Relax, Have Fun Painting

Do you find when you get your drawing and painting supplies out, you then start to tense up? Do you notice that the more you fiddle, struggle and try to ‘get it just right’ – the more work it needs?! Relax.   Surround yourself with serene calming subjects and scenes.   Avoid clutter and overload,Continue reading “Relax, Have Fun Painting”

6 Reasons I Like Monochromes

The Power of the Monochromatic palette is amazing.  What impact can be had with one colour!   Photographs, Oils, Acrylics, Inks, Watercolours – monochromes are relevant, contemporary and beautiful. The freedom exploring the full range of tonal nuances is too often ignored with our  preoccupation with colour.   Monochrome: mono  (one)    chrome  (colour) AContinue reading “6 Reasons I Like Monochromes”

Depth: Shallow

  Photo taken late afternoon with Canon 600d,  Canon 5omm f1.8  ISO 200    1/640   (f3.5  chosen for shallow depth of field and  soft blurred background)   This post is perhaps a wee bit on the short side and   a bit  …..  “shallow”     after my last two lengthy  and  information packedContinue reading “Depth: Shallow”

How To Self “Critique” Your Paintings

How do I fix my paintings?  How can I tell what needs to be fixed? How do I critique my work?  A phrase I prefer over self critique is self assessment, a much more positive and hopeful turn of phrase. I also prefer the term ‘not yet resolved’ over the dismal, its a ‘failure’.  Continue reading “How To Self “Critique” Your Paintings”

Beginner Artists- Words of Encouragement

Those who create art, even as beginners:   you are artists. By virtue of the simple fact  that you have pursued your interest far enough to join an art course, you’ve purchased art materials, and you have begun creating.   You    –   are an artist – for you are creating art.    This  isContinue reading “Beginner Artists- Words of Encouragement”

What to paint? Day 2

What to paint?!   Ideas can be garnered from a simple roll of masking tape.  Yesterday’s post I mentioned using circles, flowers,  even  a roll of tape for painting ideas.       masking tape – an inspiring and creative tool just  Imagine  how it could be used in your designs think outside the box,Continue reading “What to paint? Day 2”