Monday, 30 January 2012

A Weekend Away

A bright and sunny Saturday morning saw us heading up to Hereford for 
a much needed weekend away with a small detour to a log cabin showroom!!

We stayed Leominster ( pronounced Lemster!) and, having feasted on
one of the biggest breakfasts we have ever had we
had a wander round the town looking
at all the beautiful black and white Tudor buildings.

I loved this sign on the pub opposite the hotel we stayed in!!
Sadly this poor woman in the sign was probably Sarah Leeke  of Leominster being 
ducked in one of the last recorded instances of this practise around 1817.

 Once we had finished in Leominster we headed down to Hereford,
to have a wander round the town and the Cathedral grounds.  

The beautiful Cathedral door with all it's iron scroll work.

Statue of Edward Elgar in the Cathedral grounds.

We found this beautiful piece of wall in the courtyard along with lots of old
gravestones which made up the pathways.

Lots of inspiration found to draw on over the weekend.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Carrying On.......

Carrying on with the watercolour paint and marker doodles.......  

For this piece I taped four sheets of A3 watercolour paper together to 
give me a much bigger working area.

As I find it quite hard to just doodle freely I thought it would
be a good idea to put a favourite piece of music on, close my eyes and 
do the initial watercolour doodle marks without
looking at my work too often to see what results
I would get.

So not only do I have one big piece of work, but when 
broken up I also have four smaller pieces of work
to take inspiration from as well.

This time I tried to write using an ink pen, unfortunately the ink
 bled when it was used on the watercolour paint.
So note to self.....use marker pens on these areas!!

These doodles are going to be the starting point for a series of works
on Goddesses, weather they become part of the background
or part of the Goddess bodies themselves has yet to be explored
in more depth.

In each piece you can once again see the leaf/flower form which
is the enduring theme through out all these doodles.

I love the soft green colour within all these pieces and 
leaf shape that I have chosen to use this time.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Doodle With Watercolour & Markers

So I've moved onto lesson two of my Strathmore Workshop. 
( See link on the right )

This one involves free painting with watercolours, a bit of stamping,
doodling with markers.  

 I love the soft colours in this one and the way the leaf doodle draws the eye.
I can see this translating well into stitch!

This second one has a much more cutting edge urban feel to it, more like
graffiti.  The leaf shape is not quite so prominent this time.  Though I initially
disliked the end result, the more I look at it the more it is 
growing on me!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Following On....

Following on from the previous doodle ........

 This is fast becoming a highly addictive way to create backgrounds!

 Having completed the first one there was no choice but to have another go so ..........

Again created using the same techniques as before though
with bolder leaf shapes.

This final piece was created using the take off sheet that
I used to print off the excess paint on my stencils
once they had been used on the main piece.

A final quick coat of acrylic wax sealed the art work and ensured the
Markel stick didn't smudge or rub off onto the
other pieces of work.

There is definitely a lot of potential to turn this from paint into stitch!

Monday, 9 January 2012

A Little Bit Of Doodling

Needing a little bit of a kick start to get the old brain cells going
again I decided to take part in a Strathmore Studio workshop
with Tracie Bautista on Doodling.

I figured this would be a good way to get back into my creative zone as there are
no hard and fast rules to abide by and the workshop can be downloaded
so you can dip in and out of it at your leisure.

So, here is the first of my New Year Doodles!!

  Some of the found objects waiting to be used.

Stencils, lace, washers & rubber bands.

 Feathers, sequins, leaves & letters.

 The first stage of painting........

 Adding more colour and texture using Markel sticks, oil pastel and paint.

 The finished piece with Indian ink & more paint added.

Roll on the next part of the workshop!

 Strathmore Workshops can be found here

Friday, 6 January 2012

A Glimpse Of Things To Come

Now the festivities are over it's back to work with no excuses. 
My little studio space has been sorely neglected over the last few weeks and it feels good
to be getting back in there and to being creative.

I've been working on a few pieces which are almost complete and thought I'd give you a sneaky peek of things to come!

These should be finished within the next couple of weeks so pop back to see the final results!!!