Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Over the next 2 months I shall be working on my entry or entries for the EAC over60's art exhibition. I had a picture accepted for the last exhibition and hopefully I can repeat the performance. I plan to do a graphite drawing and a couple of colour pencil paintings.
In 2010 I had hoped to make a start on using alkyd oil paint but only got as far as purchasing the necessary material and gessoing some wood panels to paint on.
Looks like 2011 could be a busy year....I hope.
Happy New Year
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Colour Pencil on Stonehenge Paper
3.5 inches x 2.5 inches
Have just completed this Artist Trading Card for Scribble Talk. Scribble Talk is an online forum for people who love to scribble, be it with graphite, coloured pencil or pastels ( or any other type of pen/pencil). Mostly people post their latest work to the site and receive comments and criticisms (always positive and helpful). A number of people also post WIPs (works in progress) to show how they completed their work. I have actually done one of these myself of the Temple at Side which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. It is actually a very effective way of making yourself get on with a piece if you know people are “watching”.
They also do an ATC swap about every 2 months. Everyone who wants to take part completes a drawing which has to measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. You post a picture of the card to the person organising the swap. After the closing date, the organiser sorts out who is going to receive which card and the results are posted to the forum. You then contact the person who is sending their card to you and give them your address….and a couple of days or weeks later (this is a worldwide thing so postal times can vary) an original art works comes through the post. The person who is to receive your card will contact you with their details and you post it off to them.
There are a number of sites which do such swaps but many of them either expect you to do a number of cards for each swap or run them on a weekly basis etc. One every 2 months is about right. Otherwise you could spend your whole time doing cards to the detriment of other great masterpieces you may or may not be creating!
I am off to Brownsea Island for a couple of days next week so look out for an extended Brownsea Blog.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Sunset over Cley Marsh. Pastel on mountboard 17" x 11"
Yesterday I attended another one of Penny Wilton's excellent workshops. Although I have tried some work with pastels I thought I would have a serious go at trying to achieve something in the medium.
I recently came across a web sight called Paint my Photograph http://paintmyphoto.ning.com/where photography and painting meets. Photographers can upload photos for artists to paint and artists upload their paintings for the photographers to see how their photo has been interpreted. Needles to say there is overlap with photographers who are also artists uploading to the sight. I have uploaded some of my own photos and have now uploaded my first painting using one of the photos someone else has uploaded.
The photo was of a view over Cley Marsh in Norfolk which I was instantly drawn to...I just thought it would be an ideal subject to interpret in pastel which I spent yesterday doing.
I am not given to doing landscapes, but I have to say I really enjoyed working on this one. It is done using a mixture of pastels and pastel pencils and is done on mountboard. To give the mountboard some tooth I first applied a layer of pumice gel which gave a slightly rough surface. I then applied a wash of burnt umber acrylic. Many pastel manuals suggest working on a darker backgrounf in much the same way as oil painters do so I thought I would give it a go and it seems to have worked. I think I will be doing more in the medium very soon.
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Coloured Pencil on anthracite Pastelmat
Sunday, 25 July 2010
On the coloured pencil front, I ave been scribbling away, practicing various techniques trying various pictures and consigning them to the bin. My latest piece, Pears and Grapes, escaped this fate and I decided to enter them into the Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe's Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington. Much to my surprise it was accepted. This has been a real boost and was partly why I decided to revive the blog.
I will try to post all my efforts with colour pencil (and oil) to show my progress.
This is my entry. It is done on off white Stonehenge paper using mainly Prismacolours and is 4" by 6".