..aren’t we all?! But in an article from the magazine “Flow” last month I came across an idea that says we are actually unconsciously searching for excitement when we think we are looking for happiness. My interest was piqued! This struck a chord with me and I thought about the usual things I go to in search of happiness – music, drawing, reading a thriller … Continue reading Looking for Happiness
Create Your Own Universe Today I received a book through the post called “Create Your Own Universe” – it’s for writers and illustrators and anyone who wants to create a fantasy world of their own – or even a real one! It’s by The Brothers McLeod – have a look at their website – they are my new and immediate creativity gurus. Their website … Continue reading Just discovered inktober in the nick of time!
THE REAL McCOY I love real things – not copies. Last Saturday I went into Pontypridd to buy the latest edition of Flow (“the magazine that takes its time”) from WH Smiths. After doing a few other errands I then retired to Costa Coffee for a read and to passively watch people and immerse myself into teh aromas and sounds of coffees being made. I … Continue reading Be More You – The Fun of Raw and Immediate Pen & Wash
Today it feels that everything is driven by wanting more, bigger, better. I don’t know about you but I feel that way too much choice is actually making us miserable and very distracted. To coin a Joni Mitchell line I personally would like to live in a world where there is “None of the crazy you get from too much choice”. I think things … Continue reading Smalling
Just lately I have had a month off from teaching my watercolour classes. Before I broke up for the summer I promised myself I would do some quirky and random play projects. So I did. I committed to my creativity by allowing my self some pure play – and it felt good! All I did was use lots of new colours that I had bought … Continue reading Watercolour Weaving – why not play and explore
What aspects of your watercolour painting would you like to improve and what aspects of yourself would you like to express more deeply? This watercolour retreat is for anyone wishing to enjoy their watercolour more and to discover their artistic voice. Spend a quiet, slowly-paced day focussing on things you don’t usually have the opportunity to do. Patient and experienced guidance /tuition throughout. For … Continue reading The Watercolour Kind – Painting Retreat – Cardiff – August 14th 2017
Pen and wash can be used in many ways – from very finely drawn and precise lines to much wider and more irregular marks. It all depends on your writing tool and your type of ink supply. For this demo I chose a bamboo dipping pen and a pot of waterproof Winsor & Newton Black India Ink (951). I also used W&N Designers White Gouache … Continue reading Native American Indian Portraits in Pen & Wash