Friday, 30 November 2007
Don't be confused. There are two Wendys. Me and Other Wendy.
So I drew them. I haven't drawn flowers for a long time. I used to paint flowers a lot, before I went to art school. I painted them because they are beautiful. You can see some of them on my old website on this page. At art school they have a down on flowers - they prefer art to be innovative. Sussie said, what's wrong with art being beautiful'. I agree.
I'm not going back to painting flowers. I've learnt to look around me and find beauty in a lot of other things since then, but I do think that to decide flowers are 'uncool' and turn your back on them as a subject for painting is just being pretentious.
Monday, 26 November 2007
Thursday, 22 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I decided to continue with the theme of drawing in one colour only. I bought this red chilli to make a curry, and I thought I'd better draw it before I chopped it up. I found a piece of red paper to sit it on.
I am using a normal cartridge paper visual diary, so it only takes so much media before it gives up. I was using watercolour pencils, and I would have liked to put more colour on, so instead, I wet it with my Japanese brush with the water well in the handle. I also sprayed it with workable fixative, but it still won't allow me to put more pigment on the page. I hope to finish this book by Christmas and then I will have a Stonehenge visual diary.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
The drawing is not wonderful and the watercolour looks too played-about-with, but I was concentrating on getting the tonal values right. The brightest part of the scene was the tin roof.
The house I painted is 'across the paddock'. Although I'm only 4km from the absolute centre of Sydney, there's been an empty block there for years. The house that was there burnt down long before I came to live here in 1984.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
This is the little book we did some extra skills for, during the Star Tunnel Book class. The students were so quick that we needed something else to do. We did another, more accurate way of making a concertina, and we each made a pop-up panel. Now they should be able to go home and make their own version of this book.
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Last night in the class I was teaching at Artwise we finished our Star Tunnel books. They looked fabulous in all the gorgeous colours the students had chosen.
We even finished early enough to learn some more skills to make another version of this structure, and the students were given another pattern so that they can make it at home.
Friday, 9 November 2007
The idea to draw something white came from the wetcanvas 'Artwork from Life' forum's Scavenger Hunt. I find it fascinating how much colour you can put in an object and still have it 'read' as white.
Watercolour pencils, no water.
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Sunday, 4 November 2007
Saturday, 3 November 2007
- Primary Red
- Primary Blue
- Primary Yellow
This is what I've used to paint this little 'watercolour'. It was on a Montval watercolour pad 4" x 6", but I've cut it down, because I wished I'd zoomed in more. Chillies, red curry paste, and baby green peppercorms - something hot.
Matisse acrylics can be bought in the USA through Jerry's Artarama, though I doubt if they have the new colours yet. The press release only came out two days ago in Australia. There are several new transparent colours and they are just AMAZING for glazing.
Matisse acrylic paints & Micron Pen.
Thursday, 1 November 2007
I don't consider myself a watercolour artist. In my new book "Art Escapes," the author uses three colours only - the 'primary triad.' I used this triad to paint this small watercolour this morning. The colours work well together I think, so I will buy the 'sun triad' next.
This was prompted by an online challenge to draw my herbs & spices. Please note, although it is not quite a faithful realistic reproduction of what I saw, I did draw the weeds.
Primary triad watercolours & Rotring pen.