Autumn Leaves – Mixed Media on Paper – A3 size (approx. 11.5 x 16.5 inches)
I know it is Spring time, but I tried an experiment with some Autumn leaves and watercolor some months ago and it didn’t quite work out how I wanted it to. So I hung onto the paper just in case I eventually found some inspiration.
I had purchased some Faber-Castell Gelatos and have used them here as part of the negative painting process. It seemed to work out well, and I used them mostly dry. I also added some leaf skeletons and sheet music. This piece is a bit of whimsy, but I also learned a little bit about how the Gelatos work and got to practice some negative painting.
Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by.
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!
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.
Lavender 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.
Squash – 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.
Winter 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!