Monday, 28 April 2014

Across the Bay

This is a painting I completed yesterday. It is a view across the bay to Barmouth. I am fascinated by dramatic skies so wanted to keep that as the main focus of the work, subduing the landscape to the minimum of detail.
The sky itself was painted wet in wet with just indigo and alizarin crimson with the light gap in the clouds lifted out with scrunched up kitchen paper to give soft nebulous edges. A second lifting gave harder edges for contrast.
The mountains and town become one except for the tiny lights along the water’s edge. These highlights were scraped out gently with a scalpel blade and dotted in with cadmium yellow.

Sky studies are a great way to loosen up with watercolour painting. Add a little landscape detail at the bottom and they make great sketches to give as art cards J

Friday, 25 April 2014

Ladybird on Forget Me Not

Just hanging around.
I think this photograph will have to be a new addition to our photo card range.
I think it would be great as a print for a child's bedroom too.
What do you think?

In the garden

 We had been wondering why some things in the garden seemed to move overnight of their own volition - this cheeky grey squirrel may be the culprit. This one looks very well fed!
So far we know of at least 2 grey squirrels that visit the garden - the other is much smaller and shyer.
Interestingly there is still a law in England that says they should be reported when seen on your land. That could generate some paperwork :-)

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

New work and a new outlet.

A few watercolours completed this week now available on Art Finder 

New Beginnings

Sometimes I think life is a series of new beginnings. Since I last wrote such a lot has happened.
I am now a proud Grandma to Miriam who was born some 3 weeks early on 1st April. She is absolutely gorgeous :-)

We have moved house to a lovely location with a great garden and a studio for me.

We have opened at Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts.

Now is time to take stock and enjoy all the new changes.