Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

I really needed to dive into this one this morning and the only thing I knew was that I needed to start blending lighter colour onto the backgrounds to add volume to the composition. Oddly, I started with some light colours (yellow) on the face vase and then added green to the flower stocks, followed … Continue reading Warped Two – Taking a Step Back to Consider…

Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow

In a nutshell, I used Payne's Grey to paint in the shadows and then the painting bug bit. So, I did a nice red wash with a matte and opaque red over the crimson background. I did the same with the green surface in the lower half of the painting. I used a few different … Continue reading Warped Two – Introducing The Shadow

Warped One – The first application of paint

Here I go... time to take a leap... To be honest I've been procrastinating a little on the start of this one. I've still got a little trepidation regarding watercolour paint. I've got all sorts of preconceived notions about the techniques needed to make it work well and I'm not sure I can do it. … Continue reading Warped One – The first application of paint

Fabrics – Colour Mapping Challenge – Part 3 – An Experiment In Yellow

Here you have them... all together in a nice pile... All the yellow variations I could achieve. I'll separate them and catalogue them, then reconfigure them into something hopefully beautiful... well... no, let's just go with that intention, shall we... Stay tuned and see what happens...

(Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

I'm approaching this one very differently. I've been wanting to paint with a pallet knife, so that's the first change. I also wanted to paint directly onto the canvas, without drawing first, so that's the second change. The big change is that I will be painting very thick layers of paint, from the background forward... … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – The Big Still-Life (a.k.a. 5th Still-life Project) – A New Approach

(Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

Following a very light and loose line drawing on the watercolour paper, I pick my large surface colours. It occurs to me that I've forgotten how I pick them and why I choose one over another... is it to approximate the colours of the model? Is it for some deeper aesthetic reason? I've stopped reflecting … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 5th Still-life Project – First Brushstrokes

(Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – First Steps

STEP 1: Ok, so I chose the composition of my items for the still-life. Then I played with placement of the lighting. Then I printed out a monochrome image, framing the composition in my minds-eye. Finally, I drew a rough and faint outline of the composition with a charcoal pencil... Step 1 Step 2: Choosing … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 4th Still-life Project: A Seven-Colour Challenge – First Steps

Local Colours – A Reflective Process – Hands-On Learning, Mistakes & All…

Science For Kids Is Soooo Cool!

Book Review: STEAM Kids - 50+ science/technology/engineering/art/math hands-on projects for kids by Anne Carey, Ana Dziengel, Amber Scardino, Chelsey Marashian, Danya Abraham, Erica Clark, Jamie Hand, Karyn Tripp, Leslie Manlapig, Malia Hallowell, & P.R. Newton If you can only dedicate one artsy lesson a week in your classroom, you got to have this book! The … Continue reading Science For Kids Is Soooo Cool!

A Whole New Way Of Experiencing The World

Book Recommendation & Review: How To Be An Explorer Of The World - Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith First off, Please, please, please get a copy (or ten) of this book right now!!! I simply can't image you regreting it! There is no spoon feeding here, it is a book dedicated to discovery, from … Continue reading A Whole New Way Of Experiencing The World