Wednesday, December 13, 2017

woyww - painting shapes on a dog


Busy busy couple of weeks and not a lot of time to post for woyww.  Finally got to post something today, not often I get to paint a dog.  A last minute request from DD.   I am almost finished just have to add a few whiskers and touch up fur.  If I don't post it now another week will fly by and I miss woyww.  

Promise to visit lots of desks over the weekend.
Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

woyww - slow painting of a rose


Making slow progress on painting the rose, now up to the dark bits.  At this stage it is going to look like an ugly duckling for awhile longer.

Hope your desk is more interesting.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

woyww - a rose and a kookaburra



Underpainting of a rose with lots of ruffled petals sits on my desk this Wednesday.  Hopefully I will get some time this weekend to shift it from pink to deep burgundy.



The completed kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).  He turned out to be a fine fellow sitting happily while I painted every little feather!

A lovely catch up with RosA today and now sitting here admiring all the texture 
goodies she has made.

Have a lovely woyww.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

woyww - leaves and a kookaburra



October has been a busy month and I found short bursts of time to finish the leaves.  
Started painting the Kookaburra on Sunday.


Plan to visit lots of desks over the weekend.
Happy woyww.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

woyww - green leaf and a pink lily


My desk looks far too dark to be painting a leaf with all those intricate veins.


Completed Lily.


 Final pic is from the travels.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

woyww - Tiger Lilly and travel sketch


Back from a lovely long holiday.   My desk shows slow progress on a pink lily.

 While on holidays I always take a sketch book and small art kit to paint some of the amazing places we visit. 


The plan is to post a travel journal pic every couple of days.

Have a great woyww.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

woyww - poppy


Anna Mason's tutorial this month was a pretty poppy.  Painted over 4 days grabbing a few solid hours over the weekend and after work.  

Packing up all my arty/crafty stuff as we are off on a holiday.
Have a fun woyww.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

woyww - a leaf and pour


Started painting the leaf after a morning walk.  By the time I came back to add some finishing touches the leaf had curled and light was not so good at my desk.  


Also tried my hand at an acrylic dirty pour.  So many great you tube clips on how to do this type of very free flowing art.  Made a mess and learnt a big lesson.  I had left the canvas outside on top of a box and came back hours later to find a square piece of plastic had floated by and landed on my canvas.  I tried to carefully peel it off but it has still left an imprint. Can you spot it?

That is all for me this week.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

woyww - busy hands

Missed woyww after a busy week with work and family stuff.  But, I did get time to finish the hand.  


Also started to paint simple things like feathers.  Odd numbers always look better.

Finally a big thank you to Diana for the wonderful ATC.  


How cool is the matching envelope:)

Have a crafty week.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

woyww - a big hand


Painting a hand is the June tutorial from Anna Mason's online class.  


Stage 2 and it is definitely coming alive.    


But the most exciting things on my desk this week are the lovely ATC's and cards.  Starting on the left from Lisa M, Angela, Twiglet, Neet, LLJ, Marit and Wipso.  Thank you everyone they are stunning.

Happy WOYWW.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

woyww - a collection of ATC's


My desk this week has a  lovely collection of ATC's and tags.  Starting on the left I have an ATC from Julia, tag from Sarah, followed by ATC from Shaz in Oz and finally a Fairy ATC from Shaz in the UK.

Thank you everyone, I am thrilled to add these to my woyww collection.


The finished kitty from last week.

Have a lovely week and I promise to visit but it will be a slow meander over the weekend.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

woyww - kitty profile


An aerial view of the kitty I am painting for DD's friend. All credit to the original owner who posted a lovely pic on Pinterest.  I am adding fattening touches to recreate the kitty we know.  Half way through the painting and hope to have him finished by Friday. 

My desk has it's usual yucky water and dirty palette.  Wish I had more to show but it has been  busy week. 

Have a lovely woyww peek.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

woyww - happy 8th year



Happy 8th woyww to everyone.

My desk this Wednesday is a poorly staged shot of a thank you card made for DD in great haste.  I was pleased with the end result. DD thought too much gold! You can't please everyone. 

A busy few days means that I will stop by and slowly visit woyww desks over the weekend. 
  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

woyww - pink and blue


A busy couple of weeks has meant I missed last week's woyww and got behind with my magnolia painting on Anna Mason's online tutorial.  The obligatory desk has the usual yucky water, 3/4 finished painting and odds and ends.


Close up of the pink magnolia.


Finally remembered to post a pic of the baby beanies I started well over a month ago.  All finished and now being worn by a 1 year old and a baby.  

Have a great woyww peek and I promise to stop by and say hello.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Woyww - articles, books and pretty papers


A picture of my other desk which has a collection of goodies from RosA (Thank you), foam craft kits for a children's project and stacks of folders and resources that just get higher and higher.  No time for crafting this evening because I am looking through the lovely art faces project folder.


Last weeks completed Waratah.

Enjoy your woyww peek.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

woyww - painting a waratah


This weeks desk has a waratah (Telopea speciosissima) which is 2/3 finished.  Painting leaves  currently and the plan is to finish it over the weekend.  The painting and the photo don't quite match as it is a combination of  different photos taken from the internet.  Trying to make sure I don't get  nasty emails about copyright etc.  Not that I have received emails but when the photos have watermarks I just assume credit is due to the owner and I shouldn't do a direct copy.  When I draw up from combinations of photos it can be difficult to capture the light on  the flowers and leaves accurately.  But what the heck it's all good practice.  Yuck just noticed the water jar needs to be changed :o

Have a lovely woyww peek and I promise to pop around over the next couple of nights and over the weekend. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

woyww - sweet pink rose


A completed rose is sitting on my desk this Wednesday.  Happy with the end result which was painted over the Easter weekend.  The leaves took ages ... in the end I missed some of the veins.  So don't look too closely :) Once again all credit to Anna Mason's online classes.  This time I painted from the reference picture and relied on what I have learnt from previous tutorials.


A woyww desk photo to keep in the spirit of the post. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

woyww - happy easter



My painting desk is pretty much at a standstill as I have finished painting and waiting for those big eggs to dry.


Close up of the completed song thrush eggs from Anna Mason's May tutorial.  

Turned out to be a lot trickier than it looks.

Happy woyww and happy easter

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

woyww - bits and pieces


A birds eye view of the bits and pieces on my other desk.  Repurposing old watercolour backgrounds and bringing out a collection of lovely dies (thank you RosA).  Hopefully inspiration will strike and a few ATC's will be the result.

Hope you are having a great woyww.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

woyww - 2 little christmas roses




Two little hellebores painted over the past fortnight.  A short post for woyww as it has been a busy week with work and family activities.  I shouldn't complain about work as it funds the painting and craft.

Happy woyww and I promise to visit over the weekend.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

woyww - flowers, knitting and a dissected pear


Wednesday's desk is a mix of things this week.  


 A wonderful photo of 2 pretty Christmas roses (Hellebors) from Angela's garden. Looking at how best to compose these sweet flowers before I start painting.  Thank you Angela for sharing this photo with me.


Last nights attempt at knitting a baby beanie is still lying on the desk.  It has been years since I knitted so I am starting with a basic no fail pattern.  




























Final pic is the completed dissected pear from last week.  All in all a productive week.

Visits to woyww desks will be a slow meander over the weekend.





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

woyww- painting a pear


Not a lot on the desk.  A print out of this month's tutorial, left over paper from last painting, water pots, brushes and paints.  Far too many interruptions today resulted in no decision being made about whether I paint the pear.    Will pop around and visit desks over the next couple of days to look for inspiration.  

Have a great woyww. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

second attempt at an apple blossom


Finally finished the second attempt at the apple blossom.  
All credit to Anna Mason's tutorials.  I never get tired of painting.






















Wednesday, February 22, 2017

woyww - quick cards and blossoms


A birds eye view of my desk with the bits and pieces necessary for card making.  Since I started painting flowers, card making is fairly simple.  Scan and print the painting onto heavy cardstock and mount on a card.  Easy peasy.

First layer on the apple blossom.  I gave the original away and decided to paint another one just for me.  

Have a great woyww.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Quietly splashing paint


A quiet Sunday afternoon has seen the completion of the amethyst.  Not a subject I will be rushing to paint again but very satisfying learning how to paint a different texture. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

woyww - amethyst


Lots of interruptions this week means the amethyst is slowly crystallising!!  Hopefully the weekend will see it completed as I am over the half way mark.  Visits to other woyww desks will be slow and steady of the weekend.

Have a great week. 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

woyww - a rock of amethyst


The desk is set up is the same arrangement every week, except this month the reference photo is a piece of amethyst.  I suspect all those little geometric bits of rock will drive me crazy by the end of the week.  But I am prepared to give it a go and follow along with Anna Mason's teaching.


Often when I post the comments are so full of praise for my talent.  Almost feel guilty to tell you I have very little talent.  I do have a strong desire to paint and dogged perseverance as I follow along with an excellent teacher.  Since committing to classes with one teacher I can really see an improvement in my paintings.  The next photo is an example of my first attempts to paint poppies.


The poppies were painted around 2013 or 14 and it was only when I discovered botanical style painting in the last 14 months that I think my skills improved.  Now I am absorbed by looking at the detail in one flower, petal or leaf and find painting the detail quite relaxing.  That style may not be for everyone and that is ok.... as I so admire all the wonderful mixed media art people post and it inspires me to have a go.

Looking forward to visiting desks over the woyww week.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

woyww- a succulent!


Painted a succulent for this months tutorial.


  But, got into a pickle with the green I choose.  Anna Mason uses Winsor Newton w/c paints and I use Daniel Smith and usually I can remember to substitute WN names for the ones I am using.  Not this time.  Happily painting away and realised half way through I was using the  wrong green.  These days I just keep going ... finish the job and move on to the next painting.  Life is too short to stress about mistakes.  

Happy woyww and I promise to slowly visit lots of desks over the next couple of day.