It was too cold for our life model to undress, so she just unpinned her hair and lay down on the platform fully clothed. Her unruly hair and unconventional style of dress – dungaree shorts and thick tights – at first made it seem more difficult to capture than her unclothed form might have. It seemed odd to be painting a person with their clothes on!
However, it made for a very interesting exercise. I used a palette of magenta and blue against a greeny/turquoise background and was quite pleased with my efforts.
A couple of weeks later, in my wee studio, I decided to turn the study into a finished painting. Using orange, yellow and touches of cadmium red, I added bold pattern and refined the figure here and there.
Here’s the result so far. Not sure if I should leave the yellow stripes as they are or if they should all be lined with red. What do you think?
One of my favourite ways of working is using collage to form the basis of a composition. But in these works I only use papers that I have prepared myself in advance; that is sheets of paper that have been splattered with paints and inks.
The mediums are run into one another and scored through with various utensils to create interesting marks. Often, I use a printing roller to merge colours and if the paint is thick, it makes beautiful, textured patterns. I also love to use metallic paints and inks as these create areas that catch the light.
When the papers are dry, I rip them into random sized pieces. The next step is then to choose pieces that will form a pleasing composition on a canvas. Once glued in place, more medium is added to create depth and interest.
Each work can take several days to complete. I create these collage landscapes in various sizes, from mini 7 x 5 inch to large 24 x 24 inch. One day soon I plan to attempt a really large one.
Until then, here’s a pic of two minis with golden skies framed and ready to go to a Christmas exhibition in a very nice gallery. Fingers crossed for a sale. If you like them, you can see more on my website.
If you’ve read my recent posts you will know I love to paint expressive, semi abstract flowers and hopefully you’ve had a look at my website and had look at some of them.
Well my good news for today is that I sold a framed work via a gallery in the Scottish Borders – it’s called ‘A Heady Mix’, it is on A3 paper and executed with ink, acrylic inks, watercolours and metallic ink. Nice and splashy and a bit textured too. It’s difficult to see from the photo, but there are some serious blobs of gold ink in there! If you like it check out my other flowery works on my website. 🎨😊💖
I’ve been pretty busy over the past 2 week sorting out work for Christmas shows – writing lists, filling out forms and a bit of framing. Feels like I’ve not painted for ages! But truth is this is where all the painting leads – unless you want to keep an ever growing collection of your own work.
So various bits and bobs will be on show and hopefully there will be a few sales. Fingers crossed.
However, I have a few – 7 to be exact – lovely A4 sized, splashy, semi abstract flowers that would make super Christmas presents and that can easily be ordered directly from me. Executed using watercolours and inks they are vibrant and full of movement.
I am offering these A4 sized, original works on quality paper, set in an A3 mount (mat) with backing board i.e. – they are ready to frame – and wrapped in cellophane for £125 inc p&p.
So if you are looking for something different to give as a Christmas present – perhaps an original work of art could be the answer.
The catch is that if your want one, you would need to order very soon to make sure you receive it in time for Christmas.
You can see these works on my site on the ‘Flowers- small works’ page and you can contact me from the site too.
Here’s one of them – this one is called ‘Fiery and Fabulous.
As I write this the sun is pouring through my windows and shining brightly in the garden, but it is cold and it is clear winter is on its way.
I love cold, clear, sunny winter days especially after snow but hopefully they won’t come too soon, lovely as they are.
Painting snow is always interesting because the last colour you would use is white. A layer of just white creates a flat and boring scene. What it needs is colour to give it depth and interest.
It can be blue, purple, pink grey or all at the same time and sometimes a bit of green or yellow ochre just pulls the scene together.
Here’s a snowy scene I did last year. I used a lot of blue to create ‘coldness’. I showed it to one gallery owner who rejected it saying it was lovely but she didn’t like the blue trees.
What do you think?