Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Anwar Shemza

I've had this painting in my files for ages and didn't know the artist until yesterday
when I was visiting Tate Britain.  So pleased I now know who he is.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Autumn Colours

Japanese Gardens - click on the pics for large and more beautiful images
Charles Voysey

Peony &

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

Paivi Eerola
gorgeous paper beads
                                                        Autumn Colour Chart

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Mary Frances Bags


I recently came across photos of these beautiful (pretty expensive) but unusual bags by Mary Frances.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

French Artist's Textile designs

Chagal textile design
Picasso textile design
Eugene Seguy 1920s

design by Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy - influence on textile design

Marcel Vertes 1944

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Ai Wei Wei at The Royal Academy, London. 2015.


Bicycle Chandelier

just a few photos I'd taken at the RA from the Ai Wei Wei exhibition - Sept. 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Daubs and Doodles

Original coloured pencil doodle

 I love playing around in Photoshop - you can get such interesting results:


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Aniline Dyes - Anilinky Paint Palette

I lightly sketched out these pebbles, painted in the colours and rubbed out any extra pencil lines. I didn't go up too close to each line, so it has the effect of using masking fluid.

The colours I used were Koh-i-Noor aniline dyes, which come out as lovely bright colours and are very cheap to buy in a palette.  (Really easy to carry around.)

Friday, 14 August 2015

Using Masking Fluid with Watercolours

Using Masking Fluid with a thin brush, I painted over my drawing - (bit fiddly). 
I used a good quality water colour paper.  I've enhanced this picture darker so the masking fluid is more visible, but the paper is a lovely light creamy colour.
Leave it to completely dry.
I then painted the pattern, using the masking fluid as a 'little wall'. Leave the paint to dry very well before rubbing off the masking fluid carefully.  (this is quite satisfying!)  If you use a not-so-good quality paper, the paper will rub off too!

This is still work in progress. (I Photoshopp'd the pic. above) but will paint another one. I do like the technique.  It has a stencil-like quality, but softer.

Monday, 27 July 2015

everything's coming up roses :)

Original scan of rose

Cutout - Photoshop

Palette Knife - Photoshop
work in progress