Friday, 28 February 2020

Mother's Day Thank You Offer:

Hello there,
I hope that you don't mind me mentioning but I wanted to give a little 'thank you' gift because you have all supported me so much, both in my business and online community.
So I thought it would be a nice idea to include a free A5 print in the next 50 orders.
It's printed from an original painting called 'My Pinny Bird,' which is about a girl who keeps a friendly blackbird in her pinny pocket.
The blackbird sings to her all day as she does her chores, and she sweeps up any stray crumbs from the kitchen and puts them in her pocket for her friend.

It could be used as a Mother's Day card or present, or you could keep it yourself as a little treat.

All the best,
Mrs B x

Friday, 14 February 2020

Icarus' Sister...

I've really got the painting bug again and it's been so lovely to be back in the studio again.
As soon as I'd finished my last painting I was on with this one.

The beginning always takes a long time as I've no idea what I'm going to paint, I really love working that way.
I've also really enjoyed making little instagram stories as I'm painting, it's such a useful way to see how the painting has progressed and I love reading the comments as I'm painting.

These are the 'zombie' stages where she looks a bit scary!
It's useful to work on a dark background as you can build up a wide range of tonal values just by wiping into the acrylic paint.

Once the eyes are painted in you can start and see the character forming.

I used masking tape to create neat edges for the background shapes.
Balancing the composition as a whole is the part I really enjoy, it's a bit like playing chess (if I knew how to play chess that is)!

I'm quite pleased with the pastel palette and the dark greys...
now onto the next painting!

Have a fab weekend chucks X

Saturday, 8 February 2020

I Think I've Finished...

I (think) I've finished the painting, 
I've really enjoyed this as I've had quite a long break from painting and I've been itching to get back to my trusty easel.

My little studio buddy kept an eye on things and is always there to tell me when a tea break is needed!

There is nothing better than peeling off the masking tape and revealing a clean edge!

Balancing the composition always takes longer than I'd planned, but it's good fun (and infuriating sometimes!)

Icarus And The Moon

'What if Icarus was a woman
the sun was the moon?'

Acrylic and mixed media

I challenged myself to make regular Instagram stories to show the progress of this painting ( I also waffled on about things like Midsomer Murders and cheese toasties!!!)
If you'd like to see the painting as it progressed in the studio, you can find it on my Instagram page in the Painting 1 and 2 Highlights folder.

(Please excuse my Northern accent!)

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Could it be Icarus?

A few days ago I started a painting, and quite a large one at that.
I haven't been able to paint for a few months now and I was itching to start.
As usual I didn't have a plan as to what I was going to paint, but this time I recorded little stories on my Instagram account as I painted, and so I thought I'd put the screen shots on here so you can see the sequence of events.
I sometimes begin to photograph or film when I paint but after a few minutes I get caught up in my little bubble and all the steps in between aren't recorded, but this time it felt like I was just chatting to a friend as I worked and I really enjoyed myself.

I wiped on the acrylic paint with a rag and then dripped water onto it, wiping again with the rag.

A figure appeared quite quickly...

The idea of an 'Icarus' girl began to unfold when her hair became dishevelled and she started to look a little bit annoyed!

This is the bit I love, even though it's nerve-wracking!
'Cutting in' around the face really makes it stand out but it can go very wrong if the colour isn't right!

I worked a bit more on the flesh tones, added feathers in her hair and burnt wings, a transparent pink glaze warmed up the skin a little.

I wiped on transparent pink acrylic over the right hand corner with a rag and then softened the glazed area with one of my favourite large bristle brushes.

I'm hoping to finish her next week, sorry to leave you in mid air!

I've saved all the stories on my Instagram (you can find it in my 'painting highlights) if you'd like to hear me waffle on about painting, my broken boiler and garlic bread!!!!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Looking Towards The Future...

I was scrolling through photographs of past work and this one struck a chord.

You see, this determined hare doesn't listen to what a hare can and can't do.
Her eyes are set on the horizon and she knows where she's going.

This is how I want to be this year.

I think that 2020 is going to be full of possibilities for us all.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Letter To A Spider...

Dear Mrs Spider,
I've noticed that you have taken residence in my hallway window.
I am normally not a fan of spiders in general,
 but I have been watching you at work.

You never stop.
You seem so purposeful and focused.
And even though I am itching to dust the window ledge,
I just can't do it.

You are building a silky palace all of your own.
You will be the Queen.

And I will watch.