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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday WOYWW and so much more

I think I need to write a post daily at the moment because so much is happening. 
It's not a question of having to tell you all that's happening in my life, because you'd be shocked (ha) 
I thought I'd throw that one in just to wet your appetite and let your imaginations run wild!

For today, I'll just show you one of the things that's keeping me busy at the moment. 
I'm taking part in Tracey Fletcher King's online art classes where we are painting food! 
I mean what a fabulous way to get your allocated five a day, plus learning new techniques, meeting lots of friendly talented artists... all keen to have fun and as Tracey say's... "just have a go!"
She's a brilliant teacher, giving so much of her time, energy and amazing talent, whilst keeping everything so relaxed. If you read Tracey's blog (click here if you haven't) then you'll know she is quite a character and so funny. 
Totally unique in a very special way. 

So, let me show you what's on my desk this Wednesday. 
Because I'm linking up with Julia over at Stamping Ground and WOYWW  
(which stands for what's on your work desk Wednesday for anyone not familiar with this acronym) I'm going to keep this brief. (or at least I'll try) 
There's lots of see over there and desks to visit from all over the globe, so it's good to keep it brief. Click here if you'd like to be transported into a crafty/arty world.
So here's my desk...
I have Tracey's video's playing as I paint to keep me loose and not get too caught up in the detail, as is my want. I find listening to the video works as a great reminder that this is to be fun. 
All very relaxed!
Most of what I'm showing you is work in progress... there's little tweaks to be added here and there. Shadows and defining lines and hopefully I won't that one step too far. 
I like some of my subject and hate other's. 
I'm not going to go into detail which is which because everyone will see these differently. 
You might like one that I don't... anyway... let's carry on.
If you can imagine that I had all of the fruit and veg sitting on my desk, which was fine to begin with... but I tend to nip into the studio and dabble, then go onto other things leaving the paint to dry or to revisit at another time.
It wasn't until painting this avocado, that I became aware that virtually every time I looked at it the flesh was a different colour. Yuk! 
Everything was going off in the sun coming through the window. 
Note to self and is one of Tracey's tips... paint quickly!!!
I decided to paint the half of a tomato (which was already on it's way to foosty
(a scottish word for slightly off or certainly well on it's way) because it was so interesting but had to quickly abandon it when there was a serious health risk looming.  
 I think I actually ruined the capsicum with going over and taking that step too far that I unfortunately often do. 
Here's the before photo ... I like it at this stage. 
Oops I wasn't going to do that.
 I've got to master shadows next  (ha... I should be so lucky)
This might be another step too far.
 So that'll do for today...
Here's the links to the websites and I hope you'll have fun this Wednesday with whatever you have planned.
Thanks for your visit and hopefully I'm going to try to catch up with all of my comment replies from the last few posts, in the next few days. 
See you soon


  1. Wow, Neesie.....your watercolours are stunning! I love that red pepper, you've really caught it :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 8 xx

    1. Thanks Jan, I'm painting completely differently at the moment... trying to be loose rather than focusing on detail.
      I'm taking part in Tracey Fletcher King's class called Delicious Paint's and having a great time.
      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great creative week ahead.

  2. Wow - looks like great fun! You are very talented and they are all great. I DO love the avocado - Just right. HAve a lovely day
    Soojay 10#

    1. Aww thanks,
      You are right Sue, I'm having a fantastic time learning new techniques and tips.
      I'm definitely painting differently.
      I hope you have a lovely week too and thanks for visiting my place.

  3. You are so good with the watercolors! Love all your pieces. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #43

    1. That's very kind of you Sandy,
      I'm learning something new every time I pick up a paint brush. It's quite a journey, but I'm loving it.
      Have a great week and that's for your lovely comment

  4. Well I'm a huge fan of all things 'Arty Denise' so I'm delighted to see lots of your lovely paintwork from Tracey's workshop right here. The colours are just incredible. I'm not very good at mixing the right colours or mixing enough in the first place so I find the quite frustrating, lol.
    Right, I'm off to cook tea, your paintings have made me hungry {{Hugs}} xoxo

    1. Aww you are so kind Mo,
      I'm pleased with the results because I'm painting totally different than I normally would, but I'm slightly unsure about showing some of my work. I like to see other artist's, so I just take a deep breath and put it out there.
      I think sharing the journey is a good thing because you can always learn something new from seeing other people's trials and tribulations.
      I'm hoping to get to the grocer and paint more tomorrow. I hear it's going to be rainy so I'll have fun in the studio.
      Thanks for your lovely comment and I hope you'll visit again soon.

  5. well they look good enough to eat for sure!! Fabulous - but your banana is too ripe for me, can't eat them like that, lol!! Helen 2

    1. Hehe thanks,
      I have to confess Helen, the banana was too ripe for me too. I love my bananas kept in the fridge, but the skin turning black can put a few people off.
      (but that way there's more for me... but don't tell anyone)
      Thanks for your visit and comment. Apologies for my late reply but I'm playing catch up this week.

  6. I am a Tracy fan, her artwork is lovely and I'm unsurprised that you're taking her class.., I bet their methods are lovely and I'm delighted to hear that she reminds you that it's meant to be fun! Your art has a precision, and I understand your over working thing...I mean, it's the hardest thing to know when something is finished, I thinK!

    1. It's lovely to have Tracey chatting away with me in the studio... considering we're 12,000 miles apart, but I need constant reminders not to be too precious (I normally get bogged down in the detail) she reminds me to just have a go and have fun!
      I can see the changes in my work already which is quite exciting.
      Thanks for your lovely comment and taking the time to visit my place.
      I've had visitors staying so I'm now playing catch up.
      Enjoy your Sunday evening

  7. Nice job on your paintings. Yes, doing an avocado would challenge you to paint quickly!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #23

    1. Hehe, you're right there Sandy... every time I looked at the avocado it had changed colour.
      It helped with my challenge of painting quickly!
      Thanks for your comment and visit. I'm so late replying that I fear it will soon be Wednesday once more.

  8. Your fruit is wonderfully done, but I agree that some of it is well on its way to the compost pile. I really LOVE the avocado, though. Even once the air got to it, it is still wonderfully painted. Happy WOYWW from # 5.

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth,
      The fruit and veg were lovely when I started but over the few days of sitting on my desk in the studio (in the sun) it deteriorated rapidly. I'm happy to say it did make its way to the compost heap.
      I think I like the avocado the best too. It was interesting and fun to paint.

  9. For a moment there I thought you were going to say McMuffy had a veggie snack whilst you were away dawdling. ;) a good start on the paintings tho. The class sounds like fun.

    1. It's been fun and a great learning curve Nan,
      Tracey is such a fantastic teacher plus she's so much fun it doesn't feel like a classroom. I have her video playing whilst I'm painting so it's like she's in the room. I need her there to keep me from being too precious and fiddling with the detail.
      Lovely to see you here once again... I hope all's well with you and you're having a great creative time.

  10. Your painting is coming along nicely. The onion is my favorite. Diane #41

    1. Hehe... I had to laugh Diane because I haven't painted an onion!
      I think you're referring to the fennel, but I will agree with you, it does look like an onion.
      Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a great creative week ahead.

  11. Your painting is very impressive. Don't you get hungry? lol
    April #46

    1. I do April, but I don't snack on veggies. Maybe sometimes on an apple or banana but I find chocolate helps the best!
      Thanks for your comment and visit... I hope you have a great creative week ahead.

  12. Stunning watercolours and I agree TFK is such a character and great teacher. I struggled with adding black ink ... yours are wonderful.
    sandra de @37

    1. TFK is indeed a character and fantastic teacher, but she's also fun and so giving of her time and talent. She's truly inspiring.
      I bet her ears are burning Sandra de... hehe
      Thanks for your lovely compliment about my artwork. I have to admit I love to add the black ink and find I miss it if I don't include it.
      Have a great week, hopefully with lots of creativity.

  13. Hi Nessie, happy WOYWW for yesterday. You're doing really well with the painting, have fun. Cheers RobynO#16

    1. Thanks Robyn, I can't believe that I've taken so long to reply to your comment, but I've had visitors this week so I'm a little late.
      I'm having lots of fun with the new techniques regarding my artwork.
      Have fun too with hopefully lots of creativity

  14. You are sooooooo good!
    Sandy xx

    1. Aww thanks Sandy... you're not so bad yourself ;)
      Have a great week and thanks for your visit

  15. It's good to see some painting on WOYWW - they look lovely to me! x Jo

    1. It was my pleasure Twiglet,
      Thanks for the compliment. I'm having lots of fun learning new techniques.
      Hopefully, I'll get to do some more tomorrow.
      I hope you have a great creative week too.

  16. Oh wow, Neesie. you've done so amazingly well here. I especially love your cut tomato, do yo mind if I steal that idea? Great idea. Everythign looks so wonderful, your banana looks so darn edible.

    1. Aww thanks Jenn,
      I thought the cut tomato would be interesting but having the sun increase its demise quicker than I anticipated made it more of a challenge.
      You can have the banana because it's far too ripe for me. I like mine cold from the fridge. The trouble is that makes the skin go black which wouldn't have made my painting very interesting!
      Have fun this coming week and I'll see you in class soon

  17. Gorgeous job on your fruit and veg. You are already an amazing artist and you're making me excited to get back into class mode -(I've been absent with the end of the school year busy-ness ).

    1. Aww thank you so much Erika, that's very kind of you to say so,
      It's lovely to have positive feedback about my art.
      Great to have you visit and I hope you have a great week ahead.

  18. Stunning...enjoyed all the lovely photos. Playing catch up...have a lovely weekend.

    1. I'm playing catch up too Sylvia,
      I'm glad you enjoyed looking at all of my photos... I'm aware that there were quite a lot.
      Thanks for visiting my place and I hope you have a great week ahead.

  19. Wow you are very talented! I admire anyone who can paint as I wish I could. I tried doing free hand images with Distress Inks but I think I'm too structured for that so I have stuck to stamping and then painting. ;-) Vikki #27


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