The ramblings of an artist

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  1. I am really bad at keeping up this blog sorry!

    Since Christmas I have been feeling less than my usual self - and, therefore, uninspired to either write this blog or do much in the way of painting. Both these things are really bad for business and so imagine how relieved I was to start feeling a little better and actually want to paint!

    But it wasn't just the increase in sunshine and daylight hours that gave me the umph I needed, I also happened upon a series of skype interviews conducted by a fellow artist that starred professional painters from around the globe. What a brilliant idea! Each interview gives a little history of the artist and Kathryn asks some great questions and gets some great answers. Just listening to these artists has somehow made me feel like one again myself, so if you need some inspiration or would just like to sit back (each interview is about 30 mins) with a coffee and learn stuff then go to the website The Master Secrets Summit

    I'm a self-taught artist so I have to go looking for information and in one of these interviews the Munsell Colour theory was mentioned so I though I'd investigate. I couldn't find much information but I did find a basic colour wheel and have started using it in my works. The bit of Munsell's theory that I've picked up on is that the complimentary colours in a standard wheel you can buy are slightly out of kilter, Anyway, here are a couple of paintings roughly using my new-found knowledge:

    flowerscropsmall  pearscroppedsmall

    I am pleased with the way the colours seem to sit nicely with each other. I'm even more pleased with the fact that I want to paint daily now - these two were each painting in a day and are displayed on my Facebook Page and I also like to post them to twitter. I decided the pears will be my Mum's Mother's Day card as it's been done on watercolour paper, she usually gets flowers but hey she'll hopefully like it.

    Ok, I feel better for updating the blog, see you soon

  2. Earlier this year two of my best friends eloped to Canada to get married, no one knew until they posted a photo on Facebook and surprised and delighted us all!

    The wedding was beautifully photographed by the talented Sachin and Sean and Richard looked so happy it brought the biggest smile to my face.

    Another of their friend commissioned me to paint two small "portraits" and I was more than pleased to accept. The portraits were to be based on two of Sachin's photographs and show just the chest's with daffodil corsage. Here I have posted the step by step progress of the paintings through to conculsion.

    The boys receievd their gift this week and I'm so glad they approve as does Sachin on whose photos they were based

    Thank you Charmaine, Sachin and Sean and Richard for allowing me to be part of the wonderful celebrations!

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