As you can tell by now I love water, I love painting cabins and landscapes with stormy skies. They are my absolute favourite things to paint. The reference picture I loosely based this one on is from pixabay.com.
(First layers of colour)
I loved the colours in this particular painting are very calming. My favourite combinations to use at the moment are yellow ochre, blue and greens. Again I decided to put a stormy sky in there as well.
(Determining the composition of the painting)
Here I am starting to add more layers and details into the painting. Figuring out where points of interest are going to be is probably the hardest part of painting. Once you know where all the objects sit you can start adding shadows and highlights and details to the painting. By adding details such as highlights and shadows this gives the painting depth and interest. The reflections on the water really make it seem as though it’s real.
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Here’s a couple of pictures of my rosehip sketch I completed in about an hour. It’s very simple but I really love it. I have started an acrylic painting, but it’s still a work in progress. The reference photo is curtesy of The Mad Potter.
The first layer of graphite…….
The second and third layers of graphite are so much easier to apply. Once you have the basic shading it’s really just about light and shade. It’s important you don’t put too much dark on all at once. You need to build it up slowly, it’s very difficult to take it off once it’s on there.
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Here is my first ever painting done with a palette knife. A river running through the mountains to the ocean.
I love the flow and peace that this painting seems to give. Although the river is clearly forcing its way to the ocean, the flow of water makes me feel calm and relaxed. This is the first piece of a series of paintings featuring rivers, the ocean and mountains. I’m surrounded by mountains here where I live so it’s not hard to find plenty of inspiration.
The first stage of this painting. I blocked in the background colours with a fat brush. I very much limited the amount of colours I used for this painting. I wanted to challenge myself to create a piece with depth using limited tools. I had 1 brush and one palette knife, red, blue, yellow, black and white. My favourite kinds of skies to create are definitely stormy skies. I like my paintings to have lots of drama in them. The acrylic paint I have used is Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.
Next week I’ll be publishing another river painting I have created this year. To keep up to date with my current work please pop over to my social media pages.
This week I’ve been working a few things! None of which are finished at the moment!! But I’ll pop a few work in progress photoe up for you to have a look at.
A simple light house sketch is almost complete. I love the sea side and I haven’t been able to draw or paint much recently!
This rose painting is finished. It’s in my charity auction over on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/686438524875406/permalink/691001601085765/
This little robin will be done in water colours. I’m really excited about getting stuck into this one!
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I’m holding a charity art auction in aid of the RSPCA and the RSPB. Please pop along and visit my Facebook page for all the details! These Charities are very dear to my heart. I love animals and I think it’s important to protect our wildlife, as well as protecting the domestic animals.
I will have many pieces of my Art available to bid one. There will be graphite sketches and acrylic paintings. Most will be of animals but there will be one or two pieces that will be Portraits or landscapes.
Bidding will start on the 16th of July and go until the 30th of July. Please come and support a good cause!
This weeks art work to remember is Wattle. One of the first fairies I ever painted. It seems so long ago now.
This acrylic painting was one of the first fairies I painted and is a part of my Fantasy Collection. To view rest of the fantasy collection go to this link: https://chrissyturleyartist.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-fantasy-art-collection/
You can also get many of my works on clothes, phones cases, diaries and all sorts of other cool designs!!
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Here you will find all of my Fantasy Art and links to where you can buy prints, originals and merchandise! I will be constantly adding each of my collection so please keep visiting to check out my latest pieces!!!
You can find Original pieces in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist for prints and all other merchandise go to my redbubble site https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
The first fairies I painted! Wattle and rose!
Another fairy. This one looks particularly awesome on a phone case! You can find it here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
My dragon is next. This little guy looks amazing on a shirt!
And lastly my house by the river.
So that is my fantasy collection of art work. Thank you for reading and supporting my art works!
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Another busy week for me! I uploaded more images to Redbubble and Etsy. Writing descriptions for these selling platforms is the hardest part of my day!! Along with other admin type work I made several pieces of Art. Paintings and graphite sketches.
First Up for the week is my Damselfly. I followed on from last weeks dragonfly sketch. It’s an acrylic Painting on canvas board. I really enjoyed painting this one. The bright colours really made me happy!
I also put this one on Redbubble, I played around a lot with different backgrounds and came up with, what I think, is my coolest design yet! Let me know what you think!
Next up this week was my floral painting. I’m calling it ‘My darkest hour’. I was in a fairly bad place, feeling very low when I painted this one. I have deliberately left the brush marks visible. I hope it reflects the mood I was in.
After feeling a little better, having a chat with some very good friends I decided I would lighten my mood and sketch a butterfly.
Lastly this week I used my water colour paints for the second time. This media is so new to me, but fascinating. I find it difficult to get the result I want with out lots of paint and water. My poor paper had almost had its fill!! More practice with watercolours is in order. Saying that I am absolutely 100% happy with the result.
Go to my redbubble site to see this design on all sorts of household items and clothing! The original piece is in my etsy store.
Thanks for reading, and your support!
On the 16th of July 2017, there is a charity event in Cwmbran. I’ll be trading with my art prints, originals and I’ll have a few spaces for portraits and custom pieces.
There will be many other local business trading and many have donated several prizes for the raffles!
Pop along is you’re local and get in on the action!
Hope to see you there,