I’m very proud of this painting – let me explain why . It’s been about six or seven weeks since I felt like painting anything bigger than a small journal page. To be honest , after finishing off a large acrylic abstract begun before Lockdown and then creating just one more ( because the idea wouldn’t give me any peace until I did , see here ) I found that I could only work in a small art journal given to me as a gift . It was an absolute godsend . I could use it to make me feel calmer , and , also to express some of the feelings that I couldn’t say in words , as in this one .
Back in the studio
However , I really missed painting and , this Monday , I dragged myself to the ‘studio ‘ ( just a small bedroom really ) and , once I started working , I couldn’t stop ! A break through ! It was glorious- painting all day . I’ve decided to work larger now , I was feeling too cramped , trying to work too small so this piece is 16 by 20 inches , on paper . I completed it in two sessions of an hour and a half, on the same day . This abstract composition has been rattling around in my head about four weeks or so . So now it’s finished , I can relax .
The colours are dynamic and vibrant – they make me feel positive and buoyed up . I don’t think you will be able to see the small , subtle details and texture – perhaps you can see them better in these close- ups .
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I started this week’s art journal mixed media piece with no particular subject in mind , except that I wanted to create something light and colourful. I sketched out the scene in watercolour and collage . The corals and plants are drawn from my imagination . It was done quite quickly and then I thought about how to make the fish really stand out from the background . I decided that collaged paper could be the answer . I have seen so many great ideas on line about creating your own collage papers . So l took a sheet of cartridge paper and scribbled some black lines with a marker pen . Then I used a simple template for the cut out fish and arranged them in a pleasing shape . And I have some collage paper leftover for another project !
I hope you feel a bit cheered up by my whimsical underwater scene – it certainly lifted my spirits !
A bonus picture – Sunflowers
A quick sketch in pencil and watercolour in my tiny sketchbook. I finished this in about fifteen minutes – ( almost ) instant art . See more flowers in mygallery .
This mixed media piece was inspired by the relentless rainy weather we had a couple of weeks ago – the raindrops splashed across the glass of the windowpanes in different patterns according to the direction of the wind . Sometimes they just landed softly and trickled down – sometimes they lashed across diagonally and , as in this art journal piece , the hailstones fell at the same time ! What strange summer weather .
Watercolour, pencil and coloured pencil – mixed media
I tried to capture the subdued , melancholy feeling of a drenched world by using soft blues and greys . The gestural marks and shapes I made were at first soft and rounded, but , as the storm became more intense , I drew harder , stronger straight lines . Finally , I added my abstract interpretation of hailstones , making each one different. I don’t know if this is scientifically correct , but it’s how I imagined them – a bit like snowflakes . The hailstones are so fierce as they arrive but they only last a short while and then they quickly melt . Then the sun came nearer to a gap in the clouds and a few rays of orange light filtered through . All this may or may not be obvious when you look at the painting, but it was going through my mind as I created it . Anyway , I hope you like my weather picture : Raindrops and Hailstones.
I hope I have given you a brief insight into the mind of an artist . You can see more abstract compositions in blue shades in my Gallery – Abstracts here
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You might think that I created this acrylic abstract composition during Lockdown this year – it definitely would fit the theme of loneliness and isolation . In fact , I have painted a few similar – perhaps I’ll gather them together into a post one day soon . Anyway , this was done as part of a series last year on the problems of modern life as a woman ( but that’s another story ). What I really wanted to talk about was the way this came about .
Pink and Green Abstract
This is how it began ! My very first proper abstract ever – painted for an on-line group on Facebook. It did get quite a few likes , but I was not really very pleased with it , so I decided to try to create another painting out of it , using the same colour palette and some of the same shapes . Of course , this is more easily achieved with acrylic paint than with watercolour or mixed media . The paint has great covering capacity .
This is the halfway stage – the composition is just beginning to emerge. Then I started thinking about the way some women today are not allowed to move around freely and this image of someone staring wistfully outside seemed to fit my theme .
I hope you enjoyed reading about how I used one canvas to create another. It was an interesting experiment . If you did , there is another post I wrote not too long ago, where I describe the same process . Just click on the link here . And you can see more pictures about Modern Woman in my Gallery-People here .
Do you like looking at Story Pictures ? I love creating them . Some people like to have the explanation to think about , some prefer to make up their own idea of what the painting is about . What do you think ?
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This is the latest page in my art journal ( 9inch square ) – a mixed media piece using collage, watercolour , pen and coloured pencil . It was quite instinctive . The only idea I consciously brought to it was using a restricted palette . Red and black go very well together and I added greys to get some mid tones into the design . The white you can see is the paper showing through . I think the mood is loud , upbeat and , possibly confrontational. Can you see any images in this ? I know I can but I’d be interested to know what your interpretations are.
This abstract is in my Gallery – Abstracts – along with lots of other interesting paintings . Click on the link here
Red and Blue – Mixed Media on Paper
In this one , as you can see , I paired red with blue and added black for more emphasis . You’ll see collage , watercolour , pen and oil pastel. The red is subdued in places and the blue is quite pale . The atmosphere here is more uncertain , confused and , because of the suggestion of deep water , more sinister. It’s definitely Lockdown art ! I love the way that my feelings come through in the work – but I only realise it later .
Red and Purple
The last image I want to show you is my ‘ Hell on Earth ‘ acrylic painting on a 2 foot square canvas . I chose red and purple colours mainly . This was actually done in response to a challenge from an online group that I belong to : paint in red and purple and orange. . This is a colour combination I wouldn’t normally choose , but I was quite pleased with the outcome . The subject matter , a ravaged landscape , really sets the scene. But the red and purple help to give quite a eerie feeling to the atmosphere. As you can see , working with a restricted palette leads me to fresh ideas and inspiration which is always welcome !
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I painted this picture back in April – I was just longing for some relief from the worry and grief I felt at the height of the pandemic. I’ve waited quite a long time before showing it but perhaps now is the time?
The idea for the painting came to me quite instinctively – I was walking through a small park and I suddenly thought about how vulnerable we are to illness or viruses . So I decided that the figure should be naked to symbolise the defenceless feelings a lot of us have had , during this time .
I think I was gradually working towards this idea – have a look at this mixed media journal page I created in March this year , to cheer myself up. I called it ‘ A Brighter Day ‘ It was very intuitive , but afterwards I realised it was a picture of hope , breaking through like a glorious sunrise .
And the other stage in the process was , of course , my ‘Paradise ‘ painting , where I portrayed the Earth as a wonderful , unspoilt world in the trilogy that I created for a commission proposal earlier this year.
You could say that ‘ Paradise ‘ was Part 1 , then ‘ Hell on Earth ‘ Part 2 came next , followed by ‘ Free Spirit ‘Part 3 . You can see the whole story in this post here . But now I can see that ‘Light at the End of the Tunnel ‘ Part 4 comes next in the story . I’ll show you Part 5 in a little while . None of this was planned – but I realise , with hindsight , that my intuitive inspiration was steadily moving through these past events and helping me to cope . I wonder if anyone else has noticed any effects on their art practice ?
As promised , the finished version of the bird in mixed media – drawn in pen , thin watercolour washes and then strengthening the colours and adding detail with coloured pencils .
I like leaving all the construction lines in – this did actually start off as a doodle , so there are plenty of lines , until the drawing decided what it wanted to be !
Actually , the coloured pencils are ideal for soft feathers and grasses .
All the art on my website is for sale at reasonable prices . This mixed media piece is 9 by 9 inches square. Watercolour , pen and coloured pencil on paper , priced at £25 including shipping in the UK . Affordable Art – if you want to treat yourself !
I thought I’d just take this opportunity to showcase an acrylic painting once a month and offer it at a reduced price – art for sale ! . I have done quite a lot of artwork over the years – there are paintings everywhere in the house !
This is an acrylic painting on paper , sized 16 by 12 inches . It’s unframed , without a mount , and sold as you see it . The colours are just very slightly brighter in real life .
I painted it last summer when I was exploring the technique of painting over an existing finished painting and creating a semi-abstract composition using the same colour palette and atmosphere, if you like . I’m afraid I didn’t keep a record of the original acrylic painting in this case ( I can show two more examples of this technique in a later post )
As you can see , I was very interested in all the wooden objects in the cafe – the window frames , the spokes of the chairs , the panelling and the floor boards. I also concentrated on the textures of the pretty tablecloth and the woman’s pink fluffy sweater . I expect you have already spotted the cup and the dainty , iced cake !
Art for Sale
Would this painting look good in your kitchen ? Or perhaps in your lounge , something intriguing to look at as you enjoy a cup of coffee and a delicious cake or pastry . I wonder what she is thinking about ? You could choose a frame to match your own decor . I’m offering it at the bargain price of £40 including shipping – I’m based in the UK . Please contact me for more details by sending an email on the Contact page here .
This post is all about birds – I suppose I have taken more notice of the ones visiting my garden during Lockdown . I certainly have heard more birdsong than usual in the first few weeks of isolation , when the world was quieter.
This first image shows a common garden bird in the UK – a house sparrow. This pencil drawing was done for a challenge set by a painting group I belong to .
An art journal page painted in Lockdown 2020
I started to keep an art journal in March and I have done a few intuitive abstract composition in mixed media like this one ( Birdman ) . I just painted in watercolour on brown toned paper without much thought , and a birdlike shape appeared , cradled in the hands of a rather strange looking man.
My next image is a blast from the past actually (apologies for the poor quality phone snap ) . Again , this was a challenge that I set for Barnsley Art Society a couple of years ago . Mine was painted in acrylic in just over an hour .Wouldn’t it be nice to go on a trip to the seaside right now ? ( only two hours drive from where I live )
And the last one I’d like to show you is a work in progress from my journal . Again , an unplanned , instinctive work , just a watercolour doodle to begin with . And then I realised I was moving towards painting a pigeon !
These are just the first layers. I shall probably add more watercolour and oil pastel then I’ll post it as soon as I have finished it
So , that’s my post . A tribute to Birds – they have certainly kept my spirits up during this strange time . I wonder if anyone else has noticed a trend in the type of art they have been producing during social isolation ?
This is a watercolour painting of a bunch of flowers that I quickly gathered from the allotment . It’s painted in a loose watercolour style and I can’t really call it a sketch – I spent about an hour and a half on it. It’s in my Lockdown art journal where I can be a bit freer and experiment ( play , really) .
I tried to use more water in the paint and let it flow around . I like using a technique called ‘ wet-in -wet ‘ when you load up your brush with fairly runny watercolour paint and paint it on top or right next to wet paint and then watch what happens ! Sometimes the effects are quite pleasing . Then I exaggerated and worked into the bits that looked effective. I’m not so experienced with this medium but working in an art journal gives you the freedom to try things out , without worrying about ‘ spoiling anything ‘ .
There’s Sweet Williams , euphorbia and verbena in there plus a ferny sort of plant with delicate heads of pale yellow flowers.
At least now I have more time to paint when I feel inspired – instead of putting it on a to-do list !
This is watercolour on paper, a page in my art journal , about 10 inches square. If you want to know more , email me using the form on the Contact page . All my work is for sale at reasonable prices.