Category Archives: Watercolour

murpworks Afloat – Porthole Reeds Watercolour

murpworks Afloat – Porthole Reeds watercolour

murpworks Porthole Reeds lrg image

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.

 

Porthole Reeds

The porthole was inspired by a photograph taken in the narrowboat we’re buying.

Porthole - Mirrlees Reflection image

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 🎨Β  πŸ˜‰

 

🎨 courtesy of emojipedia

 

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A New Brush Sweeps Clean

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.

Brush - Brushes image

 

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 πŸ˜‰ )

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 πŸ™

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.

Brush - brushes II image

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 🤓 *

 

*Β  Emojipedia – Nerd Face

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Porthole for murpworks Afloat

I’m currently working on a porthole illustration for murpworks Afloat

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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.

Porthole - Mirrlees Reflection image

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.

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