Sunday, February 26, 2017

Revival of the Humble Blog

Recently I have been feeling overwhelmed by social media, namely Instagram and, of course, Facebook.

It seems like I am in a big room and people are vying loudly for attention from every angle. I'm getting sick of being bombarded with images and suggestions. I just want quiet...I feel like I am losing myself.

Welcome back the humble blog.

I fell away from blogging a few years back when I deleted "The Art of Sarah Donnell" blog. I needed to be alone and go inside while I dealt with personal issues related to my break up.  Now starting up again recently, I am remembering the magic of blogging.

For a start you're less in people's faces, you can say more and upset people less.  You can write tutorials and post multitudes of photos. Indeed, you can simply use photos to tell a story.

I feel like I have come home and this feels to me to be the best place to be.  I look forward to posting more. In fact, this year I plan to solely focus on the blog and just post important updates to my other social media.

Please keep reading!
Post a comment now and then to let me know you're out there xx

x Sarah

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sirena - painting process

This artwork began as a "commission" for my 3 year old niece.  However, I don't think it turned out pink and sparkly enough for her so she will have to wait for me to paint her something more suitable! Bless x

My niece wanted purple hair and a pink tail...however I wanted muted colours...

I use pearlescent paint on the tail.  I think it turned out beautifully.

Little sea encrusted details...

Almost done...paying a lot of attention to light and shade...

In the end I added a tall ship, shells and a crab. 
I am a Cancerian and this is very much a Cancer artwork
(would be even more so if the sun was a moon!)

So there you have it, I still haven't mastered kids art yet but I will get there.  I was skeptical about painting a mermaid because it seemed too out of the ordinary for me, however I love the result and I will be embracing my inner child more in the future.

x Sarah

PS. You will notice the eyes on my girls are a lot bigger than my previous work (pre-2004).  I was a bit upset about this but things can't stay the same, we move on and change and so do our styles.  I want to keep moving forward and I'm happy with how things are going. I love big eyes.  I am a happier person now and I want my artworks to reflect this.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Getting Back to Nature

Lately I have found something has returned to me after leaving for a long time.  This has come about as a return to my figurative work as opposed to working on abstracts for so long.

This mysterious thing is basically a "getting back to nature" a "coming home" and a sort of resting place.  I am finding that I am observing little things in great detail again.  This has come about as a direct result of my figurative painting. 

I am scrutinizing nature and all it's beauty, including the variation in colours, the textures and the sizes of things.  Things I skipped over before.

I often find myself wondering when gazing at the sky or a tree, how can I paint that?
It is actually a beautiful feeling and makes me feel like I am a part of the world, once again.

x Sarah

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sheep in Fog - by Sylvia Plath

"Mending" by Sarah Donnell

Sheep In Fog
The hills step off into whiteness.
People or stars
Regard me sadly, I disappoint them.

The train leaves a line of breath.
O slow
Horse the colour of rust,

Hooves, dolorous bells -
All morning the
Morning has been blackening,

A flower left out.
My bones hold a stillness, the far
Fields melt my heart.

They threaten
To let me through to a heaven
Starless and fatherless, a dark water.

by Sylvia Plath (my hero)

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Forest Spirit - painting process

Hi all,
I have just finished a painting titled "The Forest Spirit" which you may have seen in parts on Instagram or Facebook.  This painting is all about nature.  I have continued the tradition of making the big eyed girl's dress a part of the environment, as though she is a nature spirit.  I also added a deer and butterfly to continue the nature theme.  This painting has been in my head for a very long time but she has taken on her own individuality and come about very differently from what I first envisioned.  I think she looks great!

 I thought I would share some of my painting process with you below.  Scroll right down for an image of the final piece!

It all begins with a pencil sketch.  I have found this is the easiest way for me to do things.
Working with tiny brushes!
Blocking in
I always start with the face first
Beginning stages of the deer
Dress and face detail
Newly added butterfly detail
If you would like to make this 20 x 24 inch painting yours, please contact me at art_enquiries (at)

x Sarah