Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Yesterday I visited a friend and painted her daughter Matilda and as you can see I almost got the gorgeous bear-like puppy in too! I did luckily snap a photo or two before pup skittled off elsewhere so I should be able to add her in later!
I'd really like to paint more portraits and figures this year, which means I'll have to be organised enough to book sessions in with models and willing friends! Organisation seems to be 'word of the moment'! Perhaps because I thought I'd do lots of planning for 2012 in January and I haven't pinned things down as much as I should have yet!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
And now, on with the tax return... and the less said about that the better too.... sigh...
Friday, January 27, 2012
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Lola and tete-a-tete's
(First though, I had to clean the whole kitchen because the sunlight was highlighting the dust everywhere! Think Miss Havisham's mansion, but with less cobwebs...)
It was as though the painting was channelled through me. Sorry if that sounds New Age ... it felt like that to me, and I like to explain things to you ;)
I stood back at the end, drew a breath and thought 'whew'. Who did that? It didn't seem as though I had.
Oils on canvas board. 30 x 24cms.
Lola didn't hang around on the table too long. In fact she was using it as a temporary look-out post to see if Maisie was around below. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology - I know, you don't often hear ME saying those words - I snapped a few photos quickly on my new iphone 4, emailed them to my (no longer new!) iPad and this was my painting set up...
Et voila! Looks even more gorgeous in real life! On this photo you can't see the places where the paint is applied more thickly, and some of the shadows look a bit washed out here)
For a special treat to celebrate my 100th blog post here's another Lola and flowers painting you may like ;)
I would like to sincerely thank you all for following along with me, and all your lovely comments which come by text, email, comments on the blog and in person - which boost me up more than you could ever know! :)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Lincolnshire mud tracks 2
I think that tomorrow I'm going to spend a lot of time doing colour exercises, based on the colours I have used in this painting.
I now have two paintings of mud so feel excited that I may have a series! Does two paintings make a series...? Perhaps not.
I am hugely inspired by the tracks though so I may keep working on the mud theme. Unfortunately we haven't had any real snow here yet this year, but I do have hundreds of photos of snow tracks that I have not yet got round to working with. Maybe on Brehat I can paint sand tracks...
Oil on canvas board, 30 x 24 cms. This painting is available to buy now in a Daily Paintworks auction, just click on the link above if you would like to find out more.
My next post will be my hundredth!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Chinese new year
Oils on thick compressed card panel, 24 x 50cms.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Well I'll try to explain, that's me, with a towel on my head, looking
in the bathroom mirror, wearing my painting apron.
The expressive colours and the bold brushstrokes are what I prefer to
do. It strikes me it's Andre Derain meets Vermeer, this one...
Oils on canvas panel 24 x 18cms
Friday, January 20, 2012
you Dry Doddington ladies approve - I know you were surprised I was
going to change it yesterday!
Oils on canvas board, 15 x 15cms.
It's coming up to my hundredth blog post! Isn't that surprising?!
Charlie news- he's doing great! He's lifting his tail right up in the
air now! I'll tell the vets on Monday, I'm sure they'll agree the
stripy tail can stay!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I had doubts right from the beginning about the combination of the
deep red pears and the bright green cup and saucer...
I felt uneasy about this as thing's progressed, the colours didn't
hang together well and then I decided I didn't like the composition
and that called for drastic measures.
I decided to clear away with the cup altogether and only hang on to
the pears because I was getting fond of those...
I simply wiped it out with kitchen roll. I don't often do this but I
enjoyed it very much. What a boon in the oil painters' weapon arsenal
that is, the wipeout!
I'm bringing in a couple of hens instead, they were standing by on the
dresser ready to act as substitutes.
To be continued...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Two of the items in this still life I found while walking Maisie today! The berries that look like cherries (cherries? In January? I wonder what they are and why the birds haven't eaten them) and the paintbrush pot (formerly from a light on a large vehicle perhaps?).
Oils on canvas board 15 x 15cms.
I have also been busy planning a series of workshops and the 'Isle of Painting' holiday in May which is going to be BIG fun!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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He walked back in this morning and has been eating, purring and sleeping and seems fine except for one thing. His tail is hanging down limply when he walks, resting on the ground when he eats. When I stroke him all the way down his back his tail doesn't respond. It's just how he was when he was recovering from a car accident nearly two years ago. The vet was certain then that he would have to have it amputated but although the nerve damage was extensive he managed to regain full movement and kept his glorious tail. Whatever has happened this time I hope he manages to do it again. A limp tail with no movement or control can be a dangerous thing for a cat.
He gives me lots of love and companionship but also lots of worry this one!
Not that you'd know it, to see him sleeping in my studio with a smile on his face!
Oil on canvas panel, 20 x 20cms.
Monday, January 16, 2012
'Say what you need to say in a painting then get out. There is no need
to chatter on after you have made your point.'
This is a great example to illustrate the saying. When I started this
painting at 10am it was -1.5 degrees C. At 11.30 I was surprised to
find myself still comfortable and tempted to carry on, but realised if
I did I would only be 'chattering on'. So I stopped here.
Now, an hour before I started this scene was covered in frost and
extremely beautiful. I'd like to get out here earlier on another
frosty morning before the sun starts to melt it all.
Oils on canvas board 24 x 30cms
Sunday, January 15, 2012
surprise gift for our friend's 40th birthday, his two lovely young
boys. They were on holiday on Brehat with us when the photos were
taken, and the painting was commissioned by his wife and his mother. A
I must just say a huge thankyou to everyone who has left a comment on
my blog in the last few weeks. I read and appreciate them all, but
unfortunately until we have the Internet set up at home again I'm
unable to answer by way of leaving a comment myself. So, thank you all!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Speaking of daydreaming, I love this painting I did yesterday, it's such a peaceful pose and the colours are so subtle. The foreshortening was tricky, I redrew it three times until I was satisfied it was right. At least you can rely on good old-fashioned brushes and paint when all this modern stuff lets you down!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
these monumental piles of sugar beet in a field. I think that's what
they are anyway! They reminded me of Monet's haystacks, perhaps I
should do a series! I always think I will do a series of this or that
but quickly get tempted by something new! Despite the sunshine it was
very cold. Maybe we will have snow soon...
Thursday, January 5, 2012
paint in my studio today. I took this half-completed painting of a
still life that I started in Whitby many moons ago to paint over
because I've finally decided I'm never going to finish it! I turned it
upside down to start, and hunted out some very complex and colourful
photos that I'd taken of horses on a carousel. I don't want to rush
this painting but equally, it's important to me that the finished
painting is fresh and painterly and doesn't look laboured over so I'll
keep you informed as it progresses!
The other photo is to show you my current studio which is in our
conservatory, and comes complete with sleeping cats Charlie and Lola!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
their first day back at schools which they haven't set foot in for a
year! As I'm 'home alone' it's the first chance I've had for a while
to reflect, and reunite with my oil paints and pochade box. The main
difference I face here from my life on Bréhat is the school run, which
can take up to three hours of my time each day!! I'm hoping to shave
some hours off that 'with a little help from my friends'!
I've been striding out with Maisie in the local countryside, and the
first thing I've found exciting (pictorially speaking!) is this muddy
entrance to a field, with the fabulous abstract tracks and patterns of
reflected light from the sky. If we don't get snow soon I'll be on the
look out for mud I think, and there's plenty of that around here!
Oil on canvas panel, landscape, 18 x 24 cms
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year everybody!!