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Outside in the Garden

I have taken advantage of some of the warms days at home. I plopped a chair outside in the garden and have been sketching the neighbours yards and houses. 


There are some wonderful trees right out front, the conker tree is my fav. And my landlord has this old truck just left to meld into the yard. 



I’m getting some great practice with trees and ink. I use the ink right away I don’t lay down any pencil sketch first. Training my eye and learning a new tool. I use some of theses images for my watercolours which I’m loving working with this medium. The weather has turned it’s getting to cold to be out but I have lots of images to play with. 

Finally, my thing

People always say you need a ‘style’ a ‘niche’ I have always struggled with this. I love art it’s all I want to do but I’ve never had a style. Recently I’ve given all this a lot of thought, the one thing about no job, you have lots of time to think. 


I’ve been trying to do a painting, sketch or even doodle everyday. I know I’d like to make a living from my art but I really want to give back as well. What do I feel strongly about, what do I love and where do I feel the most happy. It suddenly hit me…..Nature. I can’t express what being outside in nature feels like. It’s so calming, I feel at peace when I’m outside. 


With the FB, instagram and Twitter posts lately I’ve noticed people react to my nature and wildlife art in a positive way more so than other items and as it’s truly the thing I enjoy doing most it just makes sense. 


So that’s it, my thing, my style/niche. Nature & wildlife art and find a way to use it to create awareness to what we’re doing to planet. I suddenly feel like it really is going to be okay and this is what I was meant to do. 

Do Over

I’ve been teaching myself watercolor and trying to do at least one a day. I’ve stuck to small pieces but trying a larger scale this week. Today I decided to rework an old piece. 
Couple of years back I did a lovely pastel of a photo I took. Beautiful reds, browns and yellows. Today it became watercolours. 

I wasn’t at all sure I could get those vibrant colours but it came out pretty good. I was happy with how the colors looked. 

My goal is to get further commissions to do nature and wildlife and let’s not forget the pets. I’d like to offer both pastel and watercolour. 

Trying something new, sort of. 

As I have mentioned I have extra time at home now that I’m unemployed and to be honest I still love it. I can spend my time doing all sorts of things. It’s like a sign, this is what I’m meant to do. If I can sell my art (crafts) to make enough $ to pay bills then this is my future reality and I’m excited, more than I have been in years. 

So while I have this time I’ve decided to try my hand at watercolour. I did it as child, then took a course in college but it never really stuck. I just couldn’t get hang of it nothing looked right. I was a bit apprehensive but I am loving it!


I’ve done items from photos or sketches that I’ve done. I even tried my hand at a bit of watercolour fantasy….I think I need bit more practice for that 🙂


I think I prefer landscapes and flowers, nature. I get lost in it – till someone mentions the time, I am oblivious. 



Well back to it 🙂

Gorillas

While I am home doing the job hunt thing (which by the way is a full time job) and hoping I come up with a way to freelance so I can chose not to return to the office life. I am making most of free time 🙂 

I love animals, nature & all its wildlife (not snakes, never snakes) I thought it would be great to do some pastels of endangered animals. My starting animal is a Gorilla. It’s the eyes, so expressive. 

I used canson pastel paper and a mix of pencil and my Rembrandt soft sticks. 

I’m pretty happy with finished product and it felt good to lose myself in the process. I think I will try another paper next time though. I am now planning my next one. Not sure which animal yet but looking forward to it. 

My Garden

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden lately. I have to say it’s a wonderful way to keep the daily 9-5 stress at bay. I’ve started a vegetable garden, this is my second year. I am fighting with the darn squirrel that lives in back yard and walking heavy footed to scare of the snake I found ewww! But it’s doing well. 


I have been growing lots of flowers from seed too. I’ve never been one for clean organized beds. I sort of like the willy nilly placement, more like the English country garden, that has flowers everywhere. 



Today I found a broken Tiffany lamp and old milk can (the big ones) spray painted can put lamp upside down ontop and planted it. I quite like it. I’ve put a solar lamp in it to illuminate the front step. It sits under the honeysuckle. Oliver (our cat) loves the honeysuckle because of the hummngbirds that buzz around. 


I do need to get back to art, maybe plein air painting in my garden 🙂 

Sanded Paper 2

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 🙂