Paul Foxton’s Threads Workshop – Christmas Bauble


The ever wonderful
Paul Foxton’s Threads

workshop today. And we were doing a Christmas bauble which was insanely hard. Having tried a few baubles last week in watercolor I dug out the oils for this and it definitely made things a little easier.

Here’s the reference photo – tricky yes?


Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x11”

How about a Christmas wreath I thought. Shouldn’t be too tricky no? As it turned out it wasn’t too bad at all apart from one thing. I got about 2/3 of the way round and was extremely bored. It was about here:


But I soldiered on to the end and got a bit more splashy and am quite pleased with the results.

A little too tight in places but turned about pretty festive I thought.

Happy Holiday Snowman

Snowman. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 8”x10”

Isn’t it always the way. You write a blog post on one day. You say how the preliminary sketches never come out right and it’s a really good way of working out problems. The next day you sit down and do the exact same thing and the sketch turns out to be the finished thing.

At the prompting of my CMO (i.e. James) a Christmassy painting was ordered. Apparently there had to be a snowman with a carrot nose, a tartan scarf and a robin perching on him. Well the tartan scarf wasn’t going to happen and since when do snowmen have tartan scarves anyway? But the rest seemed like a good idea so off I went. There wasn’t much reference material to be found so this is mostly from imagination but he came out well.

Happy Holidays to everyone – I will mostly be trying not to eat too much.

Snowman sketch – 30 in 30 day 3


So we were traveling back from Maine yesterday so there was no time for painting.   I had this sketch done in an alpha series Stillman and Birn sketchbook that had been done recently enough to qualify for the 30 in 30.     

Sketchbook paper always seems to let the paint dry very quickly and isn’t very absorbent.   This means you have to work quickly and embrace the slightly rough and ready result.   I think it worked pretty well in this case and it might be a finalist for the Christmas card series for next year.

Gingerbread House


This is just a short sketch of our gingerbread house given to us (in kit form) by our good friend Jill Dixon.   Much eating and drinking has been going on in the last few days and very little painting.

Edit:  I submitted this as day 14 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  Life got in the way yesterday and I had no time to paint anything.