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01-26-2015, 12:34 PM
This year had been an art free zone due to flu that absolutely knocked me out, the weekend after Christmas through to last week. I still look like a ghost but am at least human again!

So a demo/play today with grey and white ink and some tinted graphite over an old tinted graphite (bad) sketch I wanted to lose!


I'm looking at trees with my students for 3 weeks so it fitted the theme

01-26-2015, 02:06 PM
What a mood you created with this beautiful painting! I have promised myself I will NOT get the flu. We'll see how that works, lol. This is really nice. I love it.

01-26-2015, 04:05 PM
So sorry to hear you've been so ill. Glad you are on the mend.

Very moody sketch.

01-27-2015, 08:49 PM
So sorry to hear you've been so ill. Glad you are on the mend.

Very moody sketch.

01-28-2015, 06:38 AM
Love the feel of this sketch! Your name often pops up in WC, and I always enjoy seeing what you are doing!

01-28-2015, 09:47 AM
thank you :)

excited today .... a friend wrote an art book last year and I proof read it and knew it was brilliant - but today the actual book arrived which is so much better. I've got 3 images in it :)

I've done the Derwent ads and website images but never had work in a proper published book before! and such a good one. I reviewed it on my blog.

These are the images in it




You've seen the images before in the S&B sketchbooks I took to Cornwall and Northumbria.

oh the book is Sketching 365, Katherine Tyrrell, so many great images in it, friends and artists I admire, a real keeper :)

01-28-2015, 10:40 AM
Woo hoo! Congratulations!! :) :) :)

01-28-2015, 01:11 PM
Wow! Congratulations on the book, that is so fantastic! Loved those sketches when I first saw them, so glad Katherine Tyrrell chose them for her book. Way cool. Love that first painting too, the sort of wild thing I'd never even dare try to do with all the spatters and wet textures with dry and crazy techniques but it came out gorgeous. You somehow manage to control the uncontrollable!

01-28-2015, 02:30 PM
Congrats. So exciting for you.

Joan T
01-28-2015, 05:42 PM
Sorry you were so sick! I hope you are feeling a lot better.

Congratulations on being included in the book!!! I'll have to check out your blog post. I don't know why I don't have your blog listed on my blog so that I can see it easily. I'll have to do that.

That ink and tinted graphite is gorgeous!!! I love all the splashing and the mood of the piece.

01-28-2015, 10:14 PM
Beautiful paintings in that book!! wonderful.

01-29-2015, 05:13 AM
Thanks everyone :)

Rob I was drawing with a twig and just tapped it for the splatters, it's fairly controllable. Lots of ink and a hard tap gives bigger blobs! It works better than a paintbrush for me.

It's a bit like the way a smoker taps the ash off a cigarette :)

01-31-2015, 09:56 AM
Congratulations, how exciting to be in a book.

Perhaps your success with your 'splatters' is partly to do with practice and confidence. I know myself well enough to know that at the moment I would be hesitant about it and it would show.

I admire your style. Discovering coloured pencils got me back into art but I found I was also self limiting. Using different supplies in my sketchbooks have freed me a little and now when I return to coloured pencils I am starting to use them more loosely which is more what I am after.

01-31-2015, 09:56 AM
A gloomy one! Rain approaching across icy fields.


Mixed media

Cps can be self limiting if you aren't careful but I suppose any medium can. Why not practice on scrap paper Sydney? And have fun :). And combine cps with watercolour, charcoal ... Anything.

Done in the warm from memories of watching the leading edge of rain approach. It's cold today and I'm staying in!

01-31-2015, 01:36 PM
Great piece.

02-04-2015, 12:42 PM

The resident tiger when she was young.

In a large moleskine ( with the waxy paper). I only get this book out for pencils or occasionally ink as it doesn't like most other media.

02-04-2015, 12:55 PM
So sorry you were sick but glad you are on the mends, it took you out for quite awhile.

I wanted to say congratulations on your work being published what an honor!

You have a wonderful style and a gift. :)

02-04-2015, 02:02 PM
What a darling kitty. :cat:

02-04-2015, 03:39 PM
Thanks Dana :). I was lucky enough to have a friend who wrote a ver good book And thanks Debby :)

Joan T
02-13-2015, 09:17 PM
Love that rainy field. You get such great atmosphere in your pieces!!

02-20-2015, 11:57 AM
Thanks Joan :)

And a quick ipad doodle of the resident tiger snoozing behind my monitor.


Joan T
02-20-2015, 01:53 PM
Cute snoozing kitty!

02-20-2015, 04:55 PM
Cute sleeping kitty.

02-25-2015, 12:26 AM
The nasty flue seems to be going around the whole world it seems… Congrats on your publication, it looks awesome!!

02-26-2015, 01:02 PM

The resident tiger when she was young.

Love this. Really love it. If I had a picture of my dog in a style like this it would be hanging on my wall. You have such a way with pencils. I love using them but can't manage to use them like you at all.

02-27-2015, 04:25 AM
Thank you Sydney :). It's very scribbly marks, cp works best for me if I keep it scribbly. If you blow it up you will see what I mean.

02-27-2015, 05:06 AM

A sampler to see how I can involve beads and stitching with paint in the Columbine/ Harlequin series

There is tissue, card, foam, watercolour, ink, oil pastel, brush pen, beads, embroidery thread, a small piece of velvet and a couple of star shaped sequins in there! And probably more :cat: And it's only about 6 ins square

02-27-2015, 01:51 PM
Lots of detail in such a small piece.

02-28-2015, 07:17 AM
Well as something in its own right it's a bit of a mess! But it's a sampler, a try out to see if mixing stitch and beads will work. I think it will :)

This is a digital mnipulation of a section of it after I'd added more paint and ink


Changing the colours completely

I've got several variations but I m on the iPad so can't add those just now

02-28-2015, 03:18 PM
The color differences really changes the look of it.

03-06-2015, 04:44 PM
Thanks :)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2015/53888-image.jpg

And digital doodling on the harlequin / columbine series

I had a quick try out of stitch and bead added and I think I can make it work. :). This is a photo of a piece played with a lot on the iPad

03-07-2015, 01:07 AM
Love the texture on these three latest pieces!

03-08-2015, 06:00 AM
Thanks :)

And a quick iPad pad sketch of resident tiger hogging my desk chair. She's going to get annoyed in a minute when I tell her I need my chair :cat:


03-08-2015, 02:38 PM
Just that bundle of fur with no discernible body parts. :cat:Typical cat pose. Very cool.

03-08-2015, 03:20 PM
A pair of pale ears if you can make them out :) but yes a puddle of fur

A shaft of warm sun caught little bits and the desk cast dark shadows on a black leather computer chair .... and fur.

03-11-2015, 03:49 PM

Playing with inks and a little cp and collage in a large A3 moleskine.

Topleft is the whole image and then 3 cropped versions that I like better- part of the Harlequin/Columbine series

03-12-2015, 01:24 AM
Love those crops!

03-12-2015, 03:53 AM
Thanks :)

Still haven't started on big canvasses and really must

03-16-2015, 02:38 PM

Update and finished. Sometimes I really like working on cream paper

Joan T
03-17-2015, 09:25 PM
You do so many pieces with such great variety!

03-18-2015, 09:33 AM

Another in progress, may change a lot ... Or not. Needing thinking time. In A3 moleskine with ink and cp

03-20-2015, 06:19 AM

A conte drawing done last year plein air. Colour added at home from memory (lots of plein air observation done at the time in watercolour, oils and mixed media so able to remember)

In large panoramic Derwent sketchbook. Nice but I wish the paper was heavier. Michael a good format to add to your range?

03-20-2015, 02:42 PM
Lovely. The seaside is very moody.

03-31-2015, 05:09 AM
Hmm last day of March today, need to start a new thread


Another experiment in the series in the a3 moleskine

03-31-2015, 03:17 PM
Great shades of blue.

Joan T
03-31-2015, 04:05 PM
Love the blues in the last piece!!!