May 1, 2020 - Fun little project, painting coconuts into ashtrays. This is what I mean when I say I'm inspired by very simple things, and have very random creative projects.
May 23, 2020 - Today I painted the top coat on several of my finished pieces. I used two coats of liquitex gloss varnish. I lay it on quite heavy, painting across my canvas in one direction until it’s covered. Then lightly brush the opposite and catch drips over the edges. This results in a beautiful streak free glossy finish.
April 25, 2020 - This weekend I paint this old wind chime. Being confined to home due to covid-19 I've noticed a lot more about the property we live on. This chime was so boring, and definitely old with some pieces broken or chipped. Well I made it bright and new again :)
July 4, 2020 - Feeling frustrating with the translucency of my yellow paint, I ventured to find Golden Paints. As I expected, my favourite tiny art supply store on the island was the place to go - The Art Hub. Incredibly helpful and welcoming to all my questions, the owner was even kind enough to give me a small sample so I could compare open vs heavy body Golden acrylics. Can't tell you which I prefer yet, but I love them soooooo much in comparison to some other brand paints.
I stayed in the store too long, because I picked up quite a few little goodies. These paint pens are so sweet.
August 5, 2020 - Art Event Alert!!! I'm participating in the Artists Alliance Barbados event The Print at Grove Gallery here in Holetown, Barbados. This is a group event including originals and their reproductions. I've created some new 'print' projects specifically for this exhibition - bookmarks and tapestries. It's really great to participate in an exhibit again!
May 16, 2020 - I've put away the canvas to start on what my be one of my largest commission projects to date. A friend asked me to illustrate a children’s book she wrote. It’s a cute story of twin seahorses Sully and Sunny, one of which has a deformed fin. They spread their message of acceptance through the sea.
So far I’ve created the main characters and background theme and started and the front and back cover pages.
Next is to get going on the main content Of the book. I will start this by sketching out the main scene and then colour blocking the first layer of all the pages. I want the colour scheme to be consistent throughout, and as you can see in the comparison below it is hard to remix the exact same color to get it to match. This means I'm going to have to take a whole project approach to this if I want continuity.
This is going to be an interesting and challenging, as the illustrations are what really brings a kids book to life.
May 19 - I feel like my unfinished projects are staring at me with disapproval...
Especially these two!
May 18, 2020 - Backgrounds are blocked in on all the pages for the Children’s book. This was all done in a day. I first sketched out where I want the main colours to be placed for the background. Then used blue and turquoise toned down or up with white and black paint. Then brown and yellow toned down with white to make the sand patches. Plenty of work to go on this project, but you can see it’s going to be a colourful one!