I just need to varnish it.  the bird has been filled in, and I've picked out some highlights in the background to make the bird stand forward a bit more.

This scan has failed to pick out the pale pink in the flowers at top centre.  They look white here, and the gold foil again looks brown.

This photo gives a better impression of both flower colour and the gold foil.

"Tanager"  6" x "6. Mixed media on cradled wood panel.

And I've started another one. I bought four of these cradled wood panels. I love them. Each one is a little larger than the last. So I'm working my way up incrementally.

Photo 1.  first layers. One in paint, and the next in collage map pages.

Photo 2.  Stencils. Yay.  I just love building layer upon layer with different stencils.  I love this as it is, actually.  The composition, colours, pattern, all of it.  But I think it needs more depth. More contrast.  I'll stare at it until the weekend and then I'll attack it again.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Work in process

Work in process. Mixed media on 6" x 6" inch cradled wood panel.   I've used paint, stencils, drips, and gold foil. The bird is one of my own drawings scanned in, reduced in size and printed on white paper.

I bought two new books by Dina Wakley.  Art Journal Freedom, and Art Journal Courage.  I kind of try not to make my sketchbooks and work too art journal-y, but I love the techniques she offers.  they're such fun and it's the messy way I like to work, so quite inspiring for art other than journaling.

It needs a few finishing touches. Colouring the bird, painting in a branch for it to cling to, and maybe some wording.

This is a direct scan of the piece. the gold leaf came out as dark brown blobs.

And this is a photograph.. which I think looks a bit better.

It's only a very small piece, but I had a blast with it.


Second week of Inktober 2019

And I've kept up this far.  It's becoming a chore though, to find bird pics to inspire me.  I may have to change subject matter partway through, just to keep going.

That, or I'll start making more cartoony birds...

Day 6

Day7 (Bad scan)

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Beginning of Inktober 2019

Keeping it up so far!  Mostly inking in my sketchtember pictures, but I will have to produce some new ones, seeing as I only managed 19 days of sketchtember.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4 (bad scan)

Day 5 (bad scan)


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

End of Sketchtember 2019. (Big Phat Phail)

I made it for 19 days, then got so interested in other art that I dropped it.  No excuses.

But here's the remainder of my sketchtember 2019.  Some of these will be inked in and given more detail for Inktober 2019.