Random Scrapings

Here’s the last of the Bockingford scraps I’ve been colouring for collage work, using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints. I really like the work of the British artist Howard Hodgkin, whose art is abstract, yet I feel really uncomfortable doing anything abstract myself. Looking at this little piece, I see the ocean and a horizon,Continue reading “Random Scrapings”

Graphic Brushstrokes

Oooh I really like this little scrap. The brushwork is so much fun. I’ve been using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics for some years now, although I don’t in fact do a lot of painting. The colours are intense and the thick texture of the paint makes the brushstrokes quite graphic in their own right, dynamicContinue reading “Graphic Brushstrokes”

Good Paint, Good Textures

Here’s another of the little scraps of Bockingford paper (from St. Cuthbert’s Mill) I’ve been colouring with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints, probably to use for collage at some point. But to be honest, the more I look at some of these little scraps, the more I appreciate them as they are. The paint isContinue reading “Good Paint, Good Textures”

Presenting The Picture

I’m painting scraps of paper to use for collage so each piece might end up being ripped apart when it’s finally used, but while I was photographing them and getting them ready to blog, I realised that they just couldn’t be plonked down at random. Each one has a “best side” and I rotated themContinue reading “Presenting The Picture”

Weird Abstraction

I’m making papers for collage work with scraps of Liquitex acrylic paint and Bockingford paper left over from print projects. It’s not easy for me to just randomly scrape paint on like this, I normally work very figuratively and it’s weird to do something abstract. A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks I haveContinue reading “Weird Abstraction”

Squiggles For Collage

I’ve been a bit lethargic because of the Covids and my brain is fuzzy so I’ve just been having a bit of a play with paints and paper, daubing squiggles of Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto some really lovely scraps of Bockingford paper that I’m hoping to use at some time for collage. TakingContinue reading “Squiggles For Collage”


Waste not, want not. That’s what my Nana used to say. It’s stuck with me through my life. So when I have some acrylic paint left over from my Faking Fridays, (at The Cheese And Wine Painting Club) I’ve been scraping it onto scraps of heavyweight leftover paper, like Bockingford. I had a bit thatContinue reading “Scrapings”

Scribbling With Paint

I normally scribble with pens, pencils, charcoal, graphite but as I’m doing a lot of painting recently, my pandemic challenge is to improve my painting skills, I sometimes end up with leftover paint. So I’ve been rummaging around in my drawers for leftover paper and use mostly palette knives to scribble the paint onto lovelyContinue reading “Scribbling With Paint”

More Scrapings

I’ve filled this A3 sheet of Bockingford paper with the scrapings from the paintings I’ve been doing recently. The paint is too expensive to just chuck, Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic, and as my Nanna used to say, “waste not, want not”. I’ve put it on mostly with a palette knife and the heavy texture ofContinue reading “More Scrapings”

Scrapings and Surrealists

I’m very frugal. I was raised by the “waste not, want not” generation and I try to use up everything. I’ve been doing some painting practice through the lockdown and I’ve taken to scraping the paint off my palette and onto nice paper. It’s very good paint, Liquitex Easy Body acrylic, onto Bockingford paper. TheContinue reading “Scrapings and Surrealists”