My goodness how did it get to 2018 so quickly! My mojo went for a wander so I just had a wee break from anything arty/crafty for a while but I am back now to have another go. So I am starting the year off by doing small sketches or other in my sketch books or art journals rather than trying to paint ‘proper’ pictures so that I don’t mind too much if I muck up. I did this the other day having watched Alison C Board’s video on you tube painting teasel on wood. My version is not on wood and doesn’t use the same colours but it gave me inspiration to have a go. Watercolour and Brusho but with a bit of Stabilo pen to darken a few lines.
This watercolour is another tutorial from Terry Harrison. I didn’t do very well with the wet-in-wet especially on the barn but I enjoyed painting it. In fact I made quite a few mistakes but hey ho.
I have been getting exasperated with my yupo paper and alcohol inks last week. Sometimes the ink would drop into circular blobs and spread really well but other times I would just get a blob that didn’t spread at all. I see I will have to experiment a bit more. Sometimes I would get a blob that spread in the centre of the paper but if I used the same ink towards the edge then it wouldn’t spread. I was very careful not to touch the edges with my fingers as I know that can prevent the ink spreading. I tried using the reverse side of the yupo but that wasn’t great. This photo isn’t great – the birthday card is much brighter in real life. It was good fun though.
Here is my latest painting from Terry Harrison’s tutorials. This one is of a 1952 Dodge that he spotted on his travels. In real life (his photo) it doesn’t look as rusty as this but he shoes how to get a rusty looking effect.
This is another Terry Harrison tutorial but I managed to make a rather strange shaped house on this one. I had sketched it out first and somehow thought the line I had sketched in for the tree was the line for the back of the house. I was going to try and lift the colour out but ended up just leaving it as it is.
This is from one of Terry Harrison’s tutorials. There are a few wonky bits on it but hey ho.
A watercolour painting from a Terry Harrison tutorial. I didn’t quite get the colour right in the sky at the left hand side so I tried to make it into a bank of trees across from the harbour.
I like paintings with little boats in them and I am trying to practice sky and sea painting with varying success. This one is from a Terry Harrison tutorial.
I have been learning to paint by reading books and doing a few tutorial and this painting is from one of Terry Harrison’s online tutorials. They are good tutorials for beginners as he shows how he mixes his colours and takes you through each step so you can learn different techniques. It still takes practice though to get the techniques right.