The Painted Diaries – June (part 3)

This week I discovered how beautiful the shades of watered-down sumi ink can be. It is so deeply dark when undiluted. Watered down, it transforms into shades of tea, coffee, pebbles and stone... Scribbles Running a water-soaked brush along the edge of freshly painted ink Downward facing dashes become bamboos Blobs Stones and pebbles Tree-ish …

The Painted Diaries — June (part 2)

This week I've been noticing how marks can have quite a powerful effect. I found myself feeling uncomfortable with marks that looked like stitches and then uplifted a day or two later by the triumphant curve of arches. Perhaps it is due to their simplicity, that marks are an undiluted communication of gesture and energy. …

The Painted Diaries – June (part 1)

A new month has begun  in The Painted Diaries and the theme is mark making. Time to get out my sumi ink and special brush that I have hardly touched since I bought them for a cartooning class three years ago. After so much exuberant colour last month, I’m looking forward to the simplicity of …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 4)

It's been an incredible month, hanging out with Hundertwasser, playing with shapes and colours and lines, and learning so much. Here are just a few of the things I’ve learnt from Hundertwasser: Be organic with your shapes and lines. Circles can be blobs. Squares can be roundish. Love of colour. Stripes and eyes and houses …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 3)

For most of this week I didn't look at my Hundertwasser inspiration book at all. I just made some doodles with my fountain pen and then coloured them in, drawing on all the influences I have picked up from the artist so far (the main one being lots of bright colour!) Lady Guy (in love …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 2)

This week in The Painted Diaries, I had a lot of fun mixing and merging Hundertwasser's style with my own doodle style. I'm continuing to be blown away by his use of colour, so it may be that I never get round to experimenting in black and white. (Although: never say never!) One of the …

The Painted Diaries – May (part 1)

May in The Painted Diaries is all about artist inspiration. This month, I’ll be sitting in the classroom with Friedensreich Hundertwasser, hoping to learn from his incredible shapes, lines, colours, and his love for and connection to the earth. I have never worked with an artist in this way before. I feel like I am …

The Painted Diaries – April (part 4)

When I began taking part in The Painted Diaries back in January, I had no idea that this project would become the backbone of my art practice. Each month our inspiring host, Riet Poch, announces a new theme which keeps things interesting and provides many opportunities to jump out of our artistic comfort zones and …

The Painted Diaries – April (part 3)

I keep thinking I am going to run out of textured material. But it would seem that textures are everywhere, and so are The Queens. Here are the queens that appeared in my art journal this week. Enjoy! Brayer Ribbon Crayon (neocolor I) Lace (and puffy hearts!) Gelli prints Sheet music Paperclips

The Painted Diaries – April (part 2)

Some interesting queens have appeared in my art journal over this past week. My pages are becoming more and more curved around what lies beneath them. That's one way to be sure there is some good 3D texture going on! Tin foil Washi tape Glitter I love how the light reflects off the glitter. Masking …