New paintings? 

I managed to get out in the garden this morning and do some painting. It’s been a fair while since I did anything creative like this, so it was good fun again.

It involves a lot of water and making a mess, so the husband will probably be mortified when I tell him what I have been up too! 

What I enjoy about this process is the fact that it can be so quick and still produce some good results. It can be a bit hit and miss because it involves spraying water over paint and then waiting to see what happens! Sometimes a canvas turns out brilliantly and looks really good and well blended. Other times it turns into a horrible mess and you just end up either having to white wash the canvas or throwing it away.

A couple of these are looking rather promising already – but I’ll have to see what happens when nature takes its course during the drying phase! It’s a big part of why I paint outside; other than to avoid the mess of paint on the carpets, but seeing what that days weather does to the drying paint. It only takes the smallest breeze to push the paint in a way that wasn’t expected. Which is why the wet WIP pictures can look so different to the finished pieces.


I think the darker of the pictures will need some reworking and probably another layer or two to cover the canvas texture, but the other two are looking rather promising so far.

What do you all think? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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Hi Gang.

I’m excited to share with you the finished piece that was my WIP last week!

Despite my hang ups and reservations about the piece I managed to plough through it and finish it off. I admit, I am still not 100% happy with it, but I am happy I stuck with it regardless and finished it off.

I can see some spaces that I could go back and work into again, but I think I’m pleased enough with it to call it finished before it looks to over worked.

I hope you enjoy~

Much Love
Jenn

A reminder of an old face

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Hi Gang,

I realised that I’ve never shared these two pieces with you here on my blog before. And while I have had them a fair while, I am still more than thrilled to have dug them out, rephotographed them and am able to share them again without a watermark on them from a time before I was married and using an old url.

Sadly, my camera isn’t up to scratch when it comes to high definition so I can’t offer a full range of products for these two images (My scanner is only A4) and without having a better resource currently the offerings will have to do!

I just thought I would share them both with you guys here first.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

Much Love
Jenn

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New work (in progress) 


Hi gang. 

I have had this canvas lurking around for a long, long time. I’ve tried doing several things with it now; mostly trying to come up with an abstract piece for the bedroom in various shades of brown. Which hasn’t work either time I’ve tried it and turned the canvas a rather sloppy pooh colour. So I axed that idea and slapped a whole load of blue and white acrylic on it for a first coat so that I can do some thing else on it instead when it is dry – something that I am more comfortable with. Whoever said abstract was easy, lied! 

I was a little excited and wanted to share my progress picture with you all. 

I also wanted to ask you all something. Do any of you use marker pens? And if so, what sort do you use? So far I’ve only used Sharpies for the doodle aspect of my work, but I’m not so sure they really stand up to the challenge. He nibs fray easily and they very quickly lose their quality. Don’t get me wrong they’re good for other surfaces, like card and thick paper, but I’m not so sure about textured canvas. So if anyone has any tips or suggestions, I am all ears.

Much Love

Jenn

Art in the heart

I was out on my own walking the dog earlier – when across my path a little birdy bobbed along. I didn’t get a good look at the birds chest (and I’m not enough of an expert to tell the difference without seeing it) so I don’t know if it was a Thrush or a Mrs Blackbird, but it got me thinking about art. Once upon a time I was known as ‘Mad Bird Lady’ because every project at University seemed to relate to birds. It was a lot of fun, and I realised that I actually still love birds and should attempt to rekindle my love for them in some way.

I looked at some bird photography blogs on my ipad and had a wonderful time looking at some photographs and reading experiences until my son came along and wanted to ‘help’
The sort of blogs I like are those written by people who are really enthusiastic about what they do and want to share that passion with the world – and that enthusiasm doesn’t come across as egotistical!

As such, I really enjoyed John Dempsey’s bird blog and was really happy to add it to my reader list. His photography and tales are really easy to read and enjoyable to behold. And I cannot wait to go through their bog roll and discover some more wonderful birdy bloggers.

But mostly, my walk made me think about artwork again. It’s a pretty rainy and gloomy day here in Bury but I honestly had the feeling of – this would be a great day to be able to do some painting! I use a lot of water in my abstract artwork and I never even thought about using the ‘crappy’ weather to my advantage before. I’m thinking if the weather is still bad at the weekend while I have someone else with me in the house to look after Marcus, I might try and get outside in the rain and see what I can do.

Returning to the birds though, I’d like to see if I can rekindle my passion for our feathered friends and see where they can take me! Both with trying to pick up the camera again and through artwork. I’ve noticed that a lot of bird artists strive for realism; which I admire deeply, but know that I can’t replicate myself. So, I am thinking of trying some more quirky ideas and seeing what I can do with them. I remember seeing a Skillshare course a while ago that I might be able to use for the drawing of birds and if I can find my materials, it might be quite fun to give it a try and see what happens.

Mostly, I think it’s time that I got over my bad experiences with artwork and start letting art back into my heart again.

A collaborative effort pt 1

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So when Debbie Rushby asked if we could do a collaboration on one of my backgrounds I was more than happy to agree. Especially seeing as I really disliked the way that the background had turned out! Not that people get my unwanted cast offs, I am happy to collaborate with anyone.

Though I dare say that her realism over my abstract really steals the show, and it’s only currently a work in progress! I’m looking forward to seeing the final image finished off. I’ll share the finished result with you all as soon as it’s done.

It’s actually really interesting to see how my abstract picture can inspire someone in ways that I would never have seen or thought of myself. The paintings is going to be used as a prize in a Warmachine tournament somewhere. Which is pretty neat. I always seem to think in shapes more than in any sort of realism fashion, which is more evident in the paintings that I create (I hope) So to see a monster appearing on such a strange background it really cool. I never thought of the colours presented as a sky – but apparently Deb saw what she wanted in it straight away. That’s the wonderful thing about people and art, we all see things in different ways and all have our own creative outlets for things.
Thank goodness we are all different and see things in different ways.