I found some old ink cartridge drawing pens and managed to get this one working again but it still needs more flushing through as the ink isn’t flowing as easily as I’d like, which made this drawing a bit scratchy. The colour accents were done with ink brush pens and the black at the side is acrylic paint to pop the face forward.
This seagull came to life on an old collaged and rubber-stamped canvas I’d started years ago and forgotten in a box. I worked in glaze layers to keep hints of the colours in the original background and repeated the style of my “Winter Bullfinch” and “Great Tit” paintings. He might look a bit grumpy (don’t all gulls?) but his funny little legs with their knobbly knees make me smile.
Scroll through the images below to see the progression of “I Want Your Chips”.Read More
Drawing with Stabilo marks-all pencils is a favourite of mine and a good lesson in not getting too attached because when you spritz on the water, there’s a good chance you’ll lose a lot of the detail you may have liked. The water darkens up the black and when the pencil lines melt and blur, the effect gives you natural shading. You just have to work with it and add back in the areas where you lose definition.
I started out really liking these little canvases. I liked the colours and the abstract marks of days 1 and 2 but on day 3, I had a calamity when I attempted an impasto layer using acrylic paint mixed with some old heavy gel medium. I tried scraping it off and wiping back with water and alcohol drops but couldn’t recover those lovely vibrant layers from day 2, so I gessoed the canvases ready to start over again.Read More
I’ve realised most of these art selfies will be front facing or have only a slight turn of head because it’s a bit tricky to look at myself side on while I have to keep moving my eyes from mirror to page. I may try using a second mirror to catch my reflection in the first but for now, I’m just keeping things easy and straightforward. This facie was drawn in graphite with watercolour crayon accents.
I have a love:hate relationship with paint and much like “52 Facies” is intended to get me drawing again, I’m hoping “Daily Layers” will get me back into a painting routine. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll have seen that I completed my first painting of the year, “In His Prime”, and shared the progression through daily layers (see the progression slideshow below). I was in two minds about sharing this because often, there’s not much or only ugly progress to see; plus it raises expectations, which can be a hindrance for a self-conscious muse.Read More
After a long creative dry spell, I began something new this New Year to help myself get comfortable with drawing again. For me to stick to it as a regular thing, I’m making it as straightforward as possible, so rather than faff about looking for interesting references to draw, I’m simply using what I have in front of me every day: my own face in the mirror. I’ll also be working in any medium or style; anything goes.Read More
I’m opening my new blog with the first in a short series of “throwback painting” posts, looking at the making of some of my older art. The idea came when I was sifting through image files on my computer and I found photos of a few old paintings - not many early pieces escaped being ripped up or painted over, so I was glad to find a few photos. I’ve always been a harsh critic of my own work, particularly if things didn’t end up looking how I’d pictured them in my head. I thought I’d share some of the back story and progression of those paintings…Read More