Friday, 19 June 2020

Little steps



Getting going again...




'Black and Blue'

Oils and cold wax medium on 3x4 inch paper.



Time to begin a few paintings.
I have taken a break recently but now
I feel ready to get going.

There are no exhibitions booked so 
there isn't anything urgent.

Making little studies on a sheet 
of Arches oil paper is a great
 way to play with paint.  


When they dry I cut them up
to make greetings cards.  



Some of these will make cards.






'Hide and Seek'

Oils and cold wax medium on paper.

These studies are small...
about 4x4 inches.


Here is a larger one, about 6x4 inches
I used a stencil and roller to make some marks. 




Some scratches and scrapes add interest. 




They become mini 'landscapes'.
Nothing too definite,
Just play.




'Full Effect'

Arches oil paper, 8x8 inches.

Oils and cold wax layered many times.
Scraped back to reveal colour below.

I have enjoyed this playtime.


Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.










Saturday, 6 June 2020

Changes



Times change.

A way of seeing,
a way of thinking.




A painting...no title

This picture hangs in my home.
Several months ago it had been a battle of wills.  

It really wasn't going anywhere
and I was tired of working with it.
I still have no idea where to go with it.

Now, since lock-down, the world has changed
and I began to think about my painting life.
Have I got to finish everything?
Can some things be left...'as is'?

Of course!  

So my picture is finished.
No need to worry about it.

Except perhaps, a title.
That's another challenge.  🤔   






'Through wild woods'

Oils on board.

This picture also hangs in my home.
It is finished....and has a title.
It reminds me of bluebells in spring.
Like jewels in an awakening world.


Seeing and thinking...

I am beginning to take a different view 
of my painting future and allow myself 
a more relaxed way of thinking.


No-one said painting would be easy,
but perhaps a more relaxed attitude 
would be better for my future.  

If it never gets finished...
Who cares? 

I am just happy that I’ve had the chance 

to be a painter...



That's all for now,
thank you for reading.



My website has had a little spring clean.
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Monday, 25 May 2020

Ageing.



When does a painting need to be finished?





A recent rework

This was ‘finished’ long ago
but it has re-surfaced.

I found it in a crate in my old caravan.

Although the original seascape was ‘ok’
I had got bored with it and wanted to 
change it a little.  Rough it up.

Using some leftover green and blue oils on my palette,
I used a knife to add the paint 
randomly over the surface.

Working quickly without care, a few casual marks
did all I wanted...to make the painting change 
from realism to abstracted.  

I have left it to dry and hung it
in the summer house.



Another ageing painting - 




Reworked many times...
and put aside for months. 

I think it had a few retakes before now
but no images remain of its journey. 


 I was getting itchy fingers.
it was time for a change.



More leftover oil paint.
This time the blue was mixed with yellow
to make these lime greens 

A knife was used to spread the paint over the oranges
quite randomly.  No plan, just play.

I stopped before the green took complete charge.
The orange and red burnt sienna on the frame 
is in harmony with the greens.  

Now it is finished.

I wonder?

It will dry and rest in my studio.


Back to the question...
When does a painting need to be finished?

Dare I say never?
The answer is in the hands of the earthly maker.

I shall go and look for more.   
It’s great fun.



Thank you 
See you next time



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Sunday, 24 May 2020

Balancing.




Quiet moments...
a time for contemplation






My days are busy now with the garden
and only short sessions are for painting.

I don’t mind, in fact this strange lockdown
has made me stop and think about my life.



I love painting...I love gardening too,
but my garden had been neglected.


Now there is more balance.



My garden is wild and I love it this way.
So do the birds and lots more wildlife.




A little pool with a dish for bird bathing.




My studio is full of my pictures.
They are my inspiration.



After several weeks of no painting
I decided to make a layered 
picture with bright colours.





It is on a 12 x 16 inch sheet of
Arches oil paper.

I used oils with some cold wax.
Painted quickly it has scratched parts and scribbles.





Zooming into one of the little studies.
The oils look lush and chewy.



The garden is natural and wild...



Soft spring grass and flowers.




Part of a painting 




A likeness to my wild garden?
I think it is...but not really intentional.
Perhaps it lies in my soul.





A chance encounter...
sunlight on the leaning tree






Another chance encounter...
sunlight on an old hen house





Late afternoon,
sunlight on a painting in my home.






Garden and art,
a happy pairing.





My garden and my painting;
both creative, both absorbing.


It’s a good mix...
good for the soul.



Until next time...

Thank you for visiting





Balancing.




Quiet moments...
a time for contemplation






My days are busy now with the garden
and only short sessions are for painting.

I don’t mind, in fact this strange lockdown
has made me stop and think about my life.



I love painting...I love gardening too,
but my garden had been neglected.


Now there is more balance.



My garden is wild and I love it this way.
So do the birds and lots more wildlife.




A little pool with a dish for bird bathing.




My studio is full of my pictures.
They are my inspiration.



After several weeks of no painting
I decided to make a layered 
picture with bright colours.





It is on a 12 x 16 inch sheet of
Arches oil paper.

I used oils with some cold wax.
Painted quickly it has scratched parts and scribbles.





Zooming into one of the little studies.
The oils look lush and chewy.



The garden is natural and wild...



Soft spring grass and flowers.




Part of a painting 




A likeness to my wild garden?
I think it is...but not really intentional.
Perhaps it lies in my soul.





A chance encounter...
sunlight on the leaning tree






Another chance encounter...
sunlight on an old hen house





Late afternoon,
sunlight on a painting in my home.






Garden and art,
a happy pairing.





My garden and my painting;
both creative, both absorbing.


It’s a good mix...
good for the soul.



Until next time...

Thank you for visiting





Saturday, 23 May 2020

Showtime





The Lincolnshire Artists’ Society 
Virtual Spring Show
is now online....

I am happy to have my two paintings selected...






I hope you visit the Show and enjoy the art
by members of the Society.


I shall write more later...I am just having a cuppa
after a late night ‘in the office’ bringing 
the Show to the world. 

It was a huge relief to see it go ‘live’ 
without crashing the servers.


Good wishes to all art lovers.

🎨🎨🎨




Monday, 18 May 2020

Getting edgy



“Edges... 
the place where one thing changes 
to the next is especially potent”

(by Nicholas Wilton - Artist)



I began thinking about these words
and looked around at some details
of my own paintings.

I found these examples of getting edgy...



Detail of a hard edge...
the bright yellow commands attention




‘Safe Passage’
Oils and cold wax on 36 x 48 inch canvas


Nicholas also reminds us...

“Where that drab grey suddenly shifts 
to bright pink is a visually powerful spot” 





In my painting it is black and green
but visibly powerful, nonetheless. 




Another edge standing its ground...

‘Breath of Winter’

Oils and cold wax on 20 x 20 inch canvas






Edgy and spiky too...

There is something quirky about these shapes.




‘Crossing Borders’

Oils and cold wax on 39 x 39 inch canvas

It is one of my favourite paintings.
It makes me smile each time I walk in my studio. 



Finally...

Where one thing changes to the next,
a detail of a fiery painting.

Abstract shapes which give an impression of a skyline.
The dark against the bright orange and red is especially potent.




Below is the whole painting.




‘Turn up the Heat’

Oils and cold wax on 12 x 12 inch Arches oil paper


Nicholas Wilton is right about using edges for impact...
It’s worth getting a bit edgy.


“Try paying attention to the transitions 
between different areas in your art. 
Make them juicy. In other words, 
let the viewers (and you) feel 
enlivened by change”. 




That’s all for now.
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The view from my Studio