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I’m doing a stall at sunshine riding school’s Mayday fete – here are some little paintings I did for it..
Alcohol marker on cheap canvas
I habe been fascinated with the old ladies who remained near Chenobyl when everyone else left and lived these independent lives in the wilderness doing everything themselves. Looking at the source pictures their faces are so weathered and strong and determined, their bodies sturdy under no-nonsense dresses.
I suddenly had the urge to paint again after several months – I’m a bit rusty and can spot several flaws with this, but overall I like it!
Hello – I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much..
I have a new blog about my current obsession (permaculture) here:
If anyone would like to add me I’d be really grateful!
Here are some drawings I did over Christmas – hopefully I’ll do some more soon..
I was feeling creative yesterday – this started off as acrylic painted onto a canvas, with more detail added with inks.
This technique is working well for me – I love the textures you get with acrylic and the way you can almost mould it with a palette knife – but I struggle with control and subtlety as the cheap acrylics I can afford tend to clump and are too bright and plasticcy – it’s very had to get any sort of natural warmth from them.
Using inks on top of the acrylics (a mixture of windsor and newton and quink) is a good way to bring a bit more depth and detali in – you can of course use a really fine brush or dip pen with the inks, and they have a better quality of colour – less “new” looking.
I may have gone a bit overboard with the gold ink, but I wanted my elder god to look shiny!
This is a little plug for our independent local art shop.
Shop 33 sits in the “bohemian” quarter of Luton, in a narrow Victorian building.
It’s lovingly curated by Anthony and Chelsea – the most eclectic collection of paintings, cards, music, models, books, soft furnishings and hats.
Everything is made by local artists. Some evenings when you pop in they’re having vinyl parties or poetry readings or accoustic acts. Other times they’re just chatting with whoever has dropped in.
Luton’s not generally known for being the nicest place to live. Half of the residents would headbutt you as soon as look at you. I can’t tell you how lovely it is to have somewhere friendly and arty to sell our creative dabblings.
All the pretties 🙂 (some of which you can buy online)
I had a terrible time with these spiders, trying to get them to look realistic. Then just when I’d finished, the cat walked over my sketchpad, and I had to post-process to remove all the cat hairs.
This is a brown widow spider. In the picture it looked like a little jewel.
This is a Mouse Spider. It looks like a little armoured tank!