Sunday, 19 March 2017

VISITORS

I've been off-line for several weeks, getting ready for and entertaining the best visitors, Lavinia (left) and Ethel (right), and my sister who came along with them.




Lavinia and Ethel had a ball with the resident teddies - all-night parties (every night) and all-day festivities too.

Between the jaunts out and about, my sister crocheted these pretty sheep (you can find the pattern  here)




while I caught up with my sock knitting.
The second sock will have the colours reversed, i.e. the rib, heel and toe will be purple and the body lime.





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Here is the last of the pages from my little inchie book.



A vintage flower





Washi tape on the left and a simple watercolour flower on the right.





The custodian of the tower.





A colourful passer-by.




While I was pleased with other pages. this is one spread which I think was vastly improved by photo-edited colour changes.  I especially liked how the black background was changed into soft lilacs.  
Both sides could make a good greetings card.


Do you agree?



And finally here is Douglas again, showing his favourite mug and an inchie page with a little leaf.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

A BIRD HAS A DAY OUT

At Susi's monthly challenge "Art Journal Journey"Yvonne is asking us to make artwork on the theme "Out and About".

Another challenge I have followed with interest but never entered till now is a wonderful pattern challenge at "Müllerin Art" where Michaela is asking us to make patterns with Spring Flowers.

This is how I started using a very old version of Windows Paint and the mouse to paint the picture.
The free Web photo-editor Tuxpi created the frame.


A bird visits a Spring tulip.




Lots of birds playing in the pink sky, making a patterned star.




The bird found more Spring Flowers but he still likes the tulip best.  He loves to be "Out and About" in the Spring.




Two birds playing.




These bird ghosts emerged from the painting after many hours with photo-editing, swirling and kaleidoscoping.




The bird ghosts wanted to do some formation flying with their friends.





I hope you enjoyed the original paintings and the patterns from them.

Do have a look at these two challenges where you will find lots of wonderful paintings and patterns.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

PAINTING LARGE AND SMALL

"Try it on Tuesday" is asking us to "Get Messy" and
"Moo-Mania" is asking us to "Paint something by hand". 

To achieve the hat-trick (three goals in one event by the same player) I am adding to my "100 days of garden abstracts" self-challenge.


I painted this with watercolours, (22 x 14 inches, 56 x 36 cms) and ......



...... yes!  I agree with you!  It's fairly dire.
Normally it would go straight in the fire but people have suggested I don't do that.

So I gave it a good old battering with Photoshop and got three rather nice card designs out of it.



THE BLUE FERN



THE MARIGOLD



CHAOS IN THE FLOWER BED



I can never have enough cards so I'm pretty pleased with these. 

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Here are a few more pages from the inchie book shown in the previous two posts.  Each page is one inch square.


A LADY HAS A LITTLE REST BESIDE A TREE



A VASE OF PINK FLOWERS



DOUGLAS WITH A PAGE OF WASHI TAPE (RIGHT) 
AND A PAGE OF PATTERNS (LEFT)


As you know, Douglas is very fond of flowers.


I hope you enjoyed your visit.
See you again soon!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

THE RABBIT AND THE SHEEP

I was painting some Fantasy Flowers for an exhibition and had some pretty colours left over so I painted a messy page to use them up.  Splish splosh.

Fortuitously, the next day, "Try it on Tuesday" asked us to "Get messy".

I sometimes say "the pens did it" but in this case the paints certainly did it.
I didn't notice the rabbit or sheep until the paper had dried and it only need a few strokes of the white, blue and pink pens to highlight them.




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Here are three more pages from the inchie book I showed in the previous post.  Each page is an inch square. 


This is one of Douglas's favourite pages.
Douglas likes flowers.



Some jewellery advice from Douglas.
Douglas knows about these things.



The Castle and the aeroplane.





Happy painting!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A VERY SMALL BOOK

You know how normally you are making art and you are enjoying it and then other times you are so obsessed with what you are making that you want to make it all the time till it is finished, no matter what other tasks are calling your name?

This is what happened when my Real-life friend J. made me a handmade book with forty-two pages, each page measuring an inch square.  I couldn't stop painting until it was finished.




The opening pages - Welcome.




This was the first page painted.  I was pretty excited by the book right from the start.




The whole book could have been on a single theme but there were too many ideas clamouring for attention.


A little bird is having a lie-down.




Many of the pages would not lie flat for photographing, so Douglas volunteered to help.




This was the first painted two-page spread.




On individual pages the two opposing pages were co-ordinated.  There's a little piece of washi tape here.




A strange land. 





I had the most amazing fun with this little book.
I'll show you more pages another time.


When I was at art college they were always trying to "persuade" us to make large pieces, but I always ended up with small art.
Do you have a kind of art you always go back to, even if you experiment and try new things?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

GO WITH THE FLOWER

Hello everyone.

Thanks for playing along with the stories in my two previous blogposts.  It was fascinating to read what you saw in my paintings, and you had great story ideas.


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I've been in Entertaining-Visitors Land for the past week or so.
No paints, no crayons, no glue, no blog visiting, no computers.

When we have house guests, we go with the flow, the flow of what the guests would like to do.
And I thought, what if after the visitors leave, when we stop going with the flow, we go with the flower instead?


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This was painted with watercolours and watercolour pens.
I rather like the simplicity of it.






And because I had been artistically deprived for so long, I wanted to use every colour in the box.
This one was painted with watercolours and oil pastels.






I wonder which one you prefer?


Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Erika is asking us to "Tell a story".