Paint Party Friday... Koi Carp

I've had a play and experimented a little during the week, and finally this is where I've ended up with the Koi Carp watercolour painting. 
I think I'm finished on this one and I'll finally call it a day.
It's been good to nip in and out having a dabble here and there, but I think it's time to move on.
I'm pleased with certain aspects, but regret others... but that's what it's like when you're learning isn't it?
Like many of you I'm having a hard time fitting in all that I'd like to at the moment. 
It's that time of year when expectations can completely outweigh reality.
I am going to take stock of what I do and how I allocate my time for this coming new year.
I think it will be a major time for change (hopefully for the good).

I will try to visit as many PPF's blogs as I can because it's amazing how brilliant, inspiring and uplifting it is to see so many artists work. 
They are a great bunch, so click here if you'd like to join in too.
Paint Party Friday
Thanks Eva and Kristin for hosting once again.
I'm also linking to Sunday Sketches

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Have fun and enjoy

My Week on a page... PPF

I'm showing you the view from my studio window today so that you'll forgive me for posting yet again unfinished work! 
But just look at that sunlight and it's October.
I'm in such a rush to dash outside... but I have been up before the sun this morning to start some new pieces of artwork today, so it's not all bad. 

I've had a sketch of Koi Carp drafted for a few days
(which seems quite appropriate as I'm going to use my Japanese paints)
I was unsure what to do first, whether the water background should be painted first or the fish.... a little like the scenario of the chicken and the egg.
Which comes first?
I've taken the plunge (ha... no pun was intended but I'm liking that) and started on the water first.
I've also added rock salt for a water effect, but we'll have to see how that turns out.
I used to use this technique when silk painting.
It's great if it works correctly.

I've also started another 'My week on a page'.
I really should come up with another title of this project because these pages appear every few weeks and certainly not weekly.
But I'm happy if I just complete a page, no matter how long it takes me.
I'm not sure you will be able to see the design and colours in these shots.
But as it progresses I'll be sure to share.
I'll also explain why I've included each particular item.
There's washing on a line, apples, a scrunchy, and Virginia creeper.

I'm off outside now to top up my Vitamin D before this weather disappears.
I'll also catch up later with the Paint Party Friday gang which Kristin and Eva kindly host each week.
Paint Party Friday
Have fun and I hope the sun is shining on you too

Silk Painting - Tropical Fish

At the start of this year, I had so many plans for what I wanted to do, achieve and experience...and here we are in July already!
But I didn't realise in January, that I'd have to squeeze in another house move, but that box (argh....not boxes again) has been well and truly ticked. Now I can move forward....
I've got a busy week ahead already (what's new?) but I've also something planned for the weekend, which I'm excited about. I'll be telling you later.... ; o
One thing that I've been thinking about is to start painting again. I haven't picked up a paintbrush for about 12 did that time go?
I learnt to silk paint whilst living in Brunei and I've always wanted to carry on....unfortunately the mindset, time, space and just generally my commitment have been lacking. But in this new house there's an actual studio!!!! How cool is that? It's as if its come to get me.....No more excuses.
Initially, I didn't really know what the room was intended for, until I saw the floor plan and there it states quite clearly 'Studio'.
So in the coming weeks (or months) I'll hopefully be able to set up and let you have a peek. Well, depending on how it goes.....It might take me a little while to get back into it.....

During the house move, I found my art photo album and a newspaper article from an Exhibition. Six Ladies exhibited - all expat artists - me being one of them. Looking back at the photo's, they seem to be from another lifetime. I look so fit, healthy and YOUNG!