Well, a lot has changed since my last blog post when I was busy teaching regularly and travelling to London once a week to study oil painting. It all changed over the past week or so and all my groups and teaching have now been cancelled, along with the course.
But we are built to adapt, and adapt I shall, as we all have to. I feel lucky that I know how mindful, therapeutic and relaxing art can be. You can get lost in the moment whilst you create and the world’s worries disappear from your mind. You can let your thoughts and worries go into your work, or be completely distracted by what you are doing, of course all the time building new skills.
There are hundreds of art groups, lessons and challenges springing up on the internet to get your creativity going, for a start off try the Isolation Art Challenge Facebook group
My first video tutorial
I’ve been very busy learning how to make a video tutorial. It’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for ages and five days of trying has produced ten minutes of video!
For my first attempt, I’m teaching how to use watercolour wet-on-wet, which I believe is the key to understanding how watercolour works, and I hope it kick-starts you if you’ve been stuck. No excuses, I’m sure you’ve got time on your hands!
Watch ‘Painting watercolour wet-on-wet with Kristin Rawcliffe‘ and let me know what you think and if you have any requests for more tutorials.
I’ve been thinking about ways I can still continue to teach anyone who wants to learn, and I’m happy to teach via email or Skype (or equivalent). I can give critiques, or set homework or advise on technique.
I teach portraiture, basic drawing, watercolour, acrylic, oil painting and pastel.
I recently finished a very special commission, and I had some wonderful feedback. My main aim of this painting was to capture a sense of light and I prepared the canvas very carefully to make sure I was able to do this. The painting is 50cm x 50cm and painted in oil glazes.
I have lots of time on my hands and I’m open for commissions now, so get in touch if there is someone special you’d like to capture in paint.
Apart from that, I’ve been continuing to prepare canvases for lots of paintings, I had been preparing for Open Studios and was hoping to paint some bright acrylic celebrity paintings and I think I still will as they’re super cheerful and fun to paint.
I’ll continue with some oil portraits too, and drawing, and attempt some of the various art challenges online.
I’ve had a prompt of ‘Alone together’ for a big painting to mark this strange time, and I’ve got my thinking cap on as I’d really like to produce something for this.
Anyway, take care and I’ll leave you with a painting I did for both my art group theme night and a painting challenge on Instagram #fortesqchallenge . This is simultaneously my ‘something pink’ and ‘rocks’. Cheers!