Posts Tagged ‘play’

This set focuses on painting with other utensils than brushes to create different, interesting textures and marks. The first two were painted intuitively direct onto acrylic paper, in acrylic with a palette knife. The third (the purpley one) was painted in the same way using an old spoon and plastic fork rather than a palette knife:

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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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Fins And Feathers ~ Watercolour, gesso and ink on watercolour paper

When you let an image surface and do what it pleases you can never be sure what you will get. Is it fins or feathers? Maybe both and a hidden world of paths and pits.

This one will be up for sale soon on my website, either as it comes or framed.

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the art challenge week 12 cardboard box I had all these grand plans to draw a tattered old box in a growing forest, a forgotten piece of rubbish being reclaimed by nature as grass and fungi grew around it. As you can see that didn’t happen, but it doesn’t matter. Something happened and that’s what counts.

I drew one of our packing boxes from the move, minus the lettering on the outside, in black ink and tried to keep it sketchy with a little cross hatching and a light watercolour pencil wash over a more vibrant inktense background.

My calligraphy marker went AWOL on the watercolour paper but I wanted the words included because for me, I couldn’t decide what the box should be so I asked the question: ‘What will you be today?’ It may not look like much but it was a stark reminder of how we make things what they are through the power of our minds. The humble box can become, for a short while, anything that our imagination wants it to be and that is what creativity is all about.

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It occurred to me, while freezing my arse off in the cold wind and drawing a shell for last week’s art challenge prompt, that I have never drawn a fish outside of a little doodle or cartoon style when I was a child. I’m not sure why that is, thinking about it makes me nervous actually and that usually means I should at least give it a go once.

And so, even though I know I will probably regret it, this week’s challenge is to create an image of/with/inspired by fish.

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Are you looking out or looking in? What do you see? Something to enjoy or fear? Perhaps someone or something looking back at you?

Windows are interesting, just the perspective of whether or not a viewer is inside looking out or outside looking in says a lot in an image. They don’t even have to be a traditional window; some people say that the eyes are the window to the soul. What kind of window appeals to you and where does it take you?

This week’s prompt is to create an image on the topic of windows whatever that means to you. It doesn’t have to be profound, if nothing else take a look outside your closest window and record what you see.

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About the only thing I knew I wanted to do with the unfamiliar prompt was to play around with a medium that I didn’t use very often as opposed to a subject matter. This became tricky in itself because I have a lot of different materials in my studio that I use fairly frequently. I had a sort through everything and settled on oil pastels which I find myself using less than other medium in my regular art practice. Generally if I want to use oils I paint and if I want to use pastels I use chalk ones that I can smudge and get a large variation of marks with.

I played around with turpentine to loosen the pastels and create thin painterly effects as well as using them thicker to create texture and layering them pure on top of each other to blend colours which I think is one of my favourite uses for them, much as I do with paint I suppose.

I included a picture of the blank page next to it because I used it to clean my pastels and brushes. I do this a lot in my sketchbook and journals and it leaves me an interesting addition to incorporate as a layer in some way on the next prompt.

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