I’m an illustrator and painter working primarily in pen, ink, water colour, oils and digital art.
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Here’s a snapshot of my latest watercolor. It’s of Dunluce Castle which a ruin in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. I wanted it to have a fantasy effect, so I floated bright orange and magenta into the sky and added plenty of dark, warm purples and orangey greens.
The Norman Rockwell exhibition is on at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. It’s free and it’s amazing, so make sure to visit 11am – 7pm. For more info visit The American Art Museum
I have been having some fun using Sketchbook Pro on the iPad! Here is my first illustration 🙂
I was really excited to see that the fabulous artists’ website Redbubble has featured not 1 but 2 of my paintings this month!
The Island featured on Redbubble's Homepage!
Sunflower Splatters featured on Redbubble's Homepage!
Remember you can buy prints or cards from many of my paintings via my shop on Redbubble.
The brown centres of the flowers are added to complete the painting.
Painting a watercolour: Final stage
Once the paint is completely dry the masking fluid is gently cleaned then removed. This reveals the graduated orange-yellow under-painting which becomes the colours of the sunflowers.
The masking fluid is gently removed, revealing the graduated orange-yellow colours of the sunflowers.
Next I mask off the sky area to protect it from the spattered paint I will use to create the sunflower field. For this I use old pieces of card.
I then use masking fluid to mask off flower shapes in the graduated area below the sky. I do this very loosely to create a more exciting effect.
The painting is then left until the masking fluid is completely dry before spattering the green leaves and stalks in the field. I spatter water from the tip of a brush then spatter on lashings of dilute green paint. The droplets should get smaller, paler and cooler as they recede. Once this is dry I repeat the process over and over with different shades of green and some violets to get the desired effect. The painting is left to dry completely between layers of paint.
Masking off areas to be protected from the paint spatter of the sunflower field
After masking off the edges of the stretched watercolour paper I added in the sky then the graduated background to what will eventually be a field of sunflowers.
Laying in the graduated background for the field of sunflowers