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