My creative neighbourhood

My Creative Neighbourhood – The Thriving Artists Project

This post is part of a series I started some time ago and would like to resurrect here at my new homebase. This is where I look around at my fellow artists and highlight some of the wonderful things they’ve been up to recently. Anything that catches my eye, rattles my brain, or drops my jaw ends up here. Things I feel I need company in oggling at and admiring. If it’s here, it’s good.

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Wet-on-wet flow medium unprimed board

Acrylic experiments

Last week I played with some new acrylic paints my parents-in-law were kind enough to buy me for Christmas. I didn’t really paint anything, I did pure experimentation with a bunch of acrylic mediums. I had no idea what I was doing as I’ve only ever really used a retarder and nothing else in my paint and I was also using fluid acrylics, a type of acrylic I haven’t really used either.

So I played, and this is what I came up with.

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Inspired people

Coming soon…a series of interviews with some of my favourite artists. Artists are inspired people. But what makes them create what they create? What lights the fire that produces such wonderful work? Join me as I hope to find out. Nutty (the truth is out there)

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Drawing Lab Challenge #12

This is the twelfth challenge post for the Drawing Lab Challenge. Grab your copy of ‘Drawing lab for mixed media artists: 52 creative exercises to make drawing fun‘ and join us as we tackle the book together. Details of the challenge and joining can be found here. This week the challenge is… Lab 2 (Page […]

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Zentangle eyes

Sunday Sketches from the week of funk

I’ve only got dud sketches for this week’s Sunday Sketches. Last week was a funk week so very little was done. First up we have an attempt to answer last week’s Illustration Friday prompt of ‘deja-vu’. I had a concept, but my brain wouldn’t supply me with an image to fully communicate what I was […]

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carbon paper texture sampler

Experiments with carbon paper

Drawing Lab Challenge #11 – how did you do? I managed to slip off the rails somewhat and do something not quite what the challenge was asking for. I didn’t really feel like drawing something, I felt like playing with textures, so I did. I grabbed some carbon paper (of which I have a pile […]

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These four walls

Stagnation: the enemy of Inspiration

This is a photo of my loungeroom/livingroom. I took it approximately five minutes ago. Here you can see the mess and the strong influence of my children. This is the scene I have been staring at for the last several weeks. In this shot you can see where I’ve been sitting. To the left, on […]

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Drawing Lab Challenge #11

Apologies for the absence of this challenge for the past few weeks. The holiday season and the creation of this new blog pretty much wiped out everything for me. But! It’s back, so ready your pencils… This is the eleventh challenge post for the Drawing Lab Challenge. Grab your copy of ‘Drawing lab for mixed […]

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Cosmos

Cosmos, acrylic on illustration board scan and digitally altered, approx. 210 x 210 mm. Another experiment, this time with digital art. The challenge this month over at Creative Every Day is ‘cosmos’ and I couldn’t leave a word like that alone. This is the result. I’m not 100% happy with it and I may make […]

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Challenge Directory

In search of a challenge? Here are a few I know about – Challenge Directory. If you have a challenge you would like me to list, hosted by yourself or someone else, please drop me a comment here and I’ll be happy add it. Nutty (building a website)

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