Saturday, 18 August 2012

From Facebook . . . .

I posted a picture of my work on Facebook, on Donna Dewberry's official site - because I wanted to share my work with fellow-one-strokers. I am always shiverry when I do this, because I don't want to be killed-with-kind-words from good souls who feel I need encouragement.

I wasn't prepared for the kind response I received - so I wanted to keep the page here, where I can come back to it on days when everything I paint goes pear-shaped, and I wonder why I ever started painting at all!!!

From Facebook:

I was so happy to see that Donna herself had dropped me a line :)

Thursday, 16 August 2012

a string of roses

I wasn't very happy with the single rose I'd painted, so I thought I MUST go back to my one-stroke roses with a vengeance!!!

And I did! :)

Here they are, all strung in a row, on a deep blue background. I've decided that I like this one - and it's going up in my bedroom, which thus far, has escaped being invaded by my art!!! :-|

It was hard photographing this piece, because I'd forgotten to do it before I varnished it :(

So, with the flash, it was over exposed, and one side of it completely disappeared. These pix are taken without the flash, without too much light - because even natural light bounced off the surface and messed up the shot!!!

A new rose: I attempt something different

Here's a rose I painted on an old cake-board.

Instead of my usual one-stroke rose, I decided to try to paint this in the style that oil-painters use. So, this is my attempt at it:

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Over-lapping leaves

I wanted to paint this white cup with leaves - and the idea came to me that they should overlap. So, I had some colours out on the palette and tried to create autumn . . .

When it was done, I felt they'd look better out-lined: so I got out my liner brush, and dipped it in black!

And here's the result:

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


It's been a while since I held a brush in my hand, and finally, I managed to this:

The three pieces I did: A coffee mug and two martini glasses

One side . . . 

... and the other

These look better if you're looking into them!

... like this!

... or like this.

While I trying for a better shot, one of the martini glasses fell off the shelf - so now, there's only one. Ahh, well... I'll just have to paint another one. And now that I've finally started painting again, I'll soon have more pix for this blog :)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Custom-colour chalkboard paint :)

Custom Colors How-To

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.
Taken from: Martha Stewart. com

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Coasting along, still

I have not been painting much, so just to get back into the game, I thought I'd muck about with some of our coasters:

... my favourite ...

I used Folkart Metallic paints.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The colour wheel

It may seem a bit late in the day for this, but I just found this one, and it is brilliant :)

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Daisies and 'flowers'

Yes, 'flowers' because I don't know if the other flowers here really exist :(

I painted this box in January, but I didn't like the way the roses turned out: they were 'flat' and didn't pop out at me. It irritated me to sit in my patio and look at them every day. So, one day, I painted over them! (You can see the 'underneath' version here.)

But, the pictures below are not of what I did the second-time-around - I didn't take any pictures of that disaster.

Yesterday, I was inspired to give up on roses and paint my favourite flower: the daisy. So, here is the re-painted medicine box my dad made eons ago. I think this version will stay around for a bit. I kinda like my daisies and those make-believe flowers I painted. If anything, I see myself re-doing the border and the sides of the box!!! MUAHAHAHAHAH!!!

I can't remember why I did the 'border' in blue... maybe it was because it matched the
previous bunch of flowers that I did in pink and blue. Maybe. But, my walls are a
deep, dark green. So, any colour will rock with it. 

This shot is 'yellower' than the one above, because I didn't use the flash. I think.