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Gilding 101

Nothing fills me with joy as much as the look of genuine gold on a smooth panel waiting to be burnished or embossed….the potential of the gilded surface before the paint is even thought about….So, I thought I would introduce you to a little lesson in gilding. Lots of words and...

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Cutting Feathers…

Lino cutting – one of my favourite things to do when I need some down time from painting ridiculously detailed things! A quick how-to follows. Start with drawing or photocopying your image – then trace your image…flip and transfer the tracing onto the lino so the image is reversed…. Next...

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A Few Words….

Mondays are Open Studio days at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham! To encourage visitors to pop their heads round my studio door, I’ve designed a little sign to display outside…. Starting with a simple wooden A-frame sprayed white, I painted the board in black acrylic paint to emulate a...

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Copper the Birthday Dog

It is always enjoyable to be asked to do a pet portrait for a special occasion – and this one was no exception.     I begin by composing a rough drawing on tracing paper in order to place it on the board. An accurate, but subtle pencil outline is...

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Inky Beginnings….

When is a sketch not a sketch? When you get a bit carried away with a picture….     After setting up my scene and inks, I plotted the shapes in pencil before inking it in. I intended to rough out an idea for a painting, but not naturally one for doing...

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A Clay Jay

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make some props to help with my paintings. Birds in particular feature a lot in my paintings, and close-up reference material is often hard to come by (if only I knew a wildlife photographer!). The solution……make models! Now, clay is not something...

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Drawing a Wing – an experimental time lapse…

This week I got the biro out again to make a sketch of a Jay wing. I thought it might be fun to make a time lapse video of it emerging from the paper… I set the camera up on a tripod on the table, and proceeded to draw, stopping...

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A Golden Hare

The brushes have been busy to complete the partner painting to the fabric bird……shapes were blocked in, lines hatched, dots made….     The resulting painting:         As a pair:  

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A little Birdy.

A little while ago, I had a chair reupholstered by a friend of mine. Instead of traditional payment, we agreed on a skills exchange…..     She as a professional upholsterer will make my chair beautiful if I paint her some pictures of what she loves best – fabric! I...