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A little paint play to get the creative mind working again and use up excess paint so it doesn’t go to waste. I’m not sure where the obsession with circles and ovals has come from lately but it appears it will be here for a while yet…

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More travel journal play from my pocket Moleskine and A5 journal.

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It’s a wonderful feeling to completely fill a journal, particularly one that you started back in 2013. These are the last few pages of abstract play:

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Having spent so long lately using my travel journals and art kit it’s been a while since I really played in my studio journals/sketchbooks. I’ve been making a concerted effort to fill all of my started books including my dedicated studio ones.

When I paint I’ve been adding media to these pages to both use up existing paint so it doesn’t go to waste and create some interesting experiments in mark making, shape, colour and composition:

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A little more experimental stuff in my pocket Moleskine journal which is fast becoming a playground for abstract watercolour and ink pages. I absolutely adore working in it; the size and paper quality is just perfect for me which goes a long way to getting me picking it up again and again to keep playing in it.

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I have a strange kind of love/hate affair with branded sketchbooks. I really enjoy creating my own journals and sketchbooks but I usually have one branded sketchbook on the go at once and it is, more often than not, a Moleskine because I love the paper and feel of the books. Of late my mini (pocket sized) Moleskine sketchbook has been a watercolour playground where I can really let loose with colour and ink to see what comes of it as well as keeping me creating outside of my ‘studio time’. This book has really helped to reignite my passion for watercolours and different techniques and effects that can be created with them to translate in the future into new full paintings.

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the art challenge week 20This page is based very loosely on a photograph I took on Glastonbury Tor several years ago. It’s a photograph that I love for many reasons, not just because of the memories it reminds me of but of the things that interest me spiritually and artistically. Negative space is a big part of that. I like to simplify and play with strong shapes.

It’s a simple wash of watercolour with a thick layer of acrylic paint to show the structure of the doorway. The Tor itself isn’t really that big of a structure but it is prominent up on the hill overlooking the town making. You can really be nowhere other than Glastonbury when you see it.

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