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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Watercolour Artist - Inspiration

    Inspiration

    I came across this beautiful artist Jean Haines, who paints the most eye catching , vibrant and fluid watercolour paintings. There is such grace and excitement in her paintings that each and every painting just pops right out at you.  Jeans use of colour is just magnificent, as well as her use of water - this is the whole purpose of watercolour paints - which creates the spontaneous fluidity of colour in her artworks.

    Below, you can read an article on a previous exhibition she held at the Stockbridge Gallery from last year in July.

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    What I simply love about her watercolour paintings is the fact that some do not look finished, almost like a quick watercolour study of her subject.  As an artist myself, one whom does not have time right now to dedicate my time to painting, I have always enjoyed doing tonal sketches and like seeing other artists studies of artwoirk, it has always been something that inspires me to get back into my painting and dabble. Below you can see her paintings that have that unfinished look yet, very realistic, and others that are more of a finished artwork.

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    Great Watercolours

    You can see that Jean paints such a vast array of subjects and I think that is why I like her artwork so much because it allows her watercolour artistic skills show through each and every on of her paintings. Jean haines can certainly capture the concept of watercolour paints through her wet on wet technique and, her use of vibrant colour allows her paintings to really stand out, as well as her techniques used. Love the floating and graceful feeling she captures in her work as well as the realism of her subjects.

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    You can read about the artist and view other artworks by Jean Haines on http://www.jeanhaines.com/

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  • Seascape

    My Art World

    Every week during my working hours, when there is any spare time - if any - I do some research into the art and craft world and, have the use of the internet I am able to find an array of things involving the art and craft world, with much delight.

    Recently though I have been finding lots of different artists - some new ones and some I already know - and enjoying viewing their artworks and, finding myself inspired more and more all the time. So last week I pulled out a large canvas, my palette knives and acrylic paints - I enjoy using the Amsterdam Acrylics 150ml and, the Rembrandt Acrylic paints too as they have a colours which are pearlescent - and got creative. I did not have a particular subject in mind when I went to the canvas, I felt compelled to apply colour to the canvas and allow the painting to talk to me and show me what to paint. The first stage of my painting was rather lost with colour because I was too excited about painting again so, I stepped back from my canvas and tried to find out what to do next. Below, shows you the first stage of my painting.

    above - first stage of painting

    Pearlesent Acrylic

    When I went back to my painting I eventually decided to turn it into a seascape and define the horizon allowing the sky to truly appear which became  recognisable. I like abstract painting but I am not one for composing a true  abstract painting. I enjoy creating a painting that is realistic when it comes to my acrylic seascapes and landscapes. However, when it comes to using my Rembrandt Watercolours, I find that I actually paint a lot more realistically because it seems easier for me to paint in  more detailed manner. Anyway, now that I have the sea, horizon and skyline in place on canvas I am working on some texture in the sea while using the pearlescent Rembrandt acrylic paints and, using splatters of pearlescent paint in the sky also.  Next I will work on the sky some more and blend my colours slightly and, I plan to do something in the foreground just to lift the whole painting and add interest and a depth to my painting. Please do keep your eye on my progress with this and once completed I would love to know what you think.

    These photos below just show you how I have progressed and, shows you different angles of the painting to see the effect of the colour when highlighted with the light hitting the painting ( the pearlescent paints). With some close ups also and, you see that I have a defined seascape now compared to before.

    Below - this is how the sea waters look on an angle with the light hitting the canvas. You can see the texture created with my palette knife too.

    above and below the sky

    I am making slow progress with my canvas but I feel it is coming together nicely. I will hopefully get chance this Friday to start working on the foreground as know what I want to do for it but this might take some more time as, there will be more detail - thats the plan anyway - but not too much. Want to create representation here and pull the whole painting together. Looking forward to picking up my acrylics and palette knives again! ;-)

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