Tag Archives: watercolour

Poppies 2017

I’ve been playing with various poppy designs for about three years now, and I am in the habit of making a batch of poppy images around the time of Remembrance Day in the UK. As well as a piece of remembrance art, these pieces also speak to me of the blood and tears of war. This year I’ve decided to offer the poppies for sale, and donate some of the proceeds to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.

Each artwork is painted using Winsor and Newton professional water colours on Aquarelle Arches satin grain 300g/m2 hot pressed 100% cotton paper. Each piece is 10cm x 25cm and will be signed then mounted using 100% acid free tape into conservation grade mount board. I’m selling these for £45 plus £5 P&P each, with a donation of £10 for every sale. The second and sixth in the series have already been sold. Number three has been given away as a free art drop and I destroyed number five, it just didn’t work! Contact me if you’d like to buy one of the remaining artworks, and in so doing, help support a good cause.

 

Autumn Closing In

I spent some time cycling and walking in The Peak District last weekend, Autumn colours are everywhere right now. I wanted to develop a new artwork to follow on from the recently published Autumn Leaf, which I’ve sold two versions of already. I spied a leaf on the ground, a mix of yellows, browns, pink and orange – this one just stood out in the crowd. I picked it up and studied it for a few minutes, before replacing it, and finishing my walk.

On my return to the hotel – I set to work trying to create a sense of Autumnal colours in my work. I enjoy the challenge of working with watercolours, I find them very unforgiving, and at times I lack the confidence to go all in. That feeling was absent this time, and I played with different techniques on different parts of the paper. This piece was completed over a two day period, and is now available to buy on my Etsy shop.

Heartbreak Beat

A couple of weeks ago a few of us went to see The Psychedelic Furs at the O2 Forum. This was the first time I’d seem them for decades – and you wonder, don’t you…how are they going to sound after all this time?

The band were in great form, the gig and the company was excellent. Since the performance I’ve been revisiting some of the band’s music – and the song Heartbreak Beat keeps sticking in my mind.

I made this piece of art in response to the song title. It shares the same name as the song, and hints at some of their mid-career visual imagery. This piece will be my next free art drop.

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Spanish Roses

My head was filled with images of roses whilst on holiday in Spain recently, prompted by a line from John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell’s cover of ‘Spanish Harlem.’

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This little sketch was the first image to emerge from brain to paper. It’s a bit messy, and recognisable as a rose, I think?!

I let the shape of the flower rest in my mind for a day or two before first putting pencil to paper to create an outline. Next I worked in several shades of red, intentionally leaving the pencil lines visible. The stem, thorns and signature followed.

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This finished piece will be my next free art drop.

Elemental Art : Solar Flare

After a crazy busy few weeks making art in Berlin and taking part in the Carshalton Artists Open Studios, things are resuming a slightly more ‘normal’ pace. Having exhibited several elemental art pieces during the open studios, I’ve been wanting to return to making again, and I’ve been playing with a new design.

Here is the image, unmounted. It’s painted using watercolours, spray paint, acrylic, and gold leaf. With all the fine weather we’ve been enjoying lately, this feels like a timely new design in the series.

Matters of The Heart

There’s a really cool free art extravaganza being planned in Peterborough this Summer. All the clues and info for the exhibition and giveaway will be released here, and from what I’ve seen so far – it promises to be a fantastic event. I promised to submit a piece to the event and got round to it this week.

I’ve been pondering some remix work on my winged heart designs for a while and been unsure about where to go. I played with some paint dribble effects to make a bleeding hear design – and at first I got it spectacularly wrong. I mixed the paint too thinly and it ran all over the place. Painting for the bin! Second time around I got the thickness and colour how I wanted it then applied the paint with a brush – before blowing it through an old biro casing.

I like how this turned out. I titled it ‘Careful, I Think It’s Broken’ and shipped it off to Peterborough for inclusion in the exhibition. Next I turned my attention to this week’s We Are All Artists free art drop. I wanted to continue remixing, using the second winged heart design and as I stared at the print – inspiration hit me. I took a dark grey fineliner, and inked in the wing edges, then made a maze design on the heart. This one is titled ‘Getting Lost In The Maze Of Your Heart’, and it will be released locally tomorrow. Keep an eye out for it – finders keepers.

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Morning Coffee

The past week has been really tiring. Preparing for, and delivering the Art of Resilience took quite a bit out of me, and in addition, work’s been tough this week. We’ve been analysing the fallout of an unexpected, and pretty toxic resignation from a partnership I work with. More of that another time on my other blog.

I arrived at the end of the week feeling drained, yet needing to make art for the free art drop. Inspiration had I none. In conversation with one of my colleagues, I said I needed more coffee, and Jenny suggested that maybe, the coffee pot should be my subject this week.

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I took a few minutes to look at the pot in situ, before bringing it to my desk, and drawing it.

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I was concentrating on my observation skills – I took my time over the drawing. On reflection – it’s a bit tight. I was trying too hard to capture the detail of the pot, and you can see this in some of the lines – they lack confidence and directness in places. I’ve also drawn the pot taller and narrower than it is. This observation stuff is hard work!

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I added some silver leaf to give the effect of age, and added in some fineliner to make one or two elements stand out a little more (this photo was taken before the fineliner was applied. This art has since been hidden and found as part of the We Are All Artists free art project.

It’s not my usual style of work – but I like it, I might make another to hang in our kitchen!