I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic. Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980's! At the last meeting of the little art group, created with friends, earlier this month, I painted what was to be the background … Continue reading The Bewildered Painter
In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law. She won't thank me for the end result; something of a caricature and an image that is probably of a version of her twenty years older than she actually is! That said, I rather like the end result because, for … Continue reading Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.
The event had been planned for a few months. Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night. The hotel was comfortable. As a team of people who had also the bonds … Continue reading Nerves and Bananas
A simple, and yet delightfully personal, way to make a gift for someone is to make a scrap book for them. For example, I am making a gift which is of a small scrap book that will be filled with a selection of themed photos that will, I know, have a lovely meaning … Continue reading Simple Scrapbooks
I have made an artpiece to represent the 'Admin Team' of Parkinson's Road support group in the United Kingdom, myself included, who are a team of volunteers who freely give our time to support others with Parkinson's and their loved ones and caregivers. This is done through our Facebook based support groups which … Continue reading Who is in the Line Up?
One of the interesting things about regularly practicing art, is that you start to develop a style of your own. I have taken to working on portraits. This has become something of a fascination to me, for I have a condition called Prosopagnosia; also known as face blindness. It is a life-long condition … Continue reading The Facial Art Mystery
Today was the third meeting of The Art Shack; the small group of friends who gather for some creative fun, a communal lunch and the chance to catch up and have a chuckle. This gathering took place at the home studio of our friends, Helen and Kim. As ever, with varying life commitments … Continue reading The Art Shack 3
How to cause chaos in your studio space! I had been thinking of how to personalise a gift for my mother-in-law's eightieth birthday and decided to create my own hand made gift wrap. I thought about the options and decided to go with paper marbling. The marble design on wrapping paper can look … Continue reading Emergency Art Drama Crisis!
I am dabbling with art, as a hobby. I always have. Alongside writing, one of the things that I enjoy, particularly on a relaxing day out somewhere, is to sketch. I have not done nearly enough of this, in the past five or six years. I used to love going out for long … Continue reading In The Field
I am back for more! I was quite pleased with my portrait of Barak Obama, which you will find in an earlier article here. My next subject is legendary actress of the golden age of Hollywood, Bette Davis. What greater icon of the silver screen, perhaps, than this incredible actress who could cause men to … Continue reading Portrait: Bette Davis