Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Travelling in a Box

My husband has released his new book, 'Travelling in a Box'. It feels so funny to actually be in a book and be part of the adventure. There I am on the front cover holding a paint brush. Mike is a science fiction author with many short stories published worldwide, so humorous travel memoir is a little different for him. It certainly has been fun reading it. Amazon

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NEWA at Gordale

 'Ladybirds and Lichen',watercolour and gouache painting
'Seven Spot',watercolour and gouache painting

Both my paintings have been accepted into the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art which is being held at Gordale Garden Centre, Chester High Road, Burton, Wirral CH64 8TF. Both paintings are for sale.
The exhibition is still open until 2nd August. Daily from 9.30am - 6.00pm. Free Admission. It is well worth a visit.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua Finished

I deepened some of the shadows in the Liquidambar leaf, using the same colours but with less water. Then I added gouache for highlights on the raindrops, also small sparkles in the grasses. 
I finished painting the background leaves with Vandyke Brown and a number two brush, keeping the paint quite dry. I always enjoy adding the last details of any painting, and I just kept going until I felt it was finished.

To buy a print of this painting please visit my website, here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Liquidambar styraciflua stage five

Here I am adding colour to the background leaves. I am using a number one brush and a very wet wash of Permanent Rose. I just have to keep building up the layers of paint on the leaves until I am happy with the tonal values. Next highlights will then be added to the raindrops.