Mixed media watercolour and colour pencil art

You may have noticed I have taken a bit of a hiatus from art and blogging.  It’s been like six months since my last blog post!   I went on an epic two month overseas holiday. I did have the best intentions to draw and update my social media everyday ha ha… but… anyway I do have a really good tan…

Anyone whose followed my blog for a little while will know that watercolour is my nemesis.  I have a bit of a love-hate relationship going with it.  So I’ve decided to commit to watercolour based mixed media for a while and see if I can get more comfortable with it.

Here are the results of my first four attempts.  A bit of a mixed bag! The first one I did was my favourite by far.  I think because it was “just an experiment” I was much looser and relaxed with it.  I put a bit of pressure on myself for the next couple (and used the GOOD paper) and I think as a result I was a bit more uptight which shows in the end result.   The last one I disliked so much I ended up giving up on it completely!   "Amara" - watercolour and colour pencil painting"Bridgit" - watercolour and colour pencil painting"Hedvig" - watercolour and colour pencil painting

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I feel like I am getting a good handle on drawing graphite portraits at the moment. I have completed a couple of successful (in my mind anyway) drawings in a row now. There is something to be said for sticking to a theme until you (almost) perfect it! What’s that theory… 10,000 hours to become an expert? I have such squirrel tendencies it’s impossible for me to stay focused on any one thing for an extended period!

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“Grace” in Colour

Last week I had finished the graphite part of this drawing.  You can read about the process and see some work in progress photos here.  I could have left it at that but I have been doing so many graphite pieces of late I really felt like adding a bit of colour.  I decided to break out the gouache paints as I like the opaque, flat almost ‘poster paint’ nature of them. None of that pesky, uncontrollable watercolour behaviour! I don’t feel particularly confident with any kind of painting so putting paint to paper is always a bit scary for me   There is always a high risk that I am going to stuff it up royally.  Hence it was quite a few days before I dived in but I am so glad I did.  I am really happy with the end result.

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The Return of the Pink Princess…

Graphite pencil illustration of Kirsten

I’m back with Part 2 of my attempt to draw portraits of “real” people.  (You can read Part 1 here).  This portrait is of one of my lovely yoga students, Kirsten.  I finished the graphite pencil part of my portrait a couple of weeks ago and this week it was time to finish it off with a bit of colour.

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