This week I’ve had two lovely things happen. My range of Alison’s Ark watercolour cards that are under license with Museums & Galleries Collection are now in 2018 calendar form! I am delighted to know that they are going to be sold UK-wide at W H Smiths and other outlets. 2. A batch of 20 hand drawn ink dog cards that I did have been … Continue reading A Few Bits of Lovely News
You can find beauty in any ordinary everyday subjects such as a cup of tea, a folded magazine, a few humble garlic bulbs by just giving them your deep loving attention. Attending slowly as you draw and paint even commonplace items means they start to be imbued with some magical essence that cannot be bought at any art store – that magical substance is … Continue reading Enhancing any experience with attention
OVERWHELMED BY POSSIBILITIES As an artist it is overwhelming sometimes. I am interested in expressing so many subjects in so many styles and in so many moods. At times I flit between subjects never really going as deep as I would like. I feel I am surface – not able to commit to anything. This creates stress in me as I wish I could focus … Continue reading Creators – What are your deep loves?
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
Spent a fruitful (or should that be vegful!) morning this morning sketching vegetables from life in pencil. I have a gorgeous Technalo 3B pencil by Caran d’Ache which is velvety yet delicate and gives a superb and sensitive line. As I am preparing to submit some vegetable artwork to a magazine I wanted to really get to know my way around these vegetables so I … Continue reading Simply Sketching – Vegetables From Life
Who cannot smile when they see a cute piglet frolicking around in straw or a large sow wallowing in mud on a sunny day? Yesterday I visited Warren Mill Farm near Pendoylan just outside Cardiff for the fun of spending time petting some farm animals. These are some of the shots I took with a view to painting them at some point. I was … Continue reading Painting pigs
Having painted in watercolour for over 25 years I realised the value of a good sound drawing – but I could never have imagined the delights and enlightened teaching that awaited me when I enrolled by telephone for the Summer Term 2016 at the Welsh Academy of Art. I had decided that I needed some serious educational input into my art in order to eventually … Continue reading Sight Size Approach to Drawing – All in a Term’s Work at the Welsh Academy of Art
I love goats – they are so cheeky and cute. For an upcoming workshop I needed to find a really good subject and found a fab image on a stock ref image website to buy. I wanted to get the feel of his face and so did a lot of sketches this morning to try him out from all angles. I did a pure/blind … Continue reading Sketching Goats
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?
Had a little try out of my camcorder today in the studio after a long absence! Here are two short videos – one on drawing a rabbit in pencil and one on the first stages of painting him in watercolour! Continue reading Watercolour Bunny Tutorial Video