Monday, 4 June 2018



Freedom to choose.

Hello and welcome to my Monday Blog.



Nearly Dark   Oils and cold wax on panel and frame  26 x 21 inches.

A moody abstract study settling in my studio.
My five year old granddaughter likes this...she is a fine art critic.


She likes to paint with me in my studio.


Here is her exciting piece of work last week. 
 Framed and taken home to hang.

I love the free expression, colour choice and gestural brush strokes.
She asked if she could paint on a frame next time she visits.
That is awesome...I love her sense of adventure.


Shoulds and Oughts...



Last week I began thinking about where I wanted to go with my art.
Would I paint what other people want or stay true to myself?

It didn't take long to reach a decision.


I think it is important for me to paint from my 'soul'.
If this means upsetting a few people then I shall take that risk.


 Here is a quote by Damali Ayo 
posted online by artist Nicholas Wilton...



These words came onto my computer at just the right time.

Making art makes me feel happy.
If it makes someone else feel happy then I am extra happy,
 I know I cannot please everyone but they could re-cover their couch.


The big decision...


Painting frames.

Changing from black to a softer look.

These frames are drying in the studio.
They were black and although I quite liked them for these  paintings 
I decided to give them a new look.

The bottom one is a gunmetal oil colour mixed on my palette.
I used Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre, Venetian Red and Titanium White.

The top three are a mix of Phthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre and Titanium White.
This made a light blue/green but I think I like the grey more.
They will have a second coat of gunmetal when dry.

Some abstract work can look good in black but these abstracted
 land/seascapes possibly look softer this way.
It is all a matter of personal opinion.


Listening...


Another quote which made me stop and listen.

Have a happy week.

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