Kothel

Kothel

Kothel, a new restaurant café in Broomhill, Glasgow. I haven’t really tried much of their food yet but was a really friendly place to hang out for a snack and coffee.

Kothel,
300 Crow Road,
Glasgow, G11 7HS

Meadow Road Coffee

Meadow Road Coffee

Took a trip down Dumbarton Road in Glasgow to Meadow Road Coffee. A great wee place and well worth the walk, all the seating faces out so no drawing of the interior and a street scene instead. Someone had a wee gang of dogs including a lurcher and a jack russell hope to get some drawings up of them a bit later.

Meadow Road Coffee
579 Dumbarton Rd,
Glasgow G11 6HY

Bakery 47

Bakery 47

Finally visited Bakery 47 a new bakery in the south side of Glasgow. At the moment its only open for sit in on a Sunday although they do take away on other days. Its a cool space and are planning to run artistic events as the place develops.

Taking care of business

Taking care of business

New cards – slightly reworking/refining my earlier ones – still made from watercolour cold pressed paper and individually painted. Can even use them for tiny paintings too :)

Life Drawing/Painting

Life Drawing/Painting

First painting session on this life drawing of Sandra, I’ll hopefully continue with the pose next week.

Spring, plum blossom studies

Spring, plum blossom studies

Peńa Glasgow

Peńa Glasgow

I’ve been meaning to visit Peńa coffee bar for ages – it’s got a great friendly vibe serving some good coffee and snacks. If you want to try out some beans they have some guest beans from Workshop Coffee and The Barn dare a say a nice change (in the best way) from the regular Glasgow coffee scene.

Dogs are welcome too!

Pocket Sushi

Pocket Sushi

Draw your lunch…

Isle of Skye watercolours

Isle of Skye watercolours

I got some of my Isle of Skye watercolours framed already to be picked up tomorrow to head back to Skye to be shown at the Single Track, Café. The café will be open after Easter so if you’re there or visiting is well worth a visit.

All the Colours

All the colour

I normally use a really minimal palette but I’ve thrown that idea to the wind and been experimenting with new colours. These colour dot samples from Daniel Smith are great for trying out and experimenting what colours will work.

Previously I’ve just taken a chance picking new colours by looking at an online sample or opening the top of the tube and just guessing, which is crazy expensive. Nothing beats actually painting a sample and seeing how the paint reacts to lots of water or used really densely.

It’s been good trying out new greens and blues for ages I’d pretty much only use cerulean and cobalt blue and for my greens sap green and cerulean blue mixed with yellow ochre and cadmium yellow.

I think recently its because I’ve been moving away from working tonally and going for pure pigment – sometimes mixing up a turquoise or bright purple/pink or even a deep dark green can be really difficult from a basic palette. Instead its been a lot of fun just messing about with pure colours (cue – heavenly chorus!)

I’m really new to Daniel Smith watercolours and have been really impressed with some of the weirder colours like cascade green with has an unusual mixture of blue and green that separates out and their lunar range which has iron oxide in it which makes an really interesting texture.

I’ve found them quite difficult to find in the UK at art stores, you can however get them online at Jackson’s Art Supplies.