The days are still cold and wintry so here’s a little something to brighten your day. If you have been reading my recent posts you will know that I opened an online store in the New Year – doricdragons.com
If you use the code EarlGreyandABiscuit, when ordering from my shop (orders over £40) you will get 10% off your whole order. Hurry up though, it only lasts until the end of this month (February 2020)!
I am adding to the store every week, so keep checking back for new items.
As I have mentioned before on this blog, I am intrigued by the patterns that I see in nature and the fact that they are repeated on different scales. From blood vessels to river deltas, these fractal patterns are everywhere.
This often ends up with some of my work having a slightly visceral quality. I even did a series of paintings called “visceral landscapes”.
This painting included papers that I had previously decorated with acrylic paint and then were then collaged on to the painting. I also used various bits of paper from magazines. After the collage I worked more layers of paint until I was happy with it.
It turned out more obviously “visceral” than usual!
I showed it to a few people recently and it has been interesting to see the reactions of those viewing the painting. It seems to be that they either love it or loathe it. What is your opinion?
I am still on my mini painting binge, the palette is a little different this time, inspired by summer woodland. A mix of watercolour, acrylic and ink, 2.5 x 3.5 inches. I have mounted them in 6 x 8 inch mounts to give them more impact.
I have been playing about with my acrylic paints, inks and Neocolors. I used heavy weight water colour paper as a base.
The ink is from Sakura’s Pigma pens, which are pigment based and fade proof. I especially love the brush tip version.
The Neocolor crayons are water soluble, so will dissolve with water to create a watercolour effect. I used to be sceptical about their usefulness, until I got some to try. Now I wouldn’t be without them. They are great to take sketching too.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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:
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. 🙂
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.