More Painting! In Watercolours!

The last couple of months have been a little crazy with the lead-up to the end of the year. I have been working hard to get everything sorted before the holidays!

As a result I haven't had much time to blog, but I have been continuing with painting classes at the The Secret Art Academy here in Wellington.

I am learning watercolour and am improving little by little. Here are some progress photos from my instagram account, I am starting out mostly with watercolour pencils.

Painting in October/November


Learning to Paint in Oils - Part 3

This post is a little later than expected, but here are the results of my last painting class with notes! My teacher showed me how to mix the glazes at each stage as I am still learning how to mix colours. When she realised I was taking photos so I wouldn't forget the steps, she very kindly offered to lay out the tubes next to the palette for each photo!

Learning to Paint in Oils - Part 2

We had a bit of a break in-between the first painting class and then unfortunately I had to miss the second one. I made up for it in the third class however, adding a blue glaze to my apple painting and the still life I started in the first class. I then painted over the still life in white as I had made it too dark in the first session. I also started a third little study of the pear in the still life group in a brown glaze on canvas.

Here are some photos of my progress with each painting - the sessions were four and a half hours long so there was time to get lots of painting done!

The Apple



Still Life

It was a bit nerve-wracking at first painting straight over the original glaze with white but I soon got the hang of it. Painting with oils is far more forgiving than I expected and each session has been very relaxing!









The Pear


Next Time: Adding colour glazes!

Zoo Day 2014

I have been knocked out with the flu this week, so here are some photos from a recent zoo trip a couple of weekends ago. I was amazed at how close I was able to get to some of the animals, and even though the day was very cold the sun kept shining!

I was working on some new clothing designs before I got sick, so I will post an update on those soon!

Squibble's Day At the Zoo - June 2014

Work in Progress and Digital Doodles

The last few weeks have been very busy and I have been working hard on some new projects.

Here is a sneak preview of some of my current work in progress and digital doodles. Some of these photos are from my Instagram feed, I quite often use it to post quick snaps of work in progress!

Chocolate Digital Painting Test Squibble Design

A Visit to Wellington Botanics

I did find time to go on an outing to the Wellington Botanic Gardens a couple of weekends ago and luckily the weather was good enough to take some lovely photos. I was even lucky enough to see a cheeky native Kaka parrot happily stripping the bark of a tree.

Outside the Hot House



Peace Garden

Tiny Mushrooms

Curious Kaka

Red Berries

The Rose Gardens

View Over the City

View over the City 2

Purple Rose

Red Roses

White Poppy

Orange Poppies

Yellow Poppy Closeup