Here’s Part 2 of the new video.
I am also making my photo available here for reference for those who would like to practise the
Even better wait for a sunny day and take a close up photo of a flower with cast shadows within it. Good luck with your own design and I hope that these tips will have helped you.
We’ve started filming some new videos for you to watch on YouTube.
Its a lot of work, intense and absorbing and very technical. I just do the painting..that’s the easy bit!
Nice to be producing something to share again. Enjoy!
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If art is about communication and sharing, which I think it is, then you cannot ignore social media…I’m talking Facebook, Blogs such as this one, online galleries such as Redbubble.
I love sharing what I do…it makes sense of it all. Why paint otherwise? I realised lately that I am not your classic tortured artist with a desperate message to put over in order to express inner turmoil and anguish.
I just love nature, beautiful things and working with my hands and eyes and senses using watercolour as my medium.
And here are some paintings of beautiful things…
So in order to share my art I plan to upload videos on YouTube and demos of my favourite subjects here and on Facebook.
If all goes well, we will be making some films next week.
You may not have seen this free demo on Youtube. Hope you enjoy!
If you subscribe (it’s free) then you will be able easily to see the rest of the demo and any new demos that become available.
But I also know that there are lots of people who read this blog who do not choose to join the Facebook community.
So I thought I’d upload it here for you.
I took this photo of some sweet peas that I’d picked from the garden one summer’s day. I remember that we were going on holiday the next day and that by the time we came back the sweet peas would be over…bad planning! So I figured that if I picked a bunch and photographed them, then I might be able to paint from that in the future…good planning!
I love cast shadows and the one here on the windowsill inspired a painting. I photographed each stage so here are the stages with a few words to explain the process.
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You can see a very simple drawing to get the basic outline. I’ve wetted the whole paper and then dropped in colours wet in wet. I’ve dropped in yellows and pinks on the window edge and sill for the reflected colours and light. I’ve masked one or two areas to retain light and for the “holes” in the cast shadow.
The main flower shapes are in. I tried to keep them loose by dropping in colours wet in wet. After wetting the vase I dropped in greys made from mixing pink, yellow and green in the palette. I’ve dropped some green in wet in wet at the top of the vase. Important to leave the bottom of the vase unpainted.
There are two hares sitting in the field in front of me…it’s a field of winter wheat and they seem to be hanging out there during most of the day, sitting there, ears back, perhaps waiting for the Spring to arrive…love this country life!
Anyway here’s something I prepared earlier
I’m determined to keep uploading news here and as I’ve actually been in my art room every day, I have something to report. My new room is now feeling more familiar and I’m more at home in it. I didn’t understand how long it would take to get accustomed as an artist to a new creative environment…we are such sensitive creatures! Ha!
So I start out on a new piece of work…only to find that my masking fluid has dried up and gone solid. I thought of the times when I had (gently) chided my students when they hadn’t kept their equipment in good order…” If you painted every day…”! Masking fluid is famed for being awkward and going hard or lumpy or generally unusable, and there am I not able to paint without going out to the shops and buying more. Good start! Aargh!
So I’m spending some time getting used to the routine again. It’s a case of generally looking through old paintings, riffling through my collection of photos, relocating my sketch books and finding out where I’d put my stock of paper.
My thoughts are being concentrated by the upcoming SFP exhibition, not til May/June. So I’m revisiting a painting that was very popular on facebook when I uploaded it last year.