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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Second water colour painting

While I was doing the wash over the first one - thought I would do a second one wtih blues .... it's on a different paper ... and I quite like the effect of this one ...

I'm planning on using a piece of this in my artwork for the NZ Art Guild Collaborative project Ngatahi which is under way at the moment.

Take 2 with water colours

After Kays suggestion of another wash over the top of the water colour below here's the result ... not too sure about this - kind of looks a bit blah to me .... but its still fun playing around ....

Having a play with water colour paint

A year ago my wonderful nana passed away. She painted watercolours for many years - hundreds of them - landscapes still life but predominantly flowers. I'm lucky enough to have two of her beautiful flower water colours.

The other day I got her left over watercolour paint, brushes, paper and books. Having never used watercolours I wasn't sure where to start. So I read one of the books with basics - and still felt horribly confused esp as I'm an abstract artist. So I thought right - I will just get stuck in and have a play. This is what I did yesterday in a few minutes.

The colours a bit wishy washy - and the paper isn't flat (although I went through the process outlined for prestretching etc) hmmm maybe too much water involved! I wanted to do wet on wet to get the flowing effect of all the colours marbelling together.

Thanks to all my friends on facebook who left a message of support and also telling me how much they love watercolours themselves - I'm quite excited to see where this leads.

And Kay - Just for you I'm blogging about it ;-) hehehe

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Creative Process

At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity. - Rachel Naomi Remen

Funny - it's been said a few times to me lately that going from nursing to art as a career seemed poles apart - maybe not so much afterall .......