Reader Artworks

Monday 3rd June 2019

Reader Artwork by Debbie McCrae - delightful and poetic watercolour vegetables rooting in glass jars - inspired by Issue 3 of The Pottering Artist Magazine - To shop - click here - https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9491165-issue-3-rooted-the-pottering-artist

My words - "Look how shiny you have those golden and ruby orbs - divine shadow work there Debbie plus believable highlights! Also - the gentle folding of the stems as they angle upwards. I especially love the lower one with the dark plum splurge - an emotive look to it."

Debbie's comments on her work - Hi Alison - I'm still pouring over your latest edition - such great information and inspiration! This is just a little watercolor I did recently in my sketchbook - just playing with painting glass really but it so fit into the theme of this issue!
Rooting Vegetables by Debbie McCrae - watercolour

Thank you Debbie:)

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May Prize Draw for Reader Artworks  - random artist winner is DEBBIE MCCRAE! 


Well done Debbie and thanks for sending in your wonderful ink dogs! 


Debbie wins an 8x10 inch archival watercolour print(worth £20 plus free shipping)  of her choice from my art gallery online  at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ThePotteringArtist


Please keep sending in work - it's lovely to show them and inspire others. We want to see your artistic ability. Emerging artists and early paintings welcome!

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Blue Bottlescape by Janet from Porth, Rhondda Valleys. 
Friday 31st May 2019 - Today I am posting something from a lovely lady and ex-pupil of mine - Janet - she is a very artistic and creative lady and has long loved painting in watercolour - here we have a potent bottle still life. These are Janet's comments 

"Not sure how to do this and not sure I’m pleased with it but here’s my take on the bottles from issue 1. Had problems with asking fluid but that was only the start!  Ultramarine blue is not my favourite colour but I tried!" 

There is bold and contrasting use of colour to build the glass forms and bright highlights on the bottles' shoulders to suggest curve. The bottles reflect onto their surface with vertical strokes of blue tones - well done Janet!

Fingers crossed for the May monthly Reader Artwork Draw later tonight!
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May 1st 2019


Here are some incredible notan (Japanese for two tone - white and black) from Debbie. 

Debbie followed my Youtube video on Notan and this is what she produced! Well done.

Here are her words...


Hi Alison,
I just wanted to reach out to let you know how much I enjoy your videos!
I was so impressed with the Notan video that I decided to give it a go! I'm just a beginner but I so enjoyed this style of painting and though i would share with you the finished results!
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful talents! I've gone through all of your videos (several times!) and I'm hopeful there will be more to come!
I hope this finds you well and once again thanks for being so very generous! 

Blessings, Debbie

If you want to watch my Youtube video on this black and white technique click here - https://youtu.be/HiOUyjwmrew

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Hello all - here I will be sharing responses from readers from each issue as well as random entries from all Pottering Artists who wish to show what they are doing.

These are in Date order


Sunday 21st April - Easter Sunday
Here we have a delightful wren painted by Sharron after one of my videos. I love the look of this demure little bird - well done!
Here are Sharron's thoughts 


I tried another of your tutorials today, the wren.. I so love birds. 
Mine ended up being very different and I ended up using a lot of pen and ink over the top.  I'm really drawn to the effect of the ink over the watercolour and I love the scratchy sound it makes.  I also added an Australian touch with the gum leaves. 
I do hope you enjoyed your gardening and the lovely warm weather.. Ours is turning now as we head into Autumn. 
Thank you so much for your tuition, I really appreciate your explanations and sharing of your tips and techniques.  Kind regards, Sharron 
Wren in watercolour and ink by Sharron

Friday 19th April 2019
From Sharron in Australia - here is her workspace complete with cat! And here is a wonderful frog she did after following my youtube tutorial. Here is the link to the tutorial if you need it -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lesr8-VlBWw

Sharron painted this watercolour frog - he has such poise and wisdom I think:) He looks like a lovely old chap you could sit down with an pour your heart out to..

Part 1 of Sharron's restful retreat and kitty

A gorgeous sunlit studio space - this is Sharron's spot in Oz

Here are Sharron's words - " Thankyou so much for your tutorial on you tube. I enjoyed it very much. 

I added a bit of pen because I like it. I will try more of your tutorials soon. I am really enjoying your teaching style. 

I have just browsed through The Pottering Artist issue 2 and am looking forward to trying some the tutorials in there too, such a lovely magazine. 
You mentioned somewhere that you like to see others creative space so I have added some photos of my art room too.  I live on a 3 acre property in Perth Western Australia and am very fortunate to have a bright room with a lovely view.  I have a watercolour space and a pastel desk. 
Happy to have found you. 
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Here is what we have in response to articles in Issue 1 "Delight"

9th April 2019



These are two bottlescapes painted by Susan Grace and Charleen - two ladies who meet to paint - aren't they so unique - here's what Sue said about them 

"Here’s the blue bottles Charleen & I finished today. (mine is on the left). Charleen is more adventurous than I am with her use of color. I hadn’t realized how pale my colors were til I saw the photo. I thought it had more depth. The cantaloupe needs one more darker layer in the center. However I dare not go back to paint it since I pulled all the masking for the seeds! 
We were wondering what you did with your background? It looks like you went back in with maybe a dry brush and added more blue?"



31 March 2019

So here we have some painterly lemons from Susan Grace - this is her comment 


"Just received my first copy of The Pottering Artist. Love it!
Was pottering with a quick lemon study. It was fun choosing colors for the shadows and shading. Usually I would have gone toward the complimentary purple. I liked the going with an analogous green. That was definitely a different choice for me." 


3rd March 2019

Next we have some truly translucent and intense blue bottles from Eric



14 February 2019

and here is a poetic and personal rendition of the cauldron seen in Issue 1 by Joy Norman as well as her lemon response .


Sicilian lemons done in fresh and clean watercolour - Joy Norman

4 comments:

  1. Lovely lemon painting,Joy. You rendered the shading beautifully. Eric, you really got the transparency of the bottles nicely. And I love that you added grapes.

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  2. That's a nice comment Sue - thanks a lot - it's fascinating isn't it to see how others interpret these subjects.

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  3. So excited to have won the May prize!! I can't wait to display one of your beautiful artworks in my home, Alison!

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  4. My pleasure Debbie - it is on its way - keep on painting and entering - I love your style

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