Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Painting in all weathers...even in Venice!

Showerws dont put us off....I showed the group how to balance painting with cover, umbrella and coffee today - they are getting the hang of it!!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Venice in the thunder and rain!

There's nowhere better to paint in a thunderstorm than under arches by acanalside in Venice....teaching my group this week to be resilient and not let a bit of rain put them off! Delicious subjects to paint!!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Preliminary sketches

Here are a couple of typical 'workouts' for a commission I will be doing soon. I do these in soluble pen first to sketch the composition and experiment with formats ie portrait, landscape, squeare etc, then dissolve the line with w/colours and play around with exaggerated and imaginative colourschemes. It's a low risk factor - it's only a sketch so more room to be creative, take chances and 'what if's'! Then select the best ( in this case the client will choose thorugh I already know which one I like best!) and do the painting in the agreed size, medium this space for the decision and the finished article...

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Travels-without pastels!!

Well my fingers are twitchy for pastels as I am just back from our Tuscan Dream alias daughter's wedding, and feel so desperate to paint some Tuscan scenes now instead of Glencoe and Skye! So spent the day carefully going through my sketchbook and sorting out a few new painting subjects for new this space....I LOVE Tuscany!!!