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.