Today, I gave myself a simple challenge in order to 1) practice observing reality (seeing what is there opposed to what I think is there) and 2) get to know my oil paints. I decided to paint simple objects – fruit I had in my fridge – and to only allow myself to use primary […]
I recently bought some lovely hand-crafted mineral watercolour paints. The colours are all lovely earthy tones, and they worked quite nicely for this portrait!
There’s nothing more beautiful than a watercolour painting – light, airy, loose, subtle and whimsical. As a beginner in this medium, I’m still experimenting and finding it very challenging, not just because it is quite unforgiving, but because it requires letting go – the less I “try”, the looser and nicer the image.
I am obsessed with portraits. One of my favourite shows is Portrait Artist of the Year, I’ve binge-watched this show year after year and always feel so inspired and depressed in equal measure. Gouache is fun you can throw the paint around, thick or thin, layer, go wild, it’s like being a kid again.
I recently tried my hand at painting mandalas with watercolors. It was a lot harder than I expected! The Inspiration A couple of years ago, during a visit to the epic Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat, I had the fortune of meeting Hay Chhoem, a talented local artist. I met Hay at the Small Art […]