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.

Three Sisters Bake

Three Sisters Bake

From a nice visit for some coffee, cake and drawing at three sisters bake at Quarrier’s Village.

Fritillary, Snake’s Head

Fritllary, Snake's Head

Crocuses

Crocuses

Spring is in the air, would also really recommend This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki to read and not put colour coordinated plant pots on.

Leven watercolours – part 2

Leven Links golf course

Leven Links golf course

Flaxmill, Silverburn Estate

Flaxmill, Silverburn Estate

Doocot - Letham Glen

Doocot – Letham Glen

Leven leisure centre

Leven liesure centre

Part of a commission for for an interpretive panel.