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
Well for some reason I have the urge to get into my pastel portrait painting more deeply – so of course I had to get a few more BITS for my pastel set-up now didn’t I!? First my big collection of UNISON soft pastels needed complementing with a BIG set of Prismacolor Nu pastels which are hard. These I need for doing very fine touches … Continue reading Been Art Shopping – always a good thing to do!
Thanks to Will Kemp’s Art blog I found out about these brilliant (literally) daylight bulbs. I was expecting a bulb about the size of a typical long-life bulb so imagine my shock and surprise when my ginormous parcel arrived containing two of the most monstrous bulbs I have ever seen! I could light up a rugby pitch with these I am sure. Anyway – they … Continue reading The Boys for the Job – Epic Studio Lighting
For those who want to get to grips with the wonderful medium of watercolour I am pleased to announce my Autumn Painting Days Programme for 2013. A range of subjects is available and suitable for all levels. Even if you don’t draw you can still come and revel in painting as drawing outlines can be provided for you. Take a look at my programme (double … Continue reading Art Blossoms Painting Days in Pontypridd – Autumn Programme Out Now
Oh dear – it doesn’t take me more than 5 minutes to create a superb mess. Been making my animal greetings cards and packing some prints that I am donating to two charities this last couple of days. Can you tell! Paper trimmings and offcuts everywhere. I only have a tiny office so that’s probably why. I ship all my parcels from here which involves … Continue reading Messy Office – You got This Beat?
For those who are mesmerised by colour, paintings, paints and paper and would love to have a day being totally immersed in watercolour I would like to announce my new Art Blossoms Painting Days. I will be running regular watercolour tuition days from May through to the end of August in my home here in Pontypridd, South Wales. Full and half-days available now – £45 … Continue reading Art Blossoms Painting Days in Pontypridd – new for Spring/Summer 2013
A few days ago I had a blitz on my studio as it was a total mess. Here are some nice tidy pics now and I have even been in this morning drawing some Moroccan doorways and arches…feels so much better.(PS – to see how things are progressing with Moroccan art – click here – http://artspiritbyalisonfennell.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/watercolour-demo-moroccan-archway/ ) How often do you feel the need to … Continue reading That’s Better! Studio now shipshape and ready for work
Now that I have my drawing I am ready to add the initial washes. I use a 3 and a 6 round sable brush, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue and my paper is Arches Hot Pressed 90lbs 100% rag. Please click on the image below as it will come up nice and big and you can read what I did. At this … Continue reading Art Demo – Painting a Young Stag in Watercolour