Sunday, 17 February 2019

229 entry

A dull February day...thought I would be really good and add my few paintings.

Cards... so far this month...

 My gorgeous daughter has turned 30 years of age. I'm not sure if I am sad about it, as it shows the speed of life but I can most surely say that, in that time, I have never been more proud of what both my children have achieved as people. They are a credit to both my lovely husband and me.

My lovely son proposed to a fabulous girl on Christmas day! A surprise ... yes I suppose so but we have always thought her part of the family.  

A valentine for my best friend and beautiful husband. Yes we niggle but after nearly 40 years together... I adore his company! Very special times. 

A card for a good friend - don't quite think I caught the likeness ...blast!

This, below, is my latest attempts in watercolour and charcoal or pen. I have explained better on my newer website.
'painting update'
Do have a look...
 Taking the dog for a walk. 2019

 Sitting - 2019

 Fast and Easy.. 2019

Huffy - 2019

Incomplete - 2019

Did I say that I use Daniel Smiths watercolour tubes squished into my beautiful 'Little Brass Box' palette. It has caused me grief as I love the paints SO much I tend not to feel it was easy to add pen or charcoal...but I want to!
I am on some sort of journey and I have to just follow the road ahead.
I shall get there..I can feel it...

Sunday, 6 January 2019

228 entry

Happy New Year for 2019 to you all.

And thank you to all who view my blog. I feel very humbled!

My new book is out and called 'Phillip the Pheasant'.
The story was written by Julie Hanson and I did the illustrations - (on my iPad)

I am deeply into my Daniel Smiths watercolours. They are divine to use!!
I have been trying my new colour palette - did I say that I received my specially palette from 'The Little Brass Box Company'. I am SO spoilt but it is gorgeous - and have spent hours; weeks; months in ecstasy playing, making colour swatches to find my own palette colours.... sorting out which pigments to put in the pans. 
I used roses as a way to get the pigments to flow into one another and see how the paints work. Thus why there are quite a few 'studies' below. 

 Study: 1

 Study: 2

 Study: 3
Study: 4

The problem I have now is that I love my Daniel Smith watercolours so much that my illustrative style, using pen or charcoal as an outline doesn't balance. It is like wearing a silk skirt and woollen jumper. They can look good but the wool overpowers the softness of the silk...
I used to use minimal watercolours and focus on the pen or charcoal.
I am working on it to get the balance right; frustrating but very exciting!

Durham Cathedral

This, above, is an old acrylic painting of Durham Cathedral that I did for my lovely son when he was there at University.
I love my people in it but have left acrylics and moved on to watercolours in a big way!
Still pleased with it though!
 Study: 5
Study: 7

 These, below, are my most favoured wild flowers in a year. It was some homework for our '3 Girls Debate'. Great fun!

Watercolour & Charcoal
I love seeing these out in April. It shows - for me - that Spring is on its way. Look at the flowers closely and you will find that they are so delicate and delightful!

Watercolour & Charcoal
This is beautiful and out in June-July were you will see it festooned in the hedgerows.
It just makes me smile...

Watercolour & Charcoal

We have all read Beatrix Potter. This wildflower is in 'Jemima Puddleduck and the Foxy Gentleman'
It takes me back to my childhood.
Drive though The New Forest in June - August and you will see them looking beautiful in their clusters.

These last two are me getting my act together and paintbrush in hand. 
I am working on my style and have nearly stopped pretending that 'people' is my skill. 
So I 'do' it!

Actually I really enjoy both studies... so what does that say!

That is it for now but I shall be back with more of my 'Sarah Orchard' Style.

I have built a second website, as my old Website - still available -  sarahorchardfineart.co.uk is an all rounder of my work.
My new website - sarahorchardart.com specialises in my watercolour & pen or charcoal.
Do visit it and see what you think.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

227 entry

A quick update to say that exhibitions are in full swing.

Fordingbridge Art Club have a lovely venue in the Town Hall until 27th August 2018

Artlook at the Nether Wallops - along the A30 - on the right but only until Monday.

Finally Coach House Studio starts on Tuesday  22nd August 2018

Paintings New.

My journey is ongoing as I link my beautiful watercolours with my love of pen or charcoal as marks.

A frustrating but exciting journey!

Also to note that I have added a 'subscribe to my blog' ...
All very exciting!

Saturday, 28 July 2018

226 entry

Gosh! six months has passed by in such a race. What have I achieved in that time with my painting?
I stumbled last July 2017 with my interest focusing even more into the watercolours and how they worked confusing me with my pen and watercolour - general style. So I have spent the last months ‘playing’ with different artists palettes - Jake Winkle; David Curtis; Jean Haines. All of these Artist’s style I love but it was only in the last month that I realised that I have to find my own love of colours and develop my own style .... I had a try at oils - but not fulfilled.
I am now on the artists road to recovery. Feel much more incontroll with my ability.
I am happy with my choice of sable da Vinci brush; I am enjoying my very expensive little brass box palette; love my Daniel Smith Watercolour paints and experimenting with various sheets of rough and  hot press papers. I now am painting and developing my style - MY style!
Below are my ‘summer studies’

Thursday, 23 November 2017

225 entry

Life speeds along with watercolour and art becoming more and more apart of me and who I am.
I think, eat and breath it!
I love the word 'watercolour' in print; a half pan sitting on the kitchen table makes me 'fizz'; the way my loaded brush connects with the paper; watching the pigments travel into one another....

But my intensity of love that I have for these gems and the constant exploring into their 'lives' has brought me confusion within my approach. No longer do I desire to use marks over them with a black line - the watercolour journey is exciting enough or is it??? Thus I 'play' - no studious paintings...."but it is good to play" they say...or is it? A balance is desired!

Pigments - a confusion; such a plethora of colours and all so beautiful - which to choose for my palette that is constantly changing (except for the treasures)!

August 2017 - out in The New Forest

Both above and below were ideas for a @Rum's Eg Christmas card competition. 

Sadly not used but appreciated!

Holiday for two - St Mawes

Practice for my next book - The New Forest

We would pop over on the little boat for breakfast, a wander then a crab sandwich for lunch.
Lovely memories!

Artlook exhibition work for @Hilliers, Hampshire open Studio.

 'Around Britain' - Engraved watercolour 

 'Courgette Flower' - Engraved watercolour

Fordingbridge Art Club - Hampshire Open Studio
'Wild Flower' - watercolour and charcoal

Commission - much appreciated. 
I loved doing this as the photo was so full of movement!  

Fordingbridge Art Club - Hampshire Open Studio
'Berries' - watercolour and charcoal

 Playing in my sketch book
Watercolour and rotring pen.
I find the line of these pens too constant. Not enough variation in line!


 Holidays with another visit to St Mawes
Engraved watercolour
'Man and his dog'

Artlook exhibition work for @Hilliers, Hampshire open Studio.
'Teasel' - Engraved watercolour

Artlook exhibition work for @Hilliers, Hampshire open Studio.'
Thinking' - Engraved watercolour

 Artlook exhibition work for @Hilliers, Hampshire open Studio.
'On the Water' Hurst Castle Hampshire
Watercolour and charcoal

Fordingbridge Art Club - Hampshire Open Studio
Engraved watercolour

 Travelling to London to visit our lovely son.
This is one of my 'moment in time' watercolour and pen.
moleskin sketchbook and cycling watercolour kit!

Playing with new paper.. A scene of New York

 I bought these paint to try out. They are lovely, in that the size of the pans are huge and so cater for a nice big loaded watercolour brush. The consistancy of the paint is excellent!
 The negative side is that they do a very limited range of colours. Worth trying!

Beautiful soup @rumseg 
Do visit! - in Romsey Hampshire  

 Playing with my watercolours at Coach House Studio for Hampshire open Studio.
Funnily enough I sold it!

 More playing with my watercolours at Coach House Studio for Hampshire open Studio.
I love hogweed. so hard to paint though...

 Playing at abstract....watercolour and variety of ink pens.

 Again - trying out my watercolours so playing!!!!

I was given some new watercolour tubes for my birthday!
Exciting but confusing...
Losing the ability to add pen!!!!!!

A trial at using acrylics from warm to cool...on board!
never was a bright coloured person but actually thoroughly enjoyed doing this!

 I was invited to do a watercolour and charcoal demonstration. Have you ever tried to explain 'what and why' when you are painting?
Think about explaining when driving why and what for... 
I enjoyed doing it although stressful and have accepted another in 2019.

A card for a friend!

 I drove this road over twenty-seven years ago with our one year old daughter. 
We were just moving to Hampshire from London.
I have always loved the view!!!!

 Birdwatching with my boy!

 Teasel in watercolour
'A Tunnel of Trees' - Watercolours and Charcoal

There we have it... I have uploaded all my work to date!

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Art has always been an integral part of my life. At the age of 50 I was able to complete a long awaited foundation course and HNC/HND. From this experience I have developed my love of pastel and watercolour. Rubens has always inspired me with his fluidity of movement; Degas and Lautrec I admire with their rough marks and blends of colour,their freshness of approach. I feel I have been given a talent for a reason and gradually the purpose shall unfold... sarah.orchard54@hotmail.co.uk Note: Images are Copyright Sarah Orchard © 2009