Monday, 16 October 2017



'The Monday Blog'




Dune and Drift  Oils on board  4x3 inches

This is an off-cut with a personality.
Rather than discard it I will ask my framer to make an 'important looking' frame.

I think Graham deserves another mention...
if you need a custom made frame his link is:



Studio Musings...


This week I have been experimenting with some photos,
 changing them from colour to black and white.
I would like to paint a landscape in monochrome using the photograph as a reference.

The values really stand out in this method and are a good exercise in tonal changes.
In fact, taking a photograph of a finished piece of work and changing
 it to black and white can also help with a critical analysis.

Paintings with strong tonal shifts can be dramatic and eye-catching.
However, not all paintings need this.  
Close toned paintings are easy on the eye and relaxing but care should
 be taken to have some tonal changes though or a piece can be boring.


Here are two photographs which are examples of tonal changes.



              

                        Still life in my kitchen                     Sudden storm over the Fen.


Both of these images would be useful exercises and I shall attempt to
paint them over the next week or two.  I will post images of their progress.


I have recently cropped a few pieces to fit some frames I had in my studio.
This little painting on board is an example of my abstracted work about
the shore at low tide.  I like the colours and marks depicting shallow water.


Shallows  Oils on board 6x4 inches


Shallows in an off-white hand painted wood frame
 made by Graham Perkins.

It shows how a small painting can still have a sense of place.

Available from Artfinder.com/anne-wood



A return to abstract



Marshlight    Oils on canvas 8 x 20 inches  

The marshes are magical in my eyes...
I love putting my abstracted coastal thoughts into paint.

This slim piece has been on my easel for several weeks.
My abstracts often take a longer time to paint.

This one had several scrape downs and nearly finished in the bin.
However, not wanting to be beaten I kept working and eventually the
work came to life.  Now, I am happy with the results.
 I just need to paint the sides, position and fasten it in this float frame


Next Monday I hope to show you some more work. 



                                             



Monday, 9 October 2017




'The Monday Blog'

The first of my weekly blog posts.


I have decided to downsize my daily blogging and post once a week instead.
I hope to post more about my studio and the work I am currently doing.

My work is also changing a little.
For the past three years I have painted a small piece
 daily to post in my online gallery at Artfinder.com.

I shall continue to do this but some of my time will be
 devoted to larger pieces which take longer to create.
If I can remember, I will post images of work in progress.

I like to paint both representational and abstract pieces.
Some of these will be kept in my studio for future exhibitions.

My online gallery pages at Artfinder.com/anne-wood will continue to 
be filled with a selection of landscapes, seascapes and some abstracts.

I hope you like the weekly blog...
Please message if you have any comments.
I am always interested in hearing from you.

Studio Musings...



Three of a kind.


Seascapes

These paintings are currently on show in the Usher Gallery, Lincoln
as part of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society Autumn Exhibition.

A 'nearly new' piece...



Southerly Days  Oils on box canvas  16 x 16 inches   

This piece is a rework of a previous painting.
I left small purple and blue parts of the old image but most of the painting is new.  

I like to have a free, gestural action when making abstract work.
Painting quickly prevents tightening up and keeps the shapes loose.

The 2013 canvas went through several stages before reaching 'Southerly Days'

This is the first 'sketch' in paint...


Not what I really wanted so the piece moved on to...

'Lime and Purple'  2013


I kept the painting in my studio until this week when I decided to destroy it to make another.
 Destroy sounds harsh but I am happy to do this.  It is always exciting
to see another painting evolve and have a personality of its own.

Moving on is a natural part of my art career.
It keeps my work fresh.

See you next Monday. 









Sunday, 8 October 2017



Still here.


A day in the City  60 x 36 inches  Acrylic on canvas 

Shapes and colours around the town.


Studio Musings...


This painting was completed in 2007.
It hangs in my studio and might well stay there.

An artist friend saw it recently and asked why
 I haven't many others in a similar style.

She encouraged me to make more.
For the past few years I have concentrated on painting
smaller works. Mainly for posting online and shipping.

To complete a work this size takes longer but is quite satisfying.
Maybe time for a change...

Saturday, 7 October 2017



Past times.


Earth   48 x 36 inches  Acrylic on canvas  SOLD

Abstract painting about colour and texture.

Studio Musings..

This work was completed ten years ago and went to a new home.
I have always liked it and I am keen to make something similar.

Normally I don't copy work so I am sure anything
 I begin  will evolve into its own personality.





Friday, 6 October 2017



Pair 3.


Transitions

'Marsh Light'  (top)
'Shore'  (lower)


Studio Musings...


The third pair to submit for showing at the LAS Winter Show 2017.

The abstract piece 'Shore' was painted for an exhibition in 2013 and 
'Marsh Light' was created this summer.  Until I was selecting the work
for this show I hadn't noticed the link between the two pieces.

They are both about the shore...'Marsh Light' is abstracted but still representational
and the lower abstract piece is about shapes and colour of land and sea.

It shows how my choice of palette is about the same for both pieces.
I like the soft greyed down colours.  
They remind me of our Lincolnshire coastline.





Thursday, 5 October 2017


Pairs 2.



Transitions

'Coast'  (Top)
'July Morning'  (below)


Studio Musings...

Following yesterday's post these two paintings are the second pair
to submit for the LAS 'Transitions' Winter Show at Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln.

Again, the works show a transition from abstracted to abstract.
As the reference is about colour there is a link between the two pieces. 

 The lower painting is abstracted but still resembles the shore at ebb tide.
  The abstract work above is about shapes and colour with the coast as a reference.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017


Pairs 1.


Transitions

'Catching Shadows' (top)
'Stormborn'  (below)


Studio Musings...


In November there is a Lincolnshire Artists' Society Show
in Sam Scorer Gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln.

The theme is 'Transitions' and artworks are to be in pairs.
I have decided to submit mine as Reality and Beyond showing similar works
in abstracted and abstract versions of land and sea.  Here is number one.

I will show the second pair tomorrow.







Tuesday, 3 October 2017

                                                       
Dazzling.




Shimmer  Oils on board 18 x 14 inches

Low tide and bright sunlight shimmers on standing water and sand.


Studio Musings...

I like this painting.  In fact, it has been hanging in my home for a year.
However, it is time to release it for a new owner.


In a hand-painted wood frame.

It is available on Artfinder.com/anne-wood

Monday, 2 October 2017


Beneath and beyond.



Riverbed   Oils on gessoed watercolour paper  9 x 12 inches

Soft and gentle, shallow river.


Studio Musings...

When is a painting finished?
Some might say...never.
Or until it moves on to a new home.

This certainly merits some thought.
I have reworked many paintings over the years.

Often because I am bored with them but sometimes after a day or so
when I return to look I can see where changes could be made.

The painting above is under scrutiny.
I am reasonable happy with the tree line, river and foreground.

The sky is possibly going to be altered tomorrow.
I can paint it darker, change the colour or change it back again.

I will let you know.





Sunday, 1 October 2017




East Coast.



Marsh and Shore   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches  

Pools and wet marsh grass at low tide.


Studio Musings...

Framing is very subjective.
Tastes vary and each person has a preference.

Sometimes I like to hand-finish my frames with oil paint using colours
 from the palette. This frame was in my studio and already painted.

When I placed it next to the painting it looked 'right'.
Here is the finished piece...












Saturday, 30 September 2017


Over the top.



A slice of lemon   Oils on box canvas  16 x 16 inches


Lemon hovers above the mountain.

Studio Musings...

This painting was completed in 2013.
It has been in some exhibitions and is now released for sale.

I like to paint shapes and colour as a complete change from my land and seascapes. 
Painted around the sides, the canvas is ready to hang or may be displayed in a float frame.

Available from Artfinder.com/anne-wood




Friday, 29 September 2017


Inspiration.



View from my studio verandah looking north west


View from my studio verandah looking south west


Studio Musings...

I am surrounded by a wild garden and farmland.
Although I rarely stand and paint these views I am sure they influence my work.



A shaft of sunlight falls on the old gnarled trunk of a conifer.







Thursday, 28 September 2017


Early.



Sunrise   Oils on board  7.5 x 9.5 inches

Warm summer sunrise at ebb tide.




Studio Musings...

This little painting has been living in my home for some time.
I have decided to let it move on to a new home now.




Wednesday, 27 September 2017



Third time.


Third piece of work in progress

Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches


Studio Musings...

This piece will be evolving.
Some paintings do that, others are complete in one session.

This will stay on the easel for a while as I take some parts away and make changes.




Tuesday, 26 September 2017



In progress...


More new work...

Oils on stretched canvas  30 x 8 inches.


Studio Musings...

An abstracted piece of work on the easel.
Possibly with reference to moorland.

I am 'in the flow' with my autumn colours.
September is glowing and I find it inspirational.

Monday, 25 September 2017


New view.


New work in the studio

Oils on canvas board  20 x 16 inches


Studio Musings...

A change of scene today.
I love working on an abstract piece.

Although quite intense it is an exciting process.
I decided to be inspired by the autumn colours in my garden for this 'seascape'.

Now for a choice of frame...



Sunday, 24 September 2017


Plein air.


September Garden   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Autumn is here.


Studio Musings...

Saturday was a day for painting outside.
A group of painting friends came to our garden for the day.

Abstracted and gestural, this piece is about the shrubs, berries
and bright yellow daisies in the borders near the house.



Saturday, 23 September 2017


Ideas.


Still Life and composition


Studio Musings...

Today a painter friend brought me flowers from her garden.

I found a little tin can to hold them and now they are in my kitchen.

When I took this photo an idea of painting a still life came to me.

Tomorrow...I might try it out.