Archive for June, 2009

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Magic painting for grown ups

June 29, 2009

I’ve just discovered a new technique called false engraving that I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with.  The final reveal stage of this technique is magic!

The first step is to paint out the image using thick gouche/tempera.  All the darkest areas of the image should be left unpainted.  As follows:

Initial gouche underpainting

Initial gouche underpainting

After this layer is completely dry the whole sheet is covered in indian ink and allowed to dry again.

The final stage is to hold the image under running water to wash away the excess ink and reveal the final image.

Final image

Final image

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Barking

June 26, 2009
Following on from my previous post, here are a selection of the works produced for the paint or sketch tree challenge on Vivien Blackburn’s blog.

http://vivienb.blogspot.com/2009/06/paint-or-sketch-tree-challenge.html

Tree Study no 1 (watercolour, pencil and pastel) June 2009

Tree Study no 1 (watercolour, pencil and pastel) June 2009

Tree study no 2 (watercolour, pencil and pastel) June 2009

Tree study no 2 (watercolour, pencil and pastel) June 2009

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Tree Challenge

June 22, 2009

I’m attempting to take part in an artist’s challenge involving painting and drawing trees from life.  The challenge details can be found here:

http://vivienb.blogspot.com/2009/06/paint-or-sketch-tree-challenge.html

The word challenge may well be an understatement here.  Never in my adult life have I attempted to depict a tree and I’ll tell you right now, they are complex little characters.  My first attempt will by now be making its way to some  distant recycling plant.  However, I don’t give up easily and will try again soon (Scottish weather permitting).

This is also the first time in my adult life that I have gone plein air with my art.  After getting past my initial reservations regarding what the locals might make of a 36 year old women in a playground with coloured pencils and paper, I really rather enjoyed the experience.  Very liberating!

I’ve mentioned liberating and trees in the same post, does that officially make me a hippy?  Could get some interesting hits from this post.

treeandme

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Bunchies and ice-cream

June 19, 2009
Bunches and ice cream (coloured pencil) 2009

Bunches and ice-cream (coloured pencil) 2009

Another sketch with my trusty Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

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Sunglasses

June 14, 2009

Coloured pencils, addictive?  Yes.  Here’s another sketch.  Again, I can see a few blatant issues with it (the ear that I was too lazy to fix and the lens on the left hand side needs darkened in some areas).  But hey ho, it’s only a sketch. 

Sunglassed (coloured pencil) 2009

Sunglasses (coloured pencil) 2009

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Little feet

June 13, 2009

I was so excited after my visit to the Art shop that I’ve already had a play with some of my new toys.  Being a newcomer to the delights of coloured pencil, it could have been a lot worse.

What a difference using proper artists pencils makes – you can layer them like pastel and get a great range of tonal variation.  Derwent Coloursoft are lovely  – they glide on the paper and have a soft, velvety texture.  Absolutely nothing like the faint, scratchy coloured pencils I remember from my youth.

Ok, so the drawing itself is a bit overworked in parts, I haven’t got the blending thing sussed and I realised a little too late that it’s very difficult to lighten something if you make it too dark.  Nevermind, I’m sure it’ll get easier.

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No self control

June 13, 2009

Popped into the Art shop in Glasgow today for one or two pencils and oil pastels to try out. Like a kid at the pick’n’mix, I went completely overboard and came back with these little gems!

Relatively new mediums for me, so a bit of a learning curve ahead. Hopefully, I’ll post some of the results in the coming weeks.

I opted for Sennelier and Caran d’ache oil pastels and Derwent Coloursoft and Artists colour pencil ranges. The art shop leaves out paper so you can try the pastels and pencils, which is a cunning ploy as once you see how good they are you’ve just gotta buy them all!