Monday, 18 June 2018

Another direction.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

Jubilant Fields   Oils and cold wax on box canvas 20 x 20 inches

Another week and more new work.

I am preparing 24 pieces for my show with another painter in July.

This body of work is a change from my paintings made over the past two years. 
The pieces are a step further away from reality but do have a reference to nature.

Moving in another direction is good for my progress.
Staying in a rut can hold back new ideas.

Even further...

Uncharted Territory   Oils and cold wax on canvas  24 x 24 inches

I like to have several paintings on the go in my studio.
Then I can move to another one if I am blocked by the first.

This gives me time to think about any issues which need resolving.
It also makes a good place to scrub any excess oil paint from my brushes.

These marks can become the start of a new painting.
This 'abstract' one has developed from random marks.

It has become an impression of a harbour...curving marks might be
suggestive of a bridge and the lower dark part could be water.

It's all in the mind but is quite intriguing.

Saturday Surprise

I was thrilled to see my painting was chosen to be on the front
of this Exhibition catalogue at the Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber.

Here is the painting on the gallery wall...

Before the Tide   Oils on board 

(pictured centre bottom)

Show Time

I shall be delivering my three paintings on 18th June to the
Sam Scorer Gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln.

The Lincolnshire Artists' Society Summer Show
 is from Tuesday 19th June until 1st July.

All in a Day

As it Happens


If you are able to visit, the gallery is open daily from 10am until 4pm.

Nearly good enough to eat...

My tray of Sempervivums enjoying the sun.

Before I go..

Another mention of artist Nicholas Wilton's Blog about 
bringing art to life.  This week it is about changing direction.

It really fits with my own path at the moment.

His website is if you wish to read it.

He was using a huge piece of thick canvas pinned to the wall and plans
to crumple it up, make cuts in it and all sorts of things...

I am now looking for where I can fasten a chunk of canvas in my studio.
Perhaps it could stay on the floor and I can work like Jackson Pollock.

Until next week...
Thank you for visiting


Monday, 11 June 2018

Making a start.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

Waiting to be moved on...a 16 x 16 inch painting in my studio.

I had no idea where it would go but I made a start by
mixing some cream oils and a pale aqua.  I added some
cold wax to the paint and worked it into the mix.

The image below shows where I made the marks.
I think it is finished but I might add a dark area 
on the bottom right to balance the work.

Scraping the oils back and scribbling into the paint gives some interest and texture.


More mark-making...

I wanted to add some drama to this 12 x 12 inch canvas.
The image below shows my marks made with Prussian blue
and Burnt Sienna.  A little cold wax medium was added.

Spreading the paint over the canvas I smoothed it out with my
bowl scraper and roller.  I scratched some marks in the wet paint.

The top part of the painting was left untouched although the
colour in the first image looks different...due to my camera setting.

The finished piece.  (A better photograph).
I like the dramatic 'weight' and the small patches of reflections.

Mark-making is now an automatic response for me.  
After 20 years of painting I have become familiar with oils and colour.
I love moving paint around and sculpting the oils with brush, knife and scrapers.

Start by Starting...

This week I watched a video by Nicholas Wilton of Art2Life 
on his Sunday Blog...about how he makes a start on a new piece of art.

For anyone finding it difficult to begin, his video gives some good advice.  
Each week he talks about an aspect of making art.

I subscribe to his blog online.  Here is the link to his website.

Until next week...
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Freedom to choose.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog.

Nearly Dark   Oils and cold wax on panel and frame  26 x 21 inches.

A moody abstract study settling in my studio.
My five year old granddaughter likes this...she is a fine art critic.

She likes to paint with me in my studio.

Here is her exciting piece of work last week. 
 Framed and taken home to hang.

I love the free expression, colour choice and gestural brush strokes.
She asked if she could paint on a frame next time she visits.
That is awesome...I love her sense of adventure.

Shoulds and Oughts...

Last week I began thinking about where I wanted to go with my art.
Would I paint what other people want or stay true to myself?

It didn't take long to reach a decision.

I think it is important for me to paint from my 'soul'.
If this means upsetting a few people then I shall take that risk.

 Here is a quote by Damali Ayo 
posted online by artist Nicholas Wilton...

These words came onto my computer at just the right time.

Making art makes me feel happy.
If it makes someone else feel happy then I am extra happy,
 I know I cannot please everyone but they could re-cover their couch.

The big decision...

Painting frames.

Changing from black to a softer look.

These frames are drying in the studio.
They were black and although I quite liked them for these  paintings 
I decided to give them a new look.

The bottom one is a gunmetal oil colour mixed on my palette.
I used Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red and Titanium White.

The top three are a mix of Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.
This made a light blue/green but I think I like the grey more.
They will have a second coat of gunmetal when dry.

Some abstract work can look good in black but these abstracted
 land/seascapes possibly look softer this way.
It is all a matter of personal opinion.


Another quote which made me stop and listen.

Have a happy week.

Thank you for visiting

Monday, 28 May 2018

Feeling a good way.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

Last week I spoke about extending the painting onto the frame.

Here is another finished piece...
A study in blue

Dark Descent   Oils and cold wax on board and frame  18 x 16 inches

       Close-up detail

I am really happy with this painting.

Making mistakes...

Laying it on...

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 12 x 12 inches 

The above painting began life quite simply...but
I wasn't happy with the top part so the next day it all changed...


    In the looks a bit unfinished but I liked the texture

   close-up detail

Then I added more layers and colours

   close-up detail

Is it finished?  Have I ruined it? 
  Was it a mistake to tamper?

It really doesn't matter too much.
 Painting is about taking risks and mistakes happen regularly in my studio.
  I have learned to let go and move on.

I saw this photo last week on Facebook...

(Sadly, I didn't take note of who posted it.  Please accept my apologies).

This just about sums up my studio endeavours.

Until next week...
Thank you for visiting 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Taking a step backwards.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

Reveal   Oils and cold wax on canvas  30 x 40 inches

I have taken some steps backwards recently.
Back to abstraction in my paintings.

 Being true to myself is important
 as my work is a reflection of my personality.

After months of painting what other people preferred to
 see in my work I realised I was not going to move on. 
It was time to return to what I really love doing.

More experiments...

This piece was originally designed to be the other way up...
I accidently hung it this way and liked the effect.

It reminds me of the dark clouds and bright yellow seen 
in Lincolnshire when the oilseed rape is in flower.

My paintings are more about atmosphere than reality
so this is not a specific place...just an idea.

Making marks...

Response   Oils and cold wax on canvas  20 x 20 inches

This painting had been in the studio for some time waiting for finishing.
The underpainting was dark blue and red.

My first thought was to continue in red and blue but when I mixed this
violet blue I liked the effect.  Adding cold wax to the oils gave a lovely
ethereal feel to the piece.  I added a creamy fawn to the bottom right
with a few thicker highlights and some scrapes and scratches.

And the frame...

Hot Quarry   Oils and cold wax on board and frame.  18 x 16 inches 

Using the frame as a painting support adds weight to the work.
The idea came to me when I couldn't decide which frame to use.

Since then I have played around with more framed pieces.

On the way  Oils on board and frame 18 x 16 inches

To finish...

Time for home...just a short walk.

Until next week...
Thank you for visiting

Monday, 14 May 2018

Adventures in oils.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog

'First thing' 

 Oils and cold wax medium on canvas  16 x 16 inches

My adventures with oils and cold wax medium continue.
I am enjoying the process of layering and scraping back to reveal the underpainting.  
The texture and feel of the oils and wax create lovely luscious marks.

When viewed close up you can see how it adds interest to the work.

Here is a detail of the above painting 'First thing'

This week I received a book by Serena Barton about painting with cold wax.
She also writes about the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that
honours the changes of nature, the imperfect and the hand-made.

Twelve artists shared some of their methods and creative processes.
I found similarities in my own intuitive mark-making process
taking a journey in paint.  Serena calls it taking a journey without a map.

My work is intuitive and I often surprise myself when I stand back to look.
 If my work shows a sense of struggle I don't mind. 
For me, it's all about making something interesting rather than perfect.

A sense of place...

Another detail of a piece I have been working with.

This has several layers which have been scraped back, rolled
and re-worked.  I think it might be finished now or it will get overworked.

Knowing when to stop is the hardest part.

Light and shade...

Just by my studio door...

Plants around a small pool.

I liked the sun on these ferns and iris leaves with the dark wooden railing.
Nature gives a lesson about light, tonal values and shadows.

If you are interested to see Serena's work...
visit her website

Until next week...
Thank you for visiting.