Peña Exhibition

Peńa customers

Watercolour portrait

The original watercolours are quite small measuring 10cm x 15cm.

Peńa illustrated paper cup

I’ve got an exhibition at the coffee shop Peńa on Eton Lane in Glasgow. Its a selection of 20 watercolour portraits of some of the customers. I’ll also be showing a selection of illustrated coffee cups as well. Thanks to Rosie and Rowena and Rachel of Glasgow City Arts for helping to organise it and getting the customers to get involved!!

16 – 21st December 2015
and 4 – 9th January 2016

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cups copy

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Pena Toastie & Coffee Bar,
5 Eton Lane, Glasgow, G12

Kelvingrove Museum Plein Air

Kelvingrove Museum

Kelvingrove Museum

I’ve been meaning to upload this painting I had done during the plain air competition Pintar Rapido back in August. It was the first time I’ve ever taken part in a painting “competition” as such, I even couldn’t decided if I wanted to take part until the day before! The first thing I noticed is when I’m out sketching its very foot back in style, I’ll aways keep an eye out on what would look good or simply draw if I’m at one spot for any length of time. For sure there are times where I’ll have a general idea of a painting in mind, get the right time of day and go ahead. This time with a board under my arm and equipment in a bag it was a whole new feeling of wandering around trying to find a good spot to paint, wholly underprepared. The mind set was different as well, going from thinking that view could work I had to commit as time passed. The big part of the competition was you’d get your paper/canvasses stamped in the morning then you’d deliver your paintings in the afternoon. After a few very light showers I ended up in Kelvingrove Museum drawing a ridiculously complex scene!

I didn’t finish it as much as I wished and ran out of time. If I did it again I would certainly plan it out more and maybe pick a simpler scene.

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

Watercolour and conté chalk – one more drawing of Sarah still love experimenting using conté with watercolour, it’s fun how the chalk repels the paint slightly. These are studies for a couple of paintings I’ve been working on.

Watercolour Techniques

Watercolour Techniques

Early next year I’m going to be starting a how to book about watercolours 😀

I’m a big fan of the idea of learning enough of how to paint just to get started and picking up ways of working as I go. For example I don’t find it necessary to do perfect washes, stretch paper or dry watercolour turns out I like painting in glazes! At the same time I like using granulating colours, wet on wet techniques and experimenting with brush strokes. For this book I feel like I’m learning the about the whole world of watercolours again.

Are there any techniques or any aspects of painting and drawing in watercolour you think I should cover? Do you think learning techniques are important?

ps it won’t be just about techniques, more about getting out there and painting. This isn’t a cover just a quick photo of some of my materials!!

Laboratorio Espresso

Laboratorio Espresso

I took part in a collaboration commission with the Glasgow Café Laboratorio Espresso to do an illustrated paper cup. It was to include the café with the Greek Thomson building to wrap around the paper cup.

Laboratorio Espresso

The finished illustrated paper cups. They’re now available in Lab Espresso if you fancy some of my artwork as well as some of the best coffee available in Glasgow.

Illustrated Coffee Cups

Its been a great bonus seeing people post the cups on Instagram.

Laboratorio Espresso,
93 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2SD

Autumn in Papercup, Glasgow

Autumn in Papercup, Glasgow

Tam Shepherds

Tam Shepherds

The best and oldest tricks/costume shop in Glasgow. I’ve always loved this shop and its imaginative window displays.

Established 1886
33 Queen Street,
Glasgow, G1 3EF

Brew Lab

Brew Lab - Edinburgh

One of my favourite places in Edinburgh for lunch and coffee.

Brew Lab
6-8 South College Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9AA

St Brides

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I visited St Brides, East Kilbride earlier in July this year. I had planned to do some drawings or paintings of it but have never got round to it but thought i’d upload some of the photos I took in the meantime. It was just a off the cuff visit but John who helps look after the place kindly showed me around. Designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia there are lots of nice details that I may not have noticed till they were shown out to me. On this side of the building there is a vertical pattern that’s a reflection of the line of trees on the other side. If you go round to the back of the building there is a horizontal design that is meant to be clouds.

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Life drawing/painting

Life drawing/painting

From that day it was warm enough to take the life drawing group outside in the roof, what a day!