Monday, 28 May 2018

Flora and Fauna - Forget-me-nots


this is probably my last one for AJJ this month for the Flora and Fauna theme hosted by the lovely Jo from Let's Art Journal.
It is a water colour with a tiny bit of liquid acrylic green ink added to some leaves and stems.

And as Moon Mania still has 'even more flowers'  for their theme I shall link to them as well :)

Gill x

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Flora and Fauna: cat.... and more flowers in a vase

Another acryl-gouache painting to join in with the lovely Jo's Flora and Fauna theme at AJJ

 I used an old photo I took of a neighbours cat many years ago for reference.  I did a very rough drawing on to black card using a white Stabilo All pencil and painted with the acrylic gouache.

 and still using the same paint - another flowers in a vase painting with negative painting for the outline followed by painted details.
I am linking this to Moo Mania where the theme is 'even more flowers'.

 This messy background was my starting point. 
My subconscious brain knowing I was intending to paint flowers,
 probably created some marks that looked like flowers which helped with this fun process.

 OK - I promise this is the last of these... but this one is slightly different as it had
 acryl-gouache over painted with normal gouache. Why do that? well the normal gouache can be reactivated with water and moved around/thinned etc without altering the layer beneath.
I also added some further colour on the plant and shadow on table using acrylic inks.

all for today...
thanks for stopping by.
Hope you are having a great weekend
Gill x

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Flora and Fauna - Spider Monkey, flowers and some Acryl-Gouache fun

This little guy (mmm maybe he is a bit on the tubby side) is for Jo's Flora and Fauna theme at AJJ.
Painted him using normal gouache.. ( I say normal as further below the paintings were using the acrylic gouache).
Below are painted using the new acrylic-gouache called 'Acryl Gouache'  I got last week and I've been experimenting with for the last few days. The instructions are all in Japanese so no idea what they say but I've been diluting them with water and flow enhance medium. Unlike normal gouache these dry permanent so can't be reworked after.                                                     I love gouache as it has a sort of flat/chalky appearance and often the colours are vibrant.                                          Use them like acrylics or water colours - great!

 I'm going to link this to Moo Mania and More where the theme is flowers

This started off as a messy background followed by negative painting
 for the shape of the vase with flowers and then further flowers etc added. 
This was inspired by a wonderful video by Bob Burridge
I got carried away with this paint so will save some paintings
 for another post but I did have fun just playing..

and I had fun doing an upside down painting as encouraged to do so by the lovely 'Sheila' aka Orange Esmeralda 
Sheila said it was tremendous fun - and she was right!  
ha ha - I think I might have painted this after lunch and after having a drink :)

thanks so much for stopping by
hope you have a great day...
Gill x

Friday, 11 May 2018


Another Friday again - and it's lovely, warm and sunny - hope it lasts for the weekend :) 

I'm again linking to the  Flora and Fauna theme at AJJ   hosted by the wonderful talented  Jo from Let's Art Journal      
I have another water colour, a bit of an abstract, this time painted in the 'Hahnemühle' journal I had for Christmas and only started to use in the last couple of weeks. 

This week there was too much time spent on gardening and weeding and a stressful sorting out of my PC that has too many files (an almost 12 hour scan told me there were nearly 1 and 3/4 million items being scanned)  the joy of taking so many photos and creating digital images from my art :)
So for the next few days I'm looking forward to relaxing and playing with some new paints the postman brought yesterday - a set of 18 Turner acrylic-gouache. I didn't realise until recently there is an acrylic version of gouache so that will be interesting to try. 

As always...thank you so much for
 stopping by and for any comments.
Happy Friday
 - and I hope you have a great weekend.
Gill x

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Flora and Fauna


The lovely Jo from Let's Art Journal is hosting this months   Flora and Fauna theme at AJJ
 which is a great theme that I shall enjoy this month. For my first piece I've a water colour on cartridge paper with digitally added a quote.

Thanks for stopping by today...
I hope your weather is better than ours here
and you have a lovely day.
Gill x