Drowsy SubstrataOnce upon a thunderstormA lightning flash awayRain promised at the window paneTo take the heat away.A candle there you brought meThough the darkness did not fleeYet it softened at the cornersAnd in warmth enfolded me.In a blanket with a candleAt the centre of my heartAll secrets can be nakedIn the privacy of dark.The feelings that lie wordlessSubterranean in my soulWith a flash are in the openAnd can still remain as whole Megan Kerr aged 17This was painted with words of a poem by Megan, author of A Rope of Words. She wrote the poem when she was 17 and we were in the Northern Transvaal, South Africa and we had a house with a corrugated tin roof. When it hailed with hailstones … [Read more...] about Rope of Words 12 – the Woman 1
It is complete! (45cm X 45cm) I am so enjoying venturing into unchartered territory where I can't visualise the outcome because I don't know how I'm going to resolve certain areas of detail. I've worked with watercolour a lot but mostly in backgrounds, not in trying to emulate nature or a feeling of nature. So I feel as though I'm at a beginning.Share|| … [Read more...] about Sea-Holly in watercolours
At the moment I'm keeping a lot of balls in the air - a couple too many, in fact. You'll see this from the next few entries from designing a font to screenprinting etc.Having been invited to have a small exhibition of my orchid giclees I thought I'd better do one or two large watercolours as originals and looked around at flowers here because I needed a change from orchids. Many English flowers are typically textural and multipetalled- rose, peony, hydrangea - unlike the simple flowers I like painting such as the strelizia, agapanthus, orchid. I'm sure there is a botanical reason, but anyway after discarding fuschias because of their "little girl colours" I looked at wild flowers - I love … [Read more...] about Behind the Scenes – Thistle watercolour
South Hampshire Calligraphers Workshop Killian's work is epitomized by classical simplicity with an underlying tension within every letter. Beginning with classical forms then moving on to modernising these using ligatures, reversals and other capital forms we will create a piece of work in graphiteLK, Iola, LK, LK, Anon, Olena, Sue, Lesley, Kim, Sharon, Val L, Anon, Angela, Marion, Jan, Val Y., Anon, Joy, Angela, Anon. (I didn't notice I'd scanned Angela's in twice, then did another three to make up the square! Duh!)After anaylsing Killian's work everybody traced the letters and measured them, comparing them with Trajan Capitals. Guess what? They were just about identical in width.Keeping … [Read more...] about The Art of Herman Killian
Disclaimer: Its not the painting of the egg that's perfect, its for the recipe "The Perfect Egg"I am illustrating a small book of recipes called Easy-Peasy Breakfasts and Brunches.So I put an egg on a classic linen teatowel and painted it the way I love painting - loose colour, watery edges, blooming etc. I quite like the painting, but it just doesn't look appetising as a breakfast!I am sure many food illustrators overcome this issue in different ways. Mine was to go more realistic, which can also be boring. So here's my solution - a little fingerprint person and some lettering.And here's another one. oops!HAPPY EASTER EVERYONEBack to perspective on Monday!Share|| … [Read more...] about The perfect egg?