me and my perpetual infatuation with watercolour

It's been a while since I gave up on the struggle with this particular piece of linen canvas and switched (again) to the store-bought variety. Just couldn't get it perfectly flat, so I bought a proper roll of great quality prepped linen (sponsored by my DH) and I have been stretching my own canvases since. Work in progress as always.

In the meantime, I have dusted off my visual diary, started with some pencil drawings, adding them to Facebook as they happen and added a gentle challenge for whoever wanted to join me and just get into the creative space where one's senses are open and more receptive for stimuli from our daily lives for inspiration - see here

And then I noticed the beautiful tubes of watercolours (Daler Rowney as well as Winsor Newton) complete with some Japanese scroll brushes sitting on my desk. Waiting to be discovered. Again. I also have this amazing watercolour palette box thing with ample mixing wells. The only thing needed being water. And me! So out …

linen prep - part 5

So the prep is done as best I can, the ground layers of paint applied, and the fun started.  It developed into this figure holding a letter saying "dear artist" - why, I have no idea.

And here the painting has stopped. It's at a point where I feel it should be restretched onto smaller stretcher bars. It's not quite flat and I'm beginning to have serious doubts whether it will ever be absolutely flat and taught... so you can see why I don't want to do too much further painting in case I fall in love with it and it breaks my heart! I need to sort the ground first, so watch this space :) we might even be in for a dramatic conclusion of major destruction... which would be a serious shame for all the hours that have gone into this. But that's life/art, right?


the linen prep - part 3

We have been fortunate to move to a lovely little country town in the Kaipara called Maungaturoto and I have been blessed with a whole room to myself, that I can call my studio. Can you imagine? After living on a boat for 3 years, with art-making (on a real scale) near impossible, this is like putting my head into a tumble drier with all the ideas and fluff going around in circles. Where to start??

First, we're enjoying the beautiful view from our back porch. Next, I thought I'd work on the linen canvas to see if I can make something of it. So on went some acrylic paint in a wild flurry, with me dancing around it and revelling the space... The plan is to take it off these stretchers, find smaller stretcher bars which might fit better, then stretch the linen for the final time, ready to start a painting - I can already see things in those colours, can you?