The Mask She Wears

If you cast your mind back to October last year, you may remember a painting I did for a Wet Canvas Challenge all about Masks. Well the fascination with women and masks has stayed with me and is fast developing into a series of paintings that I envisage adding to in the future. Here are…

Wet Canvas – 1 Year On

Last October I discovered the Wet Canvas website while searching for help with acrylic painting techniques. It’s been a great learning resource, place to get feedback and each month has provided an incentive to paint something I would not have considered painting. Being challenged as an artist is essential to improve, and just for fun,…

Foreshortening Finished

Challenge completed, and boy was it a challenge! I think I repainted the little finger on the right about 3 times to get it to stop looking broken. That is the beauty of acrylics – you can paint and overpaint until you are happy with the result. I started this 16×12″ canvas board with a…

Foreshortening

I am being brave again this month and hosting the Wet Canvas Different Strokes Challenge on the acrylics forum. This month’s challenge focuses on the dark art of foreshortening! As I’m sure you all know, foreshortening is the term given to that wonderful optical illusion of perspective that distorts how we draw and paint objects…

Nightmare in pastel

You know when you start a painting and think it’s going to be great but it gradually gets worse and worse? Well this is exactly what happened with my first attempt at painting J. It started so well, with a strong drawing, good composition: But quickly descended into a pastel nightmare with a lack of…

May

As well as doing the Wet Canvas challenge each month, I also try to work on my own, more personal paintings. While the challenges are great exercises to improve my technique, they do not satisfy my creative needs. I have a book full of pages and pages of painting ideas, and doing one challenge painting…

‘Daffodil’ A5 canvas board

This month the Different Strokes Challenge on the Wet Canvas acrylics forum was to paint ‘macro floral’. Now I’m not much of a floral painter, and although this one was good practice it does highlight that it’s a subject matter I struggle with – I’m definitely no Georgia O’Keeffe! Being proudly Welsh, it was somewhat…