Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Reader

This drawing was created in charcoal several years ago. The model was my youngest sister (an avid reader - as proven here!).
It sold years ago - goodness knows where it has gone!! I wish I knew...
I pulled up this photo as I tried to inspire myself to paint a portrait for a small portrait competition exhibited in my local town.... Am I inspired? Hmm - almost.... ;)

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A Halloween Horror!

This painting was a demonstration piece painted over several festivals.

Please note it stars myself as the skeleton cranking up my JVC Boom Blaster!!! 

This painting began life as an ink drawing, a base coat was established in cobalt blue before being heavily smothered with watecolour, gouache and coloured inks. Colour pencil was then scumbled over some of the areas to create speckles of pure hue. 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

A Sketch of Bridport

A little sketch I painted on location over East Australia in the town of Bridport sitting on the sand as evening drew in.
I painted with a small chisel brush giving sharp edged strokes that gives the work great energy!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Bedroom Reading

A fiddly painting with irrelevant little details - a form of self torture when I'm trying to paint them all in!

The base coat was a flat wash of burnt umber to establishing an overall harmony before applying layers of colour in watercolour and gouache.
It's a mish-mash of eras - the train, clockwork animals, radio etc date it from early to mid 20th century yet two of the posters on the wall depict a 90's and a 00's band!

As with the majority of my work the original is available for purchase. Price on enquiry -gabrielevans@hotmail.com or sales@creationinateapot.com.
Archival prints and greeting cards will be available at my website Creations in a Teapot in the next few days.  
  Below is an early version of the painting in its base colours...  

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Sketchbook Extract

An extract from my sketchbook.

A method that I often use is to outline a 'picture frame' of the image and paint it like it's a large painting in a gallery. For some reason this method will often produce ideas I hadn't contemplated.

The sketchbook I use is Daler Rowney Ebony Artist Sketchbook 150gsm. It's a great little book as it takes watercolour reasonably well... I can only buy it in the UK though so postage costs a bomb!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Sprites in the meadow

This picture was painted as a follow up to Meadow Fairies - taking place in the same location. I used Arthur Rackham's technique of translucent colours over linear lines (see his painting Twilight Dreams)
I'm keeping the washes of colour loose and lively using large hake and sable brushes.

Although incomplete I'm feeling there isn't much more to paint without loosing the freshness. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Addition to the Billabong Series

This unfinished painting I've been working on is similar in concept to the Billabong series - see here.
This design is less well visualized in composition and design as it was mainly painted as an art demonstration over the course of several festivals.
Painted in watercolour and gouache over pencil and ink on Arches 300gsm smooth. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Nannup Music Festival

I was at the Nannup Music Festival over the weekend with an art stall.
Heard some incredible music artists including a busker with the notoriously elusive instrument the Hang (a Switz made instrument that resembles an upside down wok!).
I even managed to paint several images and sketches during the two days. Some of the sketches I gave to kids. A couple that I held onto are below.
This spirit was painted in a response to the 'hippy' vibe of the festival.

A LOT of children busking down the street which was great to see! Kids singing, playing random instruments, waving banners and doing handstands! Some were earning a tidy sum. Especially the little fella I sketched here - he was about four and didn't have a clue how to play. Yet with big cute eyes he was raking the cash in!!