Monday, 11 November 2019

What I want me to say.

Something to think about...

I want to share something with you.
What do the words below mean for you?

‘What someone else wants you to say....’

(A few words taken from a 1992 art title 

by Artist Gillian Wearing CBE)

I read those words recently and realised 

how significant they are for me.

 I shall explain.

Once upon a time....

I was influenced by what others thought 

and what they said to me.  

  I am speaking about my art path 

but it can also apply to any aspect in life.   

At first I believed what they said and I asked myself...

Perhaps these people are right? 

 Perhaps I ought to heed their advice and 

do what they thought was best for me

(to ‘say’ in my art). 

 In this case it was about making pictures 

they thought were ‘right’...meaning 

recognisable, easy to understand art 

which says what it is.

Not the ‘difficult to understand’ abstract art 

which says what the artist feels.  

What will I say?...

I realised I didn’t have to say 

what others wanted me to say.

I can say whatever I want in my work.   

I can speak my own art language.

I can say what I feel as I paint.

This is very liberating and it has made 

such a difference in my art journey. 

I can recommend it. 



What I want me to say’... 

  I want me to say ‘yes’ to my abstract art. 


‘A touch of happiness’

Oils and cold wax medium on Arches oil paper 

8 x 8 inches in a black wood float frame.

(A new picture ready for going 

on my stall at the Gainsborough Artisan Fair).

Some of my followers might recognise 

the first painting from my last blog post.

It was a ‘leftover’ using up oils on 

my palette at the end of the day.

Just random ‘abstract’ marks.

I decided to turn it around and 

crop it to fit a frame.   

‘Nature has its beauty brought’

Oils and cold wax medium on Arches oil paper 

8 x 8 inches in a white wood float frame.

I really like it and it is sitting in my home. 

It speaks to me gently,

telling me to follow my own path. 

It says all I want to say in my paintings.

....It will be going to my stall at the

Gainsborough Artisan Fair on 14 December.

That’s all for now...

Until next time

Wild at Heart Studio 

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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Going wild.

Hello and welcome to my Blog.

‘Find me if you can’

When I first began painting I wanted 
to be a ‘serious landscape artist’.

My paintings were about trying to copy the landscape.
To depict it as it really is.  

Then I realised I would never achieve it.
Nature has it to perfection.

I began to search for another way to make 
landscape paintings and I realised it didn’t have 
to be a literal representation of my surroundings.  

My work has evolved over 20 years and I have 
enjoyed the journey experimenting 
with different materials.

Oils became my favourite medium.
I love the creamy luscious feeling as I work,
making marks and ‘sculpting’ the paint.

‘Best of all times’

As I gained confidence my work became wilder...
I loosened up, making gestural sweeps with a 
brush or other tools. It seemed I had found my ‘voice’ 
and marks seemed to appear almost magically.

As I progressed, I found taking risks with my art 
and not being too ‘precious’ was the most valuable lesson.
I would recommend this to anyone wondering 
how to move on in their work.  

‘Every turn of the tide

My pictures might be described as 
imaginary places with a hint of memories.

Layers of paint and scribbles give a worn appearance.
There is often a reference to landscape and the coast.

Other pieces might depict objects drawn loosely 
here and there, as if a still life arrangement.
Or geometric shapes.

  ‘Taking tea together, will you join us?’

A picture with drawing in the paint.
Loose and gestural.


Nothing is wasted when I use the 
leftover oils on my palette.  

On a piece of Arches oil paper I make 
random marks and gestures with the paint. 

Any colour will do and there is no particular plan.  
I turn the paper round to create little mini landscapes.

Sometimes there are parts I can
crop to use as cards or bookmarks.

Here is a leftover from this week...

Reminiscent of autumn fields 
or sea marshes along the East Coast. 

Leftover paint was used in a similar 
way on this small canvas.

Paint was scrubbed on and scraped back.
Dark and mysterious, the image gave it 
an ethereal feeling of a moonlit scene.

I took photos of the process to see where 
it changed as I continued to work.

Stage one...

then the under painting became
a little wilder....

I liked it but wanted to move on with 
some more bold marks....

Several days later, using a roller,
 the final marks were placed.
Time to stop.

The finished picture...

Here it is, sitting in my home 
next to a ceramic pot by Lyn Lovitt and 
a small wood sculpture carved by Mike Lovitt.

‘I lose my thoughts to nature’s dream’

Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 16 inch canvas 
in a black wood float frame.

The title reflects my mood and inner voice...

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, 27 October 2019


Forming alignment with life’
Creating coherence.

Nicholas Wilton Art2Life

‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’

A new painting from old.
Worn but carefree.

Nicholas Wilton’s Art2Life weekly newsletter 
arrived in my email inbox this morning.   
It gave me some serious thought.
I copied these suggested ideas from his text...

Create Coherence between your Art and Life....

Your Art becomes stronger the 

more it reflects you.

Coherence between your art and life makes 

your art practice unstoppable.


Your ability to choose what to keep or 

eliminate in your art and life is a practice. 

Your improvement occurs over time.

The evidence of this is seen in 

the evolution of your art.

To illustrate,

I am using this painting to see how 

the advice fits with my own art practice.

‘Twilight fades the blue’

Oils on canvas board 10 x 12 inches. 

Often I will use an existing picture to make a new one.

   I decided to make a few changes here.

The picture was turned upside down 

and some bright oil colour was added.

It certainly made a difference and

I was ready to keep it....

However, after reading about ‘discernment’,

choosing what to keep and what to eliminate 

I realised there was too much ‘noise’ 

in the painting.   It wasn’t harmonious.

It was busy and tiring.

It was time to think about change.

To bring the painting back to what I like in my life.

Simplicity and a clutter-free environment.

Aligning my work with my life...

I began scraping the colour off and added blue, 

magenta and black with some cold wax medium.

The paint was spread with a knife.

This effect calmed the painting and gave me

a few ideas.   Turning the picture round 

again I scraped paint off and scratched 

some marks in the oils.  Bits of dried 

paint underneath appeared adding interest.  

I rubbed paint off with a rag revealing 

the streak of pale blue dry paint underneath.

This looked ethereal as if in moonlight

giving me the idea for the title.  

Suddenly I felt I was achieving my aim.

Linking my art practice with my personality.

I wondered if some of this was intuitive.

An example of this is how I design my home.  

If something begins to look cluttered I

remove items until I feel a sense of harmony.

Here again is the ‘new’ picture.

‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’

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Friday, 25 October 2019


Hello and welcome to my Blog...

‘Say it with Orange’

Oils and cold wax medium on panel 
in a hand-painted black wood frame.

....Today I read some encouraging quotes
which inspired me to write this blog.

They are all from Sara Genn,
 The Painter’s Keys Newsletter.
She selected these to include in her letter this week.
I have copied them here to share with you. 

Alone, and without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing;” 

wrote Oscar Wilde.

“In solitude, we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us,” 

wrote Virginia Woolf

“If you are alone,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci, “you belong entirely to yourself.”

After giving this some thought I must agree.

Solitude is important for my own working practice.

I am fortunate to have a space of my own 

for making my art. This is essential for me to 

abandon all outside influences and concentrate 

on moving paint around, making marks.  

‘Belonging entirely to myself’...I lose track of time

when entering my world of imagination.

‘Every turn of the tide’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 

An example of an imaginative view of the shore.  

Simple marks and texture give an abstract view.  

The picture has a feeling of solitude.

More studio musings....

Below are parts of a recent painting...

Zooming in and cropping reveal

a few intriguing images.   

They could all be paintings in their own right. 

These little images are possible ideas for 

another piece of work.   

They are all taken from this painting...

‘Eight days a week’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas 

I love this picture.   It currently hangs in my home.

That’s all for now...

Until next time,

thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Advance notice.

Hello and welcome to Wild at Heart Studio.

I am happy to tell you about my plans for
Oil painting workshops next year.

These are some of the little oils and cold wax
studies drying on the line.  

Details of the occasion are below...

2020 Oil Painting Demonstrations/Workshops


In my studio, set in a wild garden in the Lincolnshire countryside, these one day workshops are an introduction to working with Oils and Cold Wax Medium.

 Students will learn and experiment on Arches oil paper creating some small paintings to take home.   Working with oils, oil pastels and other mark-making tools, this workshop is suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists.

It is designed to be a fun day...relaxed and friendly.

Lunchtime may be inside or out in the wild garden.

  There are plenty of picnic areas, seats and mown grass tracks in the paddocks. 

  Waterproof footwear is handy.




Four places, working on tables will be available on each day....from 10am to 3pm.    



This includes your painting materials and equipment...

tea/coffee/cake/biscuits are provided.



A packed lunch.  

(Cups/utensils/plates and a fridge are in the studio).

I recommend wearing an apron or some painting clothes.

A tray or similar is useful to safely transport your wet oil painting home.



10am Refreshments and introduction 

10.30 - 12  Demonstration and painting time

12 - 1pm   Lunch 

1pm - 2.30  Painting and experimenting 

2.30 - 3pm  Refreshments and preparing your work for transporting home.


Contact Anne Wood if you need more information...

Provisional bookings can be taken now - the full fee is payable one month before the chosen date.   

(PayPal, bank transfer or cheque payable to Mrs A.Larder)



Refunds can be given if the booking is cancelled by you but must be no later than 2 weeks before the date to allow time for another person booking.

A full refund is given if the workshop is cancelled by me due to unforeseen circumstances.



Wild at Heart Studio

Green Acres







WHEELCHAIR ACCESS to buildings with assistance.

The wild garden is also accessible with a wheelchair with care in dry weather.

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Next week there is an exhibition featuring art by 

members of the Nadin Group.

Here is the invitation to the Opening.

My painting was chosen for the flyer.


‘Passing Moments’.   

Oils and cold wax medium on 12 x 16 inch canvas.

(This picture can be hung both ways).

That’s all for now...
Thank  you for visiting.  

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