Part of the painting a day challenge is after dark, after work, or in stormy weather, finding something to paint. I’ve always been meaning to paint my mums cyclamen plant. Bright colours, challenge of the symmetrical pot, and now I can add a contrasting background with my shadow box. First attempt didn’t go so well. […]
Blackhall rocks again
Guess where I’ve been on a Sunday? It was two weeks ago but I’ve been revising for an exam so painting sadly had to take a back seat. We perched on the cliff tops as we were both tired and couldn’t face the thought of hauling all our stuff up the cliff path. We pitched […]
I’ve had a couple of snow days…. and spent them being sick. So now I’m using my time figuring out how to make the right kind of greys (that I didn’t need last Sunday….) A long time ago in CassArt, when you had to go down to London because they didn’t ship, I bought myself […]
Blackhall Rocks en plain air
I buddied up with Sue and went painting to the coast. It was a glorious day. Sunshine! Blue skies and seas and such a clear day the horizon line was such a bright blue instead of a haze. I started two paintings, but both weren’t finished as the light changed so much,with the sun going […]
En plein air part two
This wip from my Plein air looks so much better in the photo, its making it hard to figure out how to finish it. Colour palette: Titanium white Yellow ochre Permanent alizarin crimson Ultramarine blue Hansa Yellow Medium Phthalo Green blue shade Red oxide Phthalocyanine blue Raw umber My palette is kitchen roller with a […]
I painted a suitably chilly landscape for my Christmas card this year. I was planning it to be posted on Christmas Day to say happy Christmas and thank you for all your inktober support, but it just didn’t happen this year. Room for improvement in 2018! Fun fact: I had to ask a friend if […]
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas/Festive season and a great new year. I have a confession though, I haven’t been drawing everyday. Head cold arrived on the first of December and hasn’t really let go. I feel exhausted doing things like getting out of bed and lying on the couch. As a result the […]
And I’m back. Artist improvement and not drawing everyday.
We got ofsteded. I am a perfectionist that rewrote all my lesson plans and SOWs. Then I got a horrendous head cold and am now frantically catching up on everything. Today’s post is brought on my contemplating a popular YouTubers ‘addressing the commenters’ video: I find her take on on improving and developing as an […]
The hardest part….
…. is putting the finishing touches on, and debating whether or not they’re ‘ruin’ their piece. I usually encourage a more gunshot attitude (I am very good at telling my students to put more shadow in, height lights etc) but when it comes to commissions, my knees are knocking, and my hands are shaking. Luckily […]
The struggle to art
If you’re struggling to get started with your art, give yourself time off. Having resolved to be all around awesome, do all the things and be fit for my holiday…. I came down with the flu and spent all the time I wasn’t at work sleeping and/or feeling very sorry for myself. Everytime I went […]
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