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






The end of the home decor plate assignment and what I learned #makeartthatsells with @lillarogers

What a week! I worked hard, hard. Had highs and lows , a brief teary moment then great happiness when I put together this final plate which was my fifth design:


You’ll see what I mean! I ended up with a plate design I loved after a detour away from water-colour to acrylic on wood, which is lovely to paint on. I actually was very happy working on this pale delicate plate with its winter palette and think that it does work but it’s not a plate that jumps off the shelf at you, or necessarily one that could be produced faithfully either!?

7inch_circle_outlineHow different they are. And yet… see the swirls the shapes of the icons… the icons themselves? similar. I’m learning what shapes I like and that I love circles and movement.

I needed to do this acrylic work because after hours of painting separate water colours I looked at the pieces and felt flummoxed. Many were delicate little studies which I couldn’t envisage sitting well together. Once I’d finished my detour and had a sleep I woke early, made a cup of tea and sat playing with purpose on my computer, manipulating scans. It wasn’t quite there… I ended up with these:


The one on the left is my favourite and last of my fiddling before going to my summer-house to paint some more. To me it’s the most quirky and striking but not there yet – quite, but I think I will revisit it, I can see things I’d like to do to it. The amalgamation on the far right looks like swimsuit or skirt fabric! I like it but to me it says fabric not plate. I like the sparseness of the one in the middle but it probably needs one more element at least.

I think I am learning a lot, not least that I can paint with water-colour still!

Here’s a composition I’ve just finished as a pair to the one at the top, what do you think? Which do you prefer of the two? I can’t really decide myself, what I love here is  line over bold colour and little details too. Something to pursue 🙂



These are a few things I did last week – before I had any printing tools! I wanted to do something different but it didn’t turn out that way… although I did learn something 🙂


Inspired by Hellebore picture in Country Living

What I like looking at these pictures now is the black and white element – a large blow up pattern like shape extracted from looking really closely at the pollen grains in the picture; and I like the water-colour acrylic sketch with its little curly quirks.

copyright – Gabriella Buckingham 2012 – acrylic sketch

I loved exploring just the one flower – although I had an idea for a card…( I really did try to forget about being commercial but force of habit etc!!) I found that once I’d painted the hellebore at the top I lost interest in painting the rest of the floral wreath. I’d already designed it in my mind and it seemed old-fashioned – in this style at least, like something I’d have done 15 years ago. It’s more the style than the colours or idea. I like the Autumn colours.

copyright – Gabriella Buckingham 2012- painted on wood


copyright – Gabriella Buckingham – almost wreath 2012

Experiments are never a waste of time, even though it can feel like that at the time!