Collage and painting on canvas and a bit of emotional turmoil in the mix #makeartthatsells with @LillaRogers

© Gabriella Buckingham Live the life you have imagined

© Gabriella Buckingham “Live the life you have imagined” – currently on my wall

I love painting so much. This piece was the one I spent most time on, it has a carefulness about it and a delicacy.

Wall art week was the most challenging but also most enjoyable week of the course so far. We were meant to do a collage painted piece for potential “Wall Art” in a trendy major store. Collage makes me nervous but actually it was delightful. I didn’t use a massive amount. I cut up Washi tape and used it for clouds and flower stems. I also have a brown paper sketch pad that I painted in and tore or cut pieces of that. Definitely a process I want to use again.

These are the three canvases I painted. From left to right in the order painted. Each canvas is 51cm square.

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

My first canvas I loved but then I got to areas that I couldn’t resolve and there were parts that I loved but then found they were awkward. I slapped some white paint over bits and had fun with pants 😉 ! In the UK the word “Pants” denotes something useless and no good.

© Gabriella Buckingham - let's call this "Pants" but I do still love it

© Gabriella Buckingham – let’s call this “Pants” but I do still love it

This is the one I uploaded to the MATS submission as I think it fits the brief best; it’s more fun and youthful than the blue one – a bit more readable.

© Gabriella Buckingham " We are here to grow"

© Gabriella Buckingham ” We are here to grow”

I did have some struggles with it. But it has an exuberance. I didn’t plan out any of these paintings before I began other than thinking about the words and feeling I wanted each to have. For this painting I spent maybe 15 minutes sketching ideas – pinned one up and deviated from it fairly early on. I certainly hadn’t intended to create a face but she just came into being and I decided not to scrub her out with a baby wipe. She reminds me of my daughter who is only eight. Baby wipes are fantastic by the way. For my Moobaacluck painting commissions they are invaluable for cleaning my fingers between paint coats.

I have loved this week once I got over my hormonally induced negativity just after the last review of children’s book covers. My work wasn’t featured in the weekly round-up again and I felt really sad about it this time. Which is completely unreasonable considering that there are about 500 participants.  Now I don’t mind at all, in fact I am grateful.  That’s life and it’s a valuable lesson. One of the key things this course has made me face up to is that I have to value my own work not seek approval from people I admire, I think I said this in my previous post and then wham along came P.M.T and I didn’t take my own advice. I was pleased with my book cover and the thoughts from the group and that really should be – and is enough.

The title of the painting below says it all.  I am.

© Gabriella Buckingham "We are here to grow" June 30th 2013

© Gabriella Buckingham “We are here to grow” June 30th 2013






Garlic Mushrooms #makeartthatsells with @LillaRogers

This is my final repeat for ‘Bolt Fabric’ week, the first week with Lilla Rogers and her ‘Make Art That Sells’ course.


I hand drew all the elements and then used Illustrator for the first time to create an entire piece of work from my black and white drawings. I am so glad I invested in a course with Alma Loveland  and Nicole’s classes just to demystify it a bit. Plus – thanks to Rachael Taylor’s course notes on how to make a repeat in illustrator I was able to do that on Illustrator too. Then I copied it over to Photoshop to tile up and check how the repeat worked. I haven’t shown that here – but it did 🙂

Things I love about it are the yellow bowl, the little cap mushrooms with dotted line and my mushrooms in a platter; and the little salt cellar drawing – really lifted by the off white behind it. I am pleased with all the hand drawn elements really – of course they change quite a bit when you ‘Live Trace’ in Illustrator – I’ve learned how to fine tune the live trace options though so I turned down the default setting to about ‘1’ rather than 2; that made it a little truer to what I originally drew. If you are interested in seeing my original sketches do look at the previous post.

The hardest thing for me was the positioning of elements and spread of colours (once I’d decided to just work from drawings rather than paintings). When I put it into repeat I could see that the knife really jumps out so I would have just made the blade a steely grey and kept that background colour to small elements. The mushroom slice stands out too much on that colour for the same reason.

I think it looks more like a cookery book jacket!

Absolutely loving how Lilla teaches. I’ve been away for the weekend so had to be quicker for this project than I liked. There was a great video to watch on Friday that I missed with good pointers for our designing. I watched it last night though and it means that any future fabric designs I do will be approached more confidently. Wonderful video Lilla ( if you happen to read this ) thank you! Can’t wait for this weeks assignment.

Mushrooms and Pots #makeartthatsells with @LillaRogers

This wonderful course with Lilla Rogers has started. Still time to join in apparently if you’ve missed hearing about it (although I doubt you have!))

We’ve just had our first brief and I’ll be working on developing these sketches.

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The thing I find really hard is picking just one style or treatment – that’s what can paralyse me a bit. Does any one style stand out to you? Maybe I can mix a few.. I will work it out! 🙂