Oct 3, 2013

Fresh off my easel ....


It is not often that I complete a painting in one day .... in fact I cannot remember the last time I did so. But yesterday I told myself that I really must try and get out of the impasse I have been in recently and DO something!

I have always loved working on dark grounds, especially black paper or black canvas. Having tried soft pastel on paper and oil pastel on canvas, this time I decided to experiment with a DRAWING in watercolour pencil on canvas.

This worked quite well but of course the worry is how to 'fix' it without destroying it by making the colours run. So I tried spraying matte acrylic varnish over it with a small bottle-sprayer and this seems to have dried without smearing ... however, at least one more coat will be needed if the drawing is to be fully protected.

So fingers crossed!



Rain 

(30cm x 30cm,  watercolour pencil on canvas)


Jul 14, 2013

New abstract acrylic!


Citronella 
(acrylic on canvas, 38 x 77 cm)



Jul 11, 2013

It is so nice to sell a painting ..........


'Reef'  (Acrylic on canvas, 36cms x 46cms)


Yesterday I was thrilled when someone from our village stated her interest in one of my paintings, and we were able to negotiate a price that suited us both. It is a painting that I have always felt immense satisfaction with, although it has never attracted a buyer before whenever it has been shown publicly! It was painted 7 years ago. I delivered it to its new home today ........... but not without a pang!




May 29, 2013

Artists who inspire ....... Nicholas Simmons

If I have written about artist Nicholas Simmons before then I am NOT going to apologise ...... for the simple reason that he is someone I admire very much and whose work just lifts my spirits!

If you have never seen any his paintings then you have missed a treat and I urge you to take time to view them on his website.

To get a feel of who he is, his ideas about painting and his techniques with water media (watercolour and acrylics) then the following short videos should give you a taste!







I am not a watercolourist myself but I do use acrylics, and tend to apply them in a watercolour-like way (thin and transparent).  I also need to 'let go' and not be afraid of experimentation, so maybe that is why I admire Nicholas' paintings so much!




May 3, 2013

Old into new ... finished except for varnish



Acrylic portrait on crinkled tissue paper on canvas. Image source - my own photograph shown below.