Monday, 3 December 2018
Well things have started to get busy in the run up to Christmas ... so much to do, so little time! However, I have (somehow) managed to make a start on four new pieces, which measure about 16 x 20 inches, so quite large for me. I have sold one or two of these larger artworks this year, so they're not too big for people to want to buy. Three are female portraits and one is totally based on a Gustav Klimt painting (piece 2 - top right.) I so love his beautiful artworks of women, so I thought I would take one of his works and put my own slant on it. These pieces are in watercolour and acrylic ink at the moment, on heavy Langton watercolour paper, and I will be adding my usual Posca pen detailing towards the end. These are in the very early stages and require many more hours of work to get to where I want to be with them.
Monday, 26 November 2018
Saturday, 17 November 2018
I have managed to do some more work on the three watercolours I featured in my last post, which were barely started. I am about half way through these two now and decisions have to be made. I am at that point where I have to decide whether to carry on in the same direction to the end, or change something massively. For example I am debating whether to fill in the white space round the eyes, top and bottom, on the second one with very dark grey - black to make a stark contrast, or whether to keep it light. Really not sure what I am going to do yet. The portrait on the left is taking it's own course and I am sort of happy with the way that one is going. Some more fine line work on that one and I think I will be there. Loving the new muted palette!
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Here are some smaller watercolours in progress, which I have had on the back burner for a few weeks which have been calling my name this last week. My creative process works like this; I start several artworks at the same time and then perhaps carry on with one or two, doing more and more on those - sometimes to conclusion, sometimes not. Everything then gets put away and the just started, or half finished pieces start to impose on my thinking. It's like a gnawing sensation, which gets stronger and stronger till I simply have to go back and do some more work on the pieces. It's been like this with these guys above over this last week or so. (Although I haven't yet done any further work on the large pieces I started around the middle of October! See my post Backgrounds Ready To Work On). Those larger guys are still in my portfolio waiting for some more brushstrokes. Maybe I will get those out too and do some further work on them at the same time as these smaller ones ....
Monday, 12 November 2018
I was most perturbed this week to hear from one of my buyers, who told me that her artwork had been 'bent double' into her mailbox by the Postie! Now I always try to make my packages 'bend proof' by making them think / stiff enough so they can't be bent, so I can only think that my customer's post man had forced the package over his knee to force it to bend. I always put plenty of thick sellotape round too, to make my parcels stiffer, as sellotape is difficult to bend when it's wide and stuck down To add insult to injury the customs form on the parcel clearly stated that the contents contained original artwork! Who would bend this???
My customer was very gracious about it, but I still felt awful, for her, and for myself - did I pack it well enough? I have been sending artwork all over the world for years and I've never had this happen before, so I doubt if it's my poor packing skills. However my lovely customer now has an artwork with a crease right down the middle. Not a good outcome. I wonder if she just got a rogue mailman that day - they can't all be that slap dash, at best, or wantonly destructive, at worst? So postal workers, please take care with our packages!!!
(The artwork above was not the artwork that was bent - illustrative purposes only.)
Sunday, 14 October 2018
I have been sorting through lots of old photos and documents on the hard drive today and I came across these portraits along with loads of other artwork which spans back to the early 2002. According to the properties on the photos, these were taken in 2008, so I painted them about 10 years ago ... how time flies! I just wonder if I have improved at all in ten years ..... a bit worrying! Anyway, I thought I would share these watercolour portraits as I am going through a watercolour stage at the moment. These images are actually cropped. The originals had more background and shoulders, bodies, hair etc. Quite interesting to see what I was producing ten years ago though.
Friday, 12 October 2018
In my previous post I was excited about starting some new watercolour artworks in large scale. It is so long since I created anything over about 12 inches so I thought I would go large again. Here are the first few sheets that I laid down some washes on. I never, ever know what I am going to end up with - I am not one of those artist who sketches and knows exactly what they are going to produce. I go with the flow and I like to see where my artworks take me while I am doing them. These sheets measure 16 by 20 inches I believe and I am really looking forward to seeing where I am taken. I will post updays of work in progress as I go on.
I tend to go from acrylic, to drawing / illustration, to watercolours, to collage, to mixed media .... and back again! This week I have had the urge to get my watercolour paints out again. I get so excited looking at those flat round pans of delicious colour. I love the subtlety of watercolour. It is really versatile - you can paint in a very subtle way, letting the colours run wet into wet and bleed against each other, alternatively you can get bold, rich, sharp colour by using more colour and less water. It's the perfect medium really. I have some large sheets of gorgeous lightly textured paper which I am going to be working on. I have already laid down some washes and am keen to get started on some more detail. I usually work with drawing pens as well when I am using watercolour to draw in lots of detail. I will post some work in progress shots as I get them done. See the watercolour / mixed media works I have in my Etsy Shop at the moment by clicking HERE
Saturday, 28 July 2018
You must have had your head in the sand this last couple of weeks if you haven't seen the infamous (or rather 'famous) Donald Trump Blimp which was created to fly at the UK protests of Trump's visit to the UK. It certainly caused quite a stir. Apparently it is now going on a world tour, which is brilliant. Love it or hate it, the image has now become iconic and has even been turned into a knitting pattern ..... with detachable toupee!
So, I made my own Trump Blimp artwork which you can download and print yourself. It was created with collage and acrylic, drawing pens and enhanced digitally at the end. Available in my ETSY SHOP. The first image is a work in progress photo and the second the finished item. I have already sold one after just a couple of days, so very happy about that.
Love or hate Trump, he has certainly become a focus, and subject for many artists over the last year or so, and there are some great paintings, illustrations, cartoons and other products available featuring Trumpy.
Thursday, 28 June 2018
A few months ago I was assigned by a friend to capture her little Patterdale Terrier, LuLu in an artwork.After a few false starts (I was just coming out of a 4 months or so period of artists' block and going through a bit of a meltdown of confidence regarding my artwork) I managed to get started. My better half, who is also an artist, suggested that I do a whole body portrait of LuLu, rather than just sticking to a head shot, which is what I usually do, and that suggestion got me out of my torpor, and I was at last able to move forward. The above shows the works on progress shots. Even though I was 'on the way' though, these images were taken several weeks apart, as I was still going through traumas at the time as to whether I would be able to pull it off.
A few months down the line, LuLu was finally unveiled at a family get together and LuLu's Mum Alison, was thankfully happy with how the painting turned out. PHEW! It was created in acrylic and artists pen on 16 x 20 inch lightly textured acrylic paper.
Sunday, 10 June 2018
I spent a very interesting morning in the Bonnington Building at Nottingham Trent University browsing this year's fine art and textiles degree show. As usual, there were many beautiful exhibits which caught my eye. I did my degree fashion knitwear in this very building exactly 40 years ago (1978 - 1982) and I always like to go to the show every year to see what the younger generation are up to. The above photos, I took at the textile show and the ones below from the fine art show.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
This latest piece is very loosely based on this Gustav Klimt painting - I wanted to try something in landscape, as my work always tends to be portrait, and I just loved the shape of the headdress in the original artwork. Here I am about third of the way through it, and I am really enjoying building the collage up. Apart from the initial inspiration, my collage bears absolutely no resemblance to the Klimt artwork either in colour or design:-)
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Monday, 28 May 2018
As previously mentioned, I started making some abstract collages to get me back into the swing of doing some art again. Then I thought, what if I combined this collaging technique with my faces and animals? My confidence has been growing again the last couple of weeks as the abstracts turned out really well, so I thought I would give it a go. And here is what resulted! I am quite pleased with how it's turned out. As usual the colour metaphorically punches you in the face (I have never been that good at subtle) and there is lots of movement with the swirly background behind the collage. Below are photos of the works in progress.
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Sunday, 27 May 2018
Some completed backgrounds to cover in luscious cut paper shapes. With my art I always tend to go for 'overkill' and nine times out of ten, have a patterned background as well as my abstract shapes or subject. I think having 'all over' artworks makes them more vibrant as the design, whether back or foreground, goes right to the edges of the paper. I can also set up high colour or pattern contrast working in this manner. I have no clue how these will turn out as I never start any artwork with a pre conceived idea ...... so watch this space :-)
at May 27, 2018