More blog headers

A couple more blog headers I’ve been working on recently…

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website header art commission girl and dogs

Head over to Justine’s blogs, Eclectic Odds ‘n Sods and Living in East Sheen, to seeΒ them in action!

In other news, FireBonnet AKA Meghan has won my Tiny Ginger painting. Sweet!

Prudy portrait

A portrait done in watercolours and ink for the lovely Prudy of theΒ butter, basil and breadcrumbsΒ blog. Click here to meet Prudy an see the reference I used.

watercolour portrait Prudy

The importance of life drawing

Before persuading an art style, I think artists should really practice drawing from life first. I’ve been going at it for a few years, on and off, and I still feel I haven’t quite got it down. But then, art is a process and you’ll never stop learning. Best have fun while we’re at it!

Life drawing in charcoal and pastel

Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1.5 hours.

life drawing in charcoal and pastel

Charcoal and white pastel study from life – 1 hour.

life drawing in black ink

Life drawing in black ink – 40 mins.

#creativebeing

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“Draw yourself as your favourite artist / muse” was this week’sΒ #creativebeing challenge on Twitter. An easy choice.To me, Frida Kahlo is an icon with a timeless look and a powerful, honest artistic vision. It felt almost wrong to change her features and steer away from her signature painting style. But it was a fun experiment!

Frida

Painting of artist Frida Kahlo

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” – Frida Kahlo

Today was surreal. An August afternoon, one moment beaming with bright sunlight, the next thunderstorms and lightning. While shoppers were hiding in the bus shelter opposite my flat and the rain came pouring down my windows, I was sat snugly at my desk drawing Frida. The perfect inspiration for a perfect Sunday afternoon in.

Done in Indian ink and watercolour.