I love learning new things!  IN fact one of my weaknesses is I don’t like to repeat the same thing twice as I get easily bored….a recent workshop/training session with a school was a challenge in that sense because I did the same workshop 6 times over 3 days so that everyone in the school could be work with me to develop their teaching of drawing…but it was good fun as each group was different!

Anyway…..I digress… this month I am taking a class with Mindy Lacefield-My Watercolour Journal.  I love her whimsical style faces, their looseness and the way she uses lines and I love watercolours…..I don’t love journals…..they make me panic…in a way that a canvas doesn’t.  I think its because I worry about having a page I hate, making a hole or whatever…what I am discovering is that it’s OK…I can fix most things, work with them and learn a lot…but also collage paper, gesso and matt medium are my best friends when I don’t like something :0)

I’ve had a titchy Moleskine journal (watercolour paper) lying about waiting for something to fill it.  At first I thought about doing different eyes and noses etc in there but didn’t.  Well after Mindy’s last few lessons creating little pixies, fairies and girls it has found it’s place as I am practicing and filling it with my different attempts, ideas and most of all my playing around with what she’s teaching us and things form other classes too.

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It’s March already!!!  How did that happen?  I’ve been working hard on some canvas commissions and have sold a couple of my pieces throughly FB page- feeling like a real artist!

These were commissions from a friend who wanted some whimsical style portraits of two Celtic goddesses-I have loved doing them and I have ideas for a series.  I’m currently working on a third canvas for Bridghid.

These are done with neo-colours, collage, watercolours, pencil and some ink and paint pens for final details.  They are both around A3 sized so I am getting used to working bigger, I’m popping out to get another couple of canvases today as soon as the boys are done with journals and IXL!

I have been working on a class with Suzi Blu; via her patreon page.  She really inspired me, I couldn’t master the face using watercolour pencils and acrylics so I will be coming back to that-I’ve ordered a selection of polychromos and prismacolour recommended in her supply list.

It is a big piece…in fact it is ins pieces lol.  The more I am working on it the more it is telling me.  I know that sounds a bit ‘out there’ but honestly it is.

The more I work on this the more I see……like I was having a conversation with my other half about dreams yesterday…..(not the sleep kind the how I want to add to the universe, make the world a better place kind) and I was struggling to think of MY dreams……her hair is like a flowing river to me…like the dreams that have flowed away from me and now there is my hare and dream catcher. The hare has so much symbology (ooo i wasn’t sure that was a word ) there that my subconscious has picked up on….like aiming for dreams and not letting anything get in our path; that it’s OK to be solitary; their link with art….it’s like somehow I’m putting me into a painting but without actually knowing me or understang these things about me…..

I am liking the way it is coming together but there’s lots more to do!

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Honestly, I don’t think I have ever been so excited to see a piece of work finished or been so happy with the results.  This is from Kara Bullock’s Let’s Face it 2017 year long workshop.  I loved the process, the depth of the videos, learning new techniques.  This is my first ever acrylic portrait (that hasn’t ended up in the bin); first ever monochromatic face and I love it.

Finally getting round to posting my gratitude card 2/52 for last week.  I was grateful for all of the kindness that was in my week.  Hugs, kind comments, words, seeing the kindness of my middle son with his younger brother when he was struggling with a game which meant he gave up his time, invited his brother into his room for a ‘sleepover’ so they could play together on the game and he would be there to help, my MIL inviting us to go on holiday with her for a week in the summer as a gift from her, my husband in his words to me.  There was so much kindness all around me-and it wasn’t just a ‘kind week’ it was kindness that is always there which made it even sweeter.

I made this one using collage of papers, neocolours, gesso and waterproof brush marker.

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The ‘Boys’ (my sons, 8, 11 and 13) and I followed another you tube tutorial to make galaxy pictures using liquid watercolours.  They were really pleased with the results (as was I) .  It was great fun and we talked about colours that would work together and not make brown.  I think we will continue to look at a couple of different tutorials like this.  We’re kind of linking in with our nature journals theme…..the moon.