Chilled afternoon doing freehand patterns on a large canvas. Its actually quite fun to do it without any planning and just committing to paint straightaway. Its making me really think about each stroke because I want them somewhat symmetric and also want them to fit together as one piece. Its also a fun experiment to come up with some unique patterns.
Still focussing on the Turkish patterns at the moment. Pomegranates are a common theme in Turkish homes in everything from fabrics, paintings and actual ceramic and plastic pomegranates as table decorations. This was done on a small 15cm x 15cm canvas with acrylics and metallics. I do use metallic paint a lot in my paintings, not sure if its cheating but I really love how it makes patterns stronger and colours stand out.
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/203733326/pomegranate-original-turkish-pattern
I did this sketch first but decided given the size of the canvas I was using, I would just do a close up of a single pomegranate. I still have lots of tiny canvases so might do a series of three small ones next.
Original sketch of the pomegranates
So I finally finished the Turkish Coffee painting which started out as a doodle a week or so ago. Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out, I added some extra sections to balance out the shape and symmetry of the design. The canvas is 30cm – 40cm so its definitely one of the biggest paintings I have done for a long while. Also available on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/203595311/the-flavour-of-turkish-coffee-original. Honestly shocked at how expensive international shipping is so will only be sending it domestically. Probably will stick with smaller paintings in future but I do have one large canvas left. Watch this space.
I decided to start doing the Illustration Friday weekly topics as a way to keep drawing and start working out what exactly my style is. I basically have no idea what makes my drawings mine or what would make my drawings instantly recognisable. Half the time you see an amazing illustration and you then go explore the rest of their work, their whole portfolio is consistent and you can clearly see what their style is. Maybe one day I will get there!! Anywho, this week’s topic is Radio.
p.s I really REALLY need to learn how to colour these things digitally. Going to use SkillShare and try to teach myself.
As mentioned in my last post, I decided that I would paint my floral design onto canvas. As usual I only did minimum planning before committing to colours and additional patterns. Despite this I think the colours are working well so far. I will make the tan swirl multicoloured which will hopefully bring the whole piece together. Also will be adding lots of gold detail to the pomegranates to make them pop. Next time I will try to be more patient and properly map out each piece before I start and create a colour palette which makes the whole design cohesive.
I am loving Turkish patterns at the moment – Pinterest boards are good for collecting your fav designs – http://www.pinterest.com/olivianihad/turkish-art/
This is a mix of my favourite patterns coming out of a Turkish coffee cup. If you have ever had Turkish coffee, you know it packs a punch despite the tiny cup! I am in the process of actually painting this design on canvas, watch this space!
I don’t know about you, but summer is officially over in England. I imagine that I won’t get any sympathy for the crappy weather having spent so much time in the hot sun abroad, BUT it was worth a shot. Here are some cupcakes to brighten your day. I painted these fun multi-coloured cupcakes on tiny 7cm x 7cm canvases using fine paint brushes and accented with metallic paint. Available here on Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/200936667/original-colourful-painting-on-mini?
I am still pretty torn up about exactly what I am going to focus on with my art, there is just so many amazing talented people out there, its totally eating up any confidence I have that this could actually work for me. I have a sketchbook I am filling up with my random musings so hopefully I will not lose faith in my ideas before I have even started them. Pinterest is pretty good for inspiration and procrastination!! Where do you get your inspiration from? What picks you up when you have buried yourself in your own self doubt? Let me know!
Now on Etsy – a small, original, hand painted acrylic canvas of a crashing turquoise waves. The canvas measures approximately 15cm x 15cm and is carefully painted using fine paint brushes and protected with Galeria Gloss Varnish. The front is initialed and the back is signed and dated.
Inspired by the rolling crystalline waves of Cornwall, England where I spent many summer holidays. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break – back in England after three months of Cyprus and am missing the heat, the ocean and the sunshine!
I used my final canvas to recreate the flower pattern I used for my sisters goodbye card. As mentioned, its a pretty common pattern in Turkish artwork and especially in ceramics. Already the house out here in Cyprus is filling up with my paintings, all of which have a Turkish theme. Its really made the house look and feel a bit more authentic and really complements the Turkish fabrics we have filled the place with. More of that to come in my next post!
Along with the tiny sample acrylic paints I bought while out here in Cyprus, I got a bumper pack of 4 canvases and three paint brushes. After lots of procrastinating (its very easily done here), I decided to paint the Beşparmak Mountains range which is visible throughout the whole of Northern Cyprus and our home here. Given that I had none of my nice stronger opaque paints and lovely very thin paint brushes some of the detail work on this was pretty painful, but overall I am pleased with the result. I especially like how the three canvases flow on to each other, with the sides, top and bottoms all continuing on the image. The mountains themselves change colour constantly during the day as the sun shifts and rare clouds settle. In the three months I have been here they have changed a lot as spring changed to peak summer. I might recreate this painting at home and try my hand at Etsy selling, although shockingly people are already selling their Christmas wares now. I think I need to cool down from my life of sunshine when I return to London before I can think about Santa!