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Bits and Bobs


I am not a doodler.  I don’t have a sketchbook. No, I lie.  I have a few, but I don’t really use them.  I have tried, but I am not naturally inspired to draw or paint anything.  I never did it when I was a child either.   I know there are lots of artists who draw things out first, but I am not really one of those.  I also don’t plan.  I work off of ideas or something that inspires me.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes not.  Here are a few small pieces that I did recently.

img_3221Lavender Fields – Watercolor on Bockingford – Half A4 size

This is a practice piece, but I like it.  This is only one wash and took a few minutes, wet on dry.

img_3222Squash – Oil pastel on Paper – half A4

I bought some little squashes to paint, but I kept putting it off until now.  I wasn’t confident painting them in watercolor, so I got out my oil pastels.  For me, this is a doodle.  I can use this as a reference for something else if I want to.  I am not confident with oil pastels.  I think that you have to be really good with drawing and mark making.  To be frank, I really don’t know what to do with them and the books I have are a bit traditional.  I had loads of cheap pastels, but I sifted through them and gave some to one of my neighbour’s children and the rest to the charity shop.  I only have good ones now.

img_3223-editedWinter landscape  – Watercolor on Bockingford – Half A4 Cropped

I painted this last week, but wasn’t happy with the bottom under the trees, now in the foreground and decided to add trees to the horizon of the sky and make a lake.  It looks better, but I will probably try this again on a fresh piece of paper.  Sorry about the quality, but my phone doesn’t like the purple and wants to make it blue.

That’s it for now. Happy painting!

Watercolor Class – Painting trees


Art 20151We kind of went back to the beginning and painted trees.  I really need to work on my trunks.  However, to be fair, we didn’t have any reference photos to look at and just either tried to copy the teacher or paint what we thought of how tree trunks should look.

IMG_0049This is actually quite a small piece of paper.  I was running out of large sheets so I cut them in half to about 7×10″.  I have also been using the backs of work from class in order not to waste paper.  I haven’t created a masterpiece yet, so I am happy to use up what I have for now.  As you can see, my tree trunks need some work.  We used wet in wet and a dry brush technique.  My tree in the lower right corner is my favorite.  We also learned how to create bark effects by lifting off paint with the brush.  I am really happy with my log.  I was the only one in class to make one.


These trees were made with sponges and are meant to be Autumn colors.  It’s a knack, one that I will hopefully acquire in time.

IMG_0045Here we created an abstract birch forest by scraping away paint with a credit card.  You have to be quick and do this before the paint dries.  My scrapings were not too great, so I added contrast with some grey I had made earlier.  I have seen a similar technique with acrylics.  This was the most fun thing we did in class.

I wasn’t going to show my still life paintings from the previous class, but since I have already left myself open to ridicule I might as well continue.

IMG_0047I happened to draw and paint the hardest thing in the class.  The conch shell’s colors were considerably muted in real life, but I wasn’t really trying to capture an exact replica.  I failed considerably with the inside of the shell and learned after the fact how I should have done it.  As they say, its all a learning curve.  My beach pebble is only marginally better, but I got the idea right.

IMG_0044Here is a quick study of a glass of wine.  I have no trouble painting or drawing glasses of wine.  This was easier to paint in watercolors than I thought it would be.  My teacher was particularly happy with this, especially as I captured the reflection of the wine in the shadow and  base of the glass.  So on that high note, Cheers!