Thursday, 20 July 2017

Gerberas and Sweet Williams

There's an artist from the Netherlands called Andrea Letterie and I absolutely love her work. It's all about flowers, colours, small animals and birds and it's so beautiful. I was channelling her when I did this recent painting...

Thursday, 24 November 2016

'Roses and Parrot Lilys on Windowsill' oil on board 10 x 8 inches. As I said before, I live on a narrowboat and unfortunately they don't have windowsills. I really love paintings of objects on windowsills and views through windows so I was missing very much having one to use in my paintings. So my lovely partner Dale made me one specially for my studio area. This is the first painting I've done featuring my new windowsill.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Sketching the Dog

I've been trying to get back to doing some sketching lately. This is an old one of Molly, my shih tzu. I rarely manage to complete a sketch of her as she moves around such a lot - I could swear she doesn't like me drawing her and moves on purpose, often deliberately hiding her face from me!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lilys and Plums

I had a few problems with this painting - it's funny how some paintings seem straightforward and others are such a struggle! The lilys took all week to come out and I'd finished painting them by then! Also we moved our boat in the middle of me painting this so the light direction changed completely. Never mind - I don't think it came out too badly.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Garden Flowers and Pear

The above photos show the progress of my recent painting 'Garden Flowers and Pear' from the set up to the finished work. I took a different perspective with this one and painted it standing up and looking down which I think gives a more dynamic result. I do like to be comfortable when I'm painting though so I prefer sitting down really - I'm just so lazy!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Room with a View

We've just left the marina we've been in for three and a half years where we were sandwiched between two boats. It's so lovely to be out on the canal and to have a view!

Friday, 30 September 2016

My Top 3 Art Instruction Books - No. 1

Light - How To See It, How To Paint It. I discovered this book in the 80s and upon reading it I truly had one of those 'Aha!' moments. Up until that point I don't think I'd properly comprehended what painting was all about. Lucy Willis, a gifted and accomplished artist herself, has written a brilliantly detailed and informative book, covering every possible aspect of how to see and paint different aspects of light and shadow. The beauty of sunshine and shadow are what give paintings what I call 'soul' or in other words, they can conjure up a particular strong mood, atmosphere or feeling. This book, illustrated throughout with examples from some fabulous painters, made me see painting in a whole new way, and made me want to immediately go out and paint some light-filled canvases of my own. All this time later I don't think I've got anywhere near being able to do it as light conditions are so fugitive and difficult to pin down and I'm such a slow painter! Nevertheless I will keep trying!