5 day art challenge… day 5, watercolour on silk


I have been very busy in the studio creating for our busy tourist season. At a wonderful venture initiated by a local Council, Burnie Makers Workshop, I am fortunate to have been selected as a participating artist. I am there as a watercolourist and silk painter. We “Makers” give our time, on a rostered basis, to sit and demonstrate our art/craft to visitors and to chat with them. Cruise ship visit days are especially busy. I do love it.
There is an associated shop and we are able to leave some items for sale in the gift shop area and on the days we attend we can bring in, and set up, a bigger display. I usually demonstrate painting on silk, small paintings which I later put into cards, frames or various jewellery settings.
People who are unfamiliar with silk painting enjoy seeing a different art medium being used and those familiar with silk painting are often intrigued with my preference for a watercolour technique using no resist or antidiffusant of any type. I love the flow of the dyes and the serendipitous aspect of the way the paintings evolve. No two are ever the same. I had been painting for days at MW when it was time to post my final artists’ challenge day so silk painting was a natural choice.

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013

Free Spirits.... poppies are my favourite flower to paint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

Free Sopirits…. poppies are my favourite flower to apint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.

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Iris, watercolour


I was given some iris flowers from a friend and last night managed a watercolour before they died… just a few flowers and buds left but enough to capture their “personality”. The big, soft, droopy petals make me think of dogs’ ears…. only more colourful. I have “manufactured” my own colour combinations, as is permitted of an artist if not working rigidly in a botanical illustration manner. However, no one would doubt these are iris. I do hope you agree that I have captured the essence of the elegant, garden favourites.

I did a little light, compositional drawing, but primarily employed freehand painting in a brush painting style on a very unforgiving, smooth, lightweight (120 gsm) Fabriano drawing paper. Challenging, but what a fresh finish it yields.I deliberately chose the paper to ensure I did not go back and “fix” anything…. no overpainting as the soft surface cannot handle that.

I do so love the brush painting style, with the variation of pressure and pulling a twisting a multi-loaded soft brush across the paper surface. Pure meditation!

Iris, watercolour

Iris, watercolour

A quick painting each day…. watercolour


It’s only been 4 days but so far I have managed to find 20 minutes a day to enjoy a little art. These quick little works I usually do in watercolour. Watercolour is a quick medium with which to paint, if used in a free, wet manner. To achieve fresh looking paintings watercolour should not be overworked so limiting the time is good practise for the skill required. The one in the circle cut out card is a watercolour on silk.

day 2, yellow rose , watercolour card painted from life

day 2, yellow rose , watercolour card
painted from life

day 2 watercolour on silk card from my imagination

day 2 watercolour on silk
card
from my imagination

day 4 watercolour card Dahlia painted from life

day 4 watercolour card
Dahlia
painted from life

Day 1, watercolour card Fly fishing from a photo reference

Day 1, watercolour card
Fly fishing
from a photo reference

palette knife painting…. flowers


Thick juicy paint, mixed with some gel medium and applied with a palette knife, creates luscious texture and colour.

Acrylic on canvas painted with a palette knife

Acrylic on canvas painted with a palette knife

As usual,there are lost and found edges that are present when I use other media… watercolour, pastel, ink, silk watercolour and watercolour. But this impasto work beckons the viewer to touch. Texture plus!