It’s a fluke, surely!

If you read my previous post you’ll know that after growing frustration I decided to just paint and see what happened, and the result was a huge surprise (and success). It didn’t take long for my negative self-talk to re-emerge. It must be a fluke. I bet you can’t do…

One small step, one giant leap

Even though the last few paintings went well, I was finding them somewhat stressful and not-fun to do. I’d been feeling this way for quite a while but it was getting to a point where I was seriously considering if I should just give up painting and find something else…

Two very different portraits!

Things have been crazy here lately, and not in a good way, but I’m not here to talk about that. In between the shitstorms I’ve created two very different portraits, both in response to a themed challenge on Sktchy. The first theme was “space” and we were randomly assigned a…

Seduced by the dark side

As I’ve been dealing with a lot of fatigue issues lately, I haven’t been making much physical art. When Youtube recently recommended a video to me about making “simple” landscapes in Photoshop, I decided to try it out. Normally I see digital art as the “dark side” (I’ve always preferred…

Draw a bird day 2019

According to our fun daily holidays calendar, April 8th is “Draw a bird day”. So I drew my favourite bird, the pelican. He’s sitting on a streetlight because there’s a lake not far from here with a bridge over it, and we frequently see pelicans sitting on top of the…

A double portrait

I haven’t painted in gouache in ages and I thought it would be fun to get them out again. I chose a subject from Sktchy of two sisters and painted it at about A5 size. I’m certainly out of practice with gouache (and it shows). But I enjoyed doing it,…

Maisie the gnome

I couldn’t let Gneville live his life all alone, so I made him a girlfriend. Meet Maisie! She had something of a tortured upbringing. I made her feet successfully and baked them. Then I made her torso and put that in the oven. Except that I set the oven to…

Gneville the gnome!

I recently received the book “Sculpting mythical creatures out of polymer clay” by Dinko and Boris Tilov, and could hardly wait to start working through it. They use coloured clay, which gives lovely, smooth, animation-like results. But,a) I have no coloured clay, andb) I prefer a bit more detail and…

Bookmarks for Reddit Gifts

This year I’m participating in the Reddit Gifts “Bookmark” exchange. My giftee was happy to be surprised, so I hope they are pleasantly so by these hand-painted bookmarks featuring relevant quotes from famous people! They are painted on 6x20cm hot press paper using pen and watercolour and the writing was…

Re-branding

It’s been a while since I posted, and a lot has been going on, most of which I won’t bore you with here. The short version is this; I’ve finally accepted that just painting is never going to be enough for me. I have too many ideas for other things…

A trio of landscapes

First up, a big hello and thank you to Aenea-Jones on Deviant Art, whose wonderful photography and generous stock rules are an endless source of inspiration for me at the moment. All three of these paintings are based on her photographs. First up; I painted this one with watercolour first,…

Bigger is better!

I found a wonderful watercolourist on Youtube (“Watercolor by Shibasaki”) – it’s all in Japanese but many of the videos have subtitles, you just have to enable them: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPiQ_mEXdEbB-3Yhiq7gq5w I watched his video about why you should paint with large brushes, not small ones (I’ve always used small brushes to get…

A small river painting

I needed a break from portraits today so I tackled another subject I struggle with, which is nature, and greens in particular. I wanted to get a Studio-Ghibli-Preproduction-Sketch feeling to it, because I find their work just so evocative and beautiful. For this reason I used a pencil for the…

Bouanik

Today I wanted to choose a subject that was as much about place as the person in it, and this Sktchy photo of Bouanik fit the bill. I simplified a lot of the details, which was an interesting exercise in itself. It’s fascinating how much detail you can leave out…

Happy New Year 2019!

For New Year’s Eve, I painted my stamp-collecting father-in-law on a stamp and wrote good wishes for him in the new year on the back … he’s very interested in perfins (stamps that have been perforated with letters or initials), so I used a punch to perforate his name! For…

Clayhenge

OK, so technically this isn’t a henge, because it’s not an entire circle, just one set of standing stones. But who knows, maybe I’ll make enough to make a whole circle! This was really fun to create and paint. It stands about 5″ tall and took about 8 hours in…

Branching out into clay!

Because I was starting to feel a little stale with painting, I’m broadening my artistic horizons by adding a third dimension! In the last few months I’ve looked at a lot of things people are making with clay, and got very inspired to try it myself. After much research I…

Blue Nude

A Reddit user asked if anyone could paint her wonderful photograph in the style of Picasso’s “Blue period”. Hello, yes! This is what I came up with, using acrylics on a 5×7″ canvas panel. She liked the end result so much, she bought it immediately. It’s so great when both…