Big Ben

The Gherkin

I love working with water colours and especially the vibrant metallic colours as well as adding ‘real life’ by placing coloured leaves on my original art work. My style of art is naïve and quirky and in some case unusual, as a few of my pieces have been completed by replacing the brush with credit cards.

I also like to use other unusual tools, such as salt, teabags, bleach and beetroot, to give differing effects making each piece I create unique.

All my pieces are created by hand and built up with layers for depth and texture. along with the exploration of colour; looking at how different colours react with each other on the surface of the paper.

trish-9I take inspiration from various artists especially: Gustav Klimt for his trees of life and metallic works. Salvador Dali for thinking outside the box. Louis Wain for giving pets a personality. I am inspired by traditional Folk Art and rural life, some of my pieces are from my imagination.

My pieces included cityscapes, trees of life, wildlife and fat cats.

The Cityscape Painting Process

I get asked ALOT how do I create my lovely cityscapes.

My cityscapes have an energy and it is as if the reflections in the water create the opposite energy to the noise and busyness of the city creating an atmosphere of calm, flow and peace.

Either working on a commission or a piece which resonates with me I always start by looking at as many pictures as possible. I then build up a collage to place next to my canvas as a reference. I never copy 100% to a pictue or painting, I go with how I am feeling the painting is asking to look.

After preparing the canvas with a Gesso wash, I then set about dividing the canvas in 3. The sky, making sure I have enough space for my signature swish. The middle: always starting with my bold black line and finally the bottom, allowing enough for the reflection. I then measure and drawing ‘to scale’ al a Trish.

Stage 1. Draw skyline and create out lines by using credit card and water colours.

(allow to dry, or leave over night between each process)

Stage 2: Introduce my lovely pinks,  gold metallic and white.

Stage 3: Using the edge of the credit card and bold black acrylic, to enhance all the lines of the buildings.

Stage 4: I finish with my signature skyline swish.

Stage 5: Sign the piece then spray varnish to finish.

Simples – ha ha – if only!  You didn’t think I was going to share everything, did you?!  😉

Time scale: Depending on size and detail. Anything from 2 weeks to 2 months.

If you would like to know more about painting with credit cards, you could always attend one of my step by step ‘painting with credit card’ workshops.


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