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Friday, 26 August 2016


Zen



Zen is what I'll call this painting, and zen is how I felt painting it!

Just dab-dab-dab, until I came to the head, and then it was a bit of a struggle. But, not too much.

I've wanted to paint that sky for a long, long time, and finally, I've done it! In a while, I will look at this and know that I want to paint it again - and I will :)

This is a 16 x 20 canvass, painted with acrylic paint.

I must add that the inspiration for this painting came from two You Tube channels that I love: TheArtSherpa and Painting with Jane. I used elements from two of their individual tutorials to come up with my own mishmash!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Distant hills and quiet plains

When I started painting, I hoped that I'd eventually paint landscapes. So, I'm starting. Again. This is from a 10+ minutes You Tube tutorial - and I've taken great liberties with what I saw him paint!



So, I watch him paint, and I try to do what he is doing. But, it is a start, and until you dip your brush into paint, and apply it on your board, you don't know what you can do, and what you can't!

If you want to watch his lesson, it is here. There is no talking, just watch, and paint. I like it best that way!

This is acrylics on paper, 8 x 11 inches.



Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Two mandalas for you to colour!

Well, one is a half-mandala ;)



I only realised that I hadn't photographed these, after I'd begun painting in the yellow!



Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Roses, again



I usually work on two or three pieces at a time, and so these roses were worked at the same time as my 'Moonlight on Water' piece.

It's worked on 360 gsm paper, about 9 x 12 inches.


And below are the three pieces I am working on now:

The back-view of a sunflower is on canvass, 16 x 20 inches, and that's just the plotting of where it is supposed to be.

On the top, right, is a Tuscany-ish scene that I am painting along with a 5-minute lesson-of-sorts on You Tube.

Below that, is the Buddha - something that I've wanted to do for a long time, and so I'm giving it a shot now. The background will be my take at Van Gogh's starry-starry night sky. Wish me luck with that!!!!!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Moonlight on water



This piece is from a video lesson by The Art Sherpa. It isn't quite an exact copy of what she painted - but my take on her work.

I found the colours soothing, and the water very calming. It was a joy to paint.

As always, I need a focal point in my pieces - and with this one, it may be the moon; but also, I loved the little dragonfly hovering on a twig. It's red, but that's not very clear in this picture.

This piece is painted on canvas, measuring 16 x 20 inches. Kinda big, by my standards. But, there is something really fun about going big!!! :)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Flowery woods



This took me a long time to complete. I had this picture in my mind of sunlight filtering through the trees, and bringing spring wildflowers to life. So that was the original idea, but the path from concept to the brush to the board . . . well that changed so many times - literally! But,  after more than a month of fiddling with it, I am calling this one done.

I must say that the flowers are bluer here than they are in the painting; and the sunlight streaks look weaker, but that's just how it is with the camera that I have!

This is a two-panel piece measuring 14 x 28 inches (36 x 72 cm), on mdf board.

I covered the board with dimensional paste before beginning, and then, roughly plonked in the horizon and some distant trees. While the horizon stayed there, the trees kept changing: some new ones sprouting and others being completely obliterated as the painting progressed. The final three trees, nearest, in the foreground, were planted after almost everything else was done.

Those are bluebells - or, they're supposed to be. But, if you Google bluebells you'll see that they are not blue, but a kind of lavender-y purple!!! So, I had to 'fix' this with glazes of purple. In the finished painting, the flowers are a purple-ish blue. But here, in this picture, it's very blue, isn't it?! Ahh well . . . .

So, these are just FLOWERS, not bluebells or purple-bells!

I'm not deliriously happy at how this turned out, but I think I've learned a lot from actually attempting this. Next time, things will be different, maybe even better.

All in all, I'm happy this is finished. I laboured over it long enough. I think it's time for me to paint something easy, like roses! Yes, that's what I'll do next :)


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