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Watercolour Painting Demonstration: Negative Painting Sweet Potato vine

I recently did a painting demonstration at my local Art Gallery in Mount Ommaney (Brisbane QLD Australia for those of you who have no idea where that is:) And I thought Id share  a bit of it here as people seemed quite fascinated with how I actually did the painting.  I love negative painting with watercolours, because it allows you to create depth and glow easily, and you get to build up the layers of colour as you go.Its a very different technique to normal watercolour as you cover just about the whole sheet with each layer..and it can be a bit confusing till you get your head around it. The painting Ive done is inspired by the real plant thatI have growing in my garden, but it's not an exact copy of the colours or shapes. My aim is more to show the movement and energy of the plant, not to create a perfect realistic copy the way traditional botanical art does.  Layer One You start off by covering the paper with water, so that you avoid any hard lines and the colours can move and

Trying to organise my website

Ive been fiddling with my website this morning, trying to make it a better reflection of who I am... and it's been quite challenging.... I just do too many things.... I have been told so many times by advertising and marketing people that I need to develop a clear brand..but I keep on hopping around changing what I do, playing around with new techniques and skills and developing new kinds of art work... And I'm buggered if I know how to succinctly market myself on one website. My workshop at home is like that: I have shelves full of gear for such a variety of different art forms, clay supplies, every kind of paint you could imagine, beads, felting wool, goddess knows how many paints and inks...and then theres the perfumery...boxes and boxes of oils and extracts, bottles, cards and packaging materials.... Last time I moved was a nightmare...packing up the house was bad enough, but the studio....oh my.  I am:  A visual artist .....who paints in watercolour, acrylic and