Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bangalow market day painting, Pastel Portrait, light and soft

Each month a town close by called Bangalow has a wonderful home grown market, full 
of creative people displaying their wares.
This last Sunday was my first market, I set myself up with an easel and a few tables displaying
 my portraits. It was a fun day, networking with others and meeting people.

My studio for the day :) 
Painting Sally again, this time is pastels.

My process for the day. It is always a pleasant change to go from one medium to another
after painting in one particular medium for a while. It gives you new eyes and a fresher approach. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Beautiful Brooke

Watercolour portrait of my second cousin.
Brooke is a gorgeous sweet girl who has a voice 
Like an angel.
Painted on 400 gm medium Arches.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My amazing Dad

I love my dad, he is the most gentle caring man I have met. He always puts others before himself and would get out of bed in the middle of the night to go and help someone who has a broken down car.
It was lovely to paint him as it was just we spent some time together :) 
Painted on arches medium 300 gm 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Little flower Girl

Earlier this year a friend of mine was married, this little darling was her flower girl.
Watercolour painted on 400gm medium Arches
Such a beautiful paper to paint on, this is the first time I have tried this weight, and I
love it. The paper is heavy enough to absorb the water without buckling.
I really tried to layer the glazes very gently to achieve a soft skin tone.
All a learning curve, and still lots more to learn which is the enjoyable part.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The stages of a portrait

Painting in watercolour is a challenge compared to oil or pastel. With watercolour you work from light to dark, trying to keep those whites as it is almost impossible to bring them back after they have been painted over...grrrrr, lol....
This is Sally,  a friend of mine who was married earlier this year. Here she is,a gorgeous vintage loving girl looking really beautiful on her wedding day.
My portraits start off very light with glazes of colour with transparent colours. I gradually build up these colours after each layer is totally dry. A beautiful method that gives such a glow to your painting.

Sally is still unfinished. There is so much to learn with these watercolours
And I am  on a mission to conquer the difficulties along the way... Many mistakes 
Are the only way to learn.. I think self taught artists are unique in that they develop 
A technique that sort of evolves from all the mistakes, lol.... 
Not to mention the wonderful therapy from just sitting and painting :) 

Painting eyes

Eyes are such a focal point when looking at a portrait. 
Painting eyes require looking deeper into the soul of a person 
to capture who they really are. The eyes are the window to the soul.
I love painting eyes, it is my favourite part of the portrait.
A great study is to paint eyes.
Here I have painted two eyes, one with a flat skin tone mixed on the palette,
And the other with the use of colours which are layer down and mixed on the paper.
Much more alive and colourful than the flat skin tones.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My Gorgeous Galaxy Girl

My daughter, painted from a photo taken at my wedding earlier this year. She is adorable and quirky, full of life and very unique. She found some galaxy print cotton, which is quirky too :)  and we made a vintage inspired dress for her to wear. I love my Jassy and really loved painting her pretty face.

Watercolour, painted on arches 300 gm cold pressed paper. I used transparent paints and did lots of glazes to build the colour in the skin tones. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Gentle and soft....

Playing with my watercolours again, 
I decided to finish work early yesterday and paint, 
Combining my sewing studio into an afternoon painting studio.
This way, I can finish work early each day and spent an hour or so 
Painting daily, what a beautiful way to end the day.
This lady was started yesterday, and will be eagerly met later today
For some more washes.

Finished portrait

Monday, 9 June 2014

"Eyes of Blue" watercolour

A new start to my journey with painting has me playing with my watercolours again. This time I am working on a portrait of a beautiful girl known as Kalinda. She has these amazing blue eyes just beckoning someone to paint them.
Here is my progress

I did a light pencil sketch and am concentrating on the detail in her eyes. Working into the wet paper and building the colour as it dries.

The photo I am using as a reference was taken with a flash, which gives the picture that blown out flat look. I really am not too keen on painting from flash photos, but these eyes drew me in. 
I am building up the values ever so slightly and looking over the whole painting to keep the harmony.

The finished painting. I bought myself a white gel pen, to highlight the whites. I have never used one before and found it great, especially on her eyes. 
Painted on 300gm hot pressed paper 
Using Windsor Newton pan paints and Art spectrum tube paints.