Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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This is where I write about some of the things that inspire my work,
news of exhibitions and works in progress

Sunday, 19 January 2014


Waterlogue is a new toy that I have been playing with. It is an app that uses a photo from an iphone or ipad and 'artifies' it in various ways.

I photographed a bowl of clementines. Opening the photo in Waterlogue I found a range of options at the bottom of the screen to choose from. Once you have chosen one it gives a preview, if you select that one it takes less than a minute for it to draw and paint in stages. I have written the name of each option with the finished result. I thought is was fun to watch how it went about it how it, modified it and what it left out. It works better with some photos than others.

                                                            above my photo of clementines in a bowl

below using 'colour bloom'

My photo  Freshly baked scones

                                                 above   'Travelogue'
                                                 below   'Colour bloom'

'It's technical'


Friday, 10 January 2014

What are ACEOs and ATCs?

I have written an article on this subject the February issue of the Leisure Painter magazine.  It out now and is available to buy from art shops and newsagents.
 A digital copy of the magazine can be bought from Painters Online here
ATCs  ( Artists Trading Cards) and ACEOs (Art cards, Editions and Originals) measure 2.5x3.5in and done in any medium. ATCs are made for exchanging and ACEOs for selling. They are popular on internet sites such as Folksy, Etsy or Ebay They are light to post for trading or selling and are a very affordable way to start or add to a mini art collection.
On Folksy in the forums there is a daily thread devoted to sharing ACEOs and there is a team on etsy.
There are links to both these sites on the right hand side of this blog.

My article is reproduced below with permission from the editor of Leisure Painter.

The front cover is also shown above to give you an idea of some of the other articles.
I particularly like these:
Rosalind Jelbert Ingram demonstrates painting a black dog without using black paint.
Robert Newcombe on some of Edward Wesson's working practices such as drawing with a matchstick or twig.
Pamela Kay The respective eye illustrated with her beautiful still life paintings.