Today whilst I walked my Jack Russell Tilly up the local recreation fields I had a bit of folded paper and pencil to hand. This is due to the fact that I always think of something good (or at least I hope it will be) to do with art, teaching or writing whilst doing the daily rounds of the grassy playing fields. The fields are … Continue reading Wandering in Nature with Pencil and Paper
…and turnips and other earthy things like wheelbarrows. It is really hard sometimes to set aside time to just totally play isn’t it? As soon as I think I can get down to just doodling and using different media in unusual ways to get my creativity going I realise that I have x,y,z task that MUST be done. Above are some let loose … Continue reading Know Your Onions
For a stunning original dog portrait for the dog lover contact Alison Fennell, Welsh animal artist today!
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I love Hay on Wye – such a colourful old, market town full of winding narrow streets and shops filled with books, gorgeous ethnic clothing and beautiful things for the home. The pubs are traditional and welcoming with real fires which my friend Anne and I were very glad of on this cold and wintry day! We just fancied a day out and I planned … Continue reading Feeling Festive in Hay on Wye
If you are feeling Christmassy and want to paint a Christmas wreath then please have a go at this demo. It includes the old favourites of shiny and spiky holly leaves interwoven with the stark simplicity of mistletoe and punctuated with the star of the show – poinsettia. I used Arches hot pressed 90lb watercolour paper – unstretched – I just painted right onto it. … Continue reading How to paint a Christmas Wreath – Watercolour demo
Today was a day for cracking on with my Christmas wreath (see blog post here) and tidying up some loose ends. The hare that I started a month ago (see earlier post here – https://eastwitching.com/2013/10/20/nocturn/) was finally brought out o my to do box and finished. I could see more clearly today how it should look. Sometimes you have to leave a painting to gestate … Continue reading Nocturn – finally completed!
As I will be doing a frog watercolour demo at Pentyrch Art Society on Monday I thought I’d better get some practice in! I drew some sketches from lovely images I bought from istock. As a reminder I also dug out this frog I painted a year or so ago to see how I tackled him. I notice now that in fact his legs are … Continue reading Some Frog Sketches
How about a ravishing red poppy to send off the fabulous British summer we have had? I used Arches hot pressed 90lbs paper (unstretched) and Cadmium Scarlet, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, and Winsor Blue to paint this simple poppy. Double click on the images to bring them up nice and big. Here is the outline if you want to use it – or use … Continue reading Summer’s Final Flame
Over the weekend I was spoiled rotten by two friends Greg and Alex at their fab barn conversion home in the countryside outside Bath. I haven’t seen them for over 10 years but none of us had changed much so we just hooked up from where we left off! We ate gorgeous meals prepared by Alex and spent time walking the dogs Sophie and Charlie … Continue reading A weekend away
I know this is a little late as the poem is about Springtime in England but there again our seasons are all a bit behind. Whilst visiting Hampton Court Castle Gardens near Hereford back in June my friend Anne and I were treated to a river walk around the stately home with its atmospheric Victorian greenhouses. It was graced by Maytrees in full fluttery white … Continue reading Oh to be in England!