Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Watercolour ~ Tynemouth Priory

This is March's painting - although I've realised that I never blogged about February's painting! I did paint one in Feb but I love this one so much that I'll show it first.

A view of Tynemouth Priory from along the coast. I painted this from a photo I had previously taken but wasn't happy with the quality of the photo. I love the composition so decided to paint it instead of doing a re-shoot.

Tynemouth Priory painting
Tynemouth Priory

As usual, here are the progress paintings. I used different shades of paint in this painting, choosing Cerulean Blue Hue for the bright blue sky. I always have trouble with my greens, so I used Sap Green and Olive Green instead of mixing yellow and blue. Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber were used for the stonework and some of the grasses and Payne's Grey was used to get some depth in the shadows.

Slightly paler as they were taken on a different camera.

I'd love to know what you think. As usual, giclee prints are available to purchase.
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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Knitting Notes ~ Blocking

I have only blocked two knitting projects - a sewn up cardigan and the pieces for my Art Nouveau inspired jumper. Now I don't know why I only just discovered this technique recently!

I am not the best knitter at keeping my stranded colour work loose enough to not pucker so I decided to block the pieces before I sewed them up to get the pattern to lay nice and flat. It worked a treat.

I put a large bath towel on the floor under a radiator and pin the pieces onto it and the carpet. You can stretch the work to the correct size (if it contains wool). I then dampen another bath towel and put it flat over the pinned out work. Then wait until it's dry.

See the results below!

Unblocked knitting
Unblocked knitting

Blocked knitting
Blocked knitting
Amazing and almost professional looking!

Happy knitting :-)
Gillian x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Watercolour ~ Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

At the beginning of the year, I set myself a challenge to paint a watercolour every month. I decided to pick a theme of North East scenes.

Here's January's painting - a scene taken from Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland looking out from one of the Milecastles.

Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Here are the progress paintings (slightly paler as they were taken on a different camera). I washed the blue over the whole paper then washed some yellow ochre over the ground. I was going to put more detail into the wall as that was the focus of the scene, but after leaving it for a while and coming back to it, I decided to leave it where it was.


I hope you like it!

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