Sunset by the Severn

This painting is based on a photograph I took last week on a walk along the banks of the River Severn

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Here is my painting and below is the original photo.

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How to make a Christmas Tree by re-cycling an old magazine

Snapshot 1 (13-12-2013 20-28)Season’s Greetings! Here is a short video showing how to create a simple Christmas Tree from an old magazine…hope you enjoy it!

Snapshot 2 (13-12-2013 20-29)

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Watercolour demonstration at Hobbycraft

I have been demonstrating with watercolour today at the local Hobbycraft store in Cheltenham.

IMG_20131207_124633The photo above is of the demo table set up with a display of my work. I took a mixture of things along, hoping that there would be something to appeal to everyone. My intention was to ispire people to see the versatility that can be achieved with watercolour.



The two sunsets at the front of the photo are the paintings I was working on, along with the iris painting in the centre by the colour chart. Many thanks to all the friendly people who stopped by to say hello!   I’ll post the finished work as soon as it’s completed……..

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J.M.W. Turner & Llanstephan Castle

Following on from my last post, I can reveal that the artist who had been inspired to paint Llansteffan was J.M.W. Turner. Turner is an artist who I have the greatest admiration for, not only for his exquisitely beautiful work, but also his revolutionary approach to painting, especially in watercolour.

The painting below was made around 1795 & is entitled “Llanstephan Castle by Moonlight, with a Kiln in the Foreground”.  This contrasting of Medieval ruins with modern industry became a regular theme in Turner’s subsequent work. Turner also made a number of pencil sketches of the Tywi estuary at Llansteffan during a later visit in 1798. The painting also explores one of Turner’s other preoccupations; light. The subjects are lit by both moon & fire light.

It is interesting to note the Anglicisation of the place name from the Welsh ‘Llansteffan’ into ‘Llanstephan’.

Llanstephan Castle by Moonlight, with a Kiln in the Foreground 1795-6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851Llanstephan Castle, CamarthenshireI think the tide was in when Turner was painting & there was a bit more activity on the beach than the day I took this photo!

Below is a link to the excellent Phaidon series book on Turner, that I can recommend if you are interested to discover more of the work of this ground breaking artist. All the Phaidon books I have in my collection contain beautiful reproductions of the art works & the series is both excellent & inexpensive.

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Llansteffan; perfect, tiny compositions

Last weekend, despite rain & high winds, I braved the elements for an intensely bracing walk on the beach at Llansteffan in south west Wales. Llansteffan is not truly coastal, but an estuary with beautiful fine sand & devilish currents.

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as I walked perfect, tiny compositions appeared beneath my feet.

Llansteffan; perfect, tiny compositionsLlansteffan; perfect, tiny compositionsLlansteffan; perfect, tiny compositionsLlansteffan; perfect, tiny compositionsI am not the first artist to have appreciated the wild beauty of Llansteffan, but more of that in a forthcoming post.

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Thoughts on Creativity

I have a contribution published over on my friend Alison’s website today. It’s about the influence that creativity has in my life. There’s also lots of other interesting information on health & lifestyle, including examples of Alison’s artwork.

L'entente Cordiale Autumn 2008 commissioned and  bought by Marc!  Merci Marc,  Bises Alison

L’entente Cordiale, 2008, Alison Devaux

This painting was commissioned by the “Association L’entente Cordiale” in Marseille France. It represents the famous treaty between Great Britain and France signed in 1904 when the two countrie became allies. The powerful images of the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben are represented on the woman’s bodice. The hair on the painting resembles the famous “Marianne” which is the emblem of the French Republic. The colours chosen are the official flag colours of both countries and the designs of both flags are found on the painting. The heart represents the new found “love” between the two nations. Alison has used a variation of this design for the logo on her website.
Alison’s website is called Feel Good After Fifty & you can view by clicking here.

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Guest Blogging – Inktense & Watercolour Demo [VIDEO]

I am excited to be featured as a guest blogger over on Seek Your Course again this week – this is my third video post for the site.


The post can be viewed by clicking here

Here is a link to the blocks if you would like more product information: Derwent Inktense Block 12 Tin  (this is an affiliate link)

The Watercolour Journals now has it’s own Facebook group where you can get helpful tips, post your work & comment on the work of others – we’d love you to join us! Click here

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Pomegranates – an Inktense demonstration

Here is a video demonstration I made using Derwent Inktense blocks. I am really excited by the effects they can achieve, especially, the beautiful, vibrant colours that appear once water is added!

I’m really interested to hear your opinions, particularly if you have used Inktense yourself & would love you to leave a comment below.

Here is a link to the blocks if you would like more product information: Derwent Inktense Block 12 Tin  (this is an affiliate link)

The Watercolour Journals now has it’s own Facebook group where you can get helpful tips, post your work & comment on the work of others – we’d love you to join us! Click here

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The Watercolour Journals Facebook Group

Hello to all my artist friends (both established & aspiring!),

I’ve started a group on Facebook for us to share art & creative ideas & would be honoured if you would join me. All types of drawing & water-based media work is welcome. The group can be found by clicking here .

Best wishes

Erica x

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Giant cat in Cannes; the art of Serge Van de Put

‘The mutation of an everyday object into an art substance.’

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This giant cat & several large apes were hanging out by the port in Cannes, just a stones throw from the sea (you can see the yachts in the background of this photo). The cat in particular was rather scary…… & enormous!

The sculptures are the work of Serge Van de Put, a Belgian artist, with a background in advertising. He was inspired during a trip to Africa by the ability of the people living there to give new life to worn out tyres. This transformation saw the tyres reborn as shoes, buckets & other useful objects. The photo below shows the tread of the tyres & gives an indication of the huge scale of this sculpture. It also gives a sense of how the artist has used the pliable nature of the material to create the form.

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 A little further along the edge of the port was this cage with its pair of captives.

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I thought the shredding of the tyres created an interesting texture on the figure belowFrance(Aug) 195

& here is a close up of the face of the larger figureFrance(Aug) 197

Chained to the outside of the cage was the final imposing figure below

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Here is a link to a video of Serge’s work on display in the beautiful setting of Chateau de La Napoule just to the west of Cannes.

The exhibition is on for only a few more days, but more of Serge’s work can be viewed on his website:  I particularly loved the fly on the home page of this site!

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