Saturday, 18 May 2019

All change.

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‘Sapphire blue on a Summer’s day’

Oils and cold wax medium on 20 x 20 inch canvas 

I am happy to say my painting disaster 
last week has now turned a corner.

Just to remind you...

This was the beginning...

Then there was this ‘ugly stage’’
after trying anything to move it on.
I decided to lock the studio door and walk away.

Turning the canvas round I added more vibrant blue 
and some soft creamy yellow. 
 Little fragments of green here and there 
are a reminder of my previous struggle.

It is reminiscent of the coastline in summer.  
I like it.

Today was a good day.

Several new small pieces are drying on my tables.

‘Passage into Night’

Oils and cold wax medium on 6 x 6 inch canvas board 

This little picture only took minutes to make. 
It was a reject from the studio cupboard
with a black under-painting and a 
few left-over colours from my palette.  

Sometimes I think the faster I work brings more 
success than toiling over a difficult piece and fussing.  

On a roll, I decided to give this little picture a re-vamp.

Using some Burnt Sienna and Indian Yellow 
I swept it over the surface and 
then scraped some away. 

Finally, a mix of Indian Yellow and Titanium White
was used for the swirl of cream.

Some scratching into the wet paint
 completed the picture.

‘Bang the drum, Summer is next’

Oils and cold wax medium on panel.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Sometimes it rains.

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The view from my studio.
A tranquil scene on a sunny day in May.

I am laughing as I write today.
My last post was a cheerful one about 
two little pictures which were easy to make. 

Now I remember my Mother’s words...
“pride comes before a fall”.

Today I have two paintings on the table in my studio.
They have been worked and scraped down, reworked 
and left to dry as I decide what to do with them.

Nothing was going well...
It was just ‘one of those days’.  

I will share them with you...

A 20x20 inch canvas.

This was the first stage.
I was ‘stuck’ and needed to experiment.

Wondering where to go with it,
I added more colour...
and now it looks worse.

There are too many bits and pieces.
I do like the blue at the top and maybe the pinks,
but the yellow and green will have to go.  

When it is dry I shall rework it.  

Next I was battling with this one 
a 16 x 16 inch canvas.

It was similar to the first painting.

I added more colour and now it looks messy.
The yellow and green are not right.

Maybe I will bring the blue back and take away
the yellow and green when it is dry.

The best option is to leave them for a while
and move on to something else.

Calm is restored..

On a positive note I have another painting 
which seems to be going reasonably well.

It has a sense of calm.
I shall resist fiddling with it.

Oils and cold wax on 24 x 24 inch canvas.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.  

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sunny times.

Today was a good day at the office.

Sometimes there are days when my 
pictures almost paint themselves.

This was an improvement on yesterday’s work
which was a disaster.  Three canvases had to be
scraped down and set aside for re-working when dry.

I wanted to show you these two little oil studies 
which behaved well and were a joy to make. 

They are both oils and cold wax medium 
on 8 x 8 inch vinyl panel.

I think the success came from painting quickly 
and resisting the temptation to fuss.

Bold strokes were laid down and left.
A few scribbles in the wet paint 
revealed the colours beneath.

They are bright, happy little pictures 
and remind me of a seaside holiday.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.  


Learning by doing.

Taking risks and trying new ideas...

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This picture has been in my studio for a few weeks.  
I was unsure how I wanted to proceed as there were 
strong marks and lines on the canvas.

At the time I was thinking about objects...
Cups and saucers, bowls and a jug.

Thick lines were scraped in the dark red paint 
revealing the yellow under painting.  

It was put aside to dry.

The strong reference to vessels may have
 prevented me from going further.
I was protecting them.
It was time to push forward and take risks which
might involve destroying the initial design.

Yesterday I began rolling some left-over oils on top.
I liked the way the green paint brushed over
the slightly raised initial marks. 

Later I added some creamy fawn with my brayer.

Scratching marks in the wet paint I revealed the green.
It was time to let it dry before the next step.

I know only way to move forward and grow is to try new ideas.

Today I had been working on another picture with orange red paint.
Using the left-over oils I decided to forget 
the vessels, turn the canvas round and make a new design.  

Here is the finished piece..

I was very surprised when this emerged.
I love the bright orange against the blue grey.  

I shall allow it to dry and think of a title.  

Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 12 inch canvas.

Until next time...
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Visual scoring.

Painting health check.

Is it finished?

This picture is settling in my studio.
I am wondering if it needs more work
 or shall I call it finished? 

A health check can be useful when faced
with a painting on the easel.

Here are some ‘visual scorings’...
Another quote from online

Curves and angles: There’s a reason why fruit and round bottoms keep making it into masterpieces. The eye will instinctively follow a curve.

In geometrics or architectural subjects, a pointed end or the connection to a new line is a visual pleasure point.

In abstraction, a horizon-like line can provide a tether to an otherwise cacophonous symphony of form.

Colour: The mother of all languages, colour is the first signal of where to look, where to linger and where to get lost.

Give the eye a place to rest and stay awhile...

A flat, or even a super-flat, offers a void-like space in which to get lost in the materiality of pigment. 

‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’

Oils and cold wax medium on a 20 x 20 inch canvas.

Looking at this image there is a curve and some lines; 
a colour ‘pop’ and other subtle colours,
A ‘portal’ to give some intrigue 
and a flat area below to rest.

I am not suggesting this is a masterpiece 
but I shall leave it for now.

This next picture was painted at the same time.

Using the same principles I will check...

There are curves and angles,
connecting lines, possible geometric shapes,
and some ‘horizon’ lines.

Again, there is bright colour and some 
subdued colour for change and contrast.

I think the colour shapes add some interest 
and maybe suggest a building 
with the lines as tracks and trails.

The picture reminds me of narrow lanes 
and fields around my home.

I will call it finished.

‘Sunshine and blue skies’

Oils and cold wax medium on a 20 x 20 inch canvas.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Anne Wood
Wild at Heart Studio

Monday, 8 April 2019

Making changes.

Being true to myself.

“There was no one around to look at what I was doing, one interested, 

no one to say anything about it one way or another. 

I was alone and singularly free, 

no one to satisfy but myself”

Georgia O’Keefe

This picture has been hanging in my studio 

for several weeks.  Today I decided to 

make some significant changes.

Taking a bold approach I added a lot of dark paint.

Prussian blue, cobalt blue, manganese blue.

Some red...permanent rose, alizarin crimson.

Plus cold wax medium and some titanium white.

Layering and rollering, the colours blended together.

Scratching into the layers revealed dry paint beneath.

‘Song of the Earth’

Oils and cold wax medium 

100 x 100 cm canvas 

It was a risky business...but I am satisfied.

No one to please but myself.

Thank you Georgia O’Keefe

Until next time...

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Colour in my studio.

A fresh start...

After my studio clear-out I have enjoyed 
stocking up on new canvas and paint.

I began mark-making on a 2 large 
canvases using bright colours.
The painting would go through several stages.

Here is the first part...
they are drying on the easel before the next move.

I will describe the journey of the one on the right.
Random marks give me a start.

Many layers will be applied and scraped back
revealing the colours beneath.
I call it Creation-Destruction-Creation.

Turning the canvas around I added more shapes
and colour taking the painting further.   

It still needed some work to tease out a
composition with a sense of purpose.
At present it is a jumble of colour.

Below is the finished painting.

‘Gathering blackberries up the lane’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.

I added and subtracted until I reached a
point where I was happy with the design.
Being brave and taking risks is part of the process.

I feel the piece is calmer now
and although there are three distinct sections,
the scratchings add some differences.

The focus is really the central part...
A mini landscape.

Imagination plays a large part in my work.
There are no fixed rules and no photos.

My landscapes are purely fictional 
but the title suggests a day in the countryside.

Jackson Pollock 
put into words what I aim for...

When I am in a painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc, because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

Jackson Pollock

‘Ruffled Red’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 

Until next time...

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