Watercolour Outback Landscape

Bold colours and tones give this watercolour outback landscape the  impact and drama I was aiming for.  The spacial flattening out helped, in this case,  to create the desired atmosphere and vertical sensation.   My good friend Jan Vincent, an artist as well,  had taken me on a great driving tour of the surrounding hillsContinue reading “Watercolour Outback Landscape”

From the Artist’s Studio

I find on occasion, myself in a quandary of what to do once I’m finally in the studio with time to paint.  I might have to then look around the studio for some ideas, inspiration, anything that sparks an interest. It could be ‘just playing’ with paint in a glass vase. It could be a full sheetContinue reading “From the Artist’s Studio”

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”

Inspired by Orchids- Watercolours and Photographs

This morning’s sunlight on the white satin orchids and the fuchsia pink was just too tempting to resist. A few nice photos captured the morning light before it vanished!  Later this afternoon the watercolour paints will come out and we’ll be using the cool orchid palette as springboards to our day’s paintings at  Atwell GalleryContinue reading “Inspired by Orchids- Watercolours and Photographs”

Depth in Greens

Creating the illusion of depth on a flat surface can be challenging for beginners at first, Especially in greens. But with some simple tips and regular practice, it does get easier in just a few weeks! In the photographs I’ve taken, they show various aspects of depth in greens. Have a look at each, tryContinue reading “Depth in Greens”

5 Techniques To Create Texture in Watercolours

The 5 watercolour techniques I enjoy using to create texture in my paintings: Dry brush, splatter, plastic wrap, moulding paste and granulating pigments on a rough surface paper. Terracotta Pot mainly is created from French Ultramarine with Burnt Sienna applied wet onto a very Rough surfaced paper to get the dimpling textural effect. French UltramarineContinue reading “5 Techniques To Create Texture in Watercolours”

Watercolour with a Twist

Watercolour is a great medium to splash around with and have fun trying new techniques out! This is a spin off of some of my acrylic approaches using a gessoed masonite board, then applying molding paste with a palette knife. I let this dry completely. Once this was dry, I splashed on  Watercolours –  indanthrone, quinacridoneContinue reading “Watercolour with a Twist”

Evocative Texture II

Colour, Tone and Texture play important roles in my art making processes. I want my Art to evoke a heartfelt response both within myself and the viewer. Using texture, tone and colour seem to work best for me to achieve that. Choosing subjects that are personal, those that I love and wish to tell aContinue reading “Evocative Texture II”

Resolving An Old Painting

A few weeks ago I posted  Good News about Epic Art Failures filled with several exuberant images that were not yet resolved. I had a bit of a think and reassessed the mountain created with watercolours using a palette knife.   I determined that the perimeters needed quite a bit of softening, which was done veryContinue reading “Resolving An Old Painting”