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.🐝
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❤️
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.
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.
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. 😀
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.
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.
Some of my paintings created so far with my own handmade watercolours.
I know I have been slack at posting, but here is a snippet of some of my recent time spent painting. Lots of animals.
A special little dog called Hubble from little dog laughed, I had been meaning to paint him for a while after his mum kindly said I could use his photo. He is my favourite dog here on WordPress, take a look at the blog through my link, dogs with character, and of course some great photography effects.
A pair of gorgeous guinea pigs, belonging to a patient at my place of work, they spent many days in her room keeping her company, and are such little chatter boxes.
Another painting for a patient, ‘Minnie’ is an amazon yellow headed parrot, I was asked if I could include her feathers into the painting so used them to create a frame by sticking them on the mount.
Two horses from the fortune centre of riding therapy, they offers an amazing opportunity for teenagers/young adults with special educational needs to participate in a course based around learning through horses the course runs upto a maximum of three years, sadly Ella was put to sleep recently, but good memories remain in the hearts of many.
Two lovely lurches ‘smoker’ and cobweb’ that belong to my daughters boyfriends’ family, I love painting lurches, they are just not easy to get a photograph of, as soon as the camera comes out they go shy! I was lucky on this occasion.
Lastly I was asked by a friend if I could change a picture she had of a cow, it had so much red on it, the poor cow looked like it was in the slaughter house, see what you think??? Here are the before and after photos, I used oil paint to make this cute cow more appealing to her very young daughter,
Thats all folks, I hope to pop back soon
Hi all, I am sorry I have been so quiet lately, although I have been very busy with work, I have managed to keep up with some painting each day, infact I have just completed my first ever painting challenge sktchy30….. An email prompt was sent each morning to participating artists, and I am so pleased to have completed each by the midnight deadline, fitting around horses and work was tough but achieving this was a great boost to myself 😀. Here is a montage of the full months work, the pictures can be seen in my pages, ie horses, people, if you wish to see in more detail.
Just got back from a beautiful bluebell sponsored ride in Dorset, ponies were superstars, and the rain held back for us. …..now what to paint tonight?
I stumbled upon this delightfully handsome chap on Facebook. Archie belongs to my friend Fran. I was messing about with back ground effects, and decided to add Archie to the splodges of paint, it started off as a practice/play, so I had only used my cheaper paper, after starting in ink I then added some watercolour. I was quite pleased how my play time had turned out….why does it happen that way, maybe I should alway use the good stuff? I have now sent Archie to his mum, especially as she will be getting married so very soon, a small gift to cherish, I am sure he will look great framed.