Hello, and welcome to my blog.

My name is Lavender George and I love to make things. I have been painting, creating and crafting since a small child, firstly from sheer pleasure, and when my children were small, and money was tight, from necessity. Now I hope to make art my main source of income and keep the sewing, crochet and knitting for fun.
I hope you enjoy looking at the things I make, and reading about my inspiration and work in progress.
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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sparrows & Holly Bush - The finished painting

After my background wash had dried, I re-pencilled in some more background branches and holly leaves and then added another darker wash between these new branches:

and then finally, after all the washes were completely dry, I gently rubbed out any pencil lines still showing using a soft maleable eraser, and added the final touches: some raw sienna touches to the foremost branches, some darker green detail lines in the holly leaves, both the forward ones and the smaller darker ones in the background. I painted in some berries in red, and finally added a little touch of well watered cobalt blue shading to the sparrows and branches behind the sparrows.
And now I have finished, I will put the painting away for a few days to a week before taking a final look to see if I have missed anything or want to change anything and then it will be ready for sale.

I hope you have enjoyed watching the progress of this painting.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Sparrows & Holly Bush Painting update

I have now painted in the darker edges of the main holly branches and leaves in a darker green than the base wash, leave the lighter green as highlights.

And added a darker and variegated background behind these branches and leaves:

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sparrows and Holly Bush Painting

I've finally got down to beginning my painting of the sparrows in the holly bush picture. Here is my painting with the sparrows masked and the outline design drawn and an initial wash of light green.

and here are the sparrows painted in:
Hope you like how it is shaping up.