Another day of having fun with kids from the local primary school. This time I was with a younger class creating leafy sea dragon paintings.
The kids loved using ‘grown up’ brushes, pens and paints. Here are some photos of their fantastic works in progress.
Sometimes inspiration for a painting can come from the nicest places.
My mother-in-law grew this beautiful lilium then my 9 year old daughter took a stunning photo of it.
Using Derivan sepia with just a touch of magenta and burnt sienna I started to build up the layers.
After a few sittings the painting is finally complete.
What a wonderful, fun group of people who came along today to my acrylic ink workshop, Coffee, Cake & Creativity, to try out Derivan Matisse inks at the Watervale General Store.
What a fantastic venue! Great atmosphere and the cakes on offer were divine.
As for the creativity, everyone did an amazing job.
Here is my new painting ‘Owl with Attitude’ and the process of how it progressed. This is one of my larger paintings at 48cm x 48cm and is currently available on Bluethumb.
This was so much fun to create as I was in a bit of a quirky mood at the time and let the painting lead me. The result…a rainbow owl. Fantastic!
Click on each image to see more detail:
- A light sketch to get the right shape
- Small amounts of colour
- Blocking in more colour to see the owl start to emerge
- A little bit of pink to add some warmth (this is where things started to change from boring brown)
- I loved using the pink so much that other colours just started calling to me
- More layers of colour to bring out the eyes and add character
I have been working on a magpie painting with an idea in my head of how it should look. It was a disaster!
Nothing seemed to be going right with my painting but after some encouragement to continue, I went in slightly different direction and was really happy with the result.
After posting the painting on Facebook, it sold that same night.
Ah…the magic of social media!
My current favourite medium is Matisse artist quality acrylic ink. The colours are vibrant, can be used as a wash to slowly build up colours or, for intense colour, can be used undiluted from the bottle. Here is my current work in progress – ‘Edmund’.
As a rule the eye is always painted first in my paintings of birds or animals as they have the most detail in the painting.
The rest is then lightly painted in with a wash with the colour slowly getting added as the layers build up. At this stage of the painting Edmund looks a bit messy and unrefined.
More layering is needed which is best to do slowly so not to overdo it. When I’m happy with the overall shape I start adding some darker colours in my sketchy style to suggest detail. This is the really fun part as I get to just let go and splash the ink around.
Here is the completed Edmund on the right. All ready to go in a nice white frame.
He is off to the Clare Rotary Art Exhibition where he will be available for sale.
The exhibition will run from 15-21 May.