52 Paintings – Week 4/2015

Welcome to 4/2015 of 52 Paintings, which you can find on social media as #paintisaverb. This week my little craft station has been coaxing me, “come play, forget about stressful things for a while”. It has been great to lose myself in the paints and brushes.

Sometimes when I sit down, I have a rough idea about shapes I’d like to create, or colours I want to play with, and sometimes when I put my jars of water down and rip a fresh sheet of watercolour paper out of the quickly dwindling pad, I have no idea what’s ahead of me.

It always starts the same way.

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This week there were some dreadful play dates, where nothing seemed to flow. I can see it so clearly when there’s no ease. Those works are destined for the recycling bin.

Luckily there were also times when things flowed easily.

My favourite work of the week was inspired by my bloggy pal Emily. You’ll read more about her in a bit.


I just love the way this one came out! 4/2015 made me happy. So cheerful and imperfect and bright.

I painted the squares and rectangles in a random order, choosing colours as I went along. I found my inspiration on Emily’s Instagram feed, and I love how she adds inky whimsy to her creations.

It was only last year that I learned that watercolours actually come in vibrant hues, as well as the softer tones that my brain had mistakenly thought “watercolours” was limited to. The things you don’t know until you do. Learning is awesome.

Here’s another couple of paintings from this week. I love the vibrancy of the larger one. I started out in wet on wet, then went over it wet on dry (that’s fancy artist talk!) and I am really happy with the way the colours pop.

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I thought I’d share a few of my favourite Instagram artists with you this week. These creative people create and share such great stuff – it’s kind of amazing to have 24 hour a day access to such a diverse range of online galleries.

@squiggleandswirl belongs to Emily, who I know via Blog With Pip. I love Emily’s artistic sensibility – her whimsical drawings and doodles, her colour choices and her pretty ink flowers. Emily has been such an encouraging supporter of my adventures with the brushes. Thanks Emily!

@tinniegirl is a Melbourne based artist and I love her style. I met Cathy at a groovy craft market last year and I’ve been following her ever since. She’s been kind enough to suggest some great art resources to me.

@tracyverdugo is an artist Cathy suggested I follow. Tracy’s paintings blow my mind. I literally don’t know how she does it – I’m just a beginner, but I love the layers she creates and the bold colours she uses. I’d love to do one of Tracy’s workshops one day.

@surfistatomato is where you’ll be blown away by Andrew, who is a super talented photographer. He has the best eye. The best. His architecturally driven photography knocks me out. I love his composition and considered simplicity.

Each of these creative people has taken time to respond to comments I’ve left them on Instagram, to answer a question, share a tip or a word of encouragement with this inquisitive beginner. How great is that! Makes me wish Jackson Pollock had Instagram.

I hope you’ll check out these Insta-heroes of mine.

Who are your creative heroes? Do tell.

Keep making time to play.

Annette x

11 thoughts on “52 Paintings – Week 4/2015

  1. What a lovely surprise, finding myself in one of your inspiring blog posts! Finding people who you can share with, be supported and encouraged by has been so helpful for my creative journey and you are certainly in that gang Annette. Thank you and here’s to lots more play, paint, creativity and bloggy pal goodness in the future xx


  2. Love the checker board water colour painting Annette – sort of reminds me of a quilt – or Pip’s colourful blankets she knits and crochets. Love how it turned out. Checked out Andrews Instagram – great link thanks.


  3. Thanks for all the great instagram tips, I’ve just followed all of them! I love your creative play and the permission you give yourself to just do. I know we’ve said it before, but it’s not enough to just give it lip service, you need to make a commitment to push those critical inner voices aside. Which is why your commitment to 52 paintings is so great. Also we both love @squiggleandswirl, so we have that in common. 😉 x


    • Hey Kate, we have great taste don’t we?! I’m enjoying painting so much, even with a deadline each week. It motivates me, as does every lovely comment I get here. On ya!


  4. it’s great to see creativity is alive and well Annette!
    thanks for the instagram links
    I should have a website or blog but I’m not savvy enough in that area!
    and I don’t want that to take over and stressing me out!
    so i’ll keep enjoying my hermit world, working and playing in my studio!
    love m:)X


  5. They look gorgeous Annette! You have inspired me 🙂

    I’ve been saying for years that I would like to learn how to paint but I think this year might be THE year xoxo


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