Thursday, 4 February 2016


This is my first acrylic painting for 2016, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. Mainly because I didn't fret over it, and painted it rather loose and easy, and didn't sweat the small stuff.

I roughly sketched in the flower, and then, layered on a textured medium on the centre and petals of the sunflower (here and there); on the leaves, and on the stalk. Not covering every bit, but touches of medium here and there, so that it has some dimension.

This close-up shows the impasto-like medium - I hope.

Acrylic painting on 17 x 13 inch board.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I really have taken a lonnnnnng break, haven't I?! Christmas came and went, and it was hard getting back into let's-paint-and-doodle mode!!!

Here are some pieces that I completed in January:

This started life as a doodle, on 229 x 305 mm, 360 gsm paper.

I took my pen for a walk! Then, I coloured in the shapes with watercolour pencils. Then, I activated each bit with water.

Lastely, I drew in the doodles in ink.

This was my testing-the-waters phase, for watercolours. I thought I'd just be brave and give it a go. Here are my first three pieces:

I drew some leaves, and then, coloured in the background with watercolour pencil. God, that took a lonnnnng time! Then, I activated the colour. I just love doing that :) It goes from dull and flat to brilliant, in an instant!

Then, one by one, I worked on the leaves. Mainly, I am learning about watercolour as I go. It isn't as easy it might look. I never thought it would be, and this has proved me right.

Someone is braver now!!! Hahahahah. So, I thought I'd just splotch down some colours on wet paper. The famous wet-on-wet. So thrilling to throw around some technique names ;)

Then, when it had dried, I went back and searched out some flower and leave shapes. I splotched on more colour, and let that dry.

Lastly, I took a Sharpie and doodled in some flowers and leaves.

This is the reason I am venturing into watercolours: I love this dreamy, barely-there colour and effect. I don't know how to achieve this with acrylic, so I thought I'd see if I could do it with watercolour.

These poppies are painted onto the paper - no pencil sketch, no reference photo, no nothing. I just tried to make it look like it looks in my imagination. Not quite where I want it, but I think I'll get there if I don't give up.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Christmas plates, candle holders, and something to colour!

A stylised Christmas tree on a ceramic plate. In dimensional acrylic paint.

I love Christmas wreaths, and they're always wayyyy to expensive to buy! So I made me my own one :) This is painted in acrylic, accented with dimensional paint, in red, and some silver and green glitter, here and there.

These five candle holders are recycled old bottles, as you can plainly see. They need to be dressed up with a bit of ribbon, and they'll be good to go! Here they are, all painted in acrylic.

And here they are, with their tea lights lit:

And finally, something for yo to colour yourself - if you have some time to spare! I'm in the midst of colouring this one, myself.

Siamese Fighting Fish & Snow ;)

This Siamese Fighting Fish is painted, in acrylic, on a 13-inch square mdf board. Two big challenges with this one were the frilly fins, and its eyes. This was a stop-and-start project because I kept needing to find other pictures of fish and study them before I could continue. It took me almost a month to get this finished because, often, I'd just chuck it aside and move on to something else.

It's the Christmas season, and everywhere there are paintings of snow and pine trees and lovely winter wonderland. So, I had to give it a shot. Snow isn't simply about slapping on some white paint on something! It has so many different tones, and it has texture, and it is difficult!!!

But, if you don't try, you can't improve. And this is my 'try'! An old cottage in the middle of nowhere, on a snow-covered night, in the moonglow.

This piece is in acrylic, on paper measuring 7 by 11 inches of painted surface.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Painted lace

Three wooden trivets/potholders, that I painted in white lace.

This really is fairly simple to do, if you work it one step at a time.

I draw concentric circles, and then, divide them into equal parts. All three pieces began life in the same way. It's where you decide on your centres, and where you join up the different levels, that makes each mandala different. For variety, I paint in bits of linen, here and there.

Each trivet is about 3 1/2 inches square.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Quick and easy!

That's my new motto: To paint things simply, and quickly, and not be too fiddly and anal about it all!

This piece, on metal, is 10 x 8 inches, and painted in acrylic. My favouriet flower to paint is the rose. And here, are roses, daisies, and forget-me-nots.

I painted this very quickly, one evening, for about an hour or so. The next day, I did some minor touch-ups, and decided to call it 'done'! If I don't, I can agonise over a painting for days on end, never feeling satisfied, and always thinking there is something to tweak or re-work!!! Time to stop that and realise that this is just one of many, and that better ones are on the horizon!

Coasters: Set 2

This second set of coasters are doodled in my favourite colour: White :)

I prep-ed the backgrounds in acylic, and then doodled to my heart's content. I love that the resulting effect looks kinda lacy and delicate. That's pure accident, because the white pen I use is fine-point!! Hahahah.

Each coaster is about three-and-a-half inches square, made of wood.

These have been varnished, and now need a coat of polish.

Coasters: Set 1

A little set of six wooden coasters.

I painted the background in acrylic, and then, doodled with Sharpies; and a white pen, here and there. Finished with a few coats of varnish. All that's left is to polish this, and it'll be ready to go!

Each little coaster is about 3-and-a-half inches, square.

A quick and easy project :)

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