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Hello there, I’m Janette. I draw, paint, and occasionally write and illustrate poems - mostly haiku. I work in: watercolour, ink pen, pencil, acrylic...and sometimes, with my fingertip on an iPad. I live in lovely Australia. Thankful† Hope you enjoy your visit here!

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Flowers in Mixed Media – a Work in Progress

Began with a charcoal drawing, then: watercolour (a little gouache) and Inktense ink block washes, mat acrylic medium, white acrylic paint… In these last stages I’m adding layers of gloss acrylic medium mixed with watercolours/ink to intensify colours… It’s on a watercolour canvas (8” x 10”) but I’ve found most canvases work well with this... Continue Reading →

*Watercolour, green and brown pigment inkpen, and a little white gouache. A page from my A5 Winsor&Newton sketchbook, which has 300gsm 100% cotton paper - lovely paper! Although it doesn’t say on the packaging that it’s “cold pressed” paper, I gather it is by it’s light texture. It works quite well with coloured pencil and graphite... Continue Reading →

*Gouache, watercolour, graphite pencil, Inktense ink washes… and layers of clear matte and gloss acrylic mediums on a 8” x 10” (approx. 20cm x 25cm) canvas board. This is from memory and imagination… which seems often the way I draw and paint these days. My frequent walks around our neighbourhood and in the beautiful Australian... Continue Reading →

Acrylic paint on canvas - approx. 4” x 6” (10cm x 15cm).  There’s quite a few trees in our local Red Gum reserve which have succumbed to our long, harsh droughts - yet they still have an elegant beauty. I took a photo of some of them as reference for this painting. 

Drawn with my fingertip, using paint media and the smudge tool, in the “Procreate” app. Thoroughly enjoyed pushing and smudging around these colours as I attempted a sort of sunset landscape. My iPad art, aside from being an end in itself, gives me ideas for similar works in my traditional art media. I did this from... Continue Reading →

For this quick sketch I used a dark sepia inkpen, and added washes of “natural brown” Inktense ink. It’s on A5 watercolour paper. I snapped a photo of the line drawing before adding the washes on paper. Thought I’d firstly add some brown “gesinski” ink washes on it in the “Procreate” app to see what... Continue Reading →

*Painted with acrylics and Inktense ink mixed with acrylic mediums, on 11” x 14” (about 27cm x 35cm) canvases. I painted with lots of thin glazes - a technique which I commonly used years ago. These two are not all together successful, but some aspects of catching the light effects are passable. I’m keen to... Continue Reading →

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