Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Monday, 16 May 2022
I love this colour combination, as you get the warmest orange to bring the focal point of the image forward and the cool blue to push the rest into the background.
As the blues in this part of the colour wheel are quite granulated, I find they are not so good for small detail, but they are easy to lift away if you make a mistake.
I glue sample-circles of my watercolour collection onto magnets and stick them to a white board over colour strips. Where two colours are complementary, when you mix them, the colour will turn a neutral colour, and these strips help me identify the complementary colours.
When I am planning a painting, I move the magnets around and look at the colour strips on my colour board.
When I set out on my mission to categorise all my paints, I hoped to definitively create a list of where each paint fell on the colour wheel. With this section, because of the granulation of the blues, and with the creaminess of some of the oranges, I found I could not make up my mind which paints best matched the other paints, so in the end, I left it a bit fluid.
Here's a list of the colours that fit on my paint strips for this section. Mostly I use Daniel Smith Ultramarine Blue and Permanent Orange, but there are many other options.
Permanent Orange (Daniel Smith)
Winsor Orange (Winsor and Newton)
Cadmium Orange (Winsor and Newton)
Shades in the middle:
Gold Ochre (Winsor and Newton)
Brown Ochre (Winsor and Newton)
Burnt Sienna (Winsor and Newton)
Magnesium Brown (Winsor and Newton)
Burnt Umber (Winsor and Newton)
Duochrome Desert Bronze (Daniel Smith)
Tigers Eye (Daniel Smith)
Vandyke Brown (Winsor and Newton)
Blue Apatite (Daniel Smith) - a bit green for the overall section, but it fits when Ultramarine Green Shade (Winsor and Newton) is Mixed with Permanent Orange (Daniel Smith) and is a gorgeous paint to work with.
Ultramarine Green Shade (Winsor and Newton)
French Ultramarine (Winsor and Newton)
Cobalt Blue Deep (Winsor and Newton)
Ultramarine Blue (Daniel Smith)
I always think this colour scheme will work fantastically with Winsor and Newton Gold Ink, but as yet, I have never dared splash it on a finished painting. I hope one day I will be brave enough.
Happy creating! And if you do create anything using these colour combinations, please tag me on social media so I can see your fantastic art.
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Thursday, 10 March 2022
Sunday, 10 October 2021
Pumpkin season is upon us, and I have dug out my carving tools, picked my three home grown pumpkins and bought my ticket to the Cairnie pumpkin patch.
This will be my fourth year carving pumpkins, and once again, The Dory, Pittenweem, have kindly offered to display my carvings in their window.
I'll upload my carvings as I finish them to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. If an image works particularly well, I will upload it to RedBubble, but this year I will be focusing more on display pumpkins than carving to the camera.
Before I start carving, I thought I would have a look back at my favourite carvings from the last three years.
I carve real pumpkins using U gouges and craft knifes. All the designs are my own.
Monday, 26 July 2021
Over 20 other artists will also be exhibiting throughout the village, and a huge celebration at the West Braes Park will mark the official opening at midday, 7th August, of the Pittenweem Pool after the renovations.
I will be selling paintings, prints, cards, bags, cushion covers, notebooks, mouse mats and stickers. I will be exhibiting in my garage alongside Jan Palmer at Venue 15.
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
I've been asked quite a bit lately about my colour choices in my paintings. I have been reluctant to write about it, as I am a self taught artist and assume I have huge holes in my knowledge, but as there seems to be some interest, and I started to tell people I would blog about it, here we go.
Cadmium Scarlet and Phthalo Blue (Red Shade)
When I am starting a painting, I pick two colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel, so when they are combined in the right amounts, they create a neutral greyish colour. As you mix these two colours, they create a range of colours, some of which can be matched with other paints, which may have different and useful properties.
With my Firth of Forth series, I mostly use Cadmium Scarlet and Winsor Blue (Red Shade).
- Phthalo Blue, Red Shade - Holbein Artists' Watercolour. Lovely and bright blue. Useful when you want to give the sky an extra oomph. However, it does leave a darker blue line around where you apply the wet paint.
- Phthalo Sapphire - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour. Very similar to the Holbein, Phthalo Blue Red Shade, but a limited edition, so may be hard to get your hands on.
- Winsor Blue, Red Shade - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour. My go to paint for paintings in these colours, but it doesn't work very well if you want to do effects with clingfilm, and like the Hobein, leaves a darker blue line at the edge of the wet paint when it dries.
- Prussian Blue - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour. I haven't used this much.
- Indigo - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour. I love the properties of this paint. It works really well with clingfilm. However, I find it is best used with plenty of water as can develop a coppery sheen.
- Venetian Red - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour. I haven't used this much
- Light Red - Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour, again, I haven't used this much.
Friday, 18 June 2021
Today I finished a long term project I have been working on, and phew! That was a marathon.
Except for the eyes, this image was created using just two complimentary colours, Viridian and Permanent Alizarin Crimson (I used Winsor and Newton Professional paint.) When combined, these colours create the neutral black colour of Tess's fur; ramp up the red, and you have the perfect pink for the gums; let the green dominate, and you have a cool background colour, which I thought would be good for a dog that loves running around in fields.
I finished this image just in time for my first outing in the art world in a couple of years. If you are in Fife on the weekend of the 26/27th June 2021, I have a stall at Bowhouse near St Monans. Hopefully I will see you there!