Watercolour Wanderings

Painting of a pear
Painted with Sennelier Watercolour on 300gsm Daler Rowney Aquafine Cold Pressed Not paper.

To get on with some watercolour practice, I’ve pre-sliced quite a lot of various types of watercolour paper into A5 size and smaller. Generally I like to work fairly small on paper and canvas; usually no bigger than an A3 size. It enables me to begin and finish something in a shorter space of time. May do some larger works eventually.

My art often has to be squeezed in between the important job – vocation…of running an orderly household, which suits me fine. However, waves of a delightful arty disorder occur frequently at my dining room table. And now our boys are young men, there is a little more time and space for my art. Below are a few of my recent watercolour dabblings. *To enlarge them all and read the captions, please tap on an image.

As with my iPad art, I’m also making prints (on my own printer) of some of my art in traditional media; in A4 and A5 sizes, and as A6 cards (example above) – for sale in my local area. There’s more info about art that I sell on my “Shop” page.

The scans of my works on paper and canvas aren’t always spot on in colour and tone, though they are as close as I can get them to the originals – I’m still practicing my scanning skills. Usually, before printing the scanned artworks, I also need to make some minor adjustments, drawing freehand on them (with my finger)  using a little art app media. Often this informs my original work, and I make changes to it, and visa versa. In some ways, the originals and scanned images become slighty different works… Nevertheless, it’s still all my own work.. and the processes are good fun!

Thank you for dropping by – enjoy your day!

“A Dance of Branches” – Painted with Art app Media.

Landscape painting

*I draw and paint, with my finger on the iPad, rather than use a stylus.

There was a frost outside this morning, and I lay cosy, warm in bed; sloshing about with paint on my iPad, in an app called “UBrush Pro”. It has a lovely “feel” to the paint – a wonderful watery effect – with an edge of unpredictability.

Qualities I enjoy with watercolour on paper – and which can, understandably, be difficult to find on an iPad!

However, this simple, little app with it’s uncluttered, easy to use panel, manages to deliver quite a satisfying watercolour experience. I’d say, a step beyond what I’ve discovered so far, in the better known art apps I use. I also really like the app’s coloured pencils – they seem so soft… Difficult to explain, the “feel” which accompanies the experience, of drawing and painting on an iPad. I gather it must be due to the power of visual perception. I don’t think I’d find iPad art so rewarding without this sensory experience.

A friend of mine, has “UBrush Pro”, and showed me it the other day. I didn’t realise I had it already; found it hidden away, on my busy looking iPad screen. She had the updated version, with the oil pastels, which work wonderfully well; and some other media. It’ll be worth the $5.99 (Aus) to update mine.

This landscape was a product of play, memory and imagination – good fun.

I’ll share some more of my works from this app soon. Have a great day!

Two Artworks Painted in the “Art Set Pro” App.

Landscape painting.
Firstly, I placed down some thin paint washes, then worked back into it with conte and smudge tools. Next I used a little bit of charcoal and a touch more paint.

*I draw and paint with my finger on the iPad screen, rather than use a stylus.

Though I experiment and enjoy working with media in other art apps, “Art Set Pro”, continues to be my favourite art app.

Painting of flowers
A similar “imaginary” landscape to the other one. Added the yellow flowers, and did some smudging, but left some  brush strokes blunt, rather than soften their edges. In general, a little more abstraction than I usually do.