Most artists I know are devils for getting new art technique books. Books give us hope and inspiration and impetus! I have bought many, many books over the years and there are a few that I would never part with as they have become sacred to me. Below I share my 3 top go to art books; my bibles as I call them. As you … Continue reading What’s your Watercolour Bible?
Tis the season to go spending and whilst I have a limited amount with which to splurge there are 5 items that have been spiralling around in my artist’s head to acquire for many months now! 1) Some Maimeriblu watercolours. I have been using the fabulous Winsor & Newton almost exclusively now for over a year and want somethingh fresh! Some new bold Hue! And … Continue reading Top 5 New Watercolour Materials and Equipment to acquire!
Here are a few contour and blind contour drawings that I’ve done this last few weeks. Blind Contour drawing completely frees me artistically – it is very exciting and a bit anxiety producing but it makes you let go and just draw slowly and sensitively – I love it! Don’t know what Blind and Contour are? Click here to be enlightenend! CONTOUR DRAWING – http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/135191/contour-drawing … Continue reading Recent sketches and doodles
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!
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
This Thursday I had two ladies – Christine and Barbara – come to my home studio for a watercolour painting day. They are members of Pentyrch Art Society and I have also know Christine from when we were both painting at Arnold Lowrey’s watercolour classes years and years ago. There was much chat about types of paint, brands of paper and models of palettes and … Continue reading Art Blossom Day
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
Leafing through various chapters of The Pleasure Book by Julius Fast is like having permission to indulge in your favourite things. What does it for you: – creating order out of chaos, feeling the wind in your face on a motorbike ride, the complete satisfaction and control of cross- stitch or hiding out in a tree house where no-one can find you. Maybe its finding … Continue reading Le Book Du Jour
…because… …although I love painting animals and this year alone I have painted some beautiful dogs the whole painting portraits for others is something I will be curtailing as of tomorrow. Now is the time for me to paint for myself. So many projects and dreams are sitting up there on my “one day” shelf. People with strange hair and the streets and parking lots … Continue reading Why I am only painting for myself in 2012…