Jobling Gowler Art Competition 2013 & The Great Sheffield Art Show
I am so excited to announce that I am the winner of ‘The People’s Choice’ category for my entry into this years Jobling Gowler Art Competition and was also 'Highly Commended'! Thank you to everyone who voted for my piece!!
The theme of this years competition was ‘Labyrinth’ and my take on this theme for my entry ‘The Honey Bee Hive’ is as follows:
“This illustration was inspired by one of the best known habitats created by an insect; the Beehive. The intricate labyrinth of cells constructed out of wax to create the Honeycomb fueled my imagination to create a decorative piece which revealed the hive of activity within a bees nest. The Honeycomb collage of pretty colours and vintage papers is aimed at highlighting the complexity of the organic architectural design and encourage people to examine an object they would usually avoid. There are many hidden creatures within the maze of this drawing and the more you look, the more you will see.”
Thank you to all the event organizers and volunteers of The Great Sheffield Art Show who put on such an amazing show. This year was as fantastic as ever, it had such a huge turn out over the weekend and was jam packed full of wonderful artworks! It is now over and I’m pleased to say that out of my six pieces on show I ended up coming home with just two! A very pleasant surprise and I love to think how my paintings are now setting off on their very own journey.
…and I know it’s been a little while since I last posted new work but just to let you know, I’m back on it! I have been working on some new ideas and will be posting them very, very soon!! xxx
I’ve just found out that my work has been featured on 'Whim Online Magazine', which was such a lovely surprise when I checked my emails this morning! It’s an Australian magazine, and one I’d never heard of before, but I’ll definitely be a regular visitor from now on as there are so many beautiful features on there.
Here is a little snip it from the magazine on what they’re all about:
'Whim is an online magazine based in Australia that is filled to the brim with fashion and beauty content, as well as beautiful imagery and nostalgic photography. Whim is for the creative at heart who thrive on daily inspiration in all of its forms.'
Hi Colleen. I'm sorry to ask you this when I'm sure you're being bombarded with messages, but I wanted to give a shot at making a poster using watercolors. Do you have any online references/books you would suggest for someone who isn't too familiar with the medium? Thank you so much!
Well, I started using watercolours a few years ago after my Nan bought me a set for my birthday. I’d never used watercolours before and didn’t really know the correct way to use them (I still don’t to be honest). But I loved drawing and painting so much that I just started experimenting with them. I went through a lot of trial & error until I eventually found a style that I felt worked for me.
I don’t really know of any reference books for using watercolours, but what I use for references all the time are nature and wildlife books as well as my own photographs. I look at the patterns, textures and colours in wildlife and then experiment recreating my own versions of the parts that really inspire me.
I’m not sure if I will be of any help to you, but I suggest lots and lots of experimenting. Try not to be frightened of making mistakes as sometimes mistakes and imperfections in a painting can turn out to be the best parts! Using a range of different papers can create some wonderful effects too. I’d also suggest you to try out painting by wetting areas of the paper first and then apply the paint, this can lead to some beautiful bleeds & marbling in the paint. I also find once a painting has dried it is sometimes nice to work back on top of the painting with pens and pencils to add further detail.
I wouldn’t make a very good teacher lol, but I hope I have answered your question in a way that’ll help you with your painting.
…also, I’d love to see your painting when you’ve finished it! Let me know how it goes! :)