Happy New Year everyone! It seems that despite my best intentions in my last post, I haven’t actually managed to blog at all since November…oops! Perhaps 2017 will see me posting a little more frequently.
To get back in the groove, I thought I’d share some little watercolour paintings I’ve been working on. This first one was inspired by Holly Exley. If you don’t know her, you’re missing out! She’s a fantastic illustrator/vlogger who combines inspirational chat and snippets of her daily life with time lapse videos of the illustrations she’s working on. I urge you to hurry over to her YouTube channel and you’ll soon be watching her videos back to back!
I tried to use a few of her techniques to paint this watercolour succulent, such as under-painting the outlines in the correct colours to get a feel for how they work together before jumping in head first with blocks of colour. I think it did help me get to grips with the painting, but then my layers let me down. I struggled to keep the translucency because I built up too many layers. I felt I had to add some coloured pencil to get back some of the definition I’d lost through over working it.
It was a learning curve and I’m itching to try another one already!
The following are just quick little paintings from my art journal. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I find it very hard to loosen up which can result in my work lacking character. In my art journal I’m really trying to do quick pieces that I don’t think about too much.
Most of the paintings are my little Munchkin’s toys – partly because they’re illustrations for the memories they accompany, but also because I want to work more from real life, and if there’s one thing not lacking in my house at the moment, it’s toys!
As you may have guessed, I’m a bit fond of succulents at the moment! Sam grew these from the ‘pups’ (yep, that’s the botanical term!) of a large one.
That funny pink thing at the bottom of the photo above is a ‘sing-a-ma-jig’. Look up a video of one – you’ll want one of your own!
I did the last painting above using watercolour pencils as I was given some for Christmas. It’s been a very long time since I used them and this was a bit of an experiment!
That’s all for today, I’ll try not to leave it as long before I post again