Helen's Blog

I've never had one of these before and I don't know what you are supposed to put in them - I don't know what you're supposed to put in a diary - I never kept one of those either except to know when I'm getting my hair cut! So it'll be a new experience for all of us!

Now a mention on how to view this... I have created a drop-down menu so you can read the blog entries based on the titles I've given each entry. You can also just click on Helen's Blog and see ALL the entries but when you do, you will see the word 'more' by each entry. It is just a repeat of the news, so IGNORE it when it says MORE. This is on purpose though, as I want you to be able to view each entry how YOU want to. You want to see them all together, just click on Helen's Blog. You want to scroll down to just one entry, you can do that too...only you get to see the blog entry TWICE when viewed altogether...oh, you'll see what I mean when you have a play! :o) Just enjoy, that's all that is important!

Catching up...


I've been adding new pictures to this site today and will continue to do so until everything is on here. Been busier than I thought - there is a LOT of stuff to put on here! I'm looking forward to doing more painting when this is done. My hands have been shaking too much while my thyroid has been out of control but I think I'll be able to do some painting again soon.

It's been too long!


It really has been too long! Well probably not by the time I'm done catching up with this thing...Here is the thing then...I have been unwell. Yeah I've been unwell for years and years so what is new. No the thing is that going online to organize even this blog has been a job that I have been dreading because every time I plan to do something on this site, I just seem to end up getting a headache. I mean not just pain in the head but Bob (my aged computer) is the best thing to do this blogging and faffing with my website from and he is OLD. He crashes, he whines, I swear and nothing seems to get done. For example, it has taken me about an hour to just get on here to start typing as everything was going wrong. Crash, wait, swear and it puts you off you know?!

Anyway, I received a copy of the latest 'Purbeck!' journal (an article about making home-made marshmallows!) and it mentions my website address at the back of the mag, so I had better do something new! I mean I got the website to put all my art on and yet I don't seem to get stuff done when I'm on here swearing at Bob for being old and at Devlin (my new laptop) for having such a small screen, that I seem to spend all my time using the mouse to try and move to a new part of the page. Sigh. Well I know I should have this site up to date and I will endeavor to get it up to scratch for you. I DO actually have some art to show you and I have lots of practice work to scan and all sorts of ideas to mention. So why haven't I?

Because it takes time...and from Christmas last year (December 2014 that is) I had migraine-strength headaches that were making doing this seem like banging my head against a brick wall would have been less painful. But new glasses and a fancy new printer and laptop (even if I AM using Bob to type this now) and I really have NO excuse not to do something about getting this site and this blog up to date. As to the oddness of my first couple of sentences...well did you know that I keep a daily log of what I do that is arty and creative in a filofax? That is what a blog is supposed to show isn't it? Hmmm well, I am going to try and do a few days typing (and hopefully not swearing) where it really needs to be put in to get you all caught up with what I've been doing. Then when you have gone through the blog chronologically, you will read this and go - 'huh?' Well there you are, this came first and then the others with the earlier dates! Aren't I naughty!

I really have no excuse to NOT get this done and typed up and faffed about with and arty bits added on a regular basis, I mean I DO pay for this site don't I? I just need the oomph to get on with it. :o)

More of the same...


I read from art library books to help me decide how I want to go about painting Malcolm in "Man and Bike" and which style I want to use. That is about it! :o)

Still very tired...


I read from "Quick and Clever Watercolours" by Charles Evans and I also read from "10-Minute Watercolours" and made more notes about colours. I worked through the book and found out how many times she mentioned using each colour and made a tally. Then I created a palette box of her most used colours by squeezing paint from tubes into the empty squares where Cotman half-pans had been.

I tidied up the lines made by masking fluid on "Man and Bike". I painted around the bike with appropriate colours to make it easier to see where I'll need to paint.

I read from a few pages of "Creating Textures in Watercolours" (Project 45) on the subject of painting faces and clothing, also for "Man and Bike".

Too tired to paint...


I felt shockingly tired today. So instead of painting more of the commission, I read more of Hazel Soan's "10-Minute Watercolours" and made lots of notes about which colours she recommends putting in a palette. She says "you only need three colours"; but she used 33 in the book!! I found 14 colours that she said were useful - 9 primary colours and ones for "greys and darks". A bit more than three! :o)

Got a fair bit done today...


I did 8 sessions of painting and prep (cleaning, taking off and putting on masking fluid etc), including the background around the bike, totalling 3 hours and 45 mins, on "Man and Bike".

I also read from "Quick and Clever Watercolours" by Charles Evans and "10-Minute Watercolours" by Hazel Soan.

Making a start...


I put masking fluid onto "Man and Bike". I then painted the sea (I'm not sure what I think about it). Then I painted three layers of gorse and other bushes on the painting.

Just about ready now...


I taped the final line drawing of "Man and Bike" to an A3 drawing board, ready to paint. I did some more grass/sea exercises to finish off the watercolour sketchbook that I used for these exercises.