I think most artists have heard of the sketchbook project. I have always wanted to take part but I know that to commit so much time would be very difficult for me. My days are always packed with a variety of things and even when full-time work ends shortly, I still seem to have lots of ongoing projects already. These are the ones that I know about
However, I do love the idea of an art exchange and this one is a 4 by 6 inch piece to be sent to the Brooklyn Art House by 31 March. So, I went ahead and signed up…work is completed and now I just need to post it. Here is my piece and some time in the future I look forward to receiving mail with art in it!
With it being an international swap, I deliberately chose a very English subject. This is a small wood white butterfly on a bluebell taken from a photo in the Wyre Forest last year. If you too wish to join in, the link is here.
Continuing in this theme, I have also used a photo from a couple of years back when we had an influx of Painted Lady butterflies. This one was on an a lovely bunch of Wild Scabious which is quite prolific on an old disused runway.
Meanwhile, it will be back to coloured pencils/pastels for a little while for my next commission.
Outside, we are having a spate of typically Spring weather. So far this week we have had snow, rain, wind, sun and the temperatures have swung wildly. But, the blossom on the trees and the bursting buds tells me Spring is near!
Posted by Chrissy Marie on March 8, 2012
I seem to only ever choose flowers as subjects in the Spring. I think it is seeing the first blooms that inspires me to commit them to paper, sometimes with more success than others. When I decide on a subject, I often take a look at various tutorials and also some of my own reference books if I haven’t covered the subject previously. I no longer follow them properly because I like to paint in my own style but, I do find some of the tips invaluable. I also find that nowadays the first effort might not be what I set out to achieve but, rather than bin it, I look to see what is was that marred the effect. This year because I have so many reference photo’s I really wanted to have a go at snowdrops. I painted the first effort with a springlike feel but it didn’t work out too well. One of the problems I had was that I used photo references which had various stages of bud opening. I painted one that was very widely open and it screamed off the page as not being right.
So I learnt from this and decided whilst one or two unopened buds are ok, for art, there really does need to be a measure of consistency. I also found that with the pure white colour, spring colours were almost dull. So, I added a little drama!
One of the tutorials I read, stated that you should picture the subject in the environment, naturally in the wind and elements with movement. This statement really grabbed me. For once rather than painting vases of flowers, I was painting my own photo’s but in my mind I could see them outside…..
Perhaps, because I am more of an outdoors person, I have really loved painting flowers in their natural state much more than any still life could ever inspire me to do.
Incidentally, the inspiration in the first place was to paint a few daffodils as a card for a friend. This also went a little pear shaped as I am not so good at working small any more. However, knowing this I chopped a piece of paper down to A4.
Yes, I filled the A4 piece of paper. Now, I have big cards but not that big….so I had to go for round two. This time, I decided to cut the paper to the card size…
I got there in the end! meanwhile, I confess I am off on one. It has been a while since I followed my own whims and completed work for the heck of it! I am having fun
Posted by Chrissy Marie on March 1, 2012
Shortly before Christmas I was asked to undertake a commission as a retirement gift. It was a bit of a breakaway for me, I don’t do buildings very often. However, I got to take my own reference photo’s and I did enjoy doing it. I find watercolour very different to working with coloured pencils or pastels. I really do need to concentrate quite hard and distractions irritate me no end!
This means that currently I don’t work with them too often as I am too tired for the level of concentration required after a full days work. Hopefully, I may get to do some more when I finish work because I do enjoy painting if I am in that frame of mind.
I did receive a lovely letter of thanks from the recipient which I really appreciated. I shall file it away in my portfolio, I like to keep those little bits and pieces as a record of some of the projects undertaken. Meanwhile, I am back to painting flowers, they are not my normal subject either!
Posted by Chrissy Marie on February 23, 2012
As it is so cold and the sun is very weak in the sky, here are some images of summer in watercolour:
This was a tutorial bases on the sparkling seas down in Cornwall
watercolour of the stream outside the Horshoes Inn, Ratlinghope, Shropshire
Posted by Chrissy Marie on February 1, 2010
Posted by Chrissy Marie on December 29, 2009