Improving with the seasons

Watercolour of Autumn Bouquet

19 March 2015 – Autumn bouquet painted on Arches hot-pressed paper with Winsor & Newton watercolours

The seasons pass so fast. The nature constantly changing: the flowers bloom and wilt; the fruits ripen to be eaten up by the birds or to fall to the ground to rot and to realease the seeds; the leaves change their colour and fall down creating a noisy carpet underfoot.
Watercolour of an autumn leaf

17 April 2015 – Autumn leaf painted on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard with Winsor & Newton watercolours

There are so many beautiful sights I would like to capture in paint and not enough time. Maybe there is never enough time and the number of the ideas for the paintings always expands to overflow the available time.
Watercolour of an autumn leaf

20 April 2015 – Autumn leaf painted on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard with Winsor & Newton watercolours

The Earth spins around the sun and the seasons repeat themselves giving me new chances to notice the fundamental beauty of nature. My skills slowly improve with every line observed and drawn and I paint the same subjects getting slightly closer to the images I have in my mind.
Watercolour of autumn leaf

October 2012 – Autumn leaf painted two and a half years ago in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook

Autumn leaves watercolour

October 2013 – Autumn leaves painted one and a half years ago in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook

Autumn Leaves watercolor

April 2014 – Autumn leaves painted one year ago in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour paints

And if you feel inadequate and discouraged while comparing your own paintings to the artists that you admire, don’t! Keep on drawing and painting and after awhile compare your own paintings to the ones you’ve done in the past and notice your own progress.
Watercolour of autumn yellow leaf

24 April 2015 – Yellow leaf painted on Arches medium watercolor paper with Winsor & Newton watercolour paints

Enjoying Autumn

Photo of blue sky and autumn tree branches
Autumn Leaf watercolour postcard

Winsor & Newton watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Conker watercolor postcard

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Feathers watercolour postcard

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour on Daler-Rowney watercolour postcard

Autumn Leaves watercolour painted in the garden

Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour sketch of autumn branch painted in the garden in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook (Landscape 21×13 cm)

Photo of bright autumn leaves

Goldmines Hotel

Goldmines Hotel Bendigo
One sunny Saturday I went to the Goldmines Hotel with my family for lunch. The kids were very excited to show me around its beautiful garden, which was full of little nooks that could be inspirations for future paintings.
Pond at Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo
Buddha sculpture at Goldmines Hotel
I attempted to sketch one corner while waiting for the food, chatting to my family and avoiding offers of help from my youngest.
Sketch of one corner in Goldmines Hotel gardens
Amusingly once my meal arrived it turned out to colour coordinate with my sketch.
Eating & sketching at Goldmines hotel
The food was average and a bit of disappointment compared to the beautiful surroundings, friendly service and interesting selection of beers, though my husband, who’ve been there for lunch previously, informed me that on previous occasion it was substantially better.

New creations from old paintings

Custom iPhone case and cards from my paintings
I really liked the painting of an iris that I created for my friend and decided to extend its use by making some cards. I hardly ever used Photoshop before, so struggled through the process of cleaning up the photo and adjusting the size to fit a card template from VistaPrint. While going through the process I noticed a special offer on VistaPrint for the phone cases and decided to combine my old painting of pansies with the iris one to create myself a new case. More struggling with the Photoshop followed and eventually I placed my order with VistaPrint almost at midnight on the 5th of February and it arrived yesterday 10th of February (unexpectedly quick). The colours are a bit darker than the ones on my monitor, but purple colours are notoriously hard to reproduce. I’m so pleased with seeing one of my paintings constantly on the back of my phone and hope my friends will enjoy getting the cards for their birthdays. Next time I may try different higher-quality paper option, which costs extra, but still ends up being cheaper than buying birthday cards from the shops. I also have plans to watch some Photoshop tutorials as working using ‘trial and error’ method takes too much time.

Melbourne Museum sketches

Pen sketch of fossil at Melbourne Museum
Waiting woman pen sketch
Both sketches were done at the Melbourne Museum with the Staedtler pigment liner pen in the Hahnemuhle D&S sketchbook, which I bought as a trial in search for a cheaper everyday sketchbook. It is best used for sketching with a pencil (as it says on the label), which I very rarely do. I’m unable to sketch with my new Lamy fountain pen in it as the paper soaks in the ink and the lines feather out. It also doesn’t take much water for the paper to start pilling. I think I’ll go back to Daler-Rowney Ebony sketchbook for the lightweight casual sketching once I finish this one (with the help of my budding artist)
painting

Back from Beach Holiday

View from Nobbies, Phillip Island
Hello! I’m back from a beach holiday to Phillip Island. I’m not sure why I keep on insisting to believe that I’ll accomplish much more during the holidays than I usually do, including writing blog posts. The truth is I don’t even want to open my laptop.

However, I managed to read half of this good book
Holiday reading - What I loved
and to do a quick sketch at the beach while the kids played in the sand
Watercolour sketch of a beach
and to sketch one of the cabins at the Phillip Island caravan park, where we were staying
Sketch of a cabin
(twice!)
Watercolour & ink sketch of a cabin
and to go on a number of enjoyable walks during which I saw many gorgeous birds, insects and even some wallabies.
Green beetle
Seagulls at Phillip IslandBlack Swan at Swan Lake, Phillip Island
and to marvel at the beauty of the water
Splash  - ocean wave

Iris

A friend asked for one of my iris sketches and I promised it to her before realising that it was the one done in my Moleskine sketchbook. Since I didn’t want to take out a page from the sketchbook, I offered to paint another one based on the photos and the sketch. I don’t usually paint from photos, there is something magical about being able to touch and smell the flowers while painting them, but I was glad to have an incentive for painting and enjoyed it immensely. I hope she likes it.
Watercolour of Iris

Winsor & Newton watercolour on Fabriano cold pressed watercolour paper (12.5 x 18 cm)