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The Blackbird Sings
suffolk, uk and paris, france
Artist | Illustrator | The Blackbird Sings | Minimal Nature | Natasha Newton Paintings + Prints
Interests: art, illustration, painting, astronomy, books, nature, birds, interiors, book and cd cover design, etsy, london, paris, suffolk
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Moon Over The Mountains Acrylic on canvas. 8x8" / 20x20cm © Natasha Newton 2014 This little original piece on canvas was going to be included in the collection of paintings I'm making for an upcoming show this summer, but I've... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at The Blackbird Sings
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As promised in yesterday's post, I finished the final couple of stones and gave all 24 a coat of matte varnish to seal and protect the designs. Varnishing the stones also has the added benefit of enhancing and deepening the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Blackbird Sings
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This weekend I sat down at my painting table with 24 stones in front of me. My aim was to paint all of them in a couple of days, and then divide them up into six sets of four. Two... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Blackbird Sings
Thanks John! I hope you're right! :)
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Butterflies & Abstracts at The Blackbird Sings
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I'm heading back to Paris in just over a week, so once again I'm in full-on panic mode trying to finish work for a couple of galleries before I leave. I've now completed all the recent illustration and painting commissions,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Blackbird Sings
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Yesterday, after lunch in a great little pub earlier in the afternoon as a slightly belated Mother's Day treat for my mum, we went along to Aldeburgh for an hour or two to sit on the beach. With a mint... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
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I've just completed the most insanely-detailed (and largest) watercolour Moon painting so far! It's actually a commissioned piece based on this little one, but instead of being a tiny 6x4", it's A3 size! Those stars pretty much made my eyes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Hi Erika, I'm so glad this (hopefully) helped your son a little! It's impossible to create and not get frustrated at times. Tell him from me to just keep on going! Eleanor, I like the idea of holding on to my experiments, but I swear I'd have no room left in either the studio or house if I did that! Perhaps I should be selective and hold on to a few.....you never know when you might need them. ;) Natasha xo
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I've been trying out many different ideas when it comes to the new abstract paintings. I've experimented with organic shapes, geometric shapes, bright colours, soft colours, greys and whites, neons and fluorescents, intricate details, minimalism, watercolour, gouache, acrylics, paper, canvas...and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
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For a long time I've wanted to try painting a Moon on canvas (I usually paint them in watercolour and gouache on paper). I had a feeling they would work really well as the texture of the canvas would be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Thanks Larry and Ersi! Eleanor, I'm not sure I have any tips for avoiding mess - certainly not any I seem to be able to put into practice for any length of time! One thing I did actually do to avoid mess and paint spills was to buy a large sisal rug from IKEA for the area underneath the easel and chair where I work on the canvas paintings. They're always the messiest and I seem to have a habit of dripping paint over the floor when I work on those. The rug was cheap enough to be a good solution to avoid the floor getting messed up (about £40.00, I think), and it's a weight off my mind now I know it doesn't matter if I have any paint accidents there!
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Hi Eleanor, You don't 'drone on' at all, so please don't worry! I always love reading your observations. It also helps to know we're not alone in our struggles and disappointments when it comes to trying to push ourselves and our work forward. I'm glad that my posts sometimes help you (and, I hope, others) to reflect on your own work; that's part of the reason I decided to write in a much more honest and personal way in recent months. Thanks for your support and encouragement! It really does help. Good luck with the watercolours! ;) Natasha xo
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Walking Through A Dream 3. Acrylic on canvas. 8x8" / 20x20cm © Natasha Newton 2014 During the past few days I've been experimenting with the ideas I've had for abstract paintings using acrylics on canvas. For some reason I'm finding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Thanks Debora and Erika! And hi Larry - nice to hear from you again after so long! Hope you're well. I'm glad you like the stones, thank you. :) Natasha xo
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The light was pretty good in the studio this morning, so while working on some new canvas paintings I decided to get the Canon camera and quickly snap a few photos to share with you while I waited for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
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Last week I finished this new piece from the black and white Patterned Landscape series I started back in 2011. It's a commission for someone in Seattle and the painting incorporates various elements from the area; a mountain based upon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Thanks for your comments - they're encouraging me to be a little braver in the future and share more of my process! Ersi, as I mentioned to you on twitter, your comment has really started me thinking in a couple of ways...watch this space. ;) Natasha xo
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As you may know, I am notoriously shy about sharing my sketchbooks, doodles, test pieces and so on with an 'audience' (that would be you I'm referring to, dear readers). I'll share 'works in progress' via my Instagram and Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
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I finished a new painting from the Moon and Stars series yesterday and thought I'd share it with you because it ties in with a little something I've been meaning to mention on the blog for a couple of weeks.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Thank you both! I need to check out Edmund de Waal, as I'm not familiar with his work. I'm so pleased you both like the new pieces. Natasha xo
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Wilderness Acrylic on linen canvas. 12x12" © Natasha Newton 2014 / Available here +++++ At the beginning, my new shop on Etsy - to run alongside The Blackbird Sings - was called Neon Nature. Then I changed my mind. Neon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
Thanks Eleanor, you're so right about persistence...don't give up! x
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I watched the film version years ago! I must have only been about 12 or 13 years old. I'd love to see it again; certain scenes have really stayed in my memory. It would be interesting to see how it's aged. I highly recommend the BBC adaptation - I think I'm going to put it on again today while I work. I gave a habit of watching things I love again and again; you can always find something new in them with each viewing.
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The weather has been terrible here for most of the week - strong winds, incredibly heavy rain causing flooding, very stormy. It's not like February at all, but kind of like October. I listen to the wind roaring around the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings
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I've been a little quiet on the blog over the past week or so because: 1. I had to submit my Self Assessment / Tax Return by 31st January. It's done and I found all the paperwork, but boy do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Blackbird Sings