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Summer Cocktail and what inspired my return to relief artwork on wood

This bold, bright and colourful artwork marks a return to my creating mixed media relief artwork on wood. Following a break of about two years, during which I researched and explored other techniques and a variety of painting skills and media I was -quite unexpectedly- inspired by some ceramic sculptural plant pots.

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My Birthday Girl, a Watercolour Portrait of my Daughter and a process video

On my journey to learning watercolour, and while last week was my daughter’s birthday, I thought I would have a go at painting a portrait of her to surprise her, pleasantly I hope!

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How I got my joy of painting back and learning gouache with Lena Rivo

About a couple of years ago I was looking for an easy and practical medium that I could use when travelling in our camper, so I decided to try out gouache as it resembled acrylic and oils in its opaqueness, which I was mostly into at the time. Now, you might think watercolour would have been the most obvious choice as a travelling medium, but I was still a bit wary of watercolour, imagining it to have a huge learning curve for me and something I would find hard to tackle. Additionally, I come from a predominantly designer background so I thought gouache would suit me better.

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I made a colour chart using my Sennelier L’Aquarelle watercolours

I recently bought myself a yummy selection of Sennelier’s L’Aquarelle watercolours as I’ve become quite enamoured with this medium. (The majority of this stash of colours was a birthday gift – lucky me!!)

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I painted my ceramic owl

Yup! That’s all that needs to be said! How do I know/decide how/what to paint them? Well, I often don’t know at first, so when I’m in dilemma as to how to decorate them I like to let my ceramic objects sit in front of me for a while, sometimes weeks, while I get on with other things.

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