Tag Archives: Watercolour painting

My Anti-Artist’s Statement

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So here is my anti-Artist’s Statement:

I am a Gemini (I could really stop here as I think it explains everything).  I am self-taught and inspired by others.  I am still figuring out my style as I love trying new things (I am a Gemini).  I love to paint flowers and nature, but am not adverse to painting a teapot, piece of fruit, or going completely crazy and knocking out some abstract, whimsical, or intuitive piece that has no particular meaning except that I might like the color combo or texture.  So, in the meantime, here is the work that I am doing while I figure out my style.  I may never have a particular style, but that is ok as I am a Gemini!

Bits and Bobs

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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!

Painting Myself Purple

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This weekend I worked with the color Purple.  Purple is such a fickle color and finding the right one can be tricky.  I have some ready mixed ones that range from red tones to blue.  I think I might need to work on mixing them.  I hear French Ultramarine Blue is very good mixed with Alizarin Crimson.

img_3203Winter Landscape – Half A4 Bockingford – Winsor Violet and French Ultramarine Blue (W&N)

Working from a suggestion in the book, I painted the above landscape.  There is supposed to be a path at the bottom of the page, but it was too dark and didn’t work out, so I am thinkin of cropping it as above.  I might even add another line of trees under the sky to make a frozen lake in the middle.  The painting should have been more like the one below:

img_3199You should just about make out the shadows on the snow.  I will probably try this a few more times as I am still not sure about the bottom half of the painting.  I do like how the trees and sky turned out though.

img_3202Lavender – Half A4 Bockingford

I’m still getting to grips with working with wet on dry and then adding water.  These small sketches will make nice cards.

I know the painting below isn’t purple, but I worked with green a couple of weeks ago and made some backgrounds I really liked.  This one below was used to paint some rosemary.

img_3200Rosemary – Half A4 Bockingford

I’m not sure about this.  I really love the background, but not my rosemary. Practice, Practice, Practice. 🙂