Style 3 – Tilda

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Similar to an illustrative style, these pieces are outlined and accented in pen, within controlled compositions of nature. I want them to feel relaxed, simple and almost childlike.

It’s taking some practice, and I don’t feel I’m quite there yet to produce the quality I’m aiming for in this style, but I hope it will be worth it when I get there. Your thoughts? Too simple?

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Wendy’s Wonderful Garden

My good friend Wendy runs a great blog, which you can find here, documenting her gardening and growing flowers from seed. She has kindly let me use the pictures on her blog for inspiration for this piece, which has been really fun to make. I hope you like it, Wendy!

I wanted to grasp the feeling of keeping a garden and how you feel when you’re there; the comfortable and serene space that comes through in Wendy’s blog and photos. The round freehand, water-blob shape I felt would signify the connection to nature and life gardeners enjoy. I think it created the enveloping world a hobby can be. I also wanted a balance of wilderness and the cultivated nature, completely using only elements from Wendy’s garden.

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I hope you like it. Now go check out Wendy’s lovely blog, then go outside!

Painting: Wet-on-wet

I’ve not had the easiest week, and definitely not the best for writing, but in terms of painting I’ve had some fun experimenting so I thought I’d share that with you.

I’ve been enjoying playing with wet-on-wet techniques and then going in on the dry layer with a fairly dry, heavily pigmented brush. The results had varying levels of success! I’m wondering what you guys with think of them.

 

Seascene.jpg

This sea scene was all wet work for the sky, water,landscaping and then I went back through with a drier brush for the details on the posts and the layers of grasses, trying to get the sense of depth. How do you think I did? I know there’s a lot I can do by way of precision and realism, but I like the wild feel it has, like it’s windy and damp.

It’s quite a lot of fun to do this technique, pulling the pigment around on the paper, it’s fast, and you don’t know quite how it’s going to turn out until the end. It’s great for practising.

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And I painted this yesterday after meeting a ladybird on my way home from Morrisons.. I’m quite happy with the two little bits of shine, one on the lady, and one on the bottom of the green leaf. In future I’m going to prepare my palette and colours ahead of time, so the colours are closer in relation to each other, I think that would achieve better cohesion.

I’m still playing with ideas around the style I showed you last week (the pears and oranges), so watch this space. I know this posts more naturalistic approach isn’t my forté  but I think it’s worth working on. I sometimes like to take the same subject and reproduce it in many ways, so I still might do that with the leaves.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and find something fun you can do.