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!)