Day 286

I worked some more on the multi layer painting of Puzzlewood today, colouring two more layers:

That’s my lovely Koh-I-Noor flat palette. It fits in one side of my pencil case, so is very portable, and has great intense colours. I had to make the coloured paper sheet for the lid, because the purple looks green in the palette, so I kept getting violet trees!

Day 282

We headed in to Puzzlewood at dawn, before anyone also was in the wood, and made our way to one of the lookouts, to watch the trees change with the light. As we were staying at a cottage on site, we were able to go into the wood before the public were allowed in. It’s a magical place, full of old gnarly trees, mosses, bracken and fungi. I took many photos, which I will share soon.

I did a 4 layered drawing from the lookout, intending to cut away each layer so it reveals as pages of my sketchbook are turned. I only got time to paint the back page, so I have a project for a few evenings to finish this:


Here’s a photo my husband took, of me painting in the wood:


Day 281

A wonderful day at the Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean, and I will share more photos from it soon. For now, here is a painting I did of a tree in the forest, part of a sculpture word ‘Silence’ in various languages on metal plates on the tree, encouraging you to sit and be still for a while:


Day 226

I have been slowly unpacking the craft room, and decided to do some drawing following on from the trip to see LAND. I love these two photos, looking through vegetation to the statue:

I did some sketches, experimenting with different drawing materials.

Charcoal, held by the very end:

Acrylic inks with a dip pen:

The same inks, with a wide brush:

I had lots of inks left, so I painted an irregular pattern, like the shapes on the statue:  

Day 170

Feeling better, I spent the evening working on this painting in stages, first adding drops of yellow and brown ink, which I let drip then wiped around. I didn’t take photos of the stages, so here are close ups:

Next, some red ink dropped on:

Then a wash of green lumiere as a glaze over the bottom right corner:

More red ink; I like the layered effect here: 

Then some white gesso with a circular sponge brush:


I like it , but it definitely needs a focal point, and maybe something to unify it more.


Day 167

I wanted to add some more layers to the mountain painting, so I decided to follow the instructions in the book and put a layer of white over the top. Big mistake! It knocked out all my lovely layers, so I wiped it off artistically smudged it, and added more lovely viridian blue green.


I feel that it needs a few more layers again.

I still had some green paint mixed up, so I grabbed a couple of small canvases, and added the buttery yellow background, then some more green hills.

I brushed the last of the paint off on another small canvas, to add interest behind something else.


A nice way to unwind before bed.