Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Trees at Art Group

This weeks topic was trees at Avon Valley art group'

I prepped the painting the evening prior to the meeting by brushing the background of s piece of 500g paper with gesso, leaving it thicker in places to give some texture.
I then used some fine threads taken from the bundles shown in the previous post to form the undergrowth and the textured tree trunk. I left this to dry completely overnight.

At the meeting, I used Indian yellow to give the middle highlight and when this was dry, wet the paper with a laundry spray, and dropped in a variety of browns and golds to produce the painting. The paint collects along the fine threads and produces thin darker lines of tangled bracken etc.
I used brown and black acrylic ink for the darkest areas, and added a few extra seed heads in the fore ground.

This did not take as long as I had expected, so to fill the time, I borrowed some paper from a fellow painter and using wet-in-wet
, I painted, without drawing a study of trees and bluebells. Not my finest hour, but very good fun to do.

I rarely do my best work at the group, but I try to use the time to experiment with various paints and associated media, and the sessions are always great fun and often educational. Members have lots of lovely ideas. It is always a treat to see their work.


  1. wonderful the Works!
    Greetings Elke

  2. They are both exquisite. I really love looking at both of them. Evocative and captivating.

    1. Thanks again. This week at club was a total disaster, so I am glad you enjoy these.

  3. Beautiful! and very inspirational. I have only recently gotten back into painting as a hobby (no training yet) and this is helping to motivate me.

    One question - when you describe your techniques, you say you use 'laundry spray' - can you elaborate? Not familiar with that ...

  4. Thanks for the comment and delighted that you are painting again.
    The 'laundry spray' is simply a plastic bottle with a spray top, used for damping clothes when they have become too dry to iron. I just fill it with tap water and mine has a nozzle which can vary the amount of spray. I think they cost me £1 each from that sort of cheap shop that sells everything. Does that make sense?

    1. Yes, perfect sense! Thanks for your response. :) I wanted to be sure it was simply a spray bottle for water, and not a specific solution you were using to achieve an effect - I hear so often of artists using unconventional tools in their paintings.

  5. What did you mean by a laundry spray?......I love the bluebells