Summer Wildflowers

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Summer Wildflowers, 26 x 41cm, mixed media on board

Lately, I have been deciding on the colours I want to use first before painting, and have been loving the results. Limiting my palette has had a very freeing effect on my work, allowing me to solely concentrate on what I am creating and not on what colours I’m going to be using as well. I’ve used a lot of water too which has dictated the shapes and patterns I have used as it flows and moves my paint into its own desired shapes.

I’m going to be exploring this method of painting more, not just because I like the paintings I am producing, but also because I am really enjoying myself.

Summer Wildflowers, along with In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, and a few other wee paintings will be exhibited at Smithy Gallery in their Affordable Art Show from 24 June – 22 July 2018. The Private View is on Sunday 24 June, 2pm–5pm. You are more than welcome.

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Another wee painting

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Woodland Path, 12.5 x 17.5cm (5 x 7″), watercolour and gouache on watercolour paper, £40

This wee painting was fun to do as it’s so far from the norm for me. I restricted my colour palette completely and I experimented with layer upon layer of the same colour. I’ll be doing this kind of thing again.

The original photo by the wonderful Nelleke whose work you can find on DeviantArt.

My work is for sale online Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery as usual, so head over there if you would like a wee original, prints or greetings cards.

Culzean Bluebells

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Culzean Bluebells, mixed media, 41x26cm

After a bit of an absence, I’ve just popped this painting on my shops for sale. I will post a bit more about my latest activities over the next week or two.

You can find it on Etsy and Artfinder.

To the Islands

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To the Islands, gouache on watercolour paper, 18 x 13cm, £40

If you drive just 20 minutes south of where I live, you get to the highest point in the Glasgow area. From there you can look out west and see the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig.

If you are lucky enough, the sun will be doing spectacular things at the same time.

To the Islands is for sale online at all the usual place – Etsy, Artfinder, Art Gallery and nuMonday.

Dusky Trees

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Dusky Trees, 18 x 13cm (5 x 7″), watercolour and gouache, £40

Available for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artGallery.

 

Storm at Dusk

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Storm at Dusk, mixed media on watercolour paper. 41 x 32cm (16 x 12.5″)

Sunset Cottage

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Sunset Cottages, 15 x 10cm (6 x 5″), gouache on watercolour paper

For sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Skye in Spring

Skye is one of my favourite Scottish islands – there is a magic to the landscape no matter what time of the year. Every time I go there I come away wanting to paint. I was there this year; so here is the resulting wee painting.

Skye in Spring is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

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Skye in Spring, gouache, 18 x 13cm (7 x 5″)

Hollyhocks

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Hollyhocks, gouache on watercolour paper, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″)

I once saw a bank of hollyhock flowers in the wild. They were all sorts of colours, dark pink, light pink, white, red and deep purple. I am building up to painting them – I took photos – but in the meantime, here is a pale pink hollyhock plant that is currently living in my garden.

Azaleas is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Azaleas

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Azaleas, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″), gouache on watercolour paper

There was nothing more fun than splashing the pink paint around on this one, and I love the contrasting colours in the yellow and oranges behind the flowers.

Azaleas is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.