creative everyday

100 faces challenge #12

Theoretically I’ve been doing this a while now. I would love to give great reason for not having posted in a while , the only excuse I have is how unwell I’ve been for nearly 3 months now. As a family we’ve been seriously struck down by the young kids at school syndrome where we all get pretty constant colds


Oops, update time

I thought I would just show the images I’ve done over the last week or so. There are a couple I’m in the middle of as well. I guess I’ve been painting but not finishing


This is the last post nearly finished. When I took this image I thought he was done but I’ve made him more orangey


This is today’s daily painting… Something different, a new style, a first play…. Needs lotsa work

Trying oils


Over the last week I have been playing with oil paints. I have only done one picture with them before and I had forgotten how much I love them and how they naturally match the way that I paint. I had also forgotten how long they dry, I mean seriously it’s Friday and the ones I did on Monday aren’t ready for another layer yet. That could be my fault for using too much medium as well to be fair.

As often when I’m painting Andy mentioned that he really likes the under painting as a style of finished painting. That’s what the lion above is and I would love your thoughts. He has the shape and form of where I am aiming to go but none of the detail. As an underpainting he is a lot darker than where he will end.

Andys comment got me thinking about daily painting in oils. Realistically they have to be looser as you can only do one layer in oils, it means I can produce more but does that mean I can sell more? Also the ultimate question of does it match my style and what feels authentically me?

Guess what I have no answers.

I am considering this evening doing an underpainting in acrylic and going over in oils this evening to see what happens

Dreaming of Spring – Creative Everyday

Dreaming of Spring

This is the piece I have been working on this week.  Some of the earlier pictures are over in the work in progress gallery.

We are due for snow and all I can think is that I want spring.  I want the end to winter… so I guess I’m going to create it in my own space… because I can.

There are now 2 layers of resin.  I’m hoping to finish it with a final level of paint and sanding down the sides and the finishing touches by the end of the week.

Things I’ve learnt when doing this

  • I really enjoy using pallet knives and love creating depth just using paint and paint mediums
  • Putting the leaves on to early before the resin stops moving causes the leaves to move from where I placed them
  • I think I’m beginning to enjoy creating the depth purely from the paint and wonder if long term as my skills develop I will end up with more traditional paintings and not mixed media.  Although I guess the reason I’m drawn to mixed media is that I get to use all sorts of skill sets as I get bored really easily.


Creative Everyday Monday


So wow… this week I managed creative everyday.  I did all the art for the website
Wednesday was hard as it was my date night which started as soon as I got home.. but I knitted whilst watching a film.

I put the first layer of resin on 5 pictures.. I really ought to do as work in progress… hmmm.. will go sort that

turned some of the button images above into little works of art

All in all a good week on the creative front.

Feeling good too