murpworks Afloat – Porthole Reeds watercolour
I’ve been working on the idea of murpworks Afloat and it’s developed a little further. murpworks Afloat combines our move to living on a narrowboat with being creative.
The porthole was inspired by a photograph taken in the narrowboat we’re buying.
The idea is to use the round porthole window as a view on our world and incorporate images and scenes; real and fantastical. The porthole will capture images we see, when we glance out and also scenes that pass by. It will combine the use of stills & animation, watercolour & digital media. The image above is the first output from this, entitled Porthole Reeds.
The image mixes both watercolour and digital manipulation to convey the serenity of a green world. There, that almost sounds arty 🎨 😉
🎨 courtesy of emojipedia
They say a new brush sweeps clean but who are they? Anyway, I’m hoping these new brushes help me continue to develop my watercolour painting.
They’re Daler <> Rowney synthetic Aquafine watercolour brushes, three Round; a 0, a 2/0 and a 2 and one Liner; a 10/0 (it must mean something to someone 😉 )
They bristles are synthetic, so no animals were de-furred in the making of them. I hate the thought of squirrels or boars running around with parts of their ‘coat’ missing. Especially in this cold weather 🙁
The brush heads – bristles are very small, which is fine as all my work tends to be tiny – no big swathes of canvas to cover.
I’m currently thinking about what to paint with them and I’ll update on how I find them once I’ve had a chance to use them in earnest. I need to start something soon as I’d hate to be thought of as someone with ‘all the gear and no idea’ lol!
I found this great article about the antomy of a paintbrush at clothpapersissors.com.
I think I’ll go and update my equipment list 🤓 *
* Emojipedia – Nerd Face
I’m currently working on a porthole illustration for murpworks Afloat
My inspiration is taken from one of the portholes on the narrowboat we’re going to be living aboard, with a little bit of artistic licence thown in. I want to use the porthole as a window on the world we’ll be living in, looking out into imagination.
murpworks Afloat Animations
My aim is to have a series of animations play in the window. I’m currently throwing ideas around and trying to come up with a list. It’s exciting to be at the start of a new project. I’m going to continue using Smith Micro‘s Anime Studio 11 for the animating bit.
I’m also updating the murpworks logo and it will also incorporate the porthole.
I’m adding backgrounds to my range of Flowers of the Month cards
January is Snowdrops
The original painting I did has the Snowdrops in a pot but devoid of a background. I’m trying adding backgrounds to each card design to provide an alternative. The feeling is that it provides a more emotionally engaging image.
What do you think?
My paint palette
Paint palette used to create the range of watercolour cards I’m currently working on.