Friday, 28 December 2012


A Gerbera squeezed in and around Christmas.  A quick pencil drawing covered in water then some different shades of red watercolour thrown on with a sprinkle of gold powder, dried, then drawn again with a fine ink pen.  I added a yellow wash only to see the ink run and bleed which I didn't mind, so left it.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Exploring E

Eggs were going through my mind for this weeks letter.  Beautiful oval evenly coloured eggs. I have seen some impressive egg paintings. Usually quiet restrained paintings, very monochromatic,  so I was leaning towards my own version. Plus I always have plenty on hand to paint.

But this week I had a couple of art friends over for a painting morning and just wanted to play and not do anything too serious as I can't concentrate on serious painting and serious chatting and laughing at the same time.

I had rescued some junk mail earlier which had some old pictures of maps as a background and squirrelled it away for an appropriate time.  Now seemed appropriate. So I started ripping and glueing some of the map, some words, some gold paper etc etc on to an old canvas that I had painted over in black gesso.

I added a touch of paint here and there then wondered how I could tie it in to my week's letter. Maps - Exploration!!  I googled an image of a compass and painted it over the top of the bits and pieces and there I had it. 

I love the way ideas are just popping up without too much thought. It's turning out to be a fun exercise and I may only be producing quick paintings but I am painting. And I have never done much collage/mixed media work but love the randomness of it. on to F

Sunday, 9 December 2012

It's all in the Detail

Procrastination has had it's fingers tightly around my neck this week. I seem to leave things to the last minute.........nothing's changed since High School really.

I belong to a wonderful Art group which meets every Friday so if I haven't done my "letter" painting by then I try and do it in our class, which is what I had planned for the Friday just gone. But.......we have such a lovely time chatting and laughing that my painting took a back seat.

So here is my poor pathetic contribution for D - Detail. Started out a nice delicate drawing, hit it unenthusiastically with watercolour then tried to rescue it with watercolour pencil which turned out to be just coloured pencils so hit it a bit more with watercolour and decided that this week D was for Disaster :) 

I hope next week starts with Enthusiasm!!

Sunday, 2 December 2012


A quick watercolour of 'cherries'. I must stop leaving things to the last minute... day in this case.  At least I can always rely on watercolours for a quickie.

Christmas Cherries