Getting to Grips with Gouache – clematis & nastursium painting day

It was lovely to spend a day working once more with Barbara and Sandra.

Barbara working on velvety clematis leaves in gouache

Barbara working on velvety clematis leaves in gouache

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Sandra’s nastursiums coming along nicely

The girls decided they fancied trying out gouache as they had not really done much with it before.

Be prepared to get messy!

Be prepared to get messy!

Our subjects were a rich deep purple clematis and a riveting yellow nastursium both climbing on a trellis or picket fence.

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To start we painted the skies by wetting the whole area first then dropping in glorious random patches of blue and tilting the painting to create soft, amorphous and totally natural looking clouds.

Gouache was playing nicely! So far so good!

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Barbara’s beautiful petals

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Sandra’s lovely nastursiums

Next we began working on the petals and once again we wet each area first to provide a damp environment into which we dropped rich colour and tilted this to spread the gouache around with minimal brushstrokes to beautiful effect.

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Gouache really is a friendly and malleable medium compared to watercolour. It can be re-wetted and re-worked.

It is not so easy to lift as watercolour but that is offset by the fact that you can paint over dark areas with light paint – which of course cannot be done with transparent watercolour.

As we built each petal with subsequent and darker, more detailed washes our paintings grew quickly with lots of satisfied oohs and ahhs from my students.

It was lovely to see them getting effective and pleasing results so soon.

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I prepared worksheets of the demo we would do ahead of time so that they could be used during the workshop to support learning

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Want to have a go of gouache?

To try a gouache or watercolour class just email me (Alison Fennell) at eastwitching@hotmail.com and I can email you my current programme and answer any special requests.

Painting Workshop Price guide

(includes tuition/full colour step by step demo worksheets/professional artist quality paints, paper and brushes and a coffee/tea and croissant on arrival!)

  1. Whole day for 1 to 1 tuition £65
  2. Half day for 1 to 1 tuition £32.50
  3. Whole day for 2 friends booking together £55 each
  4. Half day for 2 friends booking together £32.50
  5. Please note I do not teach more than 2 people at a time. Courses start at 9.30am and end at 4pm. Half days are 3 hours long

 

Look forward to hearing from you.

Cancer Zodiac Gifts

A beautiful watercolour crab with rich and vibrant colours will transport its Cancer sign recipient to the ocean...

A beautiful watercolour crab with rich and vibrant colours will transport its Cancer sign recipient to the ocean…

For an unusual and long-lasting gift for those with their birth-sign in Cancer how about a watercolour crab art print?

 

I have a big selection to choose from and you can have sizes 5×7 inch or 8×10 inch or even go up to a whopping 13×19 inch print!

 

To view my crab collection click H E R E or browse the gallery below.

 

Convo me at eastwitching@hotmail.com if you have any special size requests:)

My best-selling crab print of all time - this one - called "Maine Man"has a rich variety of colours with a dark teal green dominating - a fab gift for your Cancer friend

My best-selling crab print of all time – this one – called “Maine Man”has a rich variety of colours with a dark teal green dominating – a fab gift for your Cancer friend

 

A timeless and simple crab in watercolour - 8x10 inches

A timeless and simple crab in watercolour – 8×10 inches

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Hostas in Watercolour

My backyard is full of hostas and now in June they are really filling out – spilling over onto my slab pathway which I love.

"Hosta" Original watercolour painting 10x15 inches

“Hosta” Original watercolour painting 10×15 inches

Their variegated leaves are so attractive that I sat down and drew one plant a few days ago.

My hosta which I drew

My hosta which I drew

Here is how I painted it in watercolour.

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Garden Delight – Abbey Gardens, Malmsbury

Had a perfect day out yesterday. My friend Anne and I went to the Abbey Gardens in Malmsbery, Somerset.

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We try to make it to a stately home and gardens at least twice a year and this trip was so lovely. Only an hour or so’s drive from home we headed out on a perfect day – sunny but not too hot with a slight breeze now and then.

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Here are some shots of the gardens. The air was full of the scent of roses and other flowers. One rose in particular smelled out of this world – we think it is a Gertrude Jekyll …

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We had  a lovely cup (mug) of tea and a freshly made cake each ( I had carrot and Anne had coffee) before then wandering down to the river walk – completely shrouded with greenery and trees and shrubs of all kinds. The ponds were still and covered with lily pads and there was even a stepping stone bridge.

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Huge fish including koi and sturgeon were in the Stew pond right by the cafe and one the the staff was feeding them by hand – I have never seen such huge fish!

What I loved was the Cotswold architecture – especially the casement windows – imagine living here!!

P1140933 P1140934 P1140935 P1140936The town itself was so sleepy and quiet. The roofline probably hadn’t changed for over 500 years and the clutter of cottages cascading along the roads was so pretty.

 

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Had lunch in this old pub – lovely atmosphere and dogs allowed so we got friendly with a spaniel and a schnauser!

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We had lunch in a very old pub called The Smoking Dog and the ambled back to the garden for one more sit in the  garden under a gazebo – enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and the flowers.

 

It was the summer solstice too and so they day seemed lovely and long…

 

As usual I hope to paint some of the scenes I saw and so watch this space!

 

 

 

 

Summer Meadow Art Demo in Gouache

Are you feeling the summer heat yet? Here in Wales we have had some real summer weather and so here is a simple meadow scene with some  cow parsley (AKA Queen Anne’s Lace) waving in the foreground.

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COPYRIGHT and TIPS!

Please feel free to follow this demo but as always please note that you cannot them sell the result – to do that would breach my copyright. What you can do is modify the painting slightly by adding extra cow parsley or changing the shape of your bushes etc:) Thanks!

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To see more painting demos click here – http://eastwitching.com/2014/03/19/foxglove-fancy-making-a-mess-then-pulling-through/

 

Custom Wedding Gifts

A simple white frame really makes this wedding artwork pop!

A simple white frame really makes this wedding artwork pop!

For the perfect wedding keepsake what could be more romantic than a pair of flirty flamingos complete with the couple’s names and wedding date?

Capture the special day with a custom "Our Song" wedding flamingo print

Capture the special day with a custom “Our Song” wedding flamingo print

I painted these watercolour flamingos as a loving pair then added a blissful pink background adorned with many famous love songs.

You can choose to go for a simple white background option too if you prefer as shown below. Either way this is such a thoughtful and timeless wedding gift you can’t go wrong!

The white option - classy and elegant!

The white option – classy and elegant!

The couple’s favourite lovesong can also be added under the wedding date – magic! We (Alison and Anita) at The Little Picture Company call this artwork “Our Song” because all romantic couples have a lovesong that seems to spell out their love.

How your wedding flamingo print gift could look framed:)

How your wedding flamingo print gift could look framed:)

You will be sent a proof the same day to see if we have everything perfect for you!

To view this custom wedding artwork come over to The Little Picture Company today.
Our turnaround time for sending you a proof is 24 hours and dispatch is usually within 2 working days!

Order now! and receive a free handmade wedding card with the same flamingo design!

 

The Fox Vanishes – Game 11 – Deadline for Entries Sat 31st May 2014

Welcome to Game 11!

Please see how to play below and deadline – good luck!

In this game I will be placing a faded out fox (here he is below at full strength) on a certain animal print in my online gallery at Eastwitching (www.eastwitching.etsy.com).

fox june cropYou will need to scour the selected items (usually about 12) that come up when you click the link I will provide each game. PLEASE USE the ZOOM feature when you search.

When you find the faded fox image on the animal image in question DO NOT SAY WHERE IT IS in comments on this post.

Simply convo me with your ANSWER at eastwitching@hotmail.com (yes – it is back up and running folks!) or convo me at Etsy if you have an account there.

THEN leave a comment ON THIS POST saying WHICH PRINT you would like to receive if your entry is selected.

Selection is made randomly using RANDOM.ORG two weeks after the game is announced.

WANT TO PLAY?  – GAME 11 of The Fox Vanishes.

How to play …

1 Click on this LINK and start searching all of the animal images that come up. On one of them there is a faded out fox like the bold one in this post above.

2 Convo me via Etsy or email me at eastwitching@hotmail.com with your answer

3 Come back to this post and say which animal print you would like to win from my gallery HERE - you can choose ANY print and shipping is free worldwide too!

4 Deadline for entries is MIDNIGHT GMT Saturday 31st May

5 Winning entry selected on Sunday 1st June and new game announced that same day.

To start hunting the fox click HERE! Good luck:)

Art Blossoms Painting Days – SUMMER ART SCHOOL 2014

This summer I am having a ball with watercolour combined with gouache!

P1140789 copySummer 2014 inside copyAfter visiting the Three Counties Spring Flower Show at Malvern last weekend and being totally inspired by all things floral and rustic my head was awash with workshop ideas as we travelled back home.

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I spent the day leaning on old farm gates, looking at floral displays featuring beehives, milk churns and glorious herbaceous planting. From peaceful and spiritual gardens to rioting poppy and cosmos plantings I knew this summer had to be all about flowers.

Come and join me on one of 4 repeating workshops for which I have over 30 available dates. Here is my programme below.

To book simply email me at eastwitching@hotmail.com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions and take yoru preferred dates and workshop.

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COST and CLASS NUMBERS

  1. For a whole day’s 1-to-1 tuition with all artist’s professional quality paints, papers and brushes plus coffee and croissant on arrival is £65.
  2. If 2 friends book together the cost is £55 each. I take no more than 2 pupils per class for optimal learning:)

Meantime here are some gouache and watercolour samples to whet your appetite.

Pick the Poppy workshop to get to grips with expressing this favourite flower in watercolour and gouache!

Pick my”Poppy Poetry” workshop to get to grips with expressing this favourite flower in watercolour and gouache!

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Adding the finishing touches to a simple cherry study in gouache

Adding the finishing touches to a simple cherry study in gouache

Be prepared to get messy!

Be prepared to get messy!

Courses run for June, July and August and the available 4 repeating workshops and dates are as follows.

CLICK on the image to bring it up nice and big.

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Summer 2014 inside copy

TO BOOK – email me at eastwitching@hotmail.com or call me, Alison Fennell on 01443 791532 or mobile 0790 992 0763 with your choice of one of the 4 workshops as detailed above and let’s get you painting!