My name is Anne Jollands, but most people call me Annie (click here to visit my website and follow me on Instagram & Twitter!). I live in Staffordshire, very close to the Derbyshire border in England. We are very fortunate to have the Derbyshire Peaks on our doorstep and some fantastic scenery. I have always drawn and doodled throughout my childhood years. I went on to study both art and ceramics at A level.
After a break of a few years, due to family commitments, I returned to focus on my drawing and painting skills. I joined an art club and learnt so much from some of the experienced club members over the years. I am now the current club secretary and enjoy setting up the yearly programme and running some in-house demos and workshops.
I enjoy the chance to exhibit at local exhibitions and have had many sales of artwork over the years. I am now looking for the opportunity to exhibit in a gallery on a more regular basis.
I love working in a variety of media from graphite pencil, colour pencil, pen and watercolour. I love to try new ideas in mixed media such as pen and wash and colour pencil over pastel. I recently drew a series of tree studies using soluble graphite and ball point pen with great results.
Most of my inspiration comes from the landscape and nature in my local surroundings. I also have a love for historic buildings, stonework and natural materials, taking out my camera at every opportunity as to be sure not to miss a thing.
I spend a lot of time walking and cycling along the canal, studying and photographing the reflections and light.
In the watercolours featured I have used masking fluid and candle wax to retain some highlights and used the wet on wet technique on Saunders Waterford paper. For finer details I have used an ink pen or a dipping pen in watercolour.
I love drawing and painting animals, flowers, trees and have a fascination with fungi.
I believe that your best artwork comes from the things around you that you connect with and feel passionate about, so I draw and paint from the heart the art I love.
Annie’s Fine Art
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!