Advent Artist Day 6 – Dean Crouser

Festive Heart (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)
Festive Heart (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

Today’s Advent Give Away is called Festive Heart.  I thought I’d play with some texturing and some graphic elements in this painting to produce a funky heart painting in blue and orange.

Advent Artist for Day 6:

I’ve followed Dean Crouser’s work on Facebook for a while. Dean is an American artist based in Oregon. Dean paints simple images in a loose style and presents them in his own spontaneous style.  Dean’s work can also be seen on his Facebook page.

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Advent Artist Day 5 – Marc England

Guardian Angel (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)
Guardian Angel (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

Today’s Advent Giveaway painting subject is Guardian Angel – it reminded me of the churches painted by Marc England.

Advent Artist for Day 5:

Some years ago, we went to Malta for a week’s holiday. It was our first visit to the island and we spent some time exploring Valetta on foot. We wandered into the art centre built into the city walls and discovered Marc England’s work. The low vaulted ceilings of the space were perfect for the exhibition of atmospheric church paintings. I was mesmerised by the drama of his work and the artist’s treatment of light in his works. I recommend you wander through the gallery on his website and enjoy the powerful images he creates. Marc’s work can also be seen on his Facebook page.

Advent Artist Day 4 – Harriet Lacey

Round Robin (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)
Round Robin (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)

 

I’m having a wonderful December with this Advent series and giving away my paintings on Facebook. It’s a bit of a stretch finding time and thinking of a new subject every day – I may run out of Christmas subjects, but I’ll find something else to paint when that happens. I’m using the painting give away series as a way of having fun with some of the subjects and experimenting with new styles of painting. Today’s painting is called Round Robin. If he pops one more seed in his beak, that tummy will actually be dragging in the snow.

Advent Artist for Day 4:

And now for today’s artist share. Today’s Advent Artist, Harriet Lacey is a young lady to watch. Eighteen year old Harriet was the 2013 winner of the Young Artist Award at the East Suffolk Design and Fine Art Society. She’s an accomplished wildlife artist and you can follow her work on her website, or her Facebook page.

Advent Artist 3 – Sophia Khan

Cone Cluster (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)
Cone Cluster (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

My old school friend, Karin Panaino-Petersen suggested on Facebook that we all give away something every day for 30 days. Since I’m doing my Advent Artist Challenge, I decided I would try and do a painting every day and give it away. I’m not sure whether I’ll make 30, but there will be a good series of Give Aways this month.Today’s give away details are here

Advent Artist for Day 3:

Today’s Advent Artist Share is Sophia Khan. Sophia is an architect who loves painting as she travels. She has a beautifully delicate touch, which is just perfect for the medium of watercolour. Have a look at Sophia’s gallery or follow her Facebook Page

Advent 2 – Spoiled for Choice

Spoiled for Choice (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)
Spoiled for Choice (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

This little painting is my December GiveAway for day 2. Click here to find out what you need to do to be in the draw

Today’s Advent Artist is Rhonda Carpenter who blogs at Watercolors and Words.

Rhonda is so generous with the shares of her workshop experiences and exhibition news. Recently, Rhonda shared her perspective workshop drawings so I though this painting would be an appropriate one for the post about Rhonda’s website. I was really impressed and inspired by the skill on her exercises – so I decided it was time to do a painting that consider perspective in a more direct way.

Rhonda’s blog is a treasury of information and a great way to discover the websites of new artists. This is a bit of payback for Rhonda – hope you enjoy reading her blog as much as I do. It’s one I never miss.

If you want to nominate an artist whose work you like, share the love by adding them in a link below this post (or in a comment if the linking thing feels a bit of a hassle).

Advent 1 – On Holly and Christmas Fairs

This is the first day of the Advent Challenge. I invite you all to introduce us all to a new artist every day. You can do this in three ways:

– Add their details to your blog post for the day and put a link to your post in the Inlinkz collection at the bottom of this post
– Add their Website or FB directly to the Inlinkz collection (in which case, please add a comment and say who you’ve recommended so we know who recommended them)
– Share their page on your FB page and add a link to that post on your FB page to the Inlinkz collection below. (To do this, click on the date in the post on your FB page. A long URL will appear in your address bar. Copy that use that as the link to share).

Christmas Light by Sabine De Rode
Christmas Light by Sabine De Rode

This is not one of my paintings – this lovely Christmas image is one of the Running With Brushes paintings done by Sabine De Rode. I will be painting my littl holly picture when I get home after the Christmas Fair and I’ll add it to the website later.

Got to it – Here’s the Holly picture. It’s going to be given away to someone at the end of next weekend. Find out more here.

Advent 1 - Holly. (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)
Advent 1 – Holly. (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)

Today I am posting from the Old School Studio where I am manning the stall on the second day of their Christmas Fair. I’ve had the opportunity to have a good look at the offerings of the other artists here and I’ll be sharing their pages. I’m always impressed with the enterprise of the people who hand-make gorgeous things and I’m keen to support them. I think it’s noticeable that people who practice a craft are often the most staunch supporters of others – I’m sure, in large part, because they know how much love and dedication goes into each item.

So to kick off my Advent Challenge with a bang I’m going to share the pages of the other exhibitors (the ones in the same room as me rather than the ones I shared yesterday who are in the same complex).

Pru van der Hoorn has done a roaring trade in her beautiful flower pots. I earmarked one to buy for a family member but it sold yesterday so Prue is going to make me another one (thank you, Prue).

Tricia Taylor designs and makes wonderful elegant silver jewellery. I nudged certain members of my family in her direction and I’m hoping to have a little parcel from her stock under the tree in a couple of weeks.

CosyMama ‘s felted slippers for tots have been charming everyone as they walk in the door. It’s almost worth finding a small relative, no matter how distant so you can see them toddling around in their little warm slippers.

Verdilla Flowers has a collection of their Christmas table decorations and wreaths on display today. Many a table and door will be adorned with these beauties this year.

– Upstairs, photographs, decorative bowls can be acquired from Val.

– and if you have a little fairy in your life, Dinah has wings and alice bands that will evoke squeels of delight on Christmas morning.

Unfortunately, Val and Dinah don’t have websites so if you’re not luck enough to be here, you can’t see their creations today.

So, now for the linking to begin. I’ve seen two posts go out today already – I’m looking forward to meeting some great new artists and creators of hand-made glories.

Each day’s link will be open for a week in case anyone (like me) is running around like a mad thing pre-Christmas and needs to play catch up.

Eight by Eight by Four

Eight by Eight (watercolour 8 x 8 inches)

Eight By Eight is a project set up to support Camille’s Appeal, a charity supporting children with brain tumours. The organisers have a goal to collect 100 artworks, each measuring 8 inches by 8 inches. These will be exhibited in April at Eden Court in Inverness, and then sold to raise funds for the charity.

This weekend I made my Eight by Eight contribution which will be posted on Monday. I wanted to create something, simple, with impact, that says what this charity is about – full of heart.

Eight by Eight (watercolour 8 x 8 inches)
Eight by Eight (watercolour 8 x 8 inches)

The latest update on their website puts them at 48 pieces of work – so they’re almost halfway. I wanted to tip them over that milestone – so I made them four.  Eight by Eight by Four seemed to have a good symmetry.

Eight by Eight by Four (watercolours 8 x 8 inches)
Eight by Eight by Four (watercolours 8 x 8 inches)

There’s still time to do your Eight by Eight. The deadline is 1st March. And to make it even easier, here’s where you can fine the submission form.

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Pay it Forward

Watercolour bookmarks

One of my Facebook friends put up a status which proposed a Pay It Forward commitment. I thought it rather fun so I decided to take part. The person putting up the status agrees to send a gift to each of the first five people to comment.

Watercolour bookmarks
Watercolour bookmarks

In line with my themes of New Perspectives and Growth for this year, I though some special bookmarks would fit the bill. Each one of these is hand painted which makes them unique.  Although I wouldn’t normally do this to a watercolour, as I want them to last and stay looking good, I put each one through a heat laminator.  Many happy books to be read by  the recipients of my Facebook Pay It Forward gifts.

Thanks must go to Rhonda for her post about bookmarks which made me go “Hmmmm. Good Idea!”

We had snow days on the weekend. One week earlier and we would have been in real trouble:  Our boiler was out of commission so we had no heating for the best part of a week, at the same time as having a large hole in the roof where the builders were adding in a section for our stairs – and the weather turned bitterly cold. Thankfully, by the time the snow arrived, the boiler had been replaced and the roof was back on (almost).

But cold aside – the snow made my studio look so inviting, I thought I should share this photo so you can see where I go to paint and recharge my batteries each weekend.

Studio in the snow
Studio in the snow

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Perspectives and growth in 2013

Charlotte 1 (small watercolour card)

The idea that started to crystalise in my work in the last months of 2012 was one of gaining new perspectives. Many of my paintings started to focus on something every day, but with an emphasis or a focal point that leads us to look at a particular aspect of the scene.

This thread emerged unconsciously as I painted and I’ve now decided to make it a conscious focus for 2013.

Charlotte 1 (small watercolour card)
Charlotte 1 (small watercolour card)

Today I painted a set of cards to go with some gifts I’m sending in the mail. The cards form part of a series in which we see a part of a garden from the perspective of a spider in it’s web. Looking down, a bed of flowers in just below the web and in the background is a border of shrubs and trees.

Charlotte 2 (small watercolour card)
Charlotte 2 (small watercolour card)

This is a different perspective from the one we generally view a garden from, and in addition to that, it ticks another box for me: the element of growth. Growing my repertoire of painting skills is on my list of things to do in 2013. This little scene seemed entirely appropriate for a series of cards to start the year.

Charlotte 3Charlotte 3 (small watercolour card)
Charlotte 3 (small watercolour card)

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January Give-Away: Blazing London

Blazing London (watercolour 320 x 110)
Blazing London (watercolour 320 x 110)
Blazing London (watercolour 320 x 110)

This painting was done during the riots in London. We were all watching something that seemed unbelievable.  The city was ablaze. The destruction was uncontrollable, and quite devastating. Above all that, it was an unsettling insight into mob-hysteria and the damage it can do.

But within hours of the final bricks being hurled, something rather heartening happened. People came from miles around to help with the clear up and the rebuild. I like to think that new friendships were forged, and that the communities involved became stronger and more capable as a result. A phoenix rose from those ashes.

The beginning of a new year felt like an appropriate time to give away this little painting of the city skyline with the images of growth and rebuilding sketched into the skyline.

This painting is a 320 x 110 mm watercolour and will come with a mount around it.

So here’s what you should do if you fancy owning this little painting:

– Just leave a comment on this post to say you’d like to be in the draw.

– If you’re on FB and you fancy going into the draw twice, share this post on FB and say you’ve done so in the comment you put on this blog post.

The draw will be done with Random.org on the 25th January. A special date for me as it’s my elder son’s birthday.

Happy posting!

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