Basic colour wheel colour theory explained – keeping it simple – put the ideas into practice straight away.
Do people keep referring to the colour wheel or colour theory without explaining what it is, why it’s helpful, or what it’s got to do with you? …confusing, right?
Only until it’s explained properly! When you understand basic colour wheel ideas, it’s like you’ve been let into a special artists’ club and get to find out all the colour secrets!
I didn’t properly understand about the artist’s colour wheel until I started training in interior design… it was a big ‘a-ha’ moment and suddenly everything ‘clicked’…
That’s what I want to share with you – how basic colour wheel colour theory can improve your art!
We’ll look together at the basic colour wheel – we’ll understand what it’s for and understand some simple colour terms before going on to see how basic colour wheel colour theory can help us choose colours for our drawings and artworks.
In this blog post, we’ll cover:
My Celtic hare art – plus I take a dive into hare meaning, myth, folklore, stories, and hare symbolism…
The hare is one of my favourite wild animals – and I’m lucky that I get to see them relatively often as they seem to love the large flat fields we have here in the east of Yorkshire.
I’ve watched them boxing in fields in March, loping across grassy stretches, hunkering down with a flick of the ear, and one summer, I was fortunate enough to regularly see a family of young leverets playing in the early mornings in a field near my home.
Mysterious, swift, wild, otherworldly… the hare is one of our most cherished countryside animals – and far more than just a big rabbit!
If you watch a hare run, it’s almost impossible to mistake her for a rabbit – a hare runs more like a dog or deer, where a rabbit simply hops.
The hare has the air of something fleeting – fleet of foot, but also something ephemeral – a wildness that can’t be tamed, a creature that’s not quite of this world…
So the myths, stories and folklore around the beautiful hare are in many ways perfectly understandable and only add to our intrigue with this creature of the wild as we try to entice her through our stories to become a part of our world.
My Celtic oak art – plus oak meaning, symbolism, myth and stories…
The oak is traditionally seen as the ‘King of the Forest’ or the ‘Father of Trees’. It’s a native British tree that at one time was incredibly widespread – in the time of King Henry VIII one third of Britain was covered in oak forests.
The trees are slow growing - producing hard, valuable timber – and can live to over 700 years old, sometimes 1000 years or more.
We have two native oak trees in Britain – the English Oak (Quercus robur) and the Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea).
These are very similar.
The main differences are:
Acorns grow on stalks
Leaves do not
Leaves grow on stalks
Acorns do not
The oak is called ‘a garden and a country’ as it provides a whole ecosystem of life from small ferns and other plants growing in its nooks and crannies to fungi, lichen and (rarely) mistletoe – as well as being home to numerous insects, birds, and even small mammals.
Acorns are said to be ‘man’s first food’ in the legends of several different cultures – and humans have used this tree for building, furniture, healing, and food, as well as the tree having symbolic, social, and cultural importance throughout the ages.
Let’s explore our relationship with the oak tree…
Exploring drawing and painting on fabric - inspired by the beautiful blendings of colours that watercolour artists create, I decided to explore the effects of ink on wet fabric....
A small handful have become artworks in their own right, whereas others become part of a pattern, or composite artwork, combined with my drawings, and many are just a very faint background, you would hardly notice.
This is actually a technique I use in very many of my digital artworks to create an interesting, colourful and textured background for my artwork...
Learn how to draw anything by seeking out shapes - basic drawing skills to help beginners get started drawing quickly and easily...
Drawing Skills for Beginners - Making Shapes
I want to get you started drawing by sketching nature. The objective of the drawing lesson in this blog post is to understand how to sketch out the basic shapes of your drawing so that your drawing is recognisable and accurate.
This is important because although art doesn’t have to look ‘realistic’ you do want your drawing to look recognisable (unless you choose to play with the shapes and proportions for style and effect)…
It’s important not to give your viewer the sensation that “there’s just something wrong about it” which can often be the case when we get things even subtly wrong.
Accuracy is something even experienced artists still need to work hard to achieve! So do accept that this will need practice and however hard you practice you will still get it wrong sometimes…
But I’m going to show you the little drawing tricks and techniques that make it easier...
Hawthorn Meaning & Symbolism
My Celtic hawthorn art plus a look at hawthorn meaning, symbolism, stories, folklore and traditions...
Hawthorn, commonly known as whitethorn or may, is one of our most beautiful spring trees in the countryside, where you will often see it in hedgerows festooned with tiny, white, pungently-scented blossoms, during the month of May.
Hawthorn is a native tree to the British Isles and in Irish Brehon law, dating from early Celtic times, the hawthorn was known as a ‘peasant tree’.
Celtic tree calendar: 13 May to 9 June
Historic pollen records show hawthorn was in Britain at least as early as 6000BC.
The Gaelic name for hawthorn is ‘huath’ – which may also relate to the Anglo-Saxon word ‘haw’ which is believed to mean ‘hedge’.
Hawthorn is now widely used as a hedging plant after the 19th century General Enclosures Act, but in earlier times, the wood was used to make small personal items such as knife handles, combs and trinket boxes.
It’s a tree that grows alongside people and has become a part of our lives and traditions…
Fabric face mask sets of 2 or 4 are launching today in my Contrado store...
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UPDATE: new styles are now available from this stockist in addition to the DIY face mask kits described here, including shaped, sewn face masks and neck-gaiter style face masks - click here to see them all...
DIY fabric face mask kits to sew at home are now available in my Spoonflower store...
The DIY face mask kit includes everything you need to make two fabric face masks at home:
The finished masks are washable and re-usable.
Beautiful Celtic willow art prints and arty products – I explain willow tree symbolism and meaning…
The mystical willow tree is one of our ancient native British trees (White willow, Salix alba) and is a favourite in countryside and gardens.
The willow tree is beautiful – an elegantly-shaped tree that dances in the wind and grows in atmospheric, watery places – so it’s no wonder that people have always taken the willow to their hearts...
In ancient Tibet, the willow was revered as the ‘world tree’ or ‘tree of life’.
Our modern name for the willow comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘wileg’.
Celtic tree calendar: 15th April to 12th May
Willow Tree Symbolism, Uses and Meaning
We have a long relationship with the willow tree – we’ve long recognised its usefulness and its special abilities as well as its inherent beauty...
Patterned cloth face masks are now available to buy from my Redbubble store...
These are ideal for when you've been recommended to wear a simple cloth covering your face, or perhaps you choose to do so for your own peace of mind.
They can add a bit of personality to your face covering and make the idea of covering your face less strange and intimidating, for you the wearer and for those around you...
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