Sunday, 27 November 2016

Winter Fox

I recently saw a beautiful mixed media piece of a fox, with poetry and collage included. It was a large piece and at £600, out of my price range.
So, I thought, I'll paint a fox for myself. I searched a few photo websites which are copyright free for creatives and I found an image which attracted me. I changed a few things about it it - grasses, background and snow - and this is the result.

Winter Fox

I was painted on Saunders Waterford 140lb rough paper and was framed by Elite Framing, Cupar.

It's now hanging on my wall.
The image is sharper in real life, it seems resizing for the blog has made it a little fuzzy - but the eye follows you around the room!
If you click on the image, you see one that's a little sharper. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

BookWeekScot and a Reading Dare

All of this week is #BookWeekScot and here on their website you can find out all the book related events that are occurring throughout Scotland.

I used their Book Generator to get three recommendations. One of them I'd already read, so promptly reserved the other two in my local library!

I also accepted a Reading Dare challenge - and my challenge was to recycle a book, either by sculpture, bunting, jewellery or collage.

Of course, I decided collage - and this is it...

Great fun - and a wee message too... :-)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Water Baby

Every now and then you see a photo that you simply have to paint.
This lovely girl looked like she was having such fun, enjoying her holiday by the sea.
I asked permission from the parents who took the photo - and away I went!

Water Baby

Using Saunders Waterford paper and Winsor & Newton paint, this lovely girl is on a quarter sheet - size 15" x 11"

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Brotherly Love, Fife Art Exhibition, Elite Framing, Keiko Mukaide and Simon Ward .

A little over a month ago, I entered one of my paintings into the Fife Art Exhibition.
That painting was Brotherly Love

It was expertly framed by Elite Framing

I didn't win a prize in the judging - but because I'd entered, I had the opportunity to partake in some workshops, gratis. These were paid for by the sponsor, Shell.

The first workshop I attended was on with the renowned glass artist Keiko Mukaide.
Under her tuition, I produced these two pieces.

The first is a leaf shape, within which is contained the blueprint of the adult tree. The second shows a leaf shape changing with the seasons - to show us nature is not frightened of change - and nor should we be.

The second workshop was with the acclaimed ceramicist, Simon Ward.
In this workshop we learned how to create a design and transfer it to china.
I did this on a mug, using the words "Come Home" and showing one prodigal koi returning to his friends.

These works too are now in the exhibition, which has another week to run.
If you are visiting Fife within the next week, pop into the Lochgelly Centre - and you will see a stupendous exhibition with much talent on display.

My painting was created on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford Paper, using W&N paint.

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