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Watercolour demonstration at Hobbycraft

I have been demonstrating with watercolour today at my local Hobbycraft store in Cheltenham.

IMG_20131207_124633The photo above is of the demo table set up with a display of my work. I took a mixture of things along, hoping that there would be something to appeal to everyone. My intention was to inspire people to see the versatility that can be achieved with watercolour.

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The two sunsets at the front of the photo are the paintings I was working on, along with the iris painting in the centre by the colour chart. Many thanks to all the friendly people who stopped by to say hello!   I’ll post the finished work as soon as it’s completed……..

 

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Garden watercolour warm-up sketch

The UK has waited so long for the spring to arrive & now it has it’s almost time for summer. I wait every year for these magnificent irises to open, checking their progress every day. Now they’re open & displaying their splendour in the sunlight!

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There are two types of bearded iris in the garden, but these blue ones are always the first to flower.

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Here is my work station set up. I now just have to avoid getting grass clippings mixed in with the paints – not a good effect!

Irises 052I first used a water soluble fine liner to mark out my drawing – trying to keep the marks loose & fluid. A little oil pastel resist was added for the stamens. Then I began to soften the lines of the drawing using plain water & very dilute paint.

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Finally, I got to my favourite part – the soft, overblown flowers themselves. I just feel that watercolour is so sympathetic to this subject – the way the colours run & bleed into one another perfectly reflecting the soft blousiness of the blooms.

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Iris & transience

Summer Poppies

Plants on the balcony

Edge of the Cotswolds

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Isadora Duncan – completed

Here is the finished portrait of Isadora Duncan.

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The dress is made of recycled tissue- I think it came from a shoe box. I’m not quite happy with this portrait, so I’ll probably take what I learned from this one & have another go at it. Something very strange happened with this picture, a couple of people commented that it looks like my mother when she was young. Now that this has been pointed out to me, I can see the resemblance, but wasn’t aware when I was making it………

You can read the first two posts about how I made this portrait by clicking here & here.

Other portraits in the series can be viewed by clicking here.

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Beetle

It was my birthday last week & yesterday a late birthday present my daughter had ordered arrived through the post.

The stamps were amazing enough on their own.

But then I opened the packet & this beauty emerged………..

According to the enclosed details, he’s a Blue Rose Chafer beetle, aka Rhomborrhina Gestroi.

Time for some drawing I think……..

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Isadora in progress

I have now begun a larger version of the provisional sketch I made last week. I’m enthusiastic about the qualities that using recycled paper can bring to a piece. As the portraits I make are based on early photographs that are now fairly ancient & weathered paper & card  themselves, this use of paper that has a previous life feels like a perfect match.

This is the first stage of this piece. I now need to leave it in a place in the studio where I will see it when I am not expecting it. I find that this process of allowing work in progress to catch me unawares helps me to see work objectively & decide what needs to happen next. I find that this is a really helpful technique, particularly if I feel I am losing my way with a particular piece.

Have you tried this technique? I’d also be very interested to hear of any others that work for you.

You can read about how I started this portrait by clicking here & view the finished painting here.

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Isadora Duncan – beginning a portrait

I have had little time recently for making art. My real life art teaching at college began last week & I have also been working hard on preparing & launching my new website & e-course.

Today, the heavens opened in Gloucestershire & finally, I had time to retreat into the sanctuary of my studio. I already had plans to continue the series of portraits I had begun making, drawing inspiration from early photographs of creative people & others within their circles. I love this portrait of Isadora Duncan, her beautiful almond shaped eyes & long white neck. My process is always to begin by making a number of preliminary sketches to help me understand the pose, the dimensions of the face & the expression of the subject.

I usually make my preliminary sketches on scrap paper & will often use recycled paper in the finished piece. This drawing was made using a roller ball ink pen.
I then used Conté crayon to add tone & was pleased with the way the dark background lifted the face forward. I’m sure there’ll be many more sketches before I move on to making the final piece, but feel that I have begun to become acquainted with Isadora.

The new website & e-course info can be viewed here. I’d love any feedback on the new site!

Other portraits in this series can be seen by clicking here.

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