Posts

Showing posts from March, 2012

Hearts and Flowers - beaded floral necklace

Image
Hearts and Flowers, beaded necklace with lucite flowers, Vivien Blackburn This and others are in my Etsy store now
Committments have cut into my painting time lately - but these necklaces I can work on under artificial light in the evening and I'm enjoying playing with colour combinations and beads.

Help???
I'd appreciate some advice from you who wear necklaces - what length do you like to wear?  16inch?   18inch?  20 inch?? (that's excluding the pendant flowers).  In the past the ones I've made have been just for me and I'd like to know what lenght you would consider the best generally?

Off to do some painting now ............

Painting skies and skies in artists paintings

Image
oil
The Guardian have done an article on skies in art with some great paintings mentioned - here.

So I thought I'd trawl through some of my sketches of skies ................


Dawn at Sennen Cove, coloured pencil in moleskine sketchbook

charcoal watercolour coloured pencil oil charcoal and coloured pencil oil
photo, early morning
water soluble brush pen
oil
oil
charcoal
coloured pencil
watercolour
We do have such lovely changeable skies and they are fascinating to try to catch - in whatever medium :>)  Done sitting on cliff tops, in the countryside, on the back of the car as it opens flat  ..... very comfortable when sketching alone if I can park with a good view.  Getting out there and looking is essential to understand the layers, the colours, the way light shines through from behind ............

And - if anyone is interested in the jewellery I've been designing and making, I'm beginning to put it on Etsy in my shop

These are some yet to be listed




Variations on a theme: flower bead necklaces, next installment of the Key Elements in Drawing and Painting very soon

Image
Gold and Black:  Flower necklace, Vivien Blackburn
photo taken from above showing the scale of the flowers more accurately
Tommorow I'll have time to paint after a spell with very little time. :>)
I'll also write another installment in the Key Elements in improving your painting and drawing series over the weekend.  Previous posts One, Two and Three  - click on these to recap or read for the first time.

In the meantime I've been learning more bead techniques, brick stitch, ladder stitch and a complex bracelet with picot edging  (some needing much practice if I'm ever going to be any good at them! - they require neatness   8>0 ).   I. Don't (Can 't). Do. Neat.  :>(     The little (scruffy) samples I produced yesterday won't be seen here!  I'll show you when I'm better.

Daisy chain necklace, Vivien Blackburn
But the techniques learned will feed into my more free form, make-it-up-as-you-go-along, natural way of working :>)     The methods learne…

A Spring themed necklace and a sketch of trees done while waiting

Image
I made a spring themed necklace as the weather has a definite, if cool, feel of Spring.  I was really pleased with how it all came together as I'd hoped.  I've not learned a lot yet but I used 2 of the techniques I've learned so far :>)

I'm going to do variations on this them, different colours, different seasons.

I must update the Etsy shop with paintings - and I may - just may - do a page for some of these when I makes some more.   What do you think?  
 From a different angle. I had a puncture this morning :>(  and whilst waiting for the AA to come and put the spare on for me, I sketched the trees I could see.  Nothing brilliant but better than being bored :>)   They were done with Derwent Graphitint.   The colours were really suitable for the cool morning light.  It's better in real life though, the photo doesn't show up the colours quite well enough.

I'll carry on with the series of issues to consider when drawing and painting later this week - l…

Further experiments with the small abstracts - digital variations

Image
Digital experiment with small abstracts. Vivien Blackburn
I'm working out options for this series.   The original ones were manipulated in photoshop, playing with colour variations and rotating/flipping.

I quite like the idea of doing a series of 9 framed liked this on either black or white.

Which do you prefer for the background - black or white?


I think the white background has a clean freshness but the black has an added glow.