My name is Sophia and I’m from Yeppoon in Central Queensland, Australia. I grew up in Brisbane where my creativity and love of all things art was fostered and encouraged by my family including my late grandmothers, Lavinia, an abstract artist and Nina, a creator. Both Nanna and Gran shared my passion and encouraged me to explore it by sharing their knowledge and skills in art, sewing, crotchet, cooking and mosaics to name a few.
I have always had a love of creating and experimenting and over the years my creative endeavours have included sewing, scrapbooking, card making, painting, jewelery making, mosaics and the list goes on.
I recall of the years, some of my proudest moments were when my creations were upgraded from the fridge to everyday use or display. My Gran and Nanna fondly used coasters, bags and quilts I had made for them for many many years. My parents proudly displayed a triptych painting of mine above their bed for years even when the colours of the painting didn’t match their décor and my sister displays some of my artwork in her son’s room.
After many years of paper crafts I turned back to my love of acrylic painting and began painting at every opportunity. The love grew and spread and became a passion. Not so long ago, I was gifted a watercolour set, and with this, endless opportunities to create opened up.
I work full time but use nights and weekends to practice, perfect and create. I draw inspiration from the world around me, my family and friends – the friend that cooks eggplant parmigiana, my sister sharing a precious moment with her son, my friend’s love of owls, my own love of cactus and animals. I love to create artwork that brings joy to me as well as others and I generally opt for bright colours.
I use reference photos to sketch out work and often this is the longest part of the creative process as drawing and sketching are not my fortes. Once I have sketched out a design, the painting process commences. For watercolours, I typically use Arches 300gsm paper and I prefer smooth or hot pressed, however, I have been known to paint on whatever I can find.
I find the most economical way to source paper is to buy large sheets then cut them to size – generally to 12x12inches, A4 or A5 depending on the project. I use Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid as well as Micron pens and the gelly roll white pens to help with both outlines and highlighting/shading.
In terms of watercolours, I use QOR Watercolours and Prima Watercolour Confections and I make as many colour charts as I possibly can to ensure I best utilise the colours I have. My most surprising colour mix and my current favourite is Dioxazine Purple and Yellow Ochre. I love the soft muted colours that are created with this mix. I recently also discovered metallic watercolours and I instantly fell in love and I have been adding metallic accents to nearly everything I do lately. If you haven’t tried metallic watercolours I highly recommend them!
I am always on the lookout for new ways to be creative, experiment and to integrate art into every day and I have recently been experimenting with Prismacolor Pencils and Scratchboard Art thanks to my family who always seems to know what arty presents to buy me. I recently completed a scratchboard piece with two zebras, that I finished off with watercolour for shading, which shows the versatility of watercolours across many media.
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. 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!