Saturday, October 15, 2011

Going away!

Chloe in the place du bourg, Brehat
Sorry I haven't been around the last couple of days, I've been very poorly and not up to painting I'm afraid! I thought today I'd show you one of the market place paintings that I did in August. This is my friend Chloe standing in front of Francois LeTron's organic fruit and veg stall, most of which is grown on the island and picked the evening before being sold at market.
I'm going to England tomorrow, have a very busy two weeks lined up so I'm afraid I won't be painting or posting anything here! I will be back at the beginning of November, ready to get cracking on lots of new paintings to bring you! In the meantime, it would please me enormously if you could find a few extra people to subscribe to my emails! Merci! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fin du jour

Fin du jour
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Here's the finished painting based on the sketch I showed you yesterday. It's the end of another unexpected, hot October day, the tide is going out and this lady is returning from her swim. I'm really pleased with it, I love the little strip of sand at the bottom, and the haziness that I could see over the mainland in the distance. It's funny the way all the triangular shapes are repeated. It's the first time I've painted the beach in a vertical format, I usually go for square. I'll definitely try it again, there's something unexpected about it, which I like. This is so definitely the best time of day for painting the beach, in my opinion!
This oil painting on canvas board measures 30 x 20cms. Bidding will start at $130, the equivalent of only £82.72! Click on the link above if you are interested in seeing the auction.
Also I had to show you this photo that I took today of Maisie taking a rest in some seaweed!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Half done!

This is a work in progress that I am painting for a commission. All of it up to this stage was painted on location at the beach. I thought you would be interested in seeing a work in progress rather than always a finished piece. I don't know if you can tell from the photo but this is a lovely linen canvas, and the linen is what's showing as the sea and the sand at the moment. It makes a good stand-in, as tonally it is very similar. I am strongly tempted to leave it like this! I do so much like the colour of the linen that I will try to leave it showing in some places. In case you are wondering the canvas is primed with a clear primer rather than a white gesso, and this mid-tone is so much more beneficial to paint on than white. So what I've tried to do is to get as much essential information as I could, such as where the dazzling light was on the water, the dark areas, details such as the boats and the man at the water's edge. (Did you spot him?)
I have also been working on an oil painting based on this sketch. Again the dazzling sparkles on the water and the silhouetted figure that I love so much! I just wish I saw the boats with their sails up more often, but then when they are open they're on the move so you don't have much time! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gracie and Charlie

Gracie and Charlie
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It's interesting that deciding to paint every day has forced me to think about the subjects that I really love to paint. I was thinking about this at the weekend and I kept coming back to the subject of children. If I can combine children and cats, another subject favourite, so much the better! Which led me to seek out the photos of my god-daughter Gracie with my most patient cat Charlie, which I took in July. Gracie loves all my cats, but I think the attraction is one way sadly! Charlie didn't hang around for long after the photoshoot!
This oil painting on canvas panel is 40 x 30cms. Large for a 'daily painting', but small for me for a portrait. My camera doesn't cope very well when faced with my lovely bright colours so I must let you know that the background around Gracie is actually turquoise rather than blue, and a little darker than it looks on this photo. They always look miles better in real life! As usual, this painting is available to buy via online auction, with a starting price of only £83 ($130). Click on the link above and view all my paintings at auction!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Guerzido beach

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Guerzido beach
This is an oil painting of Guerzido beach that I painted and completed at the beach, earlier in the summer. It's 24 x 30cms on a canvas board. On the right hand side behind the rocks you can see Men Joliguet, one of Brehat's navigation markers. It's an attractive tower painted in yellow and black. This is a photo of me actually painting it there...
If you would like to purchase this painting, please click on the link above. My other, recent, painting 'Late afternoon at Guerzido beach' finishes it's auction in just a few hours. You can see all my current auctions by clicking on the 'click to bid' link above. Thank you!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Treasure cups

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Treasure cups
Does everybody have treasure cups in their kitchen? This started as a tiny teacup which ourselves and guests could drop a few spare coins in for the daily breakfast/boulangerie budget! Give us this day our daily bread, croissants, pain au chocolats etc!
Anyway, it's somehow grown over the months! Now it's a stack, and as well as loose change contains seashells, marbles, buttons, screws, tokens, bottle tops... those little bits and pieces you feel you should hang on to but don't know where... or in some cases why!
I didn't need to arrange this particular still life, just painted it exactly as it was! Yes you may call it clutter but... I find it attractive, none-the-less!
I'm so proud to realise I've completed a month now on my daily painting blog! You can have a look at earlier posts by clicking on 'older posts' at the bottom of the page on http://www.haideejo.blogspot.com/
Bon weekend!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sparrow at Toad Hall

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Sparrow at Toad Hall
Last week more of my stock of art materials made it over to our house on the island, (little by little they come, and take over the house!) and within my books I found this half finished painting. I set about finishing it today. It brings back fond memories of my former studio, Toad Hall. It was actually the last open studios weekend I ever held there. I had a little sparrow visitor!
This painting is watercolours and acrylic inks, on 16 x 12" Arches watercolour paper, unframed.
Also I wanted to show you this oil painting of Guerzido beach again as the auction finishes soon and it is still available to buy, at a great price!
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

October sunlight


October sunlight
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This leafy path is very near our house, the route of one of my regular walks with Maisie. Just behind where I am standing the path is bordered by a field with cows in it. This morning I was enchanted by the sunlight falling on the path and lighting up the foliage. I also like the pretty cottage that the path leads directly too. Can you spot the hidden cat?!
This is the stage I got up to while standing on the spot, and I then brought it home to finish...
The shadows had lengthened a lot in the hour or so I'd been there. When I paint en plein air I take photos at the beginning, and try to get as much information down on the canvas as I can in the first hour. It's like a race! That way if further work is needed I have reference photos of how it all was when I first saw the scene.
This oil painting is on a canvas panel, 30 x 30cms. If you would like to see it in more detail, click on the 'click to bid' link above. It doesn't commit you to anything, just takes you to my auction site where you can see all my current auctions!
By the way, the starting price for this auction is only $90 which is £58.55! You might like to treat yourself!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blue armbands

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Blue armbands
This little girl wearing the blue armbands was almost silhouetted against the sun, which was starting to set. I love this time of day which gives the amazing sparkle on the sea. Again I have tried to use vibrant colours, even in the darkest areas. I think this painting also represents the Indian summer that we have been enjoying lately.
This oil painting on a deep sided canvas measures 30 x 25cms. If you would like to receive each day's painting directly into your inbox, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your email address into the box. You will then receive a verification email, click on the link in that email and you're done! Never miss a single picture!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pizza slice

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Pizza slice
I had a lot of fun painting this today! I was intending to paint eggs in their cardboard tray, but when I went to the fridge to get them this bit of leftover pizza jumped out at me and said 'paint me!' - it was something like that anyway! I find that often happens, and I always choose the idea that shouts loudest! Anyway, I really enjoyed this, it's surprising how many gorgeous colours there are in a slice of pizza!
This oil painting on board is 15 x 20cms and is available to buy at auction now. The starting price of this auction is only $60 which is £38.99, an absolute snip for an everlasting slice of pizza! Click on the link above to take a further look!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Milly and Daisy at St Malo

I have been working on two beach scenes today, one actually there on the beach (phew, it was hot! Glad I had lemonade with me!) and the other from a photo I took yesterday of a little girl paddling, silhouetted against the light. Neither of which are finished yet and I have to get on with dinner now!
I will show you them soon, no doubt! In the meantime, here's a very happy paddling duo that I painted early summer!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Late afternoon at Guerzido beach


Late afternoon at Guerzido beach
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Question: What would you do on another insanely hot October day if you were here with me on the Ile de Brehat? Head for the beach? Yep! Me too! But not for me the swimming or sunbathing because I took my oil paints, so I guess that makes me a little odd because no-one else seemed to be painting....
I am so glad I did today though! Guerzido beach is south facing and I love the silhouettes and the sparkling of light on the water that you get here. Time after time I have tried without too much success to translate that magic into paint on canvas but today I am actually very satisfied that I caught it! I really managed to get what I was seeing - the tones, the colours, and all with a real simplicity in my brush strokes. The whole painting was started and finished in situ and I feel it says enough. So without further ado, here it is for you!
It is oil paint on canvas, 25 x 30cms, and if you like it you can take a look at further information and view all my current auctions by clicking on the 'click to bid' link above.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hot hot hot!

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Hot hot hot!
What is this October heatwave we're having?! Apparently it's the hottest October day in London since records began. Here it's reached 32 degrees and there were lots of folks heading to the beach to make the most of it! Great evening for our fete des voisins/street party tonight!
This is a hot painting! It's a still life arrangement that's been sitting on our garden table for the last few weeks, I loved the turquoise/green shadow that the bottle was casting over the shell. I wanted to keep to really hot bright colours and I think I've managed that. The lines in the table top are all wonky, hope that doesn't matter too much, I should have paid more attention in the initial stage when I sketched it out with my brush! Let that be a lesson to me....
Size wise it's pretty large this one... 40 x 40 cms, oil on canvas board, ready to frame....
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