Dear blog reader – I had not put my new blog (The Pottering Artist) settings to public and so many of you were not able to comment yesterday. Please know that The Pottering Artist is now open for business and comments and I’d like to invite you to take part in my inaugural Leisure Painter Magazine giveaway. I look forward to seeing you there – … Continue reading Come on Over – comments and giveaway are open!
Gentle Forays into Drawing, Painting and Life. Join me as I refill my creative well. We will advance slowly, increasing awareness, developing perception, gathering art skills, deepening artistic vision and pottering along the way. For those who value stillness, silence and slowness as an antidote to activity, noise and speed. Here are a selection of images which I did to illustrate the various articles … Continue reading The Pottering Artist – A New Indie Magazine
This week I harvested my first ever crop of potatoes. These were late potatoes planted in exuberant mood at the height of the summer having been on my new allotment for 6 weeks. I was desperate to plant something as you can imagine after having waited years to get a lotty. They grew like topsy for weeks but then the frost got them – yes … Continue reading Hares and Harvest
PLANNING for PEACE I teach a private weekly watercolour class for 18 super people. The task of getting 39 weekly watercolour classes planned for the academic year 18-19 has been exciting, hard and satisfying. Ultimately has given my poor old mind peace instead of constantly thinking about what to paint for next class each week. I decided to get to grips with my planning as … Continue reading Planning a Year’s Watercolour Classes
Today I dedicated myself to drawing and painting badgers. This week I have been asked by two separate people if I had any badger paintings to sell. I only have one which isn’t brilliant and was painted years ago. Since then I hope I have improved my painting a bit and so I decided to focus on these gorgeous creatures. Here are my rough sketches … Continue reading Badger Bliss
Toucans to me are endlessly paintable. Between their phenomenal beaks and dramatic plumage in a rainbow of colours they have a charm and antic personality that draws me in. They move slow and then suddenly fast – they incline and rock and that wink! Talking of winking – the toucan’s eye has a lot of layers and has a feeling of being embedded in that … Continue reading Watercolour Toucan Demo
A few months ago on a gloriously hot spring day I went with a friend to Pitt Mill in Watchet, Somerset. I had heard about Two Rivers Paper on the internet and covetously read enticing descriptions about its magical properties: its double sizing, its rough deckle edges and its content of cotton linters and linen. But for a while I balked at the slightly more … Continue reading Two Rivers Paper – a handmade dream
LONG HARD WINTER After a long 4 wintry months of recovery from a full hysterectomy and then the disruption of Beast from the East – I am finally emerging from my hibernation and getting a wiggle on artwise. The above blue bottle still life was what I painted for a new watercolour group at Chapel Cottage Studio this week. We used this limited palette of … Continue reading What’s New in the Studio this Month
Adorable Nursery Animal Art For the animal loving parent who would add some natural charm to their child’s nursery may I present my top 6 best-selling critters! I painted the originals in watercolour and loved capturing their antics and moods. The archival prints that I make based on very high resolution scans of the original watercolours are archival and will not fade for decades. I … Continue reading 6 of the Best Nursery Animal Prints
“None of the Crazy you get from too much Choice” – Joni Mitchell Personally I find when I have too many options at my disposal – be it in choice of types of peanut butter at the supermarket or brands of watercolour tube paints – I get overwhelmed and eventually debilitated and finally dissatisfied. WHY? Because you cannot have everything and knowing all of those … Continue reading Too Much Choice Making You Miserable?