Thursday, 31 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
My paints are mainly Winsor and Newton in pans and tubes but I have some Sennelier and some Schminke watercolours too .I fill the pans from the tubes as I go.I have some Schminke artists goauche and W/N goauche in tubes. Some of these paints are not very lightfast-the pinks usually.Also here are some FW acrylic inks and I have Atelier interactive acrylics,which dry slower than normal acrylics, but I haven't used them much yet!
Buying pastels is addictive and can get expensive especially if you like Unisons and Sennelier. I also buy cheap ones from a local art shop to block in at the beginning of a painting to save the expensive ones! I also tried a set of Pan pastels when they first came out but haven't really used them much. A few Derwent and Faber Castell pastel pencils or a charcoal pencil is great for finishing off details.
This includes a tin of really old watercolour pencils(I've had some of them since school!!),sketch books,a pencil case of drawing pens,various graphite pencils ranging from 4H to 4B and some Derwent Inktense pencils,which are watersoluble.
Also I have a water brush so I don't have to take out pots of water.These are very handy.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
I love to see other artists studios or wherever they work.For ages I used to do the set up/pack up routine on the dining room table;it had a good light source so was fine. But this time last year I got two velux windows fitted into an attic room.Its small but perfectly formed and has That essential sink.It faces north which is just right but working in there last midsummer, the sun managed to shine straight in at such an angle as to burn out my retinas! But here in Wales we don't get too much sun so all is fine! - no only joking ,its beautiful and sunny today.
Unfortunately in winter when it froze then defrosted,one of the windows started to leak and almost ruined some work. Its Ok now ;I bunged it up with loads of tissue paper!
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Monday, 14 March 2011
These little studies of lichens show different species of Cladonia;but I'm not exactly sure on the species name.They bear spore producing bodies of brown or scarlet red looking like matchsticks.I found them in the heathland of the Ystwyth river valley in Ceredigion.
The black lichen underneath is the very common dog lichen; Peltigera spp,with lots of different moss species.
These pixie cup lichens pictured above are brilliant;they reminds me of the clangers ?!!
They were drawn in pen (my favourite pen is the Pilot series) and coloured pencils.
Pen is a great way of drawing lichens using a variety of marks, like hatching lines, dots- stippling, or even just little squiggles!
One day I'll paint them better!
A fascinating organism; they are made up of green algae (and sometimes cyanobacteria aswell) living within the body of a fungus in a symbiotic relationship ; the algae provides the food by photosynthesis and the fungi gives protection against the elements.
They have a variety of many different forms and textures, making them very interesting to draw. Some are large, frilly and bushy, others are fine and dusty and some are so tiny that they occupy a micro world only seen with a hand-lens.