• My Art,  My Diary

    Diary Entry 19/06/2018-Painting a Seascape

    Once again art class was great this evening. We were instructed on how to paint a seascape, which is something I’ve never attempted because I have a fear of painting water. I find it very difficult. Our tutor gave us four different ways of doing this, which I’ll write about in a future post. I have included the method that I used so you can have a go if you fancy. It really is quite straightforward. Ingredients: Watercolour paper (You can buy a pad of 12 sheets from ‘The Works’ for ¬£2), Palette or a white plate, Your biggest brush (mop), medium sized brush, masking fluid, rubber and pencil. Watercolour…

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    Diary Entry-21/05/2018-Venice in Watercolour/Pen&Ink

    I haven’t written a post for the last few days because the time has been full of woe, worries and a car accident! I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to write anything, mainly because my mind has been on other things. Thankfully, I came out of my car practically unscathed after having being rammed from behind with such an almighty bang. I had only a few scratches and my neck survived with only a mild case of whiplash, which I can say I’m very surprised about. My car’s good to me, it really is. I have nothing but admiration for it now. Obviously, if you’ve ever…

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    Diary Entry-01/05/2018-Shell in Watercolour Tutorial

    Once again art class was great today. Our tutor gave us a 20 minute presentation¬† using the dry brush technique, which I’ve never attempted and I can definitely vouch for this way of painting for lots of subjects. It’s generally used for botanical work and intricate stuff, you know where lots of patience is needed. I loved this method because I felt for once in my painting experience I had more control. I do tend to use loose washes of watercolour and let these flow and merge, which I enjoy. There is a problem with this working method though, you have little control. If you make a mistake and the…

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    Diary Entry..17/04/2018..Strabismic Owl

    Art Class began last night for the summer term. ¬£34 for a 10-week course of 2 hours per week. Not bad is it? My tutor is excellent and always comes prepared with lots of materials. She even brings in coffee, tea, and milk bless her! This term we are studying a different artist a week and trying to emulate their style. We had a look at ‘Karl Martens’ artwork. He mainly paints birds, so we all had a go at this. There were lots of photographs to choose from which our tutor laid out on the desk. I chose an owl. Unfortunately, because we have limited time, and the first…

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    Diary Entry-18/03/2018-11 Years today.

    On this day 11 years ago, my Dad passed away. 5 days before his 57th birthday. It was very sudden so the shock was hard to deal with. I wanted to write this short post today in memory of him because he was an exceptional human being. He was born in 1949 in as the youngest child from a family of 3. He spent his teenage years learning to play the guitar after being influenced by the band ‘The Beatles’ that came onto the music scene in the early sixties. He was also a very good singer and I am not saying that to be biased because he was my…

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    Diary Entry-06/02/2018/Colour Wheel

    Art class was excellent this evening. We have a new tutor who is extremely proficient and knowledgeable about her subject. I have been studying art for over a year now and learnt quite a lot. Our tutor is demonstrating some really great stuff and techniques to use at home. What was so interesting about the class this week was the explanation about the colour wheel. I have included my very messy diagram (I’m not a particularly neat person with anything) which shows the three primary colours, painted in the middle band; then the mixing of each one which created the secondary colours, orange, purple and green. These new colours were…