This year I thought I would give inktober a try. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a challenge on Instagram to produce one inked piece every day in October. I knew going in that there was NO WAY I’d finish 31 drawings. In the end, though, I did manage 8 large and ‘finished’ pieces, and 8 smaller sketches, which isn’t too bad!
I wanted to experiment with ink a bit more, and to attempt some more complete ‘compositions’, rather than just portraits. So, the goal was to include backgrounds/full bodies. I don’t really feel like I hit my stride until the very last piece, but still – a month to feel comfortable in a medium I don’t often use isn’t too bad!
Below are the more finished pieces:
I recently did a couple of tiny watecolor paintings, mostly so I could have the satisfaction of finishing something quickly. I was happy with how they turned out:
But then I was left with the problem of how to display such small pieces (2×2″, 3×5″, and 4×4″). So, I experimented with a couple of different options.
Those of you on instagram may have noticed an onslaught of mermaid art this past month – @tombancroft1 came up with the idea of “mermay”, a challenge to draw/paint one mermaid for every day of May.
Now, I didn’t QUITE manage 31 of them, but I’m pretty happy with the five I did finish!
In my professional life (where I’m a lecturer in English literature), I work on the Pre-Raphaelites. My specialty is poetry, but I love the art, as well. So I thought I’d do a painting inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art.
Now, PR art is defined by a few key features: Continue reading
I started a new job in September, so the autumn was a bit too hectic to make much art. 2017 has been far more productive!
All new pieces are available in my etsy shop!
More holiday paintings!
9×12″. Keeping on with the swirly, slightly impressionistic style. This piece is available on Etsy.
I just got my first gouache paints, which i used for all the foreground detail. I really like them so far!
And just for reference, here’s the photo I was painting from:
I just spent a lovely two weeks in Port Isaac, in north Cornwall. We had fantastic weather, and I came back desperate to start painting the sea. Here’s the first attempt:
9 x 12″ watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper. Original available on Etsy.
I was actually practicing a more realistic style and the clouds in the sunset were driving me UP THE WALL, so I just decided to do one that invoked Edvard Munch’s expressionism. Swirly lines and primary colours for the win!