Sunday, 27 January 2008

Painted hearts and beaded Valentines

Looking for something to buy your loved one this Valentine's Day? Look no further. I have a range of heart canvases up for sale in my DaWanda shop. Click the link to go there:

Orange Heart - small acrylic painting on canvas Purple Heart - small acrylic painting on canvas
Crimson Heart - acrylic painting on canvas Blue Heart - acrylic painting on canvas

There will soon be hand painted cards in the same style.

I also have pendants, suncatchers and even a little heart hook for sale in my Etsy shop. Click the images to go there:

Purple Heart Pendant Black Beaded Heart Heart Hook

Happy Valentine's!

Saturday, 12 January 2008

New Year, New Art

So what have I been up to since I last blogged? Working very hard for Acme Jewellery, mostly. But all work and no play makes Jen a dull girl, so I've had a few decent nights out too, including seeing Madness on the 12th Dec and Aladdin (a panto starring John Barrowman) on 20th Dec. Yayness! With them, plus Bill Bailey and Alice Cooper, I've had a busy winter :D

I started a new project in the Christmas holidays too. The actual paintings have nothing to do with this, but me starting to paint again was inspired by reading Anthony Keidis's autobiography. He described how he and the rest of the Chilis lived in a house while writing Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and that John would be painting in his room there. Just the word 'painting' made me want to paint stuff, so the next day I started off a new sketchbook of paintings, little ideas for future canvases.

The first page of the sketchbook is a version of this canvas (click the image for a little more about this piece):


Using that canvas as inspiration, I painted a similar scene in watercolours and acrylics:

Kinver Sketchbook WIP

I traced the outline of the tree onto a piece of acetate with a marker, then added to this using copper-coloured glass outliner. I cut a hole in the top of the plastic, then attached it to the rings of my sketchbook with black ribbon.

Kinver Sketchbook 2

Kinver Sketchbook 1

Kinver Sketchbook 4

The next page. Painted in watercolours:

Adventures in negative space

When I was in college, a few years ago, one of the things the tutors had us doing was drawing the negative space around a figure, rather than the figure itself. I've come back to this idea, painting the sky around the tree rather than the tree itself.

I'll have more of these soon, plus some canvases and Valentines cards based on them.