Flowers in The Garden (Attempting Art Outside)

Have you ever written a post then decided it was just too weird or too crappy to publish, so you deleted it? That’s pretty much been the case with this blog lately. Which probably seems a little strange considering some of the things I post on here. Anyway, it can be a very frustrating cycle to get stuck in. But so that my latest string of deleted posts isn’t a complete loss, I’m going to share the resulting masterpieces from my latest deleted post at the end of this one. I’m sure a lot of K-pop fans will find these masterpieces hilarious, so I’ll add them in at the end and hopefully they’ll brighten your day a little. If you don’t like K-pop, it might be best to ignore this add bonus and stick with the main post. It might be a little too weird.

Back to the main post!thumbnail_20190803_134950 A little while ago when it was still warm and sunny and not imitating a monsoon outside, I had the marvellous idea of doing art in the great outdoors. Due to a serious case of the lazys (I really didn’t want to drag paints, brushes and all that outside), I decided to try soft pastels in the vast wilderness that is the garden (yeah, I’m also too socially awkward to try art in the park). So how did this relaxing art session in the garden go?

thumbnail_20190802_183906.jpgWell, the sketching part went rather well and was pretty relaxing, despite being joined by a few bugs a couple of times. I managed to draw a few nice little flowers, so at least this part of this little venture was a success.

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Just a little cheeky fly hanging out on my page.

The only thing was soft pastels probably weren’t the best idea. The chalky dust of the soft pastels mixed with the breeze made an absolute mess on the page and occasionally sent a rainbow coloured dust cloud floating through the garden. All those movies made doing art outside look so graceful and fulfilling. I on the other hand looked like a lost puppy, trying to use multicoloured smoke signals to communicate with an unseen entity at the bottom of the garden. Not the relaxing inspiring scene I envisioned before giving outdoor art a go. thumbnail_20190802_194941

So, would I recommend art outside? Probably not with soft pastels! Sketching is pretty easy as long as you can draw with the book on your lap, but using soft pastels outside is another story. I did manage to add a bit of life to my flower; however, it would have been much easier to do indoors and I would have done a much better job. Its probably best to keep the soft pastels for indoor use, unless you’re planning on doing pavement art (which I was so tempted to do). Next time I might try painting in the garden, if it ever stops raining and I recover from the lazy bug.thumbnail_20190803_134950

As always, Thanks for reading!

Bonus: 
Okay time for a little K-pop related giggle to brighten your day, because a good old laugh can really make a stressful or tough day seem a little less miserable and help you reach the end of the day, without slamming your head on your desk or flinging your coffee cup at the dreadfully annoying guy at the office (which will most likely get you fired, probably best to hold off on the old coffee cup throwing). Anyway, the deleted post was about a discussion I had with my eldest niece that lead to the creation of these two wonderful masterpieces. We were very bored and it was raining cats and dogs outside, so we decided to give 2 pictures that were on my niece’s wall a makeover.thumbnail_20190807_165929thumbnail_20190807_165735

The fabulous green love-heart creation is Jungkook from BTS and the blue and gold is Dimash Kudaibergen, who isn’t a K-pop idol but is an extremely talented singer, so he deserved a makeover too. We might have ventured over into cringey fan territory a little with this, but for giggle value alone it was a rainy afternoon well spent. Hope they brought a smile to your face.

Stone Art

After spending the last week or so melting in the heat and splashing in the sea, I’m finally getting back to creating another post. The humidity here lately has been really bad (between 75-95%), creating that sticky lingering dead heat that makes doing anything take 10x the effort (also makes you sweat buckets which is kind of gross). So, to escape the horrid stuffiness of indoors that is not unlike being stuck in a tropical rainforest, I’ve been going to the beach a lot lately. While at the beach I decided to take a few rocks home with me and give them a lick of paint, so for old times’ sake I’m going to turn this little activity into a step by step for rock painting. So, without further delay, I give to you:

 A Step by Step Guide to Rock Painting:

thumbnail_20190712_111422.jpgStep 1: Find some rocks/stones- Beach rocks tend to work well for painting because they absorb the paint well and it won’t rub off easily. Make sure you to give your rocks a good wash before painting them, because the salt water/dirt might cause the paint to go grainy (also hygiene and all that).

Step 2: Give your rocks a lick of white paint- This is a bit of an optional step and only really needs to be done on the side you’re going to paint. If you have pale rocks you could probably skip this step. I got my rocks from a beach that is known for its dark coloured rocks. So, I painted my rocks white because the colours would have been very dull and faint, if I haven’t. (Let the paint dry before moving on to step 4 or I’ll most likely create a horrible mess).thumbnail_20190712_115859.jpg

Step 3: Stare at your rocks and try to work out what you’re going to paint on them- A little tip here is to try to look at the rock’s shape or outline and think about what it looks like. If that fails think of the weirdest thing you can think of and paint it on the rock. If you’re still having trouble maybe try decorating your rocks.

Step 4: Paint your rocks- Rocks actually make a nice surface to paint on, so enjoy! For this I used acrylic paint because it has very vivid colour and is the easiest type of paint to work with (in my opinion).

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Don’t forget to make a mess as you paint!

Step 5: Step back and admire your work- Don’t forget to give yourself a good pat on the back and compliment a job well don’t.

Step 6: Create a little gallery for your rocks- A gallery just wouldn’t be complete without some labels.thumbnail_20190712_214201thumbnail_20190712_213941.jpg

thumbnail_20190713_100037thumbnail_20190713_100117Hope you enjoyed this post! I know part of the fun of painting rocks is to hide your painted stones somewhere in a public space for people to find, but I don’t think I’ll do that (might just decorate the windowsill with them). Anyway, I hope this post has inspired you to paint a few rocks yourself and…

As always, Thanks for reading!

Weird Art Habits (Part 1- Staring at Stuff)

Since taking drawing more seriously, I’ve picked up a few strange habits, that I didn’t have before. The main one being, staring at art and intently studying the artist’s brush strokes, linework, shading, colour palette and how they captured light. It’s a bit on the weird side I know, but you’d be surprised by what you can learn from just looking closely at a piece of art.
It was while doing this that I discovered a few techniques, that looked incredibly fun to try out. So, in this post I will try out one of these techniques. One which is used in pencil drawings, for shading and creating texture. Saying as I learnt this from staring at pencil drawings, I’m not sure of the actual name for this technique, but would describe it as a messing scribbly scratchy way of shading, which uses several different grades of pencils.

thumbnail_20180901_114837Originally, I wasn’t going to make this post and only wanted to see how the technique worked. But the results at the ¼ way point looked kind of good, so I decided to turn it into a post. At this stage, some of this picture maybe too lightly drawn to make out, but what I had drawn was half a face and flowers. That may sound a little disturbing, but I couldn’t decide whether to draw a face or flowers, so settled on drawing both as I wasn’t planning on sharing the drawing.

thumbnail_20180912_223437Luckily the finished piece doesn’t look all that disturbing. It looks more like the woman in the picture got really drunk and fell into a flower bed, where she slept with her face half planted all night. Then in the morning, woke up with her face half covered in soil, flowers and foliage. Putting that aside, I really like how this technique turns out. It gives the skin a very nice texture and looks more realistic than the other techniques I’ve used and gives the drawing some life. As for the flowers, it works just as good as the other techniques I’ve used, but is more fun. So, with all that in mind, I would definitely like to dedicate time to try and perfect this method of shading.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and….
As always, Thanks for reading.

Flowery Doodle Tree

There was still quite a bit of Gouache paint to be used up, so I thought I might as well paint some more of my flower doodles. It would be a crying shame to let good paint go to waste or to let it explode all over the cupboards, again.

thumbnail_20180629_080347This time I went with the flowery doodle tree, that I probably drew after drinking too much coffee (I draw the weirdest things, when on a caffeine buzz). Just a little warning, I was in a bit of a mood when painting the background so it turned out a little strange. But not to worry, nearly everyone here is in a bit of a mood because of this second heatwave we’re experiencing.
We usually don’t get really hot weather like this here, so most aren’t use to the heat and can’t handle it that well. To be frank at this point, most of us are feeling completely bucked, rather grumpy and cursing global warming (also not to mention, a little sunburnt).

thumbnail_20180629_080432As you can see, I was so moody that I wasn’t even going to entertain, staying in the lines. Mainly because unlike water colours, Gouache paint is surprisingly forgiving. So, it really doesn’t matter that much, if you go over the lines. You can always just paint over it and blend it in.
As for the colour choice. Moody me apparently likes to be dramatic with colour.

thumbnail_20180629_163611So here we have it, the finished piece. Thankfully, after being left to dry for a few days, the background lightened up a bit and doesn’t look as morbid now.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the creation of the Flowery Doodle Tree. Thanks for reading.

But before a head off to melt a little more on this heat. I’d like to announce that I created an Instagram account for this blog a wee while ago, so if you like to see more of what I get up to, you can follow me over on Instagram.

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Just look for the little vampire!

Doodle Flower to Beautiful Flower

thumbnail_20180613_204601As surprising as it may seem, when I’m not doodling dinosaurs and stick people for my own amusement, I doodle flowers. After discovering that half of my tubes of Gouache paint exploded inside the cupboard (it was like paint grenade went off in there), because of the recent heatwave. I decided to go through my book of doodles and use up the remaining paint, before I have to clean up anymore sticky rainbow coloured messes.

thumbnail_20180613_204210There’s quite a lot of flower doodles in my book, but this is the one I chose. It’s a pretty simple drawing of circles and spikes, but I thought I could turn it into something nice. I used a really light pencil, so I lined it with paint to make it easier for you guys to see.

thumbnail_20180613_204415People never really talk about how long it takes them to complete a painting. Maybe there’s some sort of strange taboo or fear of painting envy surrounding it, but I can’t see the harm in it. So, this the doodle after the first painting session. It probably doesn’t look it, but this is about 2 hours of painting. I have no idea whether that’s fast or really slow, but I’ve seen people spend even longer than that in a session.

thumbnail_20180614_141806It only took me 2 painting sessions to turn the doodle into a pretty painting. The second session did take a little longer, because of the details on the petals. However overall, that’s still a pretty short length of time spent completing a painting (my acrylic paintings usually take days to complete). The feeling of satisfaction you get after finishing and looking at the end product, so completely worth the time and effort put into the painting.

Gouache paint is really pigmented and fun to experiment with, but considering its price, its smell (it kind of smells funky) and the fact it doesn’t hold up in heat, I don’t think I would get it again.

Thanks for reading and hope you liked the flower.