Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Louisiana Watercolor Society 45th International Exhibition Acceptance

I woke up to some more good news this morning.  'Taking Time' has been accepted into the Louisiana Watercolor Society 45th International Exhibition and will be making its way to New Orleans next month.

The exhibition will take place at the New Orleans Acadamy of Fine Art from April 18- May 8 and then  the Atrium of Place St. Charles 201 St, Charles Avenue from May 9-23.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 39th Annual Exhibition Acceptance

I had some wonderful news yesterday evening. My painting 'Acceso' has been selected  for the 2015 Transparent Watercolor Society of America's 39th Annual Exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin from May 2nd to August 2nd 2015.


Monday, February 9, 2015

From Major to Minor

" Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness but as you go through life's journey, remember the black keys also create music."

We cannot really appreciate happiness without its mirror emotion sadness. Both are part of our  journey of life. Happiness provides satisfaction and resolution, sadness on the other hand helps us develop perseverance and strength.  Accept both and hopefully you’ll be playing a perfect concerto. 

It doesnt really come over well in the small jpg but I tried using several contrasting elements to help accentuate the mood in the 2 sections. In the main happy section my model Mira is using all white keys and in the reflection using mostly black keys. I also played with the sense of light in the main part of the painting versus the comparitive darkness of the reflection to help enhance the happy or sad feeling and lastly I used warm reds for the happy section versus cooler purply reds for the sadder reflection. These subtle colour differences are really lost in the jpg, sorry.


Monday, February 2, 2015

From Major to Minor WIP 2

It's been a while since I last posted progress on the painting I am working on, mainly because the maroon reds that I have used are so hard to reproduce accurately in a photo. I feel as if I have a love/hate relationship with them. Its a real struggle getting it to look even vaguely like the actual painting and has kind of put me off taking many photos along the way. I love the look of them and the atmosphere they create in the painting itself though.

I  just have a few more glazes on Mira's sweater to do. Then  this section will be finished and I can start on the reflection of Mira in the paino.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

From Major to Minor WIP 1

I thought I would have a change of pace for my next painting as the last two were both so full of energy and movement. This one, I hope, will be much more thought provoking.

For my inspiration I am using a quote by Ehssan " Life is like a piano; the white keys represent happiness and the black show sadness. But as you go through life's journey, remember the black keys also create music"

 We cannot really appreciate happiness without its mirror emotion sadness. Both sides help us in our  journey of life. Happiness provides satisfaction and resolution, sadness on the other hand helps us develop perseverance and strength.  Accept both and hopefully you’ll be playing a perfect concerto. 

Not much to get into a painting is it LOL. I Love a challenge though. I am still very early on in the paintings development but I thought I would share with you my progress so far. The background is actually a deep rich maroon in the darker areas. The camera really doesn't like the many layers of glazing it took to create it.

My model for this painting, Mira, has long black hair so it will take me a while to paint it. I think I will find some quiet piano music to listen to as I continue to paint.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Animato Assai

I had enormous fun doing this painting, especially capturing the movement of the hair. I have chosen the title 'Animato Assai' because it is the Italian musical term for very animated and I hope the painting evokes both happiness and the feeling of movement.

Thank you Sarah for being such a wonderful model for this painting.


Thursday, January 8, 2015


Here is today's update on my progress. The clothes are finished and next I get to paint all the fly away hair. I have some fun plans for this part and will probably be several days working on it as my tiny 'two haired' brushes will be getting a real workout so lookout for the finished version sometime next week. 


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Progress update

I have made a lot of progress since yesterday morning. Sarah's face, hands and T shirt are now finished and I have started painting her hair. I have been listening to lots of happy music as I have been painting.  Thank you for the suggestions you e mailed to me. I can't wait to finish her hair as I have some fun plans for it but I will need to finish her clothes next.

The camera is doing better today but its still not picking up the more subtle hues in the purples. For the painters its the quin violet which I used over the carbazole violet to give it a more pinky purple hue that is missing.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New year everyone! After a couple of weeks break for the holidays I was eager to pick up the brushes again. I thought I would start the year with a fun party atmosphere painting. It is still in its very early stages but I just had to share this magic moment that happened this morning when my model Sarah's  smiling joyful face started to appear from the paper. It certainly made me smile. The saying is so true. Smiling is contageous.

As usual it is hard for the camera to capture the colours accurately at this stage but it will hopefully give you an idea of what I am working on. If you have some ideas for fun music I can listen to as I carry on with the painting, let me know.


Sunday, December 14, 2014


I have finished my last painting for this year. Time for me to get ready for our christmas holidays now. This one was a huge challenge for me and I must admit I found it hard painting with these bright colours but it was a huge learning experience too so I am very glad I did it.  I am calling it Acceso because this is the musical term for 'ignited, on fire'. In spanish it also means bright, enthusiastic and passionate.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Acceso WIP 3

It is amazing how colour effects mood. I am finding that the vibrant oranges and yellows in this painting makes me want to rush at things. As a result I keep making silly mistakes which I then need to correct. Nevertheless I am making steady progress.

I had some fun today giving the arm a feeling of movement by blurring it just a little. I just thought it would add some more energy to the piece. I can't wait to paint the violin.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Acceso WIP 2

It has taken me 4 days to paint in the hair, layer by layer. I used the hairdryer as I usually do to help speed up the process. Do you think maybe the settings on it were a little on the hot side? Look what has happened to the hair! (grin)

Sorry, the camera is really struggling with capturing the bright colours as they are in the painting itself but hopefully this at least gives you an idea of my progress. Clothes next I think. 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Acceso WIP 1

I can't believe it's December already. This year is flying by. I have been working on a new watercolour over the past week. It took me 3 days and 27 glazes to build up the background. My subject is Sarah the violinist who I also used for my painting 'Heart Strings'. She is a great model. Heart Strings was all about the quiet inner thoughts as you play on your own and reach that moment when the music can just fly away and you are at one with it. I want this painting to have a very different feel to it. I want it to be full of energy and life with a real sense of movement. 

I've been listening to the music of Lindsey Stirling as I am working on this. It really helps me to get into the feel of what I want the mood of the painting to be. As you can see from the WIP photo I have now basically done Sarah's face, just the odd tweak here and there so I am now beginning work on her beautiful red hair. I am going to have some fun with the hair. If any of you know musical terms, the word 'Acceso' might give you a clue as to what I am planning to do with the hair.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

'Here's looking at you Kid'

I have been busy drawing out, stretching and masking a new watercolour this week. This involves a lot of waiting time as the stretched paper and masking fluid dry so I used this time  to  have some fun drawing "Here's Looking at You Kid".  Little Act-Ted utters the famous line  of the movie Casablanca with the deepest voice he could muster.  Do you think we should give him the part?

 I just couldn't resist doing this one in scratchboard as it really helped me to capture the Film Noir feel.  It is  drawn on a 11 by 14 inch Ampersand museum grade board.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Several of my art friends who do scratchboard have been wanting me to have a go for ages so I decided to try it out.  Harry very kindly posed for me. I used a touch of watercolour in his eyes. Any guesses what he was looking at?

 This drawing sold today. Someone saw it on my facebook page  so will be on its way to the US in the next day or two once the scratchboard is sealed.