Monday, 31 October 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Either at the beginning of a painting session, or at the end, I think it is a great idea to have fun with a watercolour sketch that should take you no longer than five minutes to complete.
Take any subject and a small piece of paper and simply paint, fast and loose!
Try not to make the sketch perfect, don’t get fiddly. Look at dark areas, look at light areas and decide before you pick up the brush where you are going to start.
With this ballerina, I wet the tutu area before starting. I wanted this to be diffused and “fuzzy” looking.
Mixing up a grey, I painted the bodice onto the dry paper, allowing the grey to mix into the water on the tutu. With the surplus grey on the brush, I stroked it into the tutu to suggest folds.
I then applied burnt sienna onto dry paper on the hair. Quickly mixing up a skin colour with raw sienna and alizarin crimson, I painted the neck and arms, allowing the paints to mix. As the paint was quite bold in colour, I added a brush clean water to the paper above the arm and allowed it to run down through the skin and bodice.
With mixes of alizarin crimson and Ultramarine blue I painted shadows on the legs and minimal shadows detail on the shoes just to indicate leg position.
PUT BRUSH DOWN!!!!
Fun and only five minutes MAX!!
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
I have enjoyed painting Herons this week and I will return to painting them again soon. In the meantime, it's back to the "Splash" theme for the 303 Gallery!
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Friday, 3 June 2011
Also, within the boundaries of good technique, I believe that there should be no rules as to how we reach our objective.
This painting may make you smile when you visit the workshop page on my website.
Happy painting everyone........
Monday, 2 May 2011
I wish to say a huge thank you to all the people who came along on the opening day. East Lambrook Manor Gardens is a superb venue and was bustling with visitors, many enjoying the gardens in the sunshine as well as the exhibition in the studio and malthouse and not to mention the lovely coffee and cakes downstairs. I have enjoyed seeing many friends who have travelled some distance, the day passed so quickly that I would love to live it again!
Friday, 29 April 2011
No sooner had the balcony appearance finished, I was heading towards my watercolour brushes to put on paper some of the images I had in my head.
I wish the prince and his new wife the happiest of futures, they must both be delighted! A wonderful day to remember.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
A few months ago, I discovered “Your Art Image”, providing tools to help develop your art business.
With a hectic life and an art business that has grown in strength over the years, I have actively set and reached goals and targets, I think I’m doing ok.
But am I? Kathryn has made me question this. After subscribing to the website mailing list, I receive a free weekly email each with an “Artists Action Point”, fantastic valuable information, suggestions and tips – I look forward to receiving it, and I’m usually still awake when it arrives late on a Sunday night!
It has been a great reminder to me that we should never stop learning. As well as enjoying the success that you achieve, I believe you should also be totally receptive to new suggestions from outside sources. Kathryn obviously loves what she does and this comes across strongly in her messages – she does hold various courses and seminars and, although I have not participated in any of these, I would imagine that they are very good.
Thanks Kathryn and keep up the good work!
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Armed with teddies, conkers, paints, brushes, and books to give away, I set off for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Arriving early, I was able to sit in Russell Square in the sunshine, enjoying watching the children play in the fountains, contemplating the afternoon’s reading.
Catherine from the Community Fundraising Team kindly escorted me to the hospital for which I was very grateful as it is absolutely huge! The feeling is quite overwhelming as you walk in the building, it doesn’t have the normal “hospital” feel and smell – it is bustling with people and full of colour. Catherine explained the history of the building and a new section to the hospital is currently being built – it is very modern, quite a contrast to the older parts of the hospital.
We went up to the Lion and Elephant wards and met Lucy, who was arranging the book reading for me in the ward playroom. It soon became very apparent that despite Lucy’s attempts to spread the word, many of the children were simply too poorly to come along. We did manage the reading though, and some children also did some watercolour painting afterwards. I was enthralled watching them absorbed whilst painting, it was a magical moment. One mum said that she would treat her daughter to some watercolour paints.
I knew I would find it hard afterwards – on the train journey back I have struggled to think of anything but the children and a baby I met today, it doesn’t seem fair – if only we had a magic wand.
The "Kiss it Better" book is available online at Waterstones, however if you order it directly from Kaye, she can donate more to the charity. From each book, up to £4 will be donated to the Kiss it Better Appeal, for research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer, one of the biggest diseases affecting children today.
Thursday, 7 April 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Isn't it strange how sometimes when we are under pressure we can produce our best paintings. Other times when there is a deadline to meet, it can have the adverse effect and we can seem to somehow lose the plot! I wish I knew why.
I had a bad painting day the other day. The next day, I decided to change my routine. I started slightly later, took a cup of coffee to my "painting pasting table" and sat with small pieces of paper and just doodled with a brush. I told myself it didn't matter and, as I normally love my painting days, I should just relax and not think of workloads and pressure ........ it worked and how different to the day before!
My painting always feels like it is slightly "on the edge" as it's so wet-in-wet and bordering out of control. So maybe that's why I'm feeling as if I'm balancing on a tightrope, not always a great place to be, but at the same time exhilerating and addictive!
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Just a quick update email to let you know the changes to my website, please have a quick peek if you have time:
The major updates are:
1. Snippet of new paintings are going to appear on the homepage daily. Although I can't share the whole painting until shortly before the exhibition preview, I hope you enjoy seeing my work evolve!
2. My book. THANK YOU so much to those who have bought a copy. This means the world to me. I have sold the first print run, ordered the next and have just sent a cheque to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity "Kiss it Better" Appeal. By painting a pet portrait for a special person, I have been able to buy 15 copies to send to the oncology department to give to the parents of the poorly children. This has been one of the most important parts of my journey so far in this project.
3. Workshops.....going great! Due to a heavy work schedule I can't offer any more workshops at the Exhibitions but I will be providing demonstrations on an ongoing basis.
4. Tutorials. New....Pansy Practice. Have a go, it's great fun!!
I would welcome any comments - please do contact me!
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Painting wise, I'm very busy as usual, but here is a little something to make you smile:
A couple of years ago, I visited St Margarets Hospice in Yeovil and was fortunate to be introduced to Patrick. He is a gorgeous black cat who, one day, casually wandered in and quite literally "made himself at home". He is now a valuable and much loved member of the team. I photographed him and painted a portrait in watercolour.
His portrait sits on the wall in the entrance to the hospice and he can saunter past and admire himself on a daily basis. He is now reproduced on greetings cards and is a fundraiser for the charity!
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Saturday, 29 January 2011
"Kiss It Better" is a 24 page illustrated rhyming story about two bears preparing for a conker match. Although aimed at pre-school age, I'm sure older children will enjoy it too! I will be donating all my profits to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity "Kiss it Better" Appeal for research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer, one of the biggest diseases affecting children today.
Full details are on my website www.kayeparmenter.co.uk, including how to buy a copy if you would like to - it's been quite a journey!
Painting wise, I have a small selection of spring flowers which you can see on the "Latest Work" section of the website.
Workshops: thanks to the lovely group who came on Friday......I really enjoyed the day!