Saturday, May 30, 2015

Painting Outdoors With Watercolours

One of my aims for this year was to do more drawing and painting, and I wanted to try to master some new techniques. I'd never really got the hang of watercolour, but after seeing many beautiful examples of watercolour painting online I was determined to give it another go! So one sunny afternoon I headed outside with my messy little tin of paints, and got painting.

I don't currently have a watercolour palette, so I have the colours I use most in an old tin. The paints are mostly very old, and were second hand. They still work just fine though. I use aqua brushes (mine are from Pentel) as then I don't need to worry about having a pot of water for dipping and washing my brushes. I also find aqua brushes a bit easier to control.

I use the lid of the tin I store my paints in as a mixing palette. I always think palettes look almost like an artwork in themselves. 

Painting outdoors was a lovely experience, with bees buzzing around me, birds singing, and flowers bobbing gently in the breeze. I should definitely do it more often! I sat on a cushion on the floor so I could get really close to what I wanted to paint, and I felt so immersed in nature.

This was the result of an hour of painting. Not bad considering how long it had been since I last used watercolour! I had to stop at this point because it was so hot that I was starting to get dizzy-if I'm going to make a habit of painting outdoors I'm going to have to invest in a sun hat.

I like how layers of colour can be built up. I think this makes watercolour a great medium for painting flowers, which often have several very subtly different shades of the same colour.

It was also great for getting the slightly darker edges of this leaf. This quick little watercolour session really re-ignited my interest in painting, and I've done a few more watercolour pieces since, so expect more art posts soon! 

Have you ever tried watercolour?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Heaven In A Wildflower

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Flowers at Windmill Hill City Farm

City farms are of course a great place to see cute farm animals and pet friendly goats, but it can be easy to forget that some of them are also full of plants and flowers! Windmill Hill City Farm is a particularly lovely place to see flowers, herbs and vegetables, as it has beautiful allotments and a small but magical wildlife garden, in addition to the beds used to grow vegetables for the on site cafe.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New York Apartment/Bristol | Do Ho Suh | Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

I recently went to see the Do Ho Suh installation at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Entitled New York City Apartment/Bristol, it is a re-creation of the corridor and stairs of the artist's home-in fabric. I was really intrigued to see this, as someone with a strong interest in both art and textiles, and it didn't disappoint.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Charity Shop Thrift Haul!

After the end of last year I decided to take a little break from charity shopping while I worked on my gigantic clear out and life laundry. While a break was definitely necessary, I realised that I missed it-and after selling and donating a significant portion of my possessions, I figured it was safe to go back to browsing for those second hand gems.

I've put where anything with a label is originally from under the pictures, in case you want to look for something similar!

Labeled Leko London

Maybe I earned some good luck from all that clearing, because I've picked up some great bits and bobs recently! This gorgeous vintage style bag caught my eye because of the unusual clasp. The fact that it is green, beaded, and very suitable for dolly kei outfits sold it to me. I haven't used this yet but I'm really looking forward to putting an outfit together to go with it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Colourful Flowers, Painted Feathers and Curly Tails at Windmill Hill City Farm

Back in early Spring I went to Windmill Hill City Farm, for the first time in a long time. Things had changed! There were a lot more curly tailed, floppy eared pigs than I remembered. 

They showed some brief interest before going back to rooting around in the straw. They seemed pretty cheerful.