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Bring summer colours into your art

Bring summer colours into your art

This hot, hot summer is creating challenges for many people in the garden, on farms, at work and at home but it’s also creating some fabulous inspiration for art. As I travel around, I’ve been amazed by the array of vibrant colours and different textures that this incredible heatwave has brought us. Whether travelling abroad or taking a ‘staycation’ in the UK this summer, lift your eyes to the sky and the environment around you for some new inspiration.

Let’s face it, nobody puts a colour palette together like Mother Nature! The UK has rivalled our usual ‘hot’ holiday destinations with the most intense blue sky and the parched dry fields offer up amazing shades of yellows and gold. The water in lakes and the sea reflects the sky and ranges from clear vibrant turquoise to greens and stormy greys. I’m always trying to come up with new ways to incorporate these glorious colours in my Powertex artwork.

 Then there’s the glossy wet rocks and boulders covered in bright green or glossy brown seaweed. Our Cornish retreat, Valley View in Lamorna is still an oasis of calm, nestled in the cool wooded valley with its spring running right down to the sea. The valley stays moist and shows us every shade of green possible.

Colour plays such an important role in our art and summer creations seem to take on a fun, holiday feel, synonymous with sunny playtimes and lazy days in the garden. Powertex art is so versatile and I love using the bright jewel colours of the acrylic paints and inks to create flowers in pinks and yellows on a canvas or a sculpture.

I recreate the earthy colours of our countryside with bister sprays for that dry crackle effect. Made from walnut inks, the yellow, red and brown are great. As I try new techniques, I also love to take inspiration for amazing textures from bark or grains of sand and rock formations. One of my favourite textures is bark and the natural dried and pressed mulberry wood paper deco dipped in Powertex & stretched out makes for a brilliant texture relief effect. Adding in the other colours of paper deco, like grey, green, red or burgundy creates a fabulous piece of ‘bark’.

I’m fascinated by that rippled effect of the sand under the shallows of the sea shore. I recreate this with corrugated card rubbed with stone art. The amazing 3D sand mixed with Powertex gives a wonderful grainy texture to any sculpture or canvas.

So, what to do first is the trickiest question! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and finding lots of inspiration in the environment around us! If you need some help, why not sign up to one of our Artistic ReTreats workshops or an Art@Home session and we can talk through your ideas. www.artisticretreats.co.uk