Upcycled Restaurant Letter

My dad gave me this A from an old restaurant sign ages ago, originally it has gold and black on the front and the back was covered in plaster and glue. Finally I did something with it! My favourite thing at the moment is my Winsor & Newton Galeria Gesso Primer which is great for using […]

Finished Painting – Freehand Pattern Tree

Finally the Pattern Tree is finished!! Whoop! Managed to complete it in about a week and definitely ruined one brush doing it. Pretty pleased with the results but I would change the middle if I did it again. Ideally the middle tallest branch would be lower down on the canvas so the white pattern could […]

Work in progress – freehand patterns on canvas

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 […]

Turkish Pomegranate Painting – acrylic on canvas

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 […]

‘The Flavour of Turkish Coffee’ Painting – from doodle to canvas

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 […]

Work In Progress – Painted Turkish Coffee Cup Floral Design

  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 […]

Flowered Canvas

  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 […]

Goodbye card – back off to Oz

After an amazing week with my whole family in Cyprus with me, my middle sister has now returned to Australia. As part of our Nihad tradition we always write a letter to the person departing for them to read on the long journey back. This is the envelope I quickly made using a previous doodle […]

Flower Collage

Experimenting here with my Bamboo drawing tablet, bright and joyful flowers, using the various tools available. I love painting using proper paint brushes and a paint palette (makes me feel slightly like I know what I am doing). The drawing tablet is great to use multiple tools and random combinations of colours and textures. I […]