Work and work-related travel to Kerry over the last few days made it difficult to find either the time or the head-space for creativity. I did do something each day but it was minimal. Having effectively worked everyday for the
It always looks easy on YouTube or Instagram. An experienced artist demonstrates painting a leaf or a flower or a fruit. It seems effortless, as she builds up the painting from a pale outline, to an object with substance and
Another impulse purchase! But I was intrigued. I get the sense that until very recently watercolours came in two basic formats: the tube and the pan, the latter being a little box with a hard lump of stuff that, when
I have a friend called June: an ex-colleague from a previous job. It’s her birthday soon. I’ll send her a card and I thought I might decorate the envelope with some flowers and leaves. Like this … Gouache is very
A frustrating evening, during which nothing really turned out as I hoped. Head not quite in the right place, I think. Until this half-decent fuchsia on a pistachio shell. #ilovegouache
I’ve learned a valuable lesson. It’s one thing to make something because one has been inspired by something or someone. It’s very much a different thing to make something on demand, because someone has requested it. In the former, there’s
I’ve been using tiny brushes (6/0) but I realised the other day that I really needed a tinier brush to get the level of detail that I wanted. Not having the patience (not sure whether this is a gift or
It’s the June bank Holiday and I really needed this extra day. The last couple of weeks have been difficult and I’m a bit wrecked, to be honest. Also, because it’s been busy and because I haven’t been sleeping all
… are endless.
I’m not happy with those butterflies. They are dull, poorly drawn, poorly painted and far too bland. I’m going to do better ones.
Yikes-y time with a ladder but Edward was standing by to catch me, and hand me things. Anyway, it’s up. I want to decorate it with butterflies and I painted a few this evening. I’m not sure about them though.
I needed to be distracted this morning so I kept myself busy (and went to the gym!). Started with this. Watercolour this time. Then, as Christmas is just around the corner, I did this. The left hand holly leaf is
Well, kind of. May is always a very difficult and stressful month work-wise. This year seems more difficult than previous years, partly because the Irish Board is growing in size and complexity, and I suppose also partly for any number
It’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. In February I ordered an airbrush through Ebay. It was dirt cheap and was being sent from somewhere in China, post free. I’m not quite sure how this works