One of Each: Paired Paintings of European Buildings

european paintings paired (2)

Why choose between watercolor and acrylics? I got back into acrylics for the first time in a very long time with this British street scene. I went for almost an oils-approach with tons of texture and smudging. I’m crazy about acrylic mediums like gels and pastes. They make unimaginable depth.

england street on canvas (2)

As is often the case with me, this is based on a photo I took while abroad – this one in Nottingham.


The acrylic canvas was a spur of the moment idea but after I was so happy with it, I decided I needed it to be part of some sort of set. Because, of course. So I used the same general palette for a minimalistic, subtle, watercolor complement.

bath building in watercolor (2)

This one was a loose interpretation of a photo taken in Bath.



Travel Journal: Christmas Market Entry

Entry in my travel journal about my visit at the Jane Austen Center. 

The background has a lace pattern that was rubbed on with a crayon at the Nottingham Castle museum. I covered it with a thin piece of napkin to tone down the brown and prevent any wax rubbing on the other pages. The Cavallini notecard, featuring a truffle candy pattern, has all my journalling about my Bath trip in it. I wrote a Jane Austen quote on the paper which folds open to reveal my attempt at writing with a real quill, an activity at the center.

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings” – Jane Austen

Also thought I would enter the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes: