Friday, 23 September 2016

face 22 of 29 faces - watercolour potrait

GI was about to head to bed about 9pm when I was struck with the inspiration bug and so I just had to do some painting before I went to bed.  Little did I know I would still be up at 1am in the morning, ooops.  I am rather pleased with the outcome though, so maybe it was worth staying up just that little bit later to produce this lovely watercolour painting.  What do you think?

Painted using prima watercolour (decadent pies)

You can always let me know what you think in the comments.  Is art worth staying up for sometimes?
Thank you for visiting.  Till next time.  T


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

29 Faces number 20 and 21

Hi folks and welcome to my blog post.  I have fallen behind slightly again from my daily posts but I have a double treat for you as I have caught up on my faces today.  Another two watercolour drip effect portraits.  I am trying new ways and trying to find my style in there too.  It is still a bit of a hit or miss but so far I have resisted the temptation to sketch first.  I may try sketching next just to see how much of a difference it makes to my paintings.  I have been trying to make these paintings as organic as I can, hence no initial sketch.  But perhaps I can still get that organic feel even with an initial sketch even if it is to place certain markers of the face.  So without further a do, here are my two faces.

I decided to use my decadent pies watercolours by prima then thought "oh the purple acrylic ink I have would look fab as her hair" So there you have it.  I quite like this girl.


For this painting I thought I would try my hand at a male face with this technique, only it did not quite go according to plan but it certainly is a step in the right direction.  I think I got too invested in making sure it looked like a male face and got too bogged down with trying to get in detail. 

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my abstract exploration paintings as much as I have enjoyed painting them.  Thank you, please come back soon T   






Monday, 19 September 2016

Watercolour abstract art for 29 faces catch up - face 16, 17, 18 and 19

Unfortunately my daily posting was interrupted by having to give into my cold.  I decided the only way to get rid of it was to get to bed and rest up.  Well I did that on Friday and Saturday and so by Sunday I was feeling a lot better and more able to art.  I did a few catch up one after the other in the same style and medium.  I love working with watercolour and thoroughly enjoyed working on my Jean-Luc Picard However, I have always fancied trying my hand at a little more abstract art.  So I figured why not, "how hard can it be? Right?" Well, I can tell you it is not as easy as artists who produce fantastic work make it look.


This was the first painting, done on 'The Langton' hot pressed watercolour paper by Daler Rowney 140lbs 12"x 9" There was no pre sketching done it was totally out of my head and spontaneous.  I wanted to experiment with dripping, it always looks so good on other artists work.  I faffed about with this a fair bit and I felt I was still being a little precious with the detail.  I needed to let loose. So I tried again .................


This one I switched to bigger paper as I figured it might help me to just "let Go" and try big bold brush strokes.  I used 'The Langton' hot pressed paper 140lbs 16"x 12" again by Daler Rowney and just went for it.  I liked the overall outcome, yes I can still improve but I was beginning to really enjoy this process/style of working.  Of course the downside is I now want to purchase more watercolours lol oops 

As I felt more confident I had a thought in my head, an image of a painting I wanted to do so I attempted it.  I say attempted it as it really did not quite work out how it was in my head but then as artists do we ever get that? This is what I got instead........


Again like all the other paintings I did not start with a pre sketch. It was painted on the same type and size paper as the previous painting. I actually do think it is a fair representative of what I wanted it to look like and it covers two faces so lets me catch up with 29 faces (woohoo). I am just not sure about this one being display worthy.  I feel I have kinda messed up the eye area of the male face I was trying to hint at an eye and ended up with the darker area in the wrong bit so tried to fix and just made a mess. Also as a kiss it is not as sensual as I wanted it to look.  At least that's what is in my head, that is what I see.  So what do you see? I would be interested to find out others opinions of this very raw painting.

oh I nearly forgot to say, all paintings were done using Windsor & Newton 12 half pans travel set with graduate round size 10 brush and System 3 round size 6 both brushes by Daler Rowney


Anyway Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog :) Have a good day/evening bye for now T x







Thursday, 15 September 2016

Day 15 of 29 Faces Challenge - Watercolour portrait of Jean-Luc Picard included in the #CACFanArt

Welcome all, I am now past the half way point to this 29 faces challenge.  Today I am pleased to present my 15th Face which covers both the 29 Faces Challenge and this months #CACFanArt event. Scroll down to the link at the end of this post, if you are interested in seeing my process video.  Otherwise continue reading for the process in pictures.

I started off with a sketch of Jean-Luc Picard on 12"x 9" hot pressed watercolour paper 140lb by Daler Rowney (The Langton) 

Using a round system3 size 6 brush and Windsor & Newton travel watercolour palet I begin to add the colour.  I know with watercolour you are suppose to go from light to dark but I sometimes like to add my dark in first and graduate it out. 

Looking a little strange stage for sure lol 

starting to look a little more lifelike but there is still something missing

The eyes in my opinion really bring life to a painting. 

Adding the finishing touches 

There you have it...... the finished painting.

Thank you for stopping by, click on the video link below to view the painting process. 





Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Day 14 of 29 faces challenge

Today has been another day of a stuffy nose and head feeling like it has been put in a car crusher :( So unfortunately I have not got done what I planned.  So I thought it might be fun to find an old face I drew when I was at school.



I was 12 when I drew this self portrait and that was not yesterday lol 

Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back again.  I have a rather special face post planned for tomorrow :) T x



Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Day 13 of 29 Faces challenge.

Hi Folks,

Well today I am still not feeling very well.  I have a bit of a cold so, have to admit I am feeling a little sorry for myself today.  So for my face I have just been messing about with one colour of my polychromos pencils. I hope the camera has picked up well enough on the photo.



Hopefully I will feel a little better tomorrow and normal service will resume lol Thank you for stopping by.  See you all again soon.  T x



Monday, 12 September 2016

Day 12 of 29 Faces challenge 2016

Well, here I am on day 12.  Despite a few delays I am almost at the halfway point woohoo.  I really was not sure I could even get to here, what with all the other things going on in my life and projects on the go.  And today has been no different.  I do have a face to share but  I have also been moving furniture around in my art studio to try to make my space a little more inspiring.  I moved into my new house in June and have not really focused so much on my art space.  Well today it was my studios turn.......

that point when you think "why did I start this again?" lol 

It is starting to look a little more worth the effort.

It is still not quite finished but I decided I would stop and take a break, so I could come online and post in my blog.  And share with you the face I quickly sketched for day 12 of the 29 faces challenge.

I was attempting to be more loose and going for that artistic effortless sketchy look.

So there you have it a little glimpse into my day 12 efforts.  Thank you for stopping by.  I plan to do a full studio tour once I have it looking more inspirational rather than just a room with furniture dumped in it lol.  So watch this space for that.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a good day. T x