Inspired People

Inspired people – Melissa Moss

I’d like to introduce you to the art of Melissa Moss. Beautiful, curious work, exploring colour and shape with an originality that caught me the moment I saw it. She has an uncanny ability to balance a composition while working with a kind of complex simplicity of design. One mark by Melissa Moss can mean more than a hundred elsewhere, simply because of her wonderful ability to compose. I’m happy to have her here to share some of her inspirations.

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Hot Wind WIP 5

Paint Party Friday – My day of painting

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day here in Australia. I was rostered to work on Sunday, so I chose Saturday for my present day. What did I want? I told hubby no gifts, no cards, all I wanted was a day to do a painting. My aim was to see if I could manage to finish a painting in one day and if it was good enough I would enter it into a competition.

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Inspired People

Inspired People – Karin Zeller

This week I am excited to feature Karin Zeller. I stumbled across Karin’s work a few months back and instantly fell in love with her use of colour and vibrant subjects. I was stunned at both her skill in realism and abstract, and everything in between. Her work is a must see, so I’m really happy to have her here today. Thankyou for sharing your inspirations, Karin!

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Inspired People – Keely Willoughby

This week we have Keely Willoughby. I met Keely while I was in college, eighteen years ago. She was a close friend who inspired me with her colourful creations. Back then she was painting furniture psychedelic colours and she has always had a strength of character that I’ve admired. We lost contact with each other for a while – she moved to the US, while I moved five streets away from where I grew up, and while I struggled to find my art, she continued to create in her own determined style. I’m really happy to have her here, and to share with you her tale of cats, dogs and creepy bugs 😀

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Exhilarate closeup

Sunday Sketches – blatant experiments with watercolour

I had nothing tonight for Sunday Sketches, but I did have about an hour to come up with something, despite being exhausted. I found myself playing. I didn’t know what to draw initially (though it is not like I don’t have a pile of unfinished works lying around, but hey, my thought capabilities at the moment are on par with fencing post, so I figured I shouldn’t attempt to ruin anything), so I got out my watercolour pencils and just drew whatever came to mind.

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Inspiration point

The Creative Drive

Do you find yourself driven to make something? If given homework at school, did you hand yours up neatly written, but plain, or neatly written and decorated with multicolour penwork? What do you think is the force behind this need to create, make, or otherwise construct something out of anything?

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Spectrum Square

Spectrum Square – Really the last colour

It has been some time since my last post to this challenge, but I am hoping you are still out there waiting to complete this project. My many apologies for the delay.

How are you doing? There has been plenty of time to catch up due to my absence. Will you be ready to post your completed Spectrum Squares in two week’s time. I know I’ll have to get working.

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Red Parrot Pea complete

Tools and Techniques – Watercolour lifting out and scrubbing

As a bonus, I started reading one of my watercolour painting books, and encountered the technique of lifting off. The book basically described how you can lift off paint by wetting the dried paint with a brush and then blotting with tissue. When I experimented with acrylic glazing, I wiped the glaze with a cloth before it could dry properly to give it texture. I pondered if I could get an interesting effect using the lifting off technique combined with the scrubbing on the petals in this piece.

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