Land and Sea


WordPress went a bit funny on me and didn’t publish this on Saturday, so here goes.

I finally have had a little time to paint.  I went a bit mad on Black Friday and ordered a bunch of art books and painting supplies.  I also made a decision. Although I haven’t completely hung up my hat on painting in watercolours, I have put all of my WC supplies away and have hauled out my acrylics.  Acrylics are more forgiving than watercolors and I need to be gentle with myself right now and do the things with acrylic paint that I can’t really do with watercolors (or don’t know how).  Even though I was painting myself calm with watercolors, I needed something more.  Besides, I have hardly touched my acrylic paints in over a year, and I missed them.

So, here is what I did Saturday:

img_3249Land and Sky – Acrylic on Paper – 8×8 inches


I can see Land – Mixed Media on Paper – 8×8 inches

I have been reading up on different techniques and watching youtube videos about doing the things I really like and wanted to do myself.  Here are two I made yesterday without really knowing the outcome.  I used gesso as a base –  for some texture and so the paper didn’t wouldn’t soak up all the paint.  I also started two new canvases and am re-working an old one.  I also used some of my new paint.  I bought the Golden muted set of 5 colors.  The paint is fluid, something new for me.  I also used a medium to help spread the paint around and which makes the finish have a sheen.  I also used my fingers a lot!  In the blue painting, I added some Sennelier oil pastels.  No point in letting them just sit around.

Happy painting people!

Lavender Field


img_3267Lavender Field – Acrylic on Paper – 8×8 inches

I didn’t have much work on today so came home early and painted this.  I didn’t have much of a plan except to paint a lavender field.  I just kind of went with it.  I used two colors from the Liquitex muted range, plus white, with acrylic medium.  First I gessoed the paper, used a bit of cling film for texture, drew my horizon and grassy lines with a toothpick.

I think I finally got my mojo on.🙂

A Winter Scene


Winter has finally arrived in the UK.  We were doing very well up until last week.  Not bad going for November.  When I first moved down to Eastbourne we had some snow for two winters in a row, but nothing since.   If you want snow, you need to go up north.  If there is anything I do miss about the USA is the seasons.  Though I shouldn’t complain too much as we have had a few sunny, although cold days recently.

I can’t claim all of the credit for this painting as I followed a lesson on youtube.  I didn’t use all of the same colors and I left out a couple of hills, but I did learn some new techniques that I can use in other projects.  Here is a wintery scene:


Cold Winter  – Acrylic on Mount Card – 10×11.5 Inches

Hopefully you can see the texture.  Few colors were used.  I used texture paste on the card that I got free from a picture framer near where I work.  I couldn’t get a clearer photo.  There is a very neat trick for painting trees:  I drew the trunk with conte pencil and then painted the dark around it.  After sealing the trunks with binder, I went over them with oil pastel as I lost some of the trunks.

Happy Winter everyone!