Category Archives: Painting in my own time.

It’s the eye that’s important.


Watching The Art of Survival on the on demand tonight and looking at Johans portraits I was reminded how important it is to focus on the eye. We are naturally programmed to look at the eye, the window to the soul. I always say that in an animal portrait that if the eye is right the rest will follow.

I often focus on fitting everything into the space rather than individual elements when trying to draw people. By focusing on the eye and then letting the image grow from there I got a much better result when doing the above image of my hubby. Lesson for the day – the importance of the eye.

Maggie the office art dog

I have been watching Art Race, a Sky Arts programme, and really enjoyed the work done by Kenny Harris. He inspired me to get out my cartridge pen and play with the ink and water thing again. It is so much more restrictive than watercolour and it doesn’t allow for errors much. Ok, so not good if you like to get things perfect but great for making you commit to what you put on the paper.
I think it is a great excercise for speeding up and honing your drawing. The addition of water softens the hardness of the ink but it is very easy to overwork.

Art Race info is at


Sid so far…

Sid so far, still a way to go. Working in my own ‘wrong’ way of using watercolour. Rather than using watercolour in the traditional ‘white of the paper showing through’ I tend to work in greater layers and use the ‘put paint on take paint off’ way of working. I have always thought this wrong but I really like the effects that can be achieved and Sid still has a way to go before I am happy.

It’s all gone a bit Seagull…

I couldn’t help it. I was on honeymoon an there were so many Seagulls. I just love them. I know many pople view them as pests but heck they are great. So, I took a lot of photos and a few of them are painting potential and out came the water colours. I could have been typing tonight bit I was painting instead and the resulting Seagull, affectionately known as Sid, will appear soon. Till then…