30 January 2012

watercolour seascape

Another painting done as part of the free online watercolour course offered by the Paint Basket.  I loved doing this one, although it's not exactly correct as I simplified and improvised a little.... but hey, that's what it's all about isn't it?  I've always wanted to do watercolours after seeing my sister's watercolour works... she's a genius!  I don't exactly know how I ended up doing oils... oh yes wait, it was a dare from my hubby, yes, that's it. Long time ago.  Then I learnt acrylics - which is still an ongoing love/hate saga... then I tried acrylics using the w/c method.... until now.  You see: I might be a little controlling, okay then, too controlling, with a tendency to fiddle... so oils suit me to a t.... and I just love w/c for the simple fact that they open up again after they'd dried... so I can fiddle some more!  (Although.... tell you a secret: they are wonderful left in their prime state of pure washes - if you've done it right!)


Thanks for popping in and visiting my blog ..e)

26 January 2012

Simplifying an image..

..resulted in this watercolour painting.  Done as part of a free online course offered by the Paint Basket.  They're also offering a free course teaching how to paint oil paintings using acrylics - yes, that's right!  So maybe now I will make friends with acrylics??  We'll see...  but do join us if you're feeling creative, it's great inspiration to get you painting ;-)


..and I have to honest, this was my second try - the first one, well, the dog ate it.  Oh yes that's true I don't own a dog... ok then let's just say something happened to it and I can't show it anymore ;-)

Happy day!
..e^)

16 January 2012

next in the watercolour webinar series...

..is a tonal watercolour painting of a fisherman's cottage..  The webinar has been so popular that the sheer numbers threatened to shut down the server and scores of people were left out in the dark.  Fortunately the replay will be available soon from The Paint Basket and we can all watch it in toto ;-)


Thanks for visiting my blogspot - see soon ..e^)

9 January 2012

cosmos in watercolours


Today I started a free online watercolour course offered by The Paint Basket.. and enjoyed it so much!  Watercolours are a tricky medium or so they always say, but I have a sneaky feeling that one can get hooked and that's the real reason they warn you off... ;-)  I've just done a tiny tiny watercolour also for a pendant - although it's a whole 18mm in diameter, I had to use reading glasses to paint it... and now I'm seeing double LOL!


That's my 2012 started properly.. hope yours is a good start too, and may it last the whole year ;-)

God bless
e^)

2 January 2012

watching too


A very happy New Year to all of us - may you find what you are searching for in 2012  ;-) and if you're not searching for anything, why then have a happy peaceful one!

This little work is the first for 2012, done on 200mm x 200mm paper which was sent to me via Janet Barratt from the Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville, NZ.  They are fundraising for the gallery as they have been informed that they will not be getting the working grant they normally receive to keep things ticking along.  Tough times demand action, not?

So I set about experimenting with marbling inks - what fun! - and found that I liked the back of the paper more.... sigh, what's new?  So I did some drawing using amazing Colorix pastel/crayon/watercolour colours and graphite - how I love drawing.. the direct control of the instrument, the personal touch, the immediate materials.

This will be for sale through Wallace Gallery in February 2012 ..e^)

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