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Moving 

For a while now I’ve wanted my website and blog to be in same place. So finally I have done this. All the posts from here were finally moved over to the website. 

I don’t know if the new posts will show for you I’m still figuring things out. So if you’d still like to follow along on the journey check it out at 3Gaels Art 

Thank you everyone for all the comments and support over the past few years. 

Car Scribbles

Nearly all Creatives have full time jobs and busy lives so it’s hard to find the time to be creative. This becomes a struggle as you think you’re letting yourself down or maybe you weren’t meant to be an artist (insert your creative here). My days are always busy with the 9-5. I often feel as though maybe I don’t want it bad enough or I’d try harder or quit and go freelance…

So I’m trying to make good use of my hour lunch. I spend it in my car in the parking lot. 


The first 15 mins are reading mail, catching up on my social media sites and yes a quick game of candy crush. I then take the next 15 mins and ‘try’ to meditate. Operative word being try, it’s a loud noisy parking lot, I won’t go into to details, you’d thank me 🙂


Then I get myself situated and spend 15 to 20 mins on what I call my #carscribbles sometimes it really is just a scribble other times it looks pretty good. I’ve started trying watercolour too, it’s a bit tough to get angled right in the car & my perspective looks off but it’s still fun.


I know I don’t spend the whole hour but this little bit keeps me sane so when I do have time at home I have #carscribbles in my sketchbooks with lots of ideas to develop. 

You have to keep drawing, regardless of whether it’s good or bad just the actual doing keeps your creative spark alight, it makes everything in this crazy world seem right. Try alotting a few minutes at lunch or make good use of those sticky notes. 

Realism Challenge

Last week during a visit to the local bookshop I found a book by Mark Crilley. I follow Mark in both YouTube and Instagram. He has some great tutorials on YouTube. The book is tutorials on realistic drawings. 

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So I’ve decided to do one a day during my lunch break. It’s good practice for me to keep drawing I get great hints and tips plus I get outside in the fresh air and away from that horrid cubby well it’s really a soul sucking cubby but I’m thinking positive 😉

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I have only done 3 so far and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I can’t wait to do more. 

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Characters, Childhood and Creativity

When I was young I spent hours doodling and colouring books. My absolute favourite thing was drawing from comic books and creating characters and fantasy art. This was when I would get into that ‘flow’ that everyone is talking about these days. This passion waxed and waned through teen years but it never died.

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At 19 we had just moved to America and I started my first job here. I used to sketch while working on big smelly machines. One day I was fully engrossed in sketching a Grimm Reaper, my manager decided I must be suicidal and therefore needed to see company shrink. That right there was a defining moment for me.

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I started to hide my art unless it was more uhm you know, main stream. When I entered art school fantasy art was frowned on so I learned the more traditional. As I aged I moved further away from what I used to enjoy, as well as being pushed to be an ‘adult’ get a real job be responsible, don’t be a starving artist. I felt that childlike creative wonder disappear.

It’s only as I look old age in the face I realize Duh! Do what you love. I love painting nature from my photos. But I love, love creating characters, fantasy now using digital but can’t always do it from my imagination anymore, it’s like a word on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t think of it, finding it difficult to have those amazing thoughts and ideas I had as a kid.

With the new popularity of game and comic book art I wonder what I’d be doing now if I were not made to feel ‘bad’ about my art. Damn! I could be working for Blizzard or Pixar I so want to work for Pixar or Skywalker when I grow up……too cool.

Has your creativity been questioned, have you been able to keep that childlike imagination and creativity alive? And if so what practices do you use. Or have you found that age and responsibility have you feeling a little dried up!

In the Pink’ers’

Project two….
This one I decided was going to be small, mainly because I had this small 5×7 mat I wanted to use. Again the photo reference was from my phone of a Tea Rose from my garden, it was a burst of yellow, white and pink. I used the Canson again but I used a buff colour this time because of the yellows in the Rose, but wished that I had used white.

And again I was pleasantly surprised at how it came out. I should have made the image smaller for the mat as you cannot see it all once behind it but all in all not a bad image, I am happy with it. I still have lots to learn but happy is always a good thing.

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Something I noticed after both projects were finished they were both Pink! Not a colour I used to like but since becoming a breast cancer survivor I kind of lean towards it now unconsciously. Going back and looking at much of what I have been creating lately its all a bit pinkish. Maybe that’s it; maybe I should be creating Pink images, images for those of us that are now Pinker’s!

I think I like that word, #Pinker’s!

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In the Pink

I have always had an issue with coloured pencils; I just couldn’t get the colours or the blending right. So it’s been my mission lately to keep working with them to refine my craft and learn other mediums. I have seen so many wonderful images done in coloured pencil that I really want to learn to create beautiful images, not to mention it’s soo easy for travel compared to Pastels. I also want to create more work so that I have something to offer when I finally finish setting up my Etsy store, as part of the point of all of this is to start a good freelance Art and Design Studio.

I choose 2 projects to work on. I took this great photo with my iPhone, I wish it had been with my trusty camera I would of had more pixels to work with for a print but alas like me its age is showing and it has decided it’s time, ‘sigh’ ‘sniff’ ‘sniff’.
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Project one…..To recreate this image with pencil. I used Canson Pastel Paper because it has two sides rough and smooth, I used the smooth, white. I pulled the pencils needed and using my phone with the reference photo set to work. I knew I didn’t have all of the colours so this is where trying the blending was going to come in. I loved the fact I could sit on the couch in front of the TV with a cuppa rosy and work on this project. I spent some time each evening and this is what I came up with. I really like it; it didn’t come out quite as bad as I was thinking it might, per my previous forays into the coloured pencil realm.

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Zentangle Shmentangle

When I was a kid my dad and I had this great game we played. We would take a piece of paper and very quickly make some squiggly lines that started and ended in the same spot. The rule was you didn’t put any thought into it just do it. We then handed it over to the other person where they would have to create an image within the squiggles. You could add a small item like an eye but no new lines.
You had to be very creative and think fast. It was very freeing and always sparked ideas for a later craft or art project or even a story.
The other part to this game was pattern creating. Oh my gosh zentangle….long before it existed as the ‘new thing’ for creatives. He could’ve made a fortune 😉

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I’ve been going back to that free hand squiggle lately, during my lunches I’ve been squiggle crazy and then pulling pieces out and using it to create some simple designs. I have some bigger plans for the simple WIP designs but only after I scan them, some digital work may add what I need.

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It’s been a lot of fun going back in time and has brought back so many memories of my dad and growing up in London.

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Yea Baby

As you may or may not know I’ve been playing with sanded pastel paper. It started with Nell the horse and went on to Brown Eye Susan (one of my favourite paintings yet) and I really enjoyed the paper and it’s very rough texture and its ability to take punishment.
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Well, I decided to try a portrait on this paper, from my past paintings I wasn’t sure portraits would work. The paper didn’t seem to lend itself to details. My daughters friend has a real cutie, Desmond. So after sorting through some photos I found one I liked. I started with the sanded paper and started to sketch.

However I really had a hard time blending the skin tones on this paper I kept walking away coming back making changes but ugh! I got to a point where I just had the base colours in and just could’nt get it to work.

So the photo is all that remains. It went out with the trash.
I have a hard time with throwing out art I figure if I keep it I can fix it. So this is a step forward for me, some might not, but it takes a lot to throw away a piece of art that you created.
So, back to the drawing board. This time I used Canson Pastel paper this had always been my go to paper for my pastel work before I started the sanded experiments.
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Much better, although you can see the texture of the paper, which I don’t mind I like the extra depth it gives and the blending for hair (baby fluff) and skin tones was much better. I was very happy with the outcome. I think I captured Desmond and his cute little face.

I also did the marketing thing as well and posted it on my Facebook page and twitter hoping that I can get some commissions for portraits. Part of my ongoing plan is to try and market myself more.

But….

I also do it because I love it! I do enjoy painting people and animals I get such pleasure from seeing the faces come alive on the paper not to mention the faces of the people I do the work for.

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I am still playing with that #Pastel sanded paper that I bought. I bought 2 sheets, they were a medium brown colour. They actually look and feel just like sandpaper from the hardware store. I have always used the Basic paper that works for pastels, has a little tooth.

I am on my second painting, I cut the paper in half the first half I used for Nell Image

my painting of my sister’s horse, this time I decided to try something floral. My wonderful daughter takes breathtaking photos, I use some of these for my inspiration.

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I did this painting with soft pastel sticks and used some soft pastel pencils for the finer details. This paper is great it takes so much punishment everything blends well and you can just keep adding more and more layers and you don’t need to fix it first (this means adding a solution so the pastel is no longer loose and chalky). What are the fall backs? Well, I have found it does wear down your pastels very quickly and the brush blending I had used before doesn’t really work well on this paper.

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The usual Canson Mi-Teintes that most artists use covers well too. I can take brushes when doing hair and get a great sweep and texture that looks like hair, but I have found you can see the paper detail and you cannot add lots of layers without using fixative to seal each layer. But your pastels will last longer.

So here is the finished painting, Brown Eye Susan

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So for me I think I rather prefer the Sanded paper for things like nature and landscape, but maybe for portraits maybe the Canson paper. I think a little more testing is needed 🙂

Fort Foster

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Every year we make a day trip up to Maine to Ft. Foster. It’s one of the few places where there are no crazy beach dwellers, tourists crowding every spot plus you can bring your dog. Our dog loves to go here, she’s not very fond of the water but having a whole day outside with family is a big deal. Every year we get her into the water a bit more.
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Last summer she freaked out when she saw a lab go in for a swim. Poor thing was beside herself, what would possess a dog to get in that wet stuff. She cried until the lab came out. On the plus side she gave a try at getting in to save the other dog she was so worried about it.
We always stop at subway and get lunches for later. It’s like a family tradition now.
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I think the best part for me is how calm and relaxed I feel near the water. I think it’s because I spent so much time near the ocean growing up. We would spend summers in Jaywick, Clacton and sometimes Brighton.
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Being up on the cliff looking out at the water the warm breeze blowing it always inspires me to get out the sketch book (which I carry everywhere) and make lots of quick sketches of the water, boats and my favourite the rocks. The colours that come off the rocks from the water and the sun is sometimes breathtaking.
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So looking forward to the weather getting warmer so we can head back up to Maine for another day of water sun and relaxing with the sketch book.