Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inks

Inky Mess 1
Inky Mess 1 at an angle

Today I thought that I would try out some inks that I have had for a while but not yet had a chance to use, Dr PH Martin’s Bombay Inks. I was getting some gesso out of the cupboard and noticed the inks lurking at the back. So I promptly forgot my original plans and started playing – nothing unusual for me.

These inks use pigments rather than dyes and therefore have better lightfastness. The colours, as you would expect, are mostly vivid and translucent. There are some opaque colours, white and yellow ochre are examples.

You can dilute them with water to create paler colours. I applied them with a brush and also using a dip pen. They are waterproof when dry, which means that you can create many layers without worrying about creating mud.

I also used some recently acquired mica watercolours, Kuretake Starry Colors. As these don’t show up well in a head on photograph, I took a second one at an angle. These paints are very effective and very pretty.

I have a couple more doodles which I will include in my next post, assuming that I don’t get sidetracked..

Yellow, black and white

I am playing with a minimal palette just now which leaves me free to concentrate on just letting go with the mark making which is the first layer of this painting. I have a few ideas in the pipeline but don’t have enough time to get started on them. However, I can’t not do any painting! So this is today’s play. 🙂

Yellow black and white, minimal palette, acrylic on paper.

On another subject, I have been updating some of my blog settings and apologise in advance for any randomly duplicated email newsletters that get generated in the process! Hopefully it won’t happen but I thought it best to warn you!

 

NEOS 2018

Life is very busy just now, which is great! I have lots of new work, some of which I have on display at the fantastic Blue Roof Gallery at Oyne in Aberdeenshire.

“Passing Through”. Acrylic and collaged, acrylic painted papers.
Evolution, Acrylic on paper
“Evolution”. Acrylic on paper
Evolution 4, acrylic on paper
“Evolution 4”. Acrylic on paper.
“It’s No Go the Yogi Man”. Acrylic and collaged, acrylic painted papers.

This week is particularly interesting as many local artists have opened their studios as part of the annual North East Open Studios (NEOS) event. There are so many excellent artists living locally, whose work I want to see, so I shall be trying to visit as many as possible this week.

Apple blossom time…

Apple blossom
Apple blossom

I do love this time of year, the apple trees are all in bloom here. I think that we need to invent the smellernet, the perfume from all the trees is fantastic, especially in the sunshine – when it decides to shine on us!

I planted quite a lot of them many years ago, after discovering that the huge vegetable garden that I had planned might be a little difficult, due to the lack of soil.

The field that I had intended to use turned out to have been, in the past, a stock yard, where cattle were kept. The whole area has about two inches of soil, underneath which there is about three feet of stones.

When I planted the trees I had to use a pick axe and, as there were around twenty five trees, it took me a while. Once they had their roots down the trees really loved it.  The insects love the trees and I love the fruit. As do our two dogs. They regularly inspect the trees to see if there are any apples that they can steal. Oh and the chickens like apples too, good job that I planted so many. 🙂

There are one or two rhododendrons flowering too, very pretty but no smell or fruit off them.

Rhododendron "Creamy Chiffon"
Rhododendron “Creamy Chiffon”
Red rhododendron
Red rhododendron

 

Facebook Competitions

Leaflet entry
Leaflet entry

I found out on Monday that I am a finalist in a competition. The competition is being run by the nice people at Printed.com.

The “Square Flair-Off design competition” brief competition was to design a 150mm square leaflet. I used a pen and ink drawing that I had done as the basis for the design.

Sadly for me, I didn’t read through the rules properly (let that be a lesson) and notice the fact that the final leg of the competition is being held on Facebook. Now I don’t do Facebook – just because I am contrary – so this gives me a bit of a problem.

As I am not on Facebook, I don’t have any Facebook friends and because of the vagaries of Facebook, it is unlikely that I will get enough people voting for my design. It wasn’t that good anyway…

Still if you do feel like helping out here’s the link to my entry:

https://www.facebook.com/printedcom/photos/pb.183666021710384.-2207520000.1463657142./1025425350867776/?type=3&theater

A couple of new paintings

I have been doing quite a bit of painting on paper lately, rather than my usual support which is canvas. I love the way that the paint moves on paper, especially when I water it down.

Now I know that I may well get someone saying that I shouldn’t water down acrylic paint with just water. I do add a little airbrush medium too but it is mainly water. I only do this when I am painting on paper and, in 35 years or so of using acrylics, I have never had any adhesion problems.

I have also added a little acrylic ink in the form of lines and doodles, as well as a bit of pastel.

I keep telling myself that I need to do paintings that fit into the frames that I already have in stock but, quite often, I get so wrapped up in the moment of creation that I completely forget and just grab the first piece of decent watercolour paper that I can lay my hands on. 🙂

Untitled, acrylic on paper
Untitled, acrylic on paper
Fractures
“Fractures”, acrylic and pastel on watercolour paper

Free dragon knitting chart…

Freeby time!  So I decided that the dragon chart that I recently listed for sale will become the first freebie on my blog. I am giving it away to anyone who signs up for my newsletter.

I am busy painting just now but I hope to get on to some knitting soon, so I will be using it myself to make a cushion cover. When I do I will post the finished object. Mind you, there’s all those crocheted baby clothes that I have 99% done and need to finish off! So many things, etc.

If you are already signed up to the newsletter and would like a copy please just drop me a line. 🙂

dragon chart
dragon chart

New prints on Folksy

I have been busy doing some more prints of my paintings, including the ones that other people are determined to sell without informing me!

I have also had some fun making some digital art and have listed them on my Folksy shop, which I am sad to say I have neglected for the past year or so! Still never too late…

I love animals and thought that it would be fun to create some cheerful stuff using them as the subject matter. I am using pigment inks and heavy, archival quality paper, so they should stay nice and bright for a good while!

Here are a selection:

I am now working on some prints that will be a combination of hand and digital work. I am starting off with a hand painted piece, photographing it, printing it and then adding further embellishment to each print, so that every print will be unique.

I will keep you posted on them…

They are at it again…

A Place to Live
A Place to Live

Yet again, this image is appearing on various websites, where they have the nerve to not only claim copyright of it but also attribute it to some bogus artist, not me in other words. Some are giving it away as free wallpaper, others are actually selling prints of it.

In some cases they haven’t even bothered changing the file name. I get so frustrated with this kind of illegal use of my work. If someone wanted to use my work for non profit applications they could at least ask! As for the ones making money out of it, I just hope that their karma catches up with them.

I try not to put up very high resolution images, to discourage anyone from using them but if they are really, really low resolution then there isn’t much point in displaying them at all (goes outside to scream).

OK, rant over!

Anyway if anyone wants to buy prints of this or any of my paintings, please contact me. I will be putting some into my Etsy shop, but I can’t afford to list them all just now, so if there is something that you don’t see in the shop, then contact me. I can accept payments by Paypal.

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