I had an incredibly creative day on Saturday.

It was a beautiful Spring day with azure blue skies, so I sat in the garden for a while in the morning. I decided to bring my recently acquired desktop easel into the garden, so that I could do some painting while basking in the sunshine.

A few weeks ago, I had painted what turned into a kind of landscape with mountains, a lake and a sunset. It was OK, but it wasn’t great. I wasn’t sure what I could do to improve it, so I put it to one side, to let go of any expectations I might have had.

“Mexican Delight” original artwork by Julia Barnickle

On Saturday I painted black stripes across the canvas, in India ink. I had intended them to be neat and tidy – so first of all I drew some lines with a ruler. Unfortunately, my hand doesn’t appear to be as steady as it used to, when it comes to detailed painting, so the lines got a bit wobbly.

Never mind, I thought – that just creates a rustic feel…

A couple of days later I got out some metallic acrylic paint pens and fluorescent gel pens and added some filigree – which I don’t usually do, but have been wanting to try for a while. I think it works… The colours and patterns remind me of Mexican fabric designs.


On Saturday afternoon, I went along to a pottery taster class at New Malden leisure centre. Over the course of an hour we had a go at “throwing” a round pot on a wheel, and “slabbing” – making a pot from sheets (or slabs) of clay.

I had to have a lot of help with the throwing, though, as by the time the tutor had finished the demo, I had forgotten all but the last step. It was good fun, but very messy – I’m glad I took some vinyl gloves with me!

2 thoughts on “Intuitive Painting and Pottery

  1. Totally agree about the mexican design in your painting – it turned out great (quite the evolution)! I’ve been eyeing up the local pottery class too – thanks for inspiring me to try it out.

  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thanks Ray – glad you liked how the painting ended up. Hope you have fun trying out pottery!

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