International Self Portrait Day

November 1st is International Self Portrait Day. I’ve been looking forward to it for months as it’s been quite a few years since I did a self-portrait! As a big fan of the TV series “Portrait Artist of the Year”, I set myself two conditions – work from life (i.e….

Pug life!

Pugs have a face only a mother could love, right? Although it’s definitely adorable in its own unique way. Just like me. I watched the artist Slew paint pet portraits on Youtube a while ago and he masked off a border on the wood panel first. When the tape was…

Portrait of Karl S.

I haven’t done a portrait from Sktchy in a while. Karl is running a Sktchy class right now teaching his method for acrylic portraiture, and I was struck by the fact he was painting on a black background, which I haven’t done in ages! So I grabbed a piece of…

This will be perfect!

I’m absolutely delighted at how this painting came out, but boy, has it has been a journey! I used an 18×24″ linen canvas I’ve had for literally years but was too afraid to paint on (it was expensive!). Instead of drawing first, I decided to try doing a freehand underpainting…

When neighbours give you lemons

About a week ago a neighbour from up the street, who we’d never met before, knocked on our door. He was carrying a huge bucket of lemons from their tree and giving them away. I was happy to take some, and to meet someone from the street (I often feel…

Still life with fruit in an ornate urn

The inspiration for this painting once again came from a photo on Pixabay. Because I tend to use fuzzy, out of focus greens as my backgrounds in a lot of portraits, I really wanted to do something different with this one. I took my inspiration from the single white flower…

New landscape painting for sale

I’m a member of the “Australian Studio Painters” group at Facebook. Every few weeks they post a new reference photo so that we can a) paint it, and b) learn from how everyone else paints it. I’ve been meaning to join in for a while and the challenge photo this…

Untitled portrait

I needed quick inspiration for a painting to fit into a couple of spare hours on a Sunday afternoon, so as I so often do I turned to Sktchy and found just the thing! Salome had posted this reference with the caption “My friend wants to be an inspiration”. Well,…

Still life with a basket of apples

“Still life with a basket of apples”, acrylic on canvas, 12×10″. Thanks to Castleguard at Pixabay for the reference.

If at first …

A Facebook group I’m a member of posted a “challenge” photo for members to paint, and it’s been a while since I painted a landscape so I was keen to give it a go. This was my first attempt (painted yesterday), and I fell straight into a trap I’ve fallen…

The day trip

I recently discovered the website Pixabay, which is a library of a staggering number of royalty-free photos that are free for any use, including commercial use. This makes it a great resource when looking for new painting subjects! After some browsing I came across a great photo by the user…

We met in Paris

Life got in the way of painting for a week or so, but in that time I was re-arranging my Pinterest boards into a new format that makes sense to me. I also spent hours and hours collecting images that inspire me (now) and getting rid of stuff that I…

Gypsy girl

For a change I was looking through the r/RedditGetsDrawn subreddit, and came across a picture of a young woman in interesting clothes holding a crystal ball. Unfortunately the background was a bland brick wall. So next in my journey of exploration comes, can I do something interesting in the background…

What if I really pushed?

If you’ve been reading recent posts you’ll know that, as if by magic, my style (and my self-confidence) have evolved almost beyond recognition, and I’m still exploring all the new possibilities that has opened up. For this portrait, my question was; what if I really pushed the colours? Not to…

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…

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…

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…