Fresh Paint Friday: The last bit of summer

A quick and light exploration of the last threads of summer. Acrylic paint, collage and water-based Sharpie.



Bloom True Bootcamp Prompt: “Embrace the sensual”

Today’s Bloom True Bootcamp Prompt is “Embrace the sensual”. Flora Bowley encouraged us to try focusing on the FEEL and SOUND of painting. I did this working over two old paintings. Felt really great to just let go and work quickly and intuitively, staying ahead of my critical mind. Black isn’t so scary after all – in fact, it reminds me of doing etchings in art school. It is so bold and rich and I think it will add depth to my quiet and calm paintings. Looking forward to seeing how these develop.


Mindful Monday: Feather Collage


This is a photograph of a collage that I made this past week while on a sailing trip. I found the feathers on a walk onshore in Desolation Sound. On a sketchbook page that I had primed with gesso before the trip, I added some watercolour paint and then taped down the two feathers. I worked on the photo in Snapseed and 100 Cameras to achieve a peaceful and dreamy feeling of an etching. The colours remind me of the sailing charts we were using and I love the movement of the feathers.

Willow Charcoal sketch



Whenever I have extra paint left on my palette I brush or wipe it onto a card stock or into my sketchbook. Seems I can’t waste colour! In this little sketch I rediscovered willow charcoal; it’s so smooth and rich and the round stick rolls beautiful marks. I also discovered drawing on the back of a tracing paper sketch with coloured pencils creates a soft effect that I love [the red parts of the dandelion stems].