Friday, September 30, 2011

Roses

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Roses
This isn't the painting I've been working on practically all day! I didn't get it finished until almost 8pm (our time) and just couldn't get a good photo! Hey ho! I'm sure you'll see it soon enough!
This is a sweet little watercolour, 25 x 20cms of flowers from the garden. It comes mounted in a cream card surround ready to frame.
Would you like to see more watercolours from me? I seem rather fixated on oils at the moment! Maybe I should introduce a 'watercolour Friday' and always bring you a watercolour on a Friday! Tell me what you think! Also feel free to post a comment if it's a question of technique and I'll do my best to answer!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tiny apple and expresso cup


Tiny apple and expresso cup
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It was very hot today and I couldn't bear to be outside, what's wrong with me? A month ago I would have thought it was a perfect day to go for a swim or a spot of reading on the sunlounger... maybe I'm embracing autumn... certainly I'm embracing my new 'painting a day' workload... ! Phew! Even a little painting like this can take a surprisingly long time!
This is a tiny apple from our tree, no more than two inches tall. It's making a dinky expresso cup look big! I love putting writing in to paintings... it stems from my childhood when I loved to laboriously copy different typefaces from my big letraset catalogue. Truthfully my love affair with typography has never ended! This particularly gorgeous handwriting belongs to one of our neighbours. I love french handwriting.
This oil painting is on canvas is 20 x 20cms. You wouldn't need a frame to hang it on the wall. If you'd like to buy it click on the link under the picture and make a bid. By the way I have five paintings which have auctions ending tonight! Only a few hours to go and really low prices, you can take a look at them all by clicking on the 'click to bid' link above. Merci!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Portrait of Milly

Portrait of Milly
It's a little portrait study of Milly today, oils on canvas board 15 x 15cms. I had her pose for me for a little while at the kitchen table because I liked the way her hair was down and curling, and also her necklaces. She has ended up looking pretty sad but she didn't want to pose and I had to bribe her with chocolate biscuits.
I imagine she was wishing herself somewhere else!
This morning I went out to paint as the weather was so beautiful, not a single cloud in the sky and a slight breeze but a warm one. I didn't manage to get the landscape painting finished as it will need a few days to dry off before I can continue. Hence my requesting the favour from Milly! She loves it really! Oh... she doesn't, apparently....  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pink sparkly shoes

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Pink sparkly shoes
These are my lovely pink sequinned plimsolls! I had intended to paint outdoors today but it was strangely foggy all morning! Although it turned out to be glorious sunshine all afternoon I had already embarked on this painting after the light catching the sequins had caught my eye! There were all these beautiful pink reflections on the surface behind also. I'm really pleased with the colours and the thick squidgy creaminess of the paint! Another great one for touching... when it's dry!
I bought these shoes from a charity shop for £2 and they had never been worn, certainly not outside. I have always loved them and wearing them never fails to lift my spirits! Sadly they're deteriorating a little here and there so I don't know how much longer we'll be together, which makes me even happier that they've been portrayed on canvas today.
This painting is oils on a deep sided box canvas, 25 x 25cms and is ready to hang straight on the wall without a frame. Please click on the 'click to bid' link above to enter the online auction to win this painting. Bidding will start at $120 which is the equivalent of £76.71!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Maisie in red


Maisie in red
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Maisie wants to sleep and sleep today! I think she's trying to forget about the day spent at the Disneyland kennels on Saturday! The crate she was in was just like the one at the vets when she was spayed a couple of months ago. When we got back to the hotel she flopped down under the sofa bed, looked at me reproachfully and licked the exact place on her leg that was shaved for her anaesthetic when she was at the vets! Funny girl! It was just like she was saying 'I can't believe you did that to me AGAIN'!
This is an oil painting on canvas which measures 20 x 20 cms. The red continues around the edges of the canvas and would be ready to hang with no frame needed. Please click on the 'click to bid' link above where you will also be able to see my seven other paintings currently at auction. All have very low starting prices (click the currency converter button to see just how low!) and some of the auctions are ending soon so give it a go!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Poppy field

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Poppy field
Today I'm bringing you a painting of a poppy field in England, completed several months ago, as we have been away from home for the entire weekend. I'm not sure what the purple flowers mixed in with the poppies were, linseed maybe? This oil painting measures 24 x 30cms, click on the link above if you would like to bid for it in the auction. Hope you have had a great weekend. I'll be back to painting on the island tomorrow.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shipwreck


Brehat shipwreck
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I have been wanting to paint this shipwreck for so long... and today was the first! Possibly the first of many! I love looking at it and taking it all in, the colours of rotten wood, burnt wood, rusty metal, ropes and paraphenalia, with sky poking through here and there.
Today was one of those crazy busy days when there seems to be so much to do and I have to remember this phrase 'you don't find time, you have to make time'. So despite the odds I made the time to go to the beach and paint this and I hope you like it. If you'd like to bid for it at auction, click on the link above. It's oil on board, 24 x 30 cms. I won't be able to post a painting tomorrow as I'll be away, but hope to be back with you on Sunday! Bon weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Apple tree


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Apple tree, oil on canvas, 25 x 25 cms
 We are rich in lovely red apples! I don't know what variety they are but they're perfect in the looks department and very tasty too! The green bottle is a lovely lantern with a tealight candle inside. I love candles inside and outside the house. Here's a detail...
My daily paintings are now available to buy online! Each will be available to buy during a week long internet auction. Don't worry that the starting prices are written in US dollars, there is a button to translate the currency and all payments are securely handled by PayPal and will be converted into the appropriate currency for you! Do take a look, because the starting prices are surprisingly low and you may walk away with a bargain! There are currently five of my paintings at auction. Click on the 'click to bid' link above to take a peek!
Right, better get started on eating all these apples...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Camille in the bathroom


Camille in the bathroom
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It was one of those days when I couldn't settle on anything to paint. 'Don't want to paint a mug. Don't want to paint a self-portrait. Don't want to paint the apple tree.' Heck, I didn't even want to paint a bonne maman jar. I was beginning to despair of bringing you a painting today!
Then suddenly I knew! Milly was home early as it's Wednesday, and I managed to persuade her to pose for me for TEN minutes only. She can be so strict that girl. This is what I managed to paint in those ten minutes...
I was really pleased with the spontaneity, and I didn't want to lose that. I carried on working on it for an hour or so and I'm really pleased with the result. It's great that the viewer gets some input because not everything is spelled out for you. I'd like to try this same subject again but using high key tonal values. Here's a detail....

So, out of the barren wasteland of artists' block came a little jewel of a treasure I think. This oil on board sized 20 x 30cms is available to buy now at auction. Auction ends in seven days. Click on the 'click to bid' link above.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thick and juicy


Garden tomatoes
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Three odd shaped tomatoes from the garden, painted in lovely thick and juicy brushstrokes! Another little square painting, 15 x 15cms. This painting is available to buy by auction, click on the link above. I have also been painting our apple tree today, and am hoping to carry on with that one tomorrow.
It's already been two weeks of my painting-a-day blog! I think it's going well, but I need lots and lots more people to know about it! Please get your friends signed up! Thank you!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My favourite coffee cup

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It's my favourite first-thing-in-the-morning-filter-coffee cup! It's such a chunky, smooth, rounded little cup and fits into my palm, all warm and comforting! I love it! This dinky little oil painting measures 15 x 15 cms and when it is dry it could be yours, click the link above to bid.
I'm afraid the glare on the photo lets it down a little bit... taking the photos is proving to be the biggest challenge! I don't know if the problem lies with a) my camera, b) me, c) the quality of daylight or d) the wet shiny oil paints! Probably a combination of all four!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Into the light


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Into the light

Aah, here's Maisie with an angelic glow...that doesn't often happen! I wanted this painting to be very simply painted but I don't think I've achieved that...although I am very pleased with the result. It captures the strong sunlight on her face which is what attracted me to the subject in the first place. I'm afraid I can't get a good photo today as it's such a dull day and the painting is so wet...I may try again in about a week. The size is 20 x 30cms and it's oils on canvas board, available to buy at auction, please click on the link above. The ever-alert leggy Jack Russell, ready to defend the house at the sound of gravel crunching outside...I must walk her now as I can't let the wind and rain put me off any longer! If you enjoy my blog, please spread the word!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Today's work in progress...

Don't worry! Maisie is all clean again as you can see! Now I didn't want you to think I haven't been working today, I've been working hard! I haven't managed to finish the painting yet but realised I needed to take a photo for you before I lose the light altogether! You can see my lovely new brushes from Rosemary & Co and my messy pallette and a tonal sketch I did beforehand to help me out... literally dark and light with no in-betweens! It's a great exercise to do as it forces you to choose (dark or light? light.. or dark?) and simplify!
I've been adding a lot of oil to the paints so it might be difficult to get a good (non-glare) photo when it's still wet but I'll give it a go for you tomorrow...after I've completed it to a level of satisfaction, hopefully! Bon weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Chappie!

Happy Chappie!
Ta-da! Here's the sunflower! Again a gorgeous day here so I spent the last two or three hours finishing off my cheerful sunflower. I think he couldn't fail to lift your spirits if you were having a bad day (which, I hope, you're not!).
This is painted in oils on a canvas panel, 30 x 40cms, and the price if you would like it to be yours is £240 or 255 euros, unframed. Almost couldn't finish that sentence because I looked outside and saw that my easel had fallen over...luckily, the painting was on it's back, not face down!
My new brushes arrived today....sooo exciting! I was able to put them to use immediately! Need to go off and wash them now though....
I also need to wash The Dog (so-called because she's in disgrace) as she has tipped over the crab bucket and rolled in the dead crabs and the 'perfumed' water and smells...indescribable!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just a taster!

It was a beautiful day here today...back to wearing shorts and flip-flops! I left off the crab work (they're still festering away in a bucket of water) because I knew I'd soon regret it if I didn't capture this big happy sunflower which is currently brightening up the back wall of our house. I suspect he's in his prime now and won't last much longer. It was a case of painting subjects everywhere I turned today...how to choose and get down to work....?!
I haven't quite finished this one and didn't want to rush it.. so I'm hoping for more of the same weather-wise tomorrow so that I can do justice to this beautiful subject and bring you the finished piece.
Is there anyone who doesn't smile at the sight of a sunflower?
Happy painting all you painters out there!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big Love

Big Love or crab haul #1
I was enjoying a bright and breezy stroll along the beach with Maisie earlier when I came across a small orange crab shell which I stepped over, nothing unusual about finding the odd crab shell lying around and I wasn't planning on bringing anything home. Then very soon I saw another, mottled and purple. Suddenly I saw them together as a still life, so I started collecting. It was a veritable crab graveyard today! I came back with three empty shells and six whole dead crabs, including these two. I feel a little series might be in order!
The only snag is the smell......oh dear! I had to paint them outside, which is why we have the strong violet shadow. I love the shadow shapes cast by the pincers!
I've called it Big Love because the large crab seems protective towards the smaller one! If you are interested it's painted in oils on a deep sided 'box' canvas, 30 x 30cms, so wouldn't need a frame to hang on your wall. £190/200 euros plus a little for postage.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Bonne maman, stripes and perfume

Bonne maman, stripes and perfume
Today I painted this little still life set-up. I'm afraid my photography has let me down again, it's a lot crisper in real life, easier to differentiate between the different brushstrokes. Milly thinks this is a very strange subject for a painting (teenagers eh?!) but I like all the curves! I started with a thin coat of magenta oil paint all over the board. A very strong colour! I'm pleased with the way it's all come together at the end. There's some thick juicy paint strokes in places, I'm dying to touch it when it's dry!
This painting is available to buy, it is 24 x 30cms oil on canvas board and can be yours for £190 (or the equivalent in euros), plus a little for postage. If you would like to buy any of my paintings please email me through my website http://www.haideejo.com/

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cottage with flowers

Cottage with flowers
We've been spending the whole of 2011 living on a tiny island in France and I'm enjoying so much time to paint with very little else in the way of responsibilities. This pretty little cottage on Brehat is almost hidden by it's flowers, and there are many houses like this here.
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