Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Hi Ya! Long-time no see!

This is a test post to see if the Troll is still around.  I hope that they have found new pastures.  I am afraid I will have to use comment moderation in case they are still lurking.

The above print was done on MDF and I used black ink and used water colour for the colours as I thought it a bit too stark in Black and white.
I hope to see you soon.


Saturday, 22 February 2014

29 Faces and PPF

Unexpectedly I was away from home for 2 weeks.  I have had no internet access and no paints!  Gosh did I miss them.  However I did have my coloured pencils and a large sketch pad.  Today, I will show you two drawings for a long overdue commission and as they have faces I will count them in the 29 faces challenge!  I have some more and I will post them in the next couple of days as I am short of time today, lots to catch up on!

Faces 6, 7, 8

This is about Sarah and her joy at the arrival of Isaac S, she was in her 90’s! (Gen 21) with Ishmael looking on.

Face 9

Eve of course! Here is the nasty serpent trying to tempt her.  As you might have guessed the commission is for a series on Woman of the Bible for children.  The blank spaces afre for the text.

Have a good weekend.  Hopefully I will be back to normal production from now.

Linking to Paint Party Friday do go and visit all the other wonderful artists!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

29 Faces - February 2014

I have been dithering about trying to decide whether to do 29 Faces this time round and as I missed last September I finally decided I will.  The problem is that I have a lot on this month.  So I decided I would do watercolour whimsy faces.

Face 2

Face 3

However, by Face 3 I knew it wasn’t going to work as it was not enough of a challenge.  So I decided to do something that was a challenge, tonal work!  Using my Inktense pencils but ONLY one colour, allowing myself to use water to create tone.  Here is my first effort for faces 4 and 5, inspired by a photo from a magazine.

Face 4 and 5

Friday, 24 January 2014

On a Roll...

At last!  A week that has gone fantastically well, despite storms and earthquakes!

On Monday, I was gardening and wearing my new gardening gloves that are necessary because of psoriasis.  Looking at them I thought I wonder?  They were made of thin cotton and had a plastic coating on the palms and fingertips.  So in I went and got out my oil painting stuff and hey presto it was lunch time and my hands didn’t get sweaty and they protected my rashy bits!  Yay, I can use my oils again!  The above small painting (12 x12 Inches) is the result, still a work in progress.

I have got used to my acrylics, but for big paintings I just haven’t got comfortable using them.  I still love using acrylics in my journal and on canvas boards.  But I so missed using them on big paintings.

detail of wip

So this week I have been playing with my oils again and I am very happy.  The earthquake on Monday at 4 0’clock threw my equilibrium out a bit, it went on for a long time and several things came crashing down, no wonder it was 6.2 and the epicenter was 30 km away!  I was a gibbering fool for the rest of the day and next morning when I saw the damage it had done around town.  But heyho we get over these things.

Tuesday afternoon I got out one of my old abandoned oils (there are lots of them!)

This painting I started in June last year, and has been littering a corner in my bedroom ever since as I got stuck. So, I painted over it, within no time I had this.  It is a large canvas about 30 x 36 inches.

I had to let it dry for a day so yesterday (Thursday) and this morning I did more work and have got this far.

While writing this I realized why I felt uncomfortable with acrylics for big paintings.  With oils you have to wait for the paint to dry if you work like I do in layers or glazes. It gives you time to consider the possibilities, I often don’t do what I think I am going to do, but something comes clear within me and my hand just paints..   As acrylics dry very quickly I can keep on painting and I often try and put too much in! It is hard to explain, but I hope that it makes sense?

Anyways that is what I have been up to this week, I am linking to Paint Party Friday hosted by the wonderful ladies Eva and Kirstin.