Wednesday, 27 January 2010


As I am going away to Anitas for a few days in the morning, I had to take a photo under electric light tonight to post so that the finished work has come up rather more golden than it really is. I did not put every figure in, which left me with the problem of deciding how to fill in the gaps between players and instruments, but I soldiered on. Needless to say, I had to add one of the wonderful church flower displays around the chapel and think it adds to the depth of the piece (it also covered a lot of area I did not know what to do with!!!! ) All in all, my first return to oil painting for months proves to me how much I love this soft, blendable medium.

Over many weeks now I have been returning to this oil painting on a 16" x 16" box canvas using my yummy Michael Harding paints and at long last have finished all the detail, which has taken ages. It is a scene I have wanted to paint for over 2 years now, ever since I photographed the players rehearsing in St Nicholas Chapel during the Kings Lynn Festival. The West Norfolk Art Association I belong to were having their annual show there and concerts were being performed during lunch times. I was invigilating when the musicians came in early to rehearse and I strolled down the aisle to capture them with my camera. I do so wish I had taken more, as I feel this could do with a pair for the 2010 Festival event.
Here are some of the stages
1 Just beginning to see how it would pan out using 4 different photos to combine a single composition

2 Blocking in the floor and the base of the organ

3 Blocking in the organ pipes and archways

I am really looking forward to a few days with Anita at her home in Cambridgeshire, especially using the new Atelier Interactive acrylic paints she bought me for my birthday. They do not form a top skin when dry and can be softened with water mist spray to blend in another layer and to also keep the paints malleable on the palette. Wonder how like oils they will be.


Sandra Rowney said...

Great to see the finished work, well done you! How about making a pair featuring another floral display in a different part of the church, using that wonderful anchor there as the subject perhaps?

Sandy Maudlin said...

what a peaceful and serene painting. SUPER!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Seems, Sandra, I need to make a visit soon if I plan to create another oil. Thanks for the idea. I'm over Laura's next Thursday/Friday and while the girls are at school I could possibly fit it in.

RHCarpenter said...

This is wonderfully painted! Love the scene and how you "filled in the gaps" with the flowers. Lovely work. Have a great visit!

Vicki Greene said...

Beautiful painting! It is rich and warm and has many neat areas to study.

debwardart said...

Wow, talk about an involved painting! Love the archways and the shine on the tile floor - great job!

DJ said...

Good Heavens!
I've lost touch with one of my fave artists in blogland!
Joan, I sincerely thought you were on my blogroll, and I was dismayed to be alerted otherwise.
Please forgive me.
Well, there's nothing to do but catch up with your posts of gorgeous paintings.
Hope your trip was all you needed it to be.

DJ said...

There...Now you're on my blogroll, so I'll be updated on a regular basis.

Cathy Gatland said...

Wonderful, peaceful atmosphere in this light-filled piece - amazing that it doesn't seem busy with all the elements and details you've put in!

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful and rich...such a warm inviting feel to this! :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

So good to have all these positive responses to what was a piece of work that took a very long time to accomplish. I did wonder if it was too 'busy' but your remarks have helped me over that one.

fairyform said...

Great attention to detail! Even if you say that it looks more golden than it really is, it still looks perfect to me.