Thursday, 28 July 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
So I've made some changes to it. Apart from a different background and header, there are now tabs where you can buy my work, see videos, gallery, links to other sites and of course a tab dedicated to my lovely Jim's work, I will be evolving this over time and adding more content, but I hope you like what I have done so far.
I have also added a link to my facebook fan page (feel free to like it!!) and also where you can follow me tweeting.
I hope you like the new look and if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
This is how it looked before I went to bed the previous night as I had another little dabble.
And I digress to show you my paintbrush. As I was using it I realised that I have had this brush for as long as I have painted using acrylics.....and that is some time. Looking after your brushes pays off I say and I love the feel of it right now...not new at all - like a trusty friend!
Anyway, back to the painting. It's coming along and but it's not quite there yet. When it is I shall know!
So this is as it is right now and I will have another bash soon. I need to do something to the clouds on the middle top right but I don't want them to look like they have come straight from the Simpsons....I want them a bit abstract. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
Okay, well I will catch you later on and if I can, I will add this to Paint Party Friday! I haven't been able to post there much so it's good to be back!
Happy Friday to you all !!
Thursday, 21 July 2011
So what is this hideous looking book that deserves to be covered? Well it's somewhere I keep inspirational pictures that I love. Snippets of colour that work together and other random witterings to do with art.
I have read in various books, magazines and blogs that as well as keeping a sketchbook it's also good to keep ideas that inspire you. It's also a good way to see if I have a preference in style etc. And looking at what I have collected so far I can see a pattern of boats, harbours, houses and jettys. Hmmnnn seeing as I love the sea so much there's no surprise there then!
I have a lot of art magazines which are cluttering up the place. So I've decided that once I've read the articles, noted exhibitions and generally absorbed the magazine, I will go through, cut out the pictures that inspire me, make a note of the artist and keep it for reference. In no way do I intend to copy another artists work, but I like to look at other artists techniques and learn from them. Call it research.
I also cut out articles on how to do stuff.
Basically this 1980's scrapbook is for inspiration and tips, to see what colours I am drawn to and anything else that takes my fancy.
Do you keep a scrapbook? (and if so is it pretty looking!!)
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
This is the first time I have been able to paint since my hand operation and I really couldn't wait to get started.
I started to lay a base down for some dramatic clouds although this isn't very easy to photograph in artificial light. I needed to walk away from it as if I don't do that I am not always able to see what needs to be changed. Sometimes I hold the picture up to a mirror and look at the reflection as I find seeing it from another angle helps.
Ideally I need to work on other paintings at the same time to use up the paint and to keep me going when I am in the painting groove.
Below are some close ups of the canvas.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Art materials cost a bomb and I couldn't see the point of keeping a painting I didn't like so I am joining the ranks of the masters as they often re-used canvases.
There's something quite meditative about applying the primer and seeing the old painting disappear. I like the textures you can get when painting over an old painting....it can make an interesting effect. The primer I use is Winsor & Newton and it gives a great key to work on. This one I got in what appears to be the continual sale at Cass Art....THE best and cheapest shop in London for art supplies.
Now I just have to try and paint a masterpiece.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
I felt that everyone was more talented than me, that my work was awful and that how could I call myself an artist. The amazing realisation over the past 2 years, but more so in the last 6 months has made me recognise that I can say exactly that. My art is different to others, and may not be to everyone's taste, it may not always turn out how I wanted it,but it's a product of me and I need to be proud of that.
I need to not be embarrassed about showing people my work, or letting people know that I have just finished a painting. I need to be proud of what I can produce, whether it's a painting, a photograph or anything else creative. We are so caught up in trying to be better than we are that how often do we look back to see what we have achieved.
We are all different and should embrace those differences as after all, there is always someone out there that loves our art for what it is.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Sorry I have been absent of late. I had hoped I would be back on track by now, painting lots and having some more art to show. But the hand has taken longer to heal and time with the family has been the order of the day. So I'm not complaining.
The good news is that my hand is healing up nicely, albeit longer than I ever expected, so I hope to get back to the painting soon. In the meantime I have been tidying up this blog a bit, researching painting techniques and taking some time to relax.
Hope you are all having a good week!