Friday, 23 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Don't think I ever posted this piece on my blog. So, as I have not worked on anything new of late, thought it would be one way of getting a new post.
Off to Sandra's in the morning for our monthly all day painting session together in her lovely comfortable roomy studio. Have plans to create work from photos I took at Salthouse (North Norfolk coast) earlier in the year. Want to tackle it or them in a less literal way although using acrylic on canvas.
Saturday, 3 December 2011
I don't think I ever posted the second of my winter scenes on the common last winter which replaced sales at the local riverside pub permanent exhibition - so here it is!!
So, with the remaining three from the Rising Sun Pub, which is currently closed, I now have four local scenes in this small canvas format of 7.5" x 9.5". I have a plan for them but won't disclose in case I spoil a surprise.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
I took a sketch of the Trevi Fountain plus a photograph to work from. The sketch was the important thing as I had used washes of gouache blocks of colour and I wanted to repeat this idea. The photograph was to give me more detail where I needed it for the statues and windows.
Here I am working on the canvas. My arm had begun to ache so Sandra quickly whipped up a home made marl stick from a piece of dowling and a taped wrapped round piece of cotton to give my arm support.
Here is an image of the painting by 4.30 when I packed up to get home before the city traffic built up. We'd had breaks for tea and cake mid morning, soup and rolls and fruit for lunch and another cuppa in the afternoon when Sandra's husband Malcolm joined us. So all in all delighted how far I had got. Needless to say, lots to do to finish it off.
Here we are working in the studio together, back to back because being left handed I needed to face the other way to have my paints etc to hand!!
It was a real fun day and so good to create a full piece of work with another artist with lots of interaction and 'what do you think of this?' every so often or other such enquiries. Sandra created a wrought iron gate from her sketch book on a trickled, blended background of lovely soft aquas, lavenders and greys all over crumpled tissue to give texture. We had lots of chats, laughs and music - a fun day. Plan to make it a monthly event (except Jan and Feb when Sandra is going to New Zealand - that's right 'sketching'. !
Friday, 4 November 2011
... and from this and some photos I have now created this watercolour for the Christmas exhibition. I drew in the detail with my Lamy pen and Lexington Grey waterproof Noodlers ink so that the linework was not intrusive once I had added the colour washes with my Daniel Smith watercolours.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
When we arrived the bookies were setting up and gave us a chance to sketch them before the crowds arrived.
It was interesting that a young lady was setting up and taking the bets during the afternoon at this first bookie stand in the long line.
After gorgeous soup chowders (Sandra had smoked haddock and I had a crab and lobster one) with chunks soft bread we spent some time near the paddock watching the horses parade and later went across the course to see a race level to the winning post from the other side. Here is Sandra sketching the back drop to a sketch she planned to do of the horses thundering past us at the end of the next race!! Braver than me! So a sketch of a sketcher sketching!!!!
A wonderful afternoon in continuous sunshine and a big thank you to Sandra for treating me into the members enclosure so we could see the races from the best (and less crowded) stand. Unfortunately we were also in line with the first fence when my second race horse fell!
Monday, 17 October 2011
Here are some close ups so you can see the different techniques I showed the art group members.
Finally, here is a close up of one of the orchids.
Their chairlady rounded up the evening by saying it was very rare to have acrylic demonstrated in 2 hours and all they had learned would give them encouragement to tackle this medium. The buzz words to go home with were 'be more adventurous' and 'love colour - any colour not necessarily what was in front of them' .... or something like that!
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Here is a quick study of a penstemon in my garden sketchbook. Although tall and lanky spikes the blooms are so delicate.
Plan to put colour to my pen sketch of the full right hand flower bed showing the penstemon, the trunk of the chopped tree which allowed me to plant more flowers there this year, the peony tree, dahlia, californian poppies, phlox, orange large poppy heads, petunias and an acer. Too big to scan, so I'll photo it after adding the colour and post it then.
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Here is pappa's head with the pearls breathing out of his mouth instead of flames. I think I might add two horns before calling it a day and completing my trio family of dragons. Its been lots of fun.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
As you can see from the top finished work, I adjusted her after this as the belly and back portions needed to run into each other more smoothly... and I darkened the area behind the large pearl in her hand to help make it more prominent, turning it into a rock for her right arm to rest on.
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
I enjoyed working in pastel again after so long.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Both in my columbine second garden sketchbook of course, making a double spread.
Monday, 22 August 2011
Sunday, 14 August 2011
The top image is of the construction showing part of the school behind. The added school logo is one I noticed in the art department.
This is the second image create by a visit into the school art department. The faces along the top were inspired by those made by the students with wire. The hard hats appear because we took them off and placed them on a blue table top after our visit to the construction.
I have ideas for the third image based on seeing the butlers sink and a big black cat piece of artwork in the art department and probably a row of what seemed like Russian dolls, but I think were painted ceramic bottles created by the students. I'm pleased with how its going, but have ideas about outlining each block image with thick black marker pen and bringing out some of the objects by outlining in pen. Nor sure yet.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Here are close ups of both works, which I produced in oils after originally creating them in acrylic.
Sorry, this photo was taken at the exhibition after the hanging and as it was at the top of the board, the perspective makes it look awkward, but the cabins and masts were at all angles due to the rocking of the boats tied together at the quayside - 5 boats in all!!