Tuesday 21 April 2020

painting an autumn mushroom

Follow me as I paint some pretty, red Amanita muscaria mushrooms in my sketchbook. If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments below. And if you do paint a mushroom, I'd love to see them! 

Materials list ... 
  • Sketchbook - The Perfect Sketchbook, by Etchr, A5 
  • Pen - Lamy Safari EF nib, Posca white marker Ink - DeAtrementis Document Ink, brown 
  • Colours - Pyroll Orange, Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Permanent Violet 
Music "Home" by my amazing husband, David Walden (https://youtu.be/KlWMF68zVZg)

Sunday 19 April 2020

a day in the maniototo

Fishermen's Huts at Falls Dam, 58x38cm

Back in March I was invited by Catlins artist Lynley van Alphen to join her on a day's plein air painting in Central Otago. The day was showery and squally, but it didn't put us off and we both completed 3 paintings on the day, Lynley working in oils and me working in pen and watercolours in my sketchbook.

The scenery was incredible and moody and we both shot lots and lots of photos. Over the last month I've been painting largish finished works inspired by that day. The intention was for these paintings to be available at an upcoming group exhibition this past Easter. Since that exhibition had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, I decided today to add these paintings for sale on my website.

This series is by no means finished. I still have more paintings I want to do of this area, and I'm hoping to visit here again in winter to see this stark place in a winter blanket.

Until then, if you are interested in any of the paintings shown here, they are listed as for sale on my website.

Green Roofed Hut, Falls Dam, 38x28cm

Squall Approaching, 38x28cm

Rain Clearing at Homestead Camp, 38x28cm

Rain Over the Hawkduns, 38x28cm

Friday 3 April 2020

painting fishing huts in pen and watercolour

In this video I show you how I painted these fishing huts in pen and watercolour, working from a photo I took a few weeks ago.
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Materials list ... Paper - Fabriano Artistico, cold pressed, 300gsm, half sheet (58x38cm) Brushes - Daler Rowney, Skyflow, 1.5" flat Kaerell, Raphail, No 2 round Escoda, Perla, No 10 round AS Handover, No 2 round Colours - Winsor & Newton - Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue MaimeriBlu - Paynes Grey, Cadmium Yellow Light, Burnt Umber, Dragons Blood, Permanent Violet Daniel Smitth - Natural Sienna, Hansa Yellow Light, Sap Green Pens - Lamy Safari with EF and F nibs. DeAtrementis Document Ink. White Posca Marker.

And a few progress photos...

Big summer sky with puffy clouds

Distant mountains

Finished painting

Fishing Huts at Falls Dam, Maniototo
Pen and watercolour
Available - please contact me for details.