I have been painting and teaching for SO many years and am a very experimental artist. I love trying our new mediums and beneath it all is the drawing - realistic images painted in different ways.
I have always been inspired by the movement of the air! I also have found it impossible to paint! Having seen a boy in Sienna swirling his flag I started on a journey to conquer the technique and I finally did it with the painting called "Flight", pictured above right.
It is painted with watercolours on canvas, which gives me the time to manipulate the paint. Since then I have painted "Monkies at dawn" (above left) and "Waterhole activities" (top left). I have also gone more abstracty and painted "Our seas are in peril" which has won a cup at the Broadstone Art Society exhibition (not pictured) and have been invited to several Art Societies to demonstrate this technique.
It is exciting to paint this way as the result is unpredictable!
I was lucky enough to be asked to demonstrate at the wonderful Lawrence Art Society in Devizes recently, where I shown the class an array of illustrated drawing techniques.
I also demonstrated how, providing you get the drawing to a high enough quality, you can use any colours & the painting will still come together - such as my rather striking blue & purple elephant above!
Fans of my video podcasts will know that (1) I love painting elephants & (2) I often use some less than traditional colourings on my paintings to bring out various light tones or shadowing. I feel that painting in this way, using these techniques & colour choices really help bring the paintings to life.
Take a look at the two finished paintings above & let me know what you think in the comments below.