Posts Tagged ‘colour’

Not so long ago I had the time and opportunity to get out and take some photographs, it’s been a while but I love the activity and grounding nature, not to mention the amazing amount of inspiration I gather from the natural world…

I find the colours and shapes of the cycles in nature so interesting and beautiful, so much so that the muted colours of this time of year have been playing into some of my journal practice at the end of the day in simple ways, such as with this colour swatch below:

Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook 3

There is just something about such simplicity that I really enjoy and hope to incorporate more of into my studio practice.


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“I can never adequately express the warmth and joy I find in the rays of the sun.”

Ray Of Sunshine is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 5 x 7 x 0.7 inches with unpainted white edges and is full of colour and texture. Playing with modelling paste and cool greens pops of colour began to show themselves on the canvas. Even in print the heavy areas of texture can be seen. It became an abstract take on the sun’s rays, reaching out and encompassing everything they touch in bubbles of warmth and light. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

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This latest batch of experiments were of the ‘I hate how these are going but I want to finish them’ variety. Layers upon layers of pure colours, built up to create similar compositions, one more balanced and the others focusing on each primary colour. They turned out better than I expected in the end and there are things I do like about them, but I think it’s pretty safe to say I’m glad this set of experiments are over. They are all part of the learning curve of exploration, however, and for that I am grateful:

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Three experiments with watercolours on watercolour paper. The pure coloured paint was added in thin transparent layers allowing each to dry in the first two, while the third was worked on slightly damp paper, to build up interesting marks, textures and colour combinations. It always amazes me how one medium can be used to create so many different effects.

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Playing with colour, composition and contours (or lack thereof):


Incomplete watercolour experiment on watercolour paper; first layer, contours in ink to be added tomorrow.


Felt pen blocks on drawing paper in a freeform, haphazard composition without added contours.


Large block shapes on A2 paper painted and blended with a large soft brush to eliminate all contours and obvious shape edges.

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I dislike drawing and painting portraits. I have always avoided them save for in my art journal where I didn’t have to share them. I never felt like I found my own style with them and I discovered very early on that I was easily put off by wanting things to look perfect and realistic when the rest of my art is bold, colourful and a mix of abstraction and expressionism.

For this portrait prompt I took my acrylic paints into the garden. I had no plan I just started piecing together lines and blocks of colour. I let her surface on her own, she isn’t of anyone, she just is.

It was challenging, not only because of my general dislike of painting portraits but also because the sketchbook page was fairly small and I think that it would have been interesting to develop on a larger scale where I could add more colour, more bold brush strokes and more movement in the way I painted it. It did, however, make me rethink my approach to portraits and how to let my natural style flow into them rather than trying to force it to be something else.

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art challenge week 3

For this week’s prompt I drew the warped and hazy reflections in a spoon. While I was drawing the blocks of shapes I kept wondering ‘what if?’ What if the light that hits the edge of the spoon is more prominent? What if the shapes are colourful? What if it were flat not rounded? What if the shapes were outlined to pop more? What if?

All the what if’s created this image. It has a lot more blocks and angles in it than I usually create but I do like how it works with the black background and the white halo around the shapes. I find how my reflection from in the spoon came out really interesting too, it’s one of the few parts that is naturally made up of rounded shapes. All of the others are near the edges and interestingly came from the curve of the spoon itself not the other objects being reflected.

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