Sunday, 26 February 2012

More waves

Still working on trying to create the sensation of looking along the surface of the water, at head height with the waves. I'm really looking forward to playing with this idea in paint, and can't wait to get the paints out, but won't get a chance today. The beauty of oil pastels is that you can use them more or less anywhere. I use them sitting in bed late at night or early in the morning.

(oil pastel on soft white paper)

Saturday, 25 February 2012


Last night, I sat down with Andrew (7) to do some drawing.

He wanted to draw waves, and we couldn't work out between us how to make waves look like waves.

I've started to play with the idea, here's my first attempt at a stormy sea at sunrise. (oil pastels on soft white paper, 100g/m2).

I'm going to carry on playing with it and see what happens.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Experiments with watercolours

I've avoided watercolours. While I have some beautiful watercolours by others hanging in my home, I felt the washed out colours and faded tones were not really for me.

Then last weekend, I found an art case ( a christmas present from at least 10 years ago) and when I opened it, all the materials had been used except the watercolours (and the linseed oil - but that's for another day....)

I've been thinking about those watercolours all week, and this morning thought I'd have a play.

I've had great fun, seeing how they can be used, and I'm pleased with my first playful results.

Let me know how you use watercolours!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Join the Club!

At Creativity Club, we will be sharing the creative journey and our experiments along the way.

To start us off, here is a simple piece, playing with silver and blue acrylic paint on acrylic paper (A2size)

I started with a background of silver and blue spread across the page. The silver paint has a great texture, very different to the standard acrylic paints. Its a little like painting with mercury!

Then I squeezed lines of silver and blue directly from the tube onto the prepared background, and used the pointed end of my brush to draw lines through it.

The result is frondy and feather like. I haven'tfinished with it yet, but am happy with the effect of the silver and blue together.