Friday, 31 May 2019

Grab it and run.

Look quickly before it’s gone...

‘Beyond the reach of night’

Recently I had a panel with a red under painting 
then I added some blue and black, scratching out 
some shapes and scribbles.  

It sat in my studio for about three weeks.

Then one day I decided to add some more colour...

‘Bang the drum, Summer is next’

You can see it has changed considerably.
Some marks remain visible to tell it is the one before.

However, my picture didn’t last long.

Off we go went through another re-work
which covered all the previous paint.

Several layers of oil and cold wax were applied,
then smoothed, rolled, scraped and scratched.

The painting was turned around and placed in a
heavy gilt type wood frame which was in my studio.

Here it is...
the only evidence of its previous life
is just visible.  A tiny red fragment top right. 

‘Quietly open the woodland door’

Oils and cold wax medium on panel.

The moral of the story?

If you visit an artist’s studio and see 
something you would like to own...

Buy it quickly and run.
Before it disappears.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

All change.

Hello and welcome to my Blog 

‘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.

Hello and welcome to my Blog.

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...

Hello and welcome to my Blog.

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...
Thank you for visiting.