Month: March 2015

An Excursion Into Watercolours

I recently treated myself to a beginners watercolour set having never used watercolours before, and had fun creating my first three pictures. I liked using watercolours because they were much quicker to use compared to acrylics, however I think acrylics better suit my style of bright colours.

Pictured above is the third image I created. I actually drew the cat myself following a guide which showed how to draw cats using simple shapes. Prior to adding the whiskers it could have been mistaken for a piglet. After adding the whiskers, it was clear the work was by an amateur 🙂

The other images were just for fun whilst I experimented a bit with the paint.

watercolour_hearts

watercolour_field_tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawing From Upside Down Images

I have recently started reading the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. The book is aimed beginner artists looking to improve their skill in replicating lifelike scenes. The basic idea of the book seems to be teaching skills based on using the right side of the brain instead of the analytic left. One of the first exercises was to reproduce some line drawings from images which are upside down. The left hand brain doesn’t like working with upside downs images so shuts up, leaving the right to get on with it and do a better job. Here are my three attempts at drawing images based on upside down source images. The original images are on the left and my drawing is shown on the right, having turned them all the right way up. I found copying the images difficult at times but persevered and am pleased with the results.

original_stravinsky

 

upside_down_Stravinsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image is provided in the book. It’s called “Portrait of Igor Stravinsky” by Pablo Picasso.

horse-coloring-pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original image source is free-colouring-pages.com. I have Photoshopped my version just to darken the lines.

Witch-Coloring-Page-Picturesupside_down_witch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original image source is colourmegood.com. Again I have Photoshopped my version to darken the lines.

 

Anxiety vs Grounding

 

My therapist keeps mentioning being grounded and I keep getting carried away by anxious thoughts. This image depicts the battle between the two. One foot is tied to a rock to ground me whilst the anxiety balloons are trying to take me elsewhere.

 

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How It Feels

This image is an expression of how a low mood feels. I feel the normal things in life are inaccessible to me. A lot of anger went into it. It was important that the letters were freehand and not uniform or perfect because that is how angry is. I’m not sure what happened with the colours. In a “perfect” world the baby is light pink or blue so the “nice” colours for the words started from there. I guess it says how angry and hopeless I feel at times.

 

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Woman Wearing Hat

This is so not my usual taste. I have used an outline image created by another artist, transferred it to canvas and coloured it my way. The original outline is  © Andy Nortik http://ebookclipart.com/design/vector-clip-art-of-a-coloring-page-of-a-pretty-young-woman-wearing-a-hat-with-flowers-and-a-pearl-necklace-by-andy-nortnik-1387 . I was looking for something neutral to paint at my craft group and this image somehow appealed. I am experiencing a desire to use images of women in my art at the moment but can’t quite put into words what it’s about yet.

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Sequin Bottle

This piece was just for fun and see how sticking sequins onto glass turned out. I think that sticking sequins onto a glass beaker would make a great tea light holder.

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