The Painted Diaries – October (part 2)

It really seems to be true that drawing something makes me feel more connected to it. This has very much been the case over the past month as I have attempted to draw some friends from the animal kingdom. I have been greatly inspired by two books: The Creature Garden by Harry and Zanna Goldhawk …

The Painted Diaries – October (part 1)

The theme for October in The Painted Diaries is drawing! (Tying in with the #inktober drawing challenge.) I decided this is a wonderful opportunity for me to practice drawing something I find really challenging: ANIMALS! Armed with these two books for inspiration and encouragement, I’m hoping this will be an inspiring month and one which …

The Painted Diaries – September (part 2)

Much of September was spent working on backgrounds for the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. The final stage in the process came towards the end of the month when we were at last "allowed" to add imagery and words. This was also the point where the RAWonline class and the scavenger hunt theme for The …

The Painted Diaries – September (part 1)

The theme for September in The Painted Diaries was a scavenger hunt using all sorts of found ephemera in our art journals. This month I was also planning to take part in the RAWonline class with Amanda Grace. I got a sense that at some point during the class we would be adding images and …

The Painted Diaries – August (part 2)

The second half of The Painted Diaries for this month has uncovered even more art supplies that I hardly ever use. It seems that acrylics and watercolours are my go to art supplies. But what about all those other amazing mediums and colours? Now that I have rediscovered my stash, I hope to be using …

The Painted Diaries – August (part 1)

A new month means a new theme in The Painted Diaries and this month is all about swatching our art supplies. This might be the most relaxing thing EVER and perfect for restoring a sense of order to the universe. First up: watercolours! I switched some of the colours in the Winsor and Newton mini palette …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 5: Ether)

What an incredible journey it has been through each of the five elements. My pages for the first three elements of Earth, Water, and Fire all seemed to be jam packed with information and associations. With last week's exploration of the element of Air, things suddenly became more spacious and buoyant. As I came to …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 4: Air)

After cramming so many ideas and associations into the pages of the first three elements, things have suddenly got a whole lot more spacious. With the element of air comes lots of space and lightness. I left out the page headings as they suddenly felt too cumbersome for this element. What a breath of fresh …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 3: Fire)

It was pretty intense catching up with The Painted Diaries last week. As I was getting over my summer cold, I felt as though I was submerged in water. It has felt good to warm things up as I moved on to the next element: Fire! What does the element of Fire mean to you? …

The Painted Diaries – July (Part 2: Water)

The timing for each of the elements in my Painted Diaries exploration this month seems to be spot on. Last week, while I was working with the Earth element, I found myself out on the land at EarthHeart, in the beautiful Forest of Dean. This week, as I've been exploring my relationship with the element …