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It had to be a rainbow feather ~ watercolour pencils and pen quick sketch.


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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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the art challenge week 21 landscape

I was working with silhouettes again. It started as trees on the horizon line during sunset but the trees went wrong and I decided a tower would be better. It then morphed into something that made me think of war with a graveyard/burial site. Not the best picture but that’s my own fault for leaving the photography so late and having to use artificial light.

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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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A quick ink, watercolour and gouache play around sketch for the at challenge this week. One of the twisty trees from down the end of the garden.

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This is actually a section of the full page I did after deciding I wanted to try leaf printing with my acrylic inks. It was… interesting, this was the best print to come out of it. The page had a backing of greens yellows and blues like last week’s butterfly prompt as I covered both pages at once. I chose Magenta ink as a contrast on the leaf and printed it over the whole page. I love the effect that this particular print has had, the mix of colours and how the inks have reacted with the page.

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IMG_0485 I decided that, for my butterfly picture, I wanted to take the colour, markings and ‘beauty’ out of the butterfly and just work with the basic silhouetted outline.

Acryllic inks and paint went down in layers in my journal, too much water on the page meant that I pressed the two open pages together creating a symmetrical butterfly in and of itself over the double spread though only one was going to be used for this prompt.

I had a butterfly stencil that I then used with black ink to ‘print’ the image. It was an interesting play around. I did something similar a while back in a different art journal but in white using a raised modelling paste, black though just seemed so dark and different when we are so used to seeing beautiful butterflies in all manner of different sizes and colours.

I think they work better on the lighter colours. I had been tempted to leave it at just the first one in the top left corner when I did it but I did wonder how they would look over the deeper colours further down so I kept adding them.

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