‘Bee busy’

Quite literally I have been busy! My gold hunter bee and gold leaf had proved to be quite popular at the Hampshire open studio, so last night I grabbed my hand made paints and spent all evening creating ‘bee busy’, finished off today with some gold leaf accent splatter. He is now framed and ready to go.🐝

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

'Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

‘Bee busy, hand made watercolour and gold leaf

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All set up and ready to go

Hampshire open studio started today,  we are ready to welcome visitors, do pop along and take a look if you are in the area, venue 73 in the brochure. originals in watercolour and oil, some framed, others mounted. A selection of cards, professionally printed. Also prints available, I can offer requested prints from images on my blog…(if I still have them), please message me to check if available, then a two week wait is required for colour matching and printing.

Come and see the other items on offer, from fellow crafty friends, pottery, jewellery, textiles, photography and some gorgeous artisan soap….it’s lovely I have tried it❤️

'Ready brek' Watercolour 10x14" 140lb coldpress, image A4

‘Ready brek’ Watercolour 10×14″ 140lb coldpress, image A4

'Run, run, run' watercolour 10x14" 140lb coldpress image size A4

‘Run, run, run’ watercolour 10×14″ 140lb coldpress image size A4

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‘Hunting for gold’

I hope this painting will bring luck to some ones home, this little gold hunter…(liquid gold that is), actually was a lucky little bee, he became stuck in my home a few weeks ago, I happened to have my camera handy and grabbed the opportunity to capture a few photos, not the best, but good enough to paint from, after a little tweaking with the exposure 😀.

My busy bee was created with ink and my own handmade watercolour paints, then finished off with some gold leaf. They must bee 🐝 one of the cutest of the insect world.

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

'Hunting for gold' 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

‘Hunting for gold’ 20x25cm 140lb coldpress, ink and handmade watercolour paint, plus gold leaf, framed

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Preparing for Hampshire open studio

I have been busy painting and getting a few prints done. Our Hampshire open studio begins this Saturday 19th August and runs through to Monday 28th August. I was chuffed to bits when I received the brochure as they had chosen one of my paintings to feature on the back page 😀.

I will have some original oil paintings for sale, some original watercolours, a number of mounted prints, plus a selection of greetings cards. Here are some of my recent paintings.

'Ralphy sandstream just a breeze' watercolour and pastel 30x40 cm 200lb coldpress

‘Ralphy sandstream just a breeze’ watercolour and pastel 30×40 cm 200lb coldpress

'Oh my' watercolour and pastel, 140 lb cold press A4 image on 12x9"

‘Oh my’ watercolour and pastel, 140 lb cold press A4 image on 12×9″

'Look' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Look’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Sid' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Sid’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Sitting waiting' watercolour and pastel 7x10" 140lb coldpress

‘Sitting waiting’ watercolour and pastel 7×10″ 140lb coldpress

'Colour me beautiful' watercolour hand made paint 10x14" 140 lb coldpress

‘Colour me beautiful’ watercolour hand made paint 10×14″ 140 lb coldpress

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Watercolour and glitter…bling!

Fancy adding some bling to a watercolour? Glitter crazy bling. A fun technique, let yourself free, add as much colour as you like, flick the paint like you don’t care, then as if that fun wasn’t enough out with the glitter. Just too much fun ……oh but did I mention the cleaning up? Well that glitter hangs around for weeks, oh I wish I had a studio, my poor living room took a beating for this…worth it I think. 😀

'Wild fields' watercolour and glitter 20x16" 140lb coldpress mounted and framed...a bit of wild bling

‘Wild fields’ watercolour and glitter 20×16″ 140lb coldpress mounted and framed…a bit of wild bling

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A few paintings to catch up on posts

A short post after the previous one, here is a catch up of some of my recent paintings, plus the display at Jane Susan Upholstry.

'La la' 9x12" coldpress 140lb arches painted using homemade watercolour paint

‘La la’ 9×12″ coldpress 140lb arches painted using homemade watercolour paint

'Dwell alone 2' artist style, watercolour and ink

‘Dwell alone 2’ artist style, watercolour and ink

'Mission' 10x8" 140 lb cold press ink and watercolour

‘Mission’ 10×8″ 140 lb cold press ink and watercolour

'Whisper' 12x9" 140lb coldpress ink and watercolour

‘Whisper’ 12×9″ 140lb coldpress ink and watercolour

Pictures displayed at Jane Susan Upholstry

Pictures displayed at Jane Susan Upholstry

 

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Handmade watercolours

I have been very occupied over the last five months with making my own watercolours, it has proved to be a trial and a joy, after many mistakes I now have a good selection of usable watercolours, and my tests have proved positive. I have created swatches, colour mixes on paper, light fast tests, and now painted quite a number of paintings solely in my very own paints….warning lots of photos to follow, which I hope are more self explanatory than me waffling on. After lots of mulling, and mixing I am taking a break to just enjoy using my little gems of colour.

The first selection of photos shows the glass muller, lots of blending, to get the consistency smooth, and a selection of my created paints.

These photos show all my swatches created, gradients of each colour and transparency.

Colour mixing, checking out how well my colours work together.

 

Light -fast test, I left them in the window for quite some time,an area blacked out for comparison, no changed occurred, yipeee.

Wipeout, I wanted to see if my paint would erase with a damp brush, they did, some variations with each colour, but I guess this is down to the staining properties of each pigment used.

Handmade watercolours lift out test

Handmade watercolours lift out test

Some of my paintings created so far with my own handmade watercolours.

'In thought' memory of 'minnie'parrot watercolour, 30x40 cm framed and mounted. Mount is covered in feathers from the parrot which were shed during his life time. This is a request from a patient at work, a memory of a special friend sadly missed

‘In thought’ memory of ‘ minnie’ parrot watercolour, 30×40 cm framed and mounted. Mount is covered in feathers from the parrot which were shed during his life time. This is a request from a patient at work, a memory of a special friend sadly missed

"Ella" handmade watercolour 10x7" 140 lb coldpress (fortune centre)

“Ella” handmade watercolour 10×7″ 140 lb coldpress (fortune centre)

Cobweb 10x7" 140 lb cold press with own handmade watercolour paint

Cobweb 10×7″ 140 lb cold press with own handmade watercolour paint

'Smoker' 10x7" 140lb coldpress with own hand made watercolour paint

‘Smoker’ 10×7″ 140lb coldpress with own hand made watercolour paint

'Lists Espera' handmade watercolour 12x9" 140 lb coldpress Caballos mayoral

‘Lists Espera’ handmade watercolour 12×9″ 140 lb coldpress 

'La la' 9x12" coldpress 140lb arches painted using homemade watercolour paint

‘La la’ 9×12″ coldpress 140lb arches painted using homemade watercolour paint

 

 

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