I hope you are well. I’m getting used to our new normal bit by bit, though I find it’s hard to really relax into a routine.
I must say I’ve been enjoying slowing down and watching Spring spring up…walks are precious, planting seeds gives something to really look forward to and I’ve loved having more time to bake and cook from scratch.

Experimenting

I’ve decided experimenting is a good use of time, trying out techniques that I wouldn’t normally have time for and playing with ideas.

I am interested in movement and figures still, but I’m also interested in birds, so I’m trying to combine them, first with pencil sketches, then charcoal and watercolour, and finally charcoal and oil. I might do another charcoal and oil and then possibly a bigger piece in charcoal and oil.

Video tutorials

I’ve also been making videos, something I’ve been procrastinating about and putting off for waaay too long.

My second watercolour tutorial is up on YouTube, it’s aimed at beginners in watercolour and is about using watercolour wet-on-dry, with a bit of comparison to wet-on-wet, which I demonstrated in my first video. I hope you enjoy it, and if you have any requests for more tutorials let me know.

All the watercolouring inspired me to paint  a picture, this is a watercolour painting of a scene from my prescribed exercise daily walk on Blackbushe airfield in Yateley.

This painting was great fun for me, I don’t do enough landscape painting and I enjoyed exploring the marks I needed to make for the different textures of the vegetation.
This painting is for sale in my shop, along with some other local watercolour scenes.

I’ve got cracking on some acrylic lessons too and I just published an acrylic painting for beginners video, all about what materials to use an some basic exercises to start you off getting to know your materials.

 

Portraits

Having joined the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative on Instagram, I’ve done a couple of oil on paper portraits of NHS and key workers, as thank yous for what they do for us during this difficult time and I’m hoping to do more. If you’d like to nominate somebody for a portrait, let me know.

 

 

Paintings

There are so many art challenges and prompts out there for artists at the moment, it’s impossible to join in with everything but I’ve been taking part in Felicia Forte’s weekly quarantine challenge, it’s been nice to have a prompt to paint small, quick paintings, a good distraction. These are: egg, fire, chicken and socks. They’re all in oils on paper.

 

Discount in my shop

I’m offering 20% off all paintings for the month of April with the code LOVEART2020, have a look in my shop, and if there’s a painting you can’t see listed, give me a shout and I’ll let you know if it’s still available.

I hope you are all keeping well and safe, please let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to teach or paint. I should also say that I’m now teaching through Zoom, so if you’re in need of a bit of a steer with your painting, or some technical exercises, or just another eye over what you’ve done, let me know.

 

 

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