January 19th - week three of the January painting project - an unfinished composition

Unfinished

Unfinished

I love the feeling of this one. There is a lot that could be done to finish it off but this was all I managed to do from Thursday in the third week of my project. It was another purely from imagination which I've enjoyed doing but inevitably it means a different look to my work. I do like that though. To my mind the ideal would be a combination of observed elements and imagined. Just deciding that makes this discover project worthwhile for me.

Second half of week two of the January Painting Project

This is the final image that I worked on for an hour or two from Wednesday to Friday.  If you want to see a couple of earlier stages I have uploaded some more images on Instagram. As for this painting, it is acrylic on wood and layers of gesso. I began by painting over an illustration I wasn't happy with so there were all sorts of colours coming through as well as a dark charcoal colour before I began to paint on top. I might do a little more on the woman's hands while trying not to overwork it. That's something I am guilty of in the past! This approach is a looser version of the way I used to illustrate in the 1990s. It feels really good to be painting regularly again. I think I will continue with figures next week, perhaps combining still life and people. It depends how busy Ink Paint Paper becomes.

This is the final image that I worked on for an hour or two from Wednesday to Friday.  If you want to see a couple of earlier stages I have uploaded some more images on Instagram.

As for this painting, it is acrylic on wood and layers of gesso. I began by painting over an illustration I wasn't happy with so there were all sorts of colours coming through as well as a dark charcoal colour before I began to paint on top. I might do a little more on the woman's hands while trying not to overwork it. That's something I am guilty of in the past! This approach is a looser version of the way I used to illustrate in the 1990s. It feels really good to be painting regularly again. I think I will continue with figures next week, perhaps combining still life and people. It depends how busy Ink Paint Paper becomes.

Tuesday in week two of the January Painting Project

A quick post today :) I want to paint a wide variety of faces this week, but I've been so busy with other things that it remains to be seen if I manage it. I have a big project coming up and an unexpected commission - which is great - and quite a few hand painted Inkpaintpaper orders to complete by the end of the week. However I am not going to be stressed about it. To be painting every day is the main goal. So far I have done that. If you fancy joining in then please read this blog post https://gabriellabuckingham.com/blog/2017/12/31/the-january-painting-project which tells you all about it and how I can see what  you're up to. If you want any painting tips then just ask!

A quick post today :) I want to paint a wide variety of faces this week, but I've been so busy with other things that it remains to be seen if I manage it. I have a big project coming up and an unexpected commission - which is great - and quite a few hand painted Inkpaintpaper orders to complete by the end of the week. However I am not going to be stressed about it. To be painting every day is the main goal. So far I have done that.

If you fancy joining in then please read this blog post

https://gabriellabuckingham.com/blog/2017/12/31/the-january-painting-project

which tells you all about it and how I can see what  you're up to. If you want any painting tips then just ask!

Week two of the January Painting Project - faces and figures

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When I was a school girl we all had rough books that were supposed to be used to take notes in the lesson. Mainly I used mine to draw ladies in clothes I designed.. I feel as though this week I am going to be going back into that space and rediscovering that naive imagined style. I might use some reference here and there - I can't be sure yet! This one popped out of my arm and down the brush. It is acrylic on artboard. I stamped a pattern on the surface before I painted it which gives it an interesting colour patina. Fun!

The first week of my January Painting Project - part 2

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I love the earrings in this painting and enjoyed the challenge of the pink comb! This is the only A4 size painting that I made this week, all the others are A5 plywood. Here's a picture of this one earlier in the painting process. I've been painting at the desk in my office all week while I work on my challenge in the best light alongside the Inkpaintpaper orders that come in daily. I haven't yet reached a stage where I only have specific days allocated to each business but that is an aim for later in the year. It's much nicer being inside the house rather than in my summer house in the winter.

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I always love paintings at this stage, as I write this it seems to me that a composition with less finished areas might be something that could work for me. 

If you are reading this as a novice painter you might like to know what materials I used for all the paintings this week. I have several A5 and A4 pieces of birch plywood which I love because no amount of paint will wrinkle or warp the surface. The materials I used are:

Gesso - in some cases I combined acrylic paint (one or two colours) and Sandable Gesso and in others I used acrylic paint and Acrylic Ground for pastels - both by Golden. Sandpaper! ( the fine grain). 

Paints - I used a mixture of Heavy body and Open acrylics - again by Golden and possibly some Liquetex.  

Brushes - a wide variety. I have two mugs full of brushes  - both good - and scraggy! The latter are wonderful for textural or expressive brush strokes and "sketching" out a painting. I try to use wide flat brushes to cover large areas and use narrower brushes for detail. The brand I have used throughout my career as an illustrator are Prolene ProArte 101 - I find you can use these brushes with watercolour and acrylic and they are perfect for using acrylic as if it is watercolour. 

A detail - I really loved painting this lipstick.. a little bit of glamour

A detail - I really loved painting this lipstick.. a little bit of glamour

Of course you could  stretch watercolour paper with "Butterfly Tape" (as me if you don't know how to do this) or use canvas board instead of birch ply.  For this project  - a daily paint -  a sketchbook could be ideal. Particularly if you are simply experimenting with colour and shape and quick compositions that you might develop later. I am aiming at teaching myself to paint, discovering what I enjoy doing most as a fine art painter rather than an illustrator; I do love to paint one-off images but just from this brief week I know that shapes, ceramics, colour and light are key ingredients . When I am inventing and imagining then light is far more difficult to portray.  I will not worry about it.

This is my final painting - the fourth in five days. I loved painting the lipstick casing - such beautiful colours. 

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For next week I am going to work on something completely different - still painting but I am going to concentrate on faces and figures. I shall probably do at least one self portrait. I love paint so much. About two years ago I painted this face completely from imagination. Next week I will not worry about whether something is from life or imagination. It will be fun to see what I think of doing under slight pressure! I hope some of you will want to join in. Find me over at Instagram

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Rise Design and Shine - week one

I worked on this design over the weekend and used sections of my abstract paintings from my sketch book as sections of the background. I really enjoyed building this work; I think there were 45 layers in total! This is an alternative Valentine card - I wanted it to work just as well as a card to send to a best friend.

You can buy this card at my shop on https://www.thortful.com/creator/gabriellabuckingham

You can buy this card at my shop on https://www.thortful.com/creator/gabriellabuckingham

Another fresh start!

Here I am again. I've finally built what I hope will be my long standing art and illustration site. There are still products to add to the shop of course. A shop with one item isn't going to set the world on fire. 

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Now the key thing for me is to spend more time exploring areas of work in more depth - as well as designing for Moobaacluck and any other freelance illustration jobs that come in of course!

In August I'm going to be starting Sherry London's new course that you can read about here. She is a Photoshop guru and I know I will learn a lot from it. The only trouble is it concludes while I am on holiday but I'll be able to watch everything even if I can't do it all. Either way I will be taking my sketchbook on holiday and just drawing. It's been ages since I have had that luxury.