Monday, 16 October 2017

Lilies for Oscar Wilde

Starts today! A collaborative art project I am involved in.

Lilies for Oscar Wilde

More information and photos will follow.
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Friday, 29 September 2017

Negative Space Painting

Some pages from my sketchbook. This week I have been working on a Matisse theme, painting
negative space. I used black gesso , which covered the page well, and white acrylic which was not as successful.The writing was done with a PebeoMixtion pen and gold foil.

Painting negative space with black gesso and white acrylic
Black gesso and Pebeo Mixtion pen with gold foil

Sketchbook pages

Monday, 18 September 2017

Reading on Thames Festival

Reading on Thames Festival has been taking place this week. A new arts festival, there were a number of events. I went on a trail at View Island, armed with a map and i pod, walking round the island, stopping at the marked points to listen to the soundbites. I liked the idea of it, but question the relevance of some of the chosen texts to the setting. The Life of Pi is about the open ocean, and the Banyan Tree is native to India, which is a leap in one's imagination. "Echoes Around View Island" was created by "Beautiful Creatures".The soundbites are available to download online.
You can read about this festival here:_

Friday, 8 September 2017

Pebeo Art Supplies

This week I attended a demonstration of Pebeo art supplies. The best bit was when we got to test the products
I was very impressed with all the products I used.
The approach I had was just to experiment with them in my sketch book and see 
what happened.

The products I used were:-
black gesso
Mixtion Relief 
Modelling paste
Texture gel (sand)
Gel gloss
Deco markers

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Holiday Journal from France

Here are some pages from the art journal I started whilst on holiday in France.
Although I wanted to work on my journal when we were away, I found that I 
didn't really have time, what with sightseeing, eating long French lunches and swimming
in the pool. I collected tourist leaflets and ephemera and took photos when we were out. I also made notes in a rough book of where we had been, and worked on it when we returned home.
We stayed in the Lot region, a very pretty area with beautiful old bastide towns,
 lovely rivers and scenery. 

Friday, 25 August 2017

Flip Flop Books

This week in my Mixed Media group we made " Flip Flop " books,
under the tuition on Janina Maher. We all had a kit and produced
two small books in a reversible cover.
It was great fun, and I am really pleased with my books!
You can find Janina at

Friday, 18 August 2017

Holiday Journal

I have set myself a challenge to make a holiday art journal. I'm fairly new to art journalling, although I am familiar with many mixed media techniques. So it's the first time I have done this. Limited by the materials I brought with me - sketchbook, pencil case, brush pens and travel watercolour palette, made me creative in using found objects for my journal pages.

Pages printed with brush pens on plastic bag

Collage of gift wrap paper

Collage of newspaper from plane

Printed leaves