Heidi was showing us how to create texture effects using salt and scraping pigment with the wrong end of a brush or stick. I didn’t have anything suitable to hand so here we have some cardinals and a lighthouse. Both are ‘challenge’ pictures – the cardinals are for the facebook page ‘Paint Colorful Birds for Fun’ and the lighthouse is for the monthly wetcanvas.com challenge.
This came out rather blander than I expected although I was pretty happy with the rocks.
Frankly this isn’t one of my best but you can’t win them all.
is our instructor and she’s one of the best we’ve had. She demos techniques for us which we then go away and practice and gives great advice on the various other projects we work on. And her art is fantastic too.
Well ok it’s more than a year.
6 terms of art classes.
6 blocks of arches paper (I often paint both sides – I’m cheap)
35 tubes of paint (most are still part full – I buy too many)
20 brushes of varying types (yes I buy too many of these too)
174 posts since Feb 2012.
200 hours spent with the brushes (about)
many tweets by my PR department (aka James).
It’s been great fun and an enormously satisfying pastime. Long may it continue.
I’ve been a bit lax on the painting front and I was at a loose end after the 4th so out came the brushes. Just noodling really and getting back in the swing of things.
I was looking through one of my cheap watercolor pads and found a clutch of photos of this bird.
Again just noodling after browsing through my newest John Lovett book. I’m still really taken with his building facade paintings which are a combination of watercolor, ink and gouache. One of these days something will click.