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What I’ve been up to PART 2: Blackburn Artists society

Over the past few months I have been attending the Blackburn Artists society on Thursday Evenings. Each week we are given a “theme” to work with from chickens to sky scrapers and we’ve recently been out on location drawing the amateur dramatics society during a live dress rehearsal!

I’ve really loved attending Blackburn artists society so far and love having a prompt every week to challenge myself with ! I have ended up attempting to draw things I never would have tried and I have really appreciated working alongside many other talented and friendly artists, its amazing how varied the work is on a Thursday night given we are all working from the same prompt! My Mother in Law Joanna attends Blackburn Artists with me and it’s great to have a friend to go with and share he experience with!

Here are some example of the work i have been doing at Blackburn Artists society over the past few months.

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This is the first picture I did at Blackburn artists society, the theme was “Juxtapositions”, I was inspired by man made vrs nature so drew this octopus crawling out of a tea cup in water colour and inks.

IMG_3442 In this painting I attempted the theme “chickens” and made an abstract painting using collage over-layed with acrylic paints using a palette knife. I obviously added a bit of glitter too as I cant help myself.

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This painting was under the theme “Medieval” so I decided to do a painting much like you would find on the borders of a medieval manuscript. This painting is in watercolour paints with a touch of gold acrylic. I ended up scanning this image and using it on a few Christmas cards I made for Christmas 2019.

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This image was quite difficult to photograph as it spanned two pages of my A3 sketch pad so was quite large. The theme was “Panoramic” and this is a drawing of a panoramic photograph we took whilst on holiday in Yorkshire last year. This was done in an Urban sketchers style with water colour pencils and ink.

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This picture I also completed in water colour pencil and ink, the theme was “Skyscrapers” and as I was planning to go to London for my birthday I thought i’d do London sky scrapers sky line.

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For the theme “feeding time at the zoo” I attempted these 2 oil pastel drawings, the first time I’d used oil pastels since high school! I actually really loved this messy medium, and enjoyed working on different colour paper.

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This mixed media work was based on the theme of “songs or poems” I used a rupi Kaur poem as inspiration for this picture:

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For the theme “puppets and dolls” I actually made this doll “Sven the viking” out of paper kitchen rolls and glue! I had lots of fun making him at home, then attempted a coloured pencil still life of a group of dolls which I didn’t end up finishing.

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This is a sketch I attempted on location with the Blackburn artists at the amatuer dramatics society’s dress rehearsal of the pirates of Penzance! This was a real challenge because it was dark and the actors obviously kept moving! I ended up drawing the orchestra and some of the audience as they were the most still!

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This is my most recent Artists society painting, it’s based on a photograph of the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland for the theme “standing stones” I used gouache for this picture which I have never used before but really like the bold matt colours.

 

Thanks for taking an interest in some of my more recent work, hope you like what you see!

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