Aviation art

This is my first venture into the world of aviation art and it was a lot of fun. The hardest part was getting  the lettering right – I must have done it a dozen times! I’m really happy with the painting overall and especially like the little spots of light on shining on the propellor housings. I just learn so much when I take on a new subject – who knew painting a plane could be so much fun!

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Aviation art
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Propellors up close
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Blue sky days

500 subscribers on You Tube!!

My kids get a good laugh ( I even laugh at myself) at how excited I am when I reach another small You Tube milestone. It took such a long time to reach the first 100 subscribers and I was counting up to the big 100 for days ( maybe even weeks!) then just 2 months later I’ve hit 500+. Am totally loving the chance to share my pastel techniques and help aspiring pastel artists out there. Love getting questions and thinking … “yes- I know the answer to that one!”

I have to admit I was doubtful that anyone would want to watch my offerings . There’s so many great art videos out there that it seemed unlikely mine would find an audience . I try to think how I felt when I started experimenting on my own with pastels, what I wanted to know, how long it took me to search out information and what kind of information would have helped me progress quicker at the beginning. Then I jotted down some headings and I’ve been slowly working my way through them. It’s not easy finding the time to make these videos and it’s been a steep learning curve coming to grips with editing them into some semblance of viewability but very rewarding to see people are watching and being inspired to try , or re-try, pastels.

I do know that 500 subscribers is very small fry compared to all those channels out there that are slick, posting everyday and going viral but I have to say my 500 are the most talented, discriminating and plain wonderful viewers on You Tube and more than make up for their small numbers by their discerning and insightful comments and the artful way they click the like button!

A big thankyou to everyone who has ever taken the time to watch , to comment and to share. I hope to hit 1000 by Christmas and plan to expand the types of videos I do next year as I have more time. Am thinking a painting on holiday series would be fun!

Derwent Artbars – trying out my birthday present.

I had a birthday this week and amongst my presents was a very generous gift voucher to my favourite art shop from the youngest son. He had a look and couldn’t decide what I would like best so left me to choose. I love a gift voucher to this shop as it means I can buy something I’d like to try but wouldn’t normally spend my money on.I’d been eyeing off these Derwent Artbars for some time but never could justify their hefty price tag so it seemed fated when I saw they were just $1 more than the voucher.

They’re a lovely set of watersoluable wax bars set out in brights, lights, earth tones and darks. I love the triangular shape which gives lots of edges for mark making. I had a play this weekend and here are the results…

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First I just played with the artbars, drawing loops in bands of colour and then laying in a water wash. Then I turned the paper 180 degrees and layed in more loops over the wash while it was still a little wet. I loved the way the bars slipped over the wet surface yet left quite discrete marks. This was a great way to try the colours and the result is a little geometric rainbow.

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Wildflower painting

Next I tried a little impressionism. Inspired by a photo taken in Tuscany of a field of wildflowers in sunlight and shadow I made some basic swathes of colour for the sunlight and shadow, dropped in some water to blend the colours a little. While it was still wet I jabbed away with the artbars making marks for flowers and later dropped in a little watercolour. Finally I finished up with some soft pastel highlights. I quite like this little field of flowers.

I definitely enjoyed these artbars and will have to try incorporating them into some of my mixed media paintings. I also enjoyed making small square paintings and might work on an artbar squares series as a way of developing ideas on how to best use them. Art is exploration after all!

 

 

 

What tomorrow brought.

After a very frustrating morning dealing with a courier over a UK delivery gone wrong I threw myself into finishing yesterdays painting …. and here it is.

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I ‘m pleased with the distant boat  as it gives some perspective and I like the hint of white against all that blue and green.

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But I’m not sure if the foreground water needs something else.

koh-lao-liang-cliffs .. and the trees were a bit of a trial!

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Acrylic inks – dare to be brave!

Sometimes I need a bit of a kick in the pants to shake me up and get me a bit braver when it comes to using colour. When I think I’m getting a bit too safe I like to break out the acrylic inks and use them as an underpainting.

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I’ve been pretty liberal in the cliffs with deep violet, turquoise blue and a dollop of yellow orange as well.I just lay it on with a soft brush and let it run and bend. Sometimes I just pour it straight onto the paper or canvas or add colour with the droppers.

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I’ve used a lemon yellow in the water and mixed it with the turquoise to make a strong yellow, green underpainting. I give the sky a yellow ochre wash and I’m all set to be a bit braver when I start adding the acrylic paint.

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Here I am part way through. I’m liking the cliffs although The Writer thinks the purple is  a bit strange. I often ask for a critique from various family members walking past ( and yes they do sometimes try and avoid eye contact!) I’ve found the best critic is The IT Geek who has an uncanny knack of homing in on the bit I’ve been secretly worried about whereas The Writer often homes in on the bit I’m quite pleased with.

I’ve still got a lot of work to do but I like where it’s heading . I ‘m trying for really sunlit cliffs and I think I’ve got that on the island. Sometimes it’s the small areas that draw the eye and I like the gap between the headland and the island. The beach area and it’s trees have a lot of work to do yet as well as the water needing some more glazes.  We’ll see what happens tomorrow!

My memory popped out for a walk…not sure it’s coming back!

You know how it is ..you pop out for a few minutes to pick up some milk, next thing you know 3 hours have passed ! I was at a friends 50th birthday BBQ today and my memory took the opportunity to slip out for a wander and just forgot to come back! I was chatting away happily to people I knew  ( their names ,not just their faces, for a change) when a new arrival started doing the introduction rounds. When he got to me he said ” Oh I know Lindy already”. Well I was smart enough to infer that we must have met because he knew my name but not smart enough to stop myself blurting out ” where did we meet?” Turns out I work with him ! Apparantly he’s new , and in my defence he wasn’t in uniform, but another friend kindly ( and loudly) pointed out he’d helped us with a difficult transfer only 2 days before!

If only my memory was more reliable. I just can’t trust it any more with even the most basic tasks. The Writer knows this so sent me a text to remind me to pick up the milk on the way home because I forgot the note to remind me to pick up the milk!