As a child, I was encouraged to read and spread my creative wings. I always got books and art supplies as birthday presents. My husband keeps the tradition alive.
Before he left for work on the morning of my birthday, he gave me one paint tube, a brush and paper. I couldn’t wait to try them out, so I started drawing in my sketchbook.
I liked the first drawing fine, but to leave something well enough alone is not for me. I traced the drawing onto another page and joined some of the lines together. I circled one area where I did that on the pictures so you can see the difference.
After numerous attempts at trying out new paint directly on a painting and ruining it, I have learned my lesson. I tried two black inks on a scrap piece of paper first. I decided to use the Winsor & Newton inks in my painting.
The paint he gave me that morning was dioxazine violet. Instead of painting a cliche red phoenix, I decided to push the energy level to ultraviolet and paint a purple phoenix.
I painted the background first. For a richer and darker background, I used inks instead of watercolour. The Winsor & Newton blue and black inks blended into each other beautifully to give me a rich midnight sky. I didn’t want the sky to be evenly painted, so I blended the inks directly on the painting instead of blending them on a palette first. Since the blending needed to be done before the inks fully dried, I did this in small sections.
I excitedly showed the painting to my husband when he got home that evening.
He gave me the rest of my presents then. This was part of my birthday stash from early January. These brands are all new to me.
The professional quality Winsor & Newton he got for me included some of my favourite colours. The paint exceeded my expectations. It stayed where I dropped it, while also glazing and layering beautifully.
This was my first time painting on Arches paper. It felt like the paper anticipated my every brush stoke. It was like working with an old friend who knows your idiosyncrasies ever so well.
All that excitement pushed me forward to create the new logo that had been percolating in my head for quite a few months now. I wanted the new logo to be representative of my love of images. While tweaking the logo over a few days, the byline appeared in my head and stuck.
Alongside, I have also been working on professional printing. For a while, my room had at least 15 prints drying overnight, all done with different settings. I was having such a marvelous time that I had to drag myself out of my atelier at times.
A couple of weeks after mine was my husband’s birthday. He has always been so supportive that I wanted to frame prints of a couple of my paintings for his office.
These scenes are special since they are from two of our favourite places in England and Scotland – Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire.
I also made him a fleece blanket and I am working on a warm woollen hat. I will write more about them another time.
I can’t wait to make prints of this watercolour painting. I got a different kind of paper specifically for printing watercolour images.
Have you been working on anything new?
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Susan Mann February 14, 2019 at 08:31
Happy birthday. Oh I love the phoenix design, it’s gorgeous. It looks like you have been doing some wonderful art. The sky I love x
Janet February 14, 2019 at 06:57
I love the way you used the ink instead of watercolor. . .Great paintings for his office. Love the blanket too. Blessings, Janet
ria February 13, 2019 at 06:04
I believe you must have had an amazing birthday. Your artwork is amazing. can’t wait to see more of your wonderful creations.
My husband knows to get me art supplies for my birthday too :)
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Tammie February 12, 2019 at 10:48
Sweet that your husband continues the artful gifts for your birthday!
Things he knows you will use and inspire happiness in you.
All your art is beautiful. Those prints are entirely striking.
wishing you so much fun with your new tresures.
Kokopelli Design February 12, 2019 at 04:29
Happy belated Birthday! I LOVE the two prints. Such beautiful sceneries! Can’t wait for the hat to be finished. Thanks for the kind comments on my blog. Appreciated! :)
Kate February 12, 2019 at 04:02
Happy belated birthday! Love how you made use of your new gifts. Gorgeous, gorgeous paintings and prints.
Angie February 11, 2019 at 19:17
And belated happy birthday!
Angie February 11, 2019 at 19:16
Soma – once again, you have startled and amazed me with your artistry. And you have so much on the go. I think your new logo suits you well … I have just finished a shawl that has been a project for over 6 months – it just kept getting lower priority. My next big project (a secret) is to make a Shutterfly book about our home building process, and give it to my husband on the anniversary of moving into the house.
Bonnie in Va February 11, 2019 at 18:51
Oh WOW. I love your phoenix. I can also see him in fabric. Your blog is so very interesting to read. And all the lovely artwork you share is a treat. Have fun with your new tools of your trade. I’m looking forward to see what you do next.
Tanza Erlambang February 11, 2019 at 16:47
have a great day
Vivian February 11, 2019 at 16:37
A belated happy birthday to a talented artist! I agree with Ness, that Phoenix would translate beautifully into a quilt, maybe reverse applique, mola style. It’s good that your husband supports you in continuing to stir all of your creative juices.
nessjibberjabberuk February 11, 2019 at 08:00
I can see your phoenix transferred onto a quilt design. My best friend’s house is backed by farmland on two side and your painting reminds me of standing in her garden last year watching the harvest being gathered.
betty - NZ February 10, 2019 at 22:56
Happy birthday! Hubby sounds like a keeper!