Sunday, 30 December 2018

CAPTAIN - From Start To Finish

I have been keeping this artwork under wraps as it was a Christmas present for my lovely Sister In law, but now I can unveil .... Captain! I always stress terribly when someone asks me to do a pet portrait ... that's why I do very few. I am quite happy at how this has turned out however, and my SIS liked it! 

Saturday, 29 December 2018

A Quick Update

Still working on the four larger watercolours .... oh boy, have I spent some time on these already! I have managed to get a bit further with one of them, actually starting to apply the surface drawing with pens, which always comes somewhere towards the end of a piece. I do need to add more saturated colour on this one I feel. Although my work has become more muted colour-wise, I still feel that this one in particular is still a little drab, so deeper colour and maybe even some gold in places? We will see ............

Friday, 28 December 2018

Wow - Marbling Inks

My lovely husband bought me some Pebeo Marbling Inks for Christmas. I have wanted to try some of these for ages so I immediately prepared the water and decided I would have a go. I managed to do about 16 sheets altogether before the water started getting muddy. As the water needs to be prepared 2 hours in advance I decided to stick at these for now and try another batch at a later date. I was pleasantly surprised at my first attempts - these papers shown can definitely be used in artworks. I found that a couple of prints ran a bit when I released them from the water, but I think this is because I probably had too much ink floating on the surface for those ones. All in all though, I am happy with my first prints.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

More Work Done On The Large Watercolours

It seems to be taking me an age to get artwork done these days. I am finding as I get older, my concentration span gets shorter and I physically can't bend over a table or stand at a bench for hours on end like I used to be able to do. This means that the art output is very much less than it used to be, unfortunately. I did, however, manage to get some more done on these Klimt inspired, large format paintings this week, but there's still a very long way to go. I will just keep plugging away though - here's where I was up to before (below)

Monday, 3 December 2018

Four Large Pieces Started

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.