Monday, November 14

Super Moon

Moon taken 12.30am 14th November 2016
Taken  with my Sony Cyber-shot Compact Camera with 30x Optical Zoom
The impressive sight happens when a full moon is closest to Earth. It orbits our planet in an oval shape so sometimes it comes closer to us than at other times. To us, the moon appears 30% brighter and 14% bigger. 

They're fairly frequent, although November's supermoon will be a once-in-a-generation sight. There are six supermoons in 2016. We've already had four, and after next week there's one on December 14. 

It might look close, but ofcourse it's not that close. November 14's full moon will be the closest for 70 years. The moon will come 221,524 miles from Earth - almost touching distance in space terms.

The closest full moon of the whole of the 21st century will fall on December 6, 2052.

The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, arbitrarily defined as:
...a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.
Nolle also claimed that the moon causes "geophysical stress" during the time of a supermoon. Nolle never outlined why the 90% was chosen.
The term supermoon is not used within the astronomical community, which uses the term perigee-syzygy or perigee full/new moon. Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzygy is when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are aligned, which happens at every full or new moon. Hence, a supermoon can be regarded as a combination of the two, although they do not perfectly coincide each time.

Wednesday, September 21

The Slate

I am seriously thinking of getting The Slate for myself, will have to start saving. But I think it would be fun to use it.

Saturday, July 23

Morning walk

I have not been so good for a few weeks so this is the first time out for Mylo for awhile, running around the park like a demented demon, but as to lay down and wait for me to catch up.
Oh mother hurry up!!

Monday, June 6

Old and New Painting

This week I decided to take an old Acrylic painting that I had started a few years ago, At the time I had thought it was finished and a goodish painting. 

But since painting this, I have been learning off Youtube watching Clive5art, Lachri Fine Arts, and courses on Craftsy and now Art Tutor. I think that watching them has helped me. Also getting back to basics with my drawing never hurts.

So this morning I finished my new version. and now putting the photos side by side I am really pleased with it.
But I wonder if in a few years time I will alter it again.

Enlightened Warrior

Friday, May 13

Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who)

Now I'm sat watching clive5art on YouTube and I felt the muse fall upon me he was painting Peter Capaldi in Acrylics.
So I searched the Internet for the pic Clive used and thought I might  try my hand at drawing and painting Peter Capaldi ( Doctor Who) myself.

I started with a drawing, done with a 2B size pencil on 169lb mix media paper from Daler-Rowney. Finishing the drawing I decided to use my black ink pen to go over the pencil I had drawn out, rubbing out the rest. then getting out my watercolours I finished the Picture.

2B size pencil on A4
 mixed media paper 169lb

waterproof uni-ball fine black pen

Friday, May 6

I'm Trying

I feel I'm always trying to get better and never getting there, I'm trying to paint and draw every day. They tell you to keep trying now I've seen somewhere that when you are  practising your art you can actually practice it the wrong way. which means you will learn it wrong. Grrr it confuses me but I refuse to give in (sticks tongue out). Tried me hand at a little watercolour sketch of roses.I have darkened it slightly since this picture, which makes the roses stand out more.

Wednesday, May 4

John Wayne Sketch

A little sketch using ink and watercolour
I do hope you think he looks like him a bit.

Tuesday, April 26

Learning Watercolours

I wanted to try my hand at watercolours, so I watched quite a lot of YouTube, which gave me plenty of info and the urge to paint. I already had a Winsor and Newton 14 half pan set but not all of them were the colours I wanted so I bought myself some tubes and spare empty half pans and filled them with the paint from the tubes.

Paper taped down to a board
Watercolour and No's 10 and 2 watercolour brushes

My first attempt at watercolours from watching all theses helpful channels trying to incorporate what I had seen from everyone. I used a 20cm by 15cm paper, I only wanted to use a small piece of paper.

The first stage was getting the shape of the Lions face
 and the different areas of shading then letting that dry

Then building the colour and temperature of the picture up until you feel you can not do more.

While waiting for the lion to dry I tried my hand at wet in wet.

Tuesday, March 29

Pen and watercolour

Using a uni-ball fine waterproof pen and using watercolour pencils and a brush that holds its own water i made a quick sketch

Sunday, February 28

Re-arranging my art/witchy room

Spending a busy Sunday rearranging my art/witchy room starting on the art side of it first. It was just not right the way it was I felt cramped and unable to breathe. I have a north facing room but quite a small window the way my room was, at first, the light was hitting my painting wrong by mainly coming from behind and to the side of the picture. So now by reversing my room the light will hit it from behind me instead. I also brought myself a daylight bulb for the overhead light and two softbox lights with daylight bulbs so I can paint and draw at night and dull days. Here is the part of the room that I've moved. Has you can see the light from the window is great. So back to it!

Wednesday, February 24

Re working

I have been thinking of taking these two paintings and reworking them. They were one of the first acrylic paintings I did, and I feel they need something else. So this will be my next project. If they work out and they look reasonably good you will be seeing them again. If not, they may be covered with gesso or binned. 

Friday, February 12

Picking the right white

Watercolourists can rely on the white of the page and acrylic painters often just have a couple options available. 

Whites in the Winsor & Newton acrylic ranges each has different properties. 
•    Titanium White is the whitest and most opaque of the whites and is recommended for general use. 
•    Mixing White is a more transparent white with reducing tinting strength, making it ideal for strong tints, glazing, and toning down colours.
•    Iridescent White captures the unique effect of "light interference" and can be mixed with or painted over colours to create interesting pearlized effects.

But oils offer an array of seemingly unnecessary pigments to choose between. So why are there so many whites out there?  Oil colour has been around a lot longer than acrylic and has therefore benefited from the developments of pigments over the years,” a few traditional pigments, non-toxic hues that mimic the lead whites, faster-drying whites formulated in linseed oil.

The main variations are due to several factors, including opacity, temperature bias, drying time and the toxicity of each individual pigment. As such, deciding on the appropriate white paint is often just a case of knowing exactly what purpose you will be using it for.

I was told to use Titanium White as a good all-rounder to keep in my paint box. It has a neutral appearance, doesn’t yellow when it dries and can be used to add highlights or block over darker areas thanks to the relatively high opacity of its base pigment, Titanium Dioxide. The downside to this is that it can overpower mixes and useless when it comes to glazing. “In cases where a subtle approach is necessary, a Zinc White or Mixing White, formulated primarily on Zinc Oxide, is more suitable,” advises Paul. The presence of Zinc Oxide can help reduce yellowing, too.

On occasions when a fast drying time is necessary, such as priming a canvas or board quickly before you begin, opt for a white containing linseed oil, like Foundation White or Underpainting White. “Both are formulated using linseed oil as opposed to safflower oil, making them dry quicker than most other whites and, therefore, suitable for painting lower layers,” says Paul. Linseed oil is more prone to yellowing than safflower oil, though, so bear that in mind if you use it in more visible layers.

The main difference between Underpainting White and Foundation White is that the latter contains lead, which remains a concern for some artists. Lead-based pigments can be harmful if swallowed and extended exposure to them may cause damage to the nervous system, bone marrow and more. Many non-toxic pigments have been developed.

Monday, February 8

sketching hour

Went out the other week trying to inspire me to start my art up again. Not really had the inclination for the past year since my mum passed away, but she wouldn't want me to stop so I bought myself a sketch pad.
 Sat down to watch Youtube Clive a great guy to listen to if your learning to paint.

Acrylic Painting | Q&A | clive & Dawn Live | Acrylic painting
for beginners,

Just a page of little sketches ease back into it, will do this for a while practice, practice, practice

Friday, February 5

How to feel fulfilled as an artist

  • Never compare yourself to other artists, Know that your family is biased. Whether for or against, their views are skewed and do not represent an accurate reflection of your work in the world.
  • Base your success on how your art has enriched your life and how you feel when you create it.
  • Constantly push yourself to expand and learn.
  • Know that art can never be measured in dollars and will only ever appreciate in value.
  • Trust that when you are making the world more beautiful. that is always enough. 
  • Honest work is not compromised if it supports the creation of art.
  • Remember it is the job of the artist to create, not to simply regurgitate what exists. 
  • Never expect your family to understand your art, but do your best to educate them about it, patiently. 
  • Whenever a client/gallery or owner/patron offers their advice, smile and nod. then create your art authentically. 
  • Remember what Dali said: "Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."