Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Designers in Britain

I recently read a blog spot by Lucy King entitled Designers in Britain 1947.

One of the pictures reminded me of these biscuit tins I have sat on my drawing desk.  I use them to keep my pens, pencils etc tidy.  These designs are so similar to the spice jar designs that Lucy shows in her blot spot.

So, I thought I would put them on my blog for Lucy to see.

Small Treasures

Sometimes I enjoy a slow walk in the countryside, taking the time to look around and observe the coming and going of nature.

I spotted this web on a Hawthorn branch and went to investigate.

Small Eggar Moth Caterpillars

This is now a scarce and local species, due to the gradual destruction of the hedgerows.  The adults which fly in February and March are rarely seen, but the larvae, live gregariously, on the Blackthorn and Hawthorn branches in the hedgerow.

It is now restricted to a few scattered collonies in England and Ireland and a few in Wales.

Such a fantastic find!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is for Kate...

Gouache is, apparently, an underrated yet extremely versatile medium, according to the Artists & Illustrators Magazine.

Gouache paint is often called 'Designers Gouache' due to it's opaqueness, speed of drying and matt finish, being so necessary for designer, illustrators and commercial artists. It is also often referred to as 'opaque watercolour'.

A good quality Gouache paint is a mix of pigment and Gum Arabic.   Gum Arabic is the binder for the pigment, giving it a creamy 'flow' consistency, cheaper varieties may have chalk added to the pigment and they often 'flow' less than a better quality product. Gouache can be used thin to give a wash at the start of a painting allowing the thicker layers to be used towards the end.

There is a lovely article in the June 2011 edition of the Artist & Illustrators Magazine about an artist called Richard Tuff.  I've created a link so that you can see his "Across the River" exhibition - just click on his name in the previous sentence.

June 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Studying Colour

My art teacher recommended this book so that I might study colour.  I've been busy reading it (that's why there have been no posts!) and I am now ready to embark on the practical side.  You see, this isn't just a theory book, it's a workshop.

In addition to covering the fundamentals of colour theory,David Hornung provide assignments that guide the student through a variety of colour experiences, moving logically from the basic structural concepts to experiments with colour applications.

Gouache is the medium of choice, this also caused a slight delay as I didn't have much in this medium.  (Ching, Ching, went the cashiers till!).  However, I now have all my materials with the exception of two small screw top jars (the small hotel jam jars would be brilliant, but for some reason I don't have any left).  

I've already learnt so much from the first two chapters, now I need to get on with the practicals.

The Apple Blossom

A bumper crop in the making!