Here are three little pictures which
Our wild paddock with silvery seed heads
Mullein for 2021
"Am I a people pleaser?" Louse Fletcher.
Art Juice podcast no: 81
"Being led by your own curiosity...." Alice Sheridan.
Art Juice podcast no: 81
Thinking about Louise's words...'being a people pleaser',
I know there are times when this has applied to me.
Particularly with my early art.
I mostly painted what I thought others wanted to see.
However, I realised I would never grow as a painter
if I followed this way of life.
'After the Pink'
Following my own pleasure will take me further...
and Alice's words about being led by curiosity is an exciting thought.
Being curious can make me take risks
and take me on unknown journeys,
especially when I work alone.
I am a loner, and
as a child I loved exploring the fields
and woods near my home.
It was during the 1950's.
There was a different kind of freedom then.
Someone posted these words on Facebook today...
"The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself
in places no one has ever been".
Quite appropriate for my musings today.
'Jam and green chocolate'
All these paintings came from my curiosity, seeing how far
I could go with spreading paint and making marks.
A lonesome but not lonely
adventure in my studio.
That's all for now.
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"Twenty years ago I had no idea where my
first paintings would take me.
At first it was watercolour, then acrylic
and finally oil paint.
They were works based on reality;
landscapes and coastal studies
and for several years I painted what
others wanted to see.
Then I realised it was not what I wanted...
my heart was elsewhere.
I have not looked back.
The work I create now has come a long way
and I am happy".
"Wild at Heart Studio in rural Lincolnshire
is where I create my oil paintings.
They are everywhere in this timber cabin,
from tiny oil studies on paper
to larger canvases hanging on the walls.
I love having them around me as I work.
"Twenty years ago I began making my art.
A visit to a painting exhibition had inspired me.
I wanted to see what I could do myself
but it was many years since my brief
encounter with art school.
I knew I had a long journey ahead
so I taught myself daily to find what
I wanted to say in my paintings.
"Oil paint became my favourite medium,
and I began to feel my way.
My work turned looser and more painterly.
Bold and expressive paintings emerged and I got
excited by the spontaneity and freedom that
abstraction offered when making my marks.
"I added cold wax to my oil palette and it took me further,
transforming the way I moved paint around.
The oils and wax are smooth and luscious and when they
are sculpted with knives, rollers and scrapers,
wonderful effects happen. I add layers and then
destroy parts by scraping back which reveals
the underneath, rather like archeology.
The painting begins to have a history.
"The 'wild' in the work comes from making intuitive
geometric and organic shapes.
One shape can inspire the forming of another.
Colour adds drama to my work.
Again, the wild is there in my colour palette.
The paintings tell the story.
It is a visual language of my working process.
"I am a member of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society
and the Nadin Group and have received
four awards for my work.
Currently, I serve on the Committee of the LAS.
"My Wild at Heart Studio, near Lincoln
will open again for visitors in May 2021".
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