Friday, 31 December 2021

Welcome to 2022.

Farewell to 2021...

'Slipping by'

Acrylics on paper 
Greetings card 

I had a fun time with paint last night before bed.

This was an accidental picture but it worked.

Sometimes magical things happen.

Today in my wild garden it was quite mild...
I was walking with my Whippet.

This is one of the mown areas.

My paintings are often inspired by nature.

I wish all my art friends 
a very Happy New Year.

Thank you for visiting...


Monday, 27 December 2021

All sizes.

Does size matter?

Recently I have made several small
paintings in acrylics on paper and panel.

I have always felt that size doesn't 
matter when abstracting nature.

The loose effects of brushwork 
can give an impression of space
even when the marks are on the small panels.

Here are some of my recent studies...

'Endless Shore'

Acrylics on 8 x 8 inch Ampersand panel 

Staying loose and uncomplicated,
these seascapes can give a realistic 
look without being photographic.


Acrylics on 6 x 6 Ampersand panel 

Mark-making with scratches and 
drawing into the paint adds interest.

Those marks in the foreground 
might resemble posts or driftwood.

Below is a picture of ebb tide...
with rivulets of seawater.


Acrylics on 8 x 8 inch Ampersand panel 

When I begin I don't have any
fixed plan and the painting can have
several changes along the way.

It's all part of the fun.

'On the Shore'

Acrylics on 6 x 6 inch Ampersand panel 

A quiet picture at ebb tide._
Smudged with some soft paper
there is a pool effect in the middle.

I have enjoyed painting these studies.
The biggest challenge has been getting 
accustomed to the smooth surface on the panels.
Also the difference between oils and acrylics.

However, a change is good so I shall
continue until the weather warms and
I can return to my garden studio.

'Long view'

Acrylics on 6 x 6 inch Ampersand panel 

Wide expanse of empty beach at low tide.

All for now...
thank you for visiting.

Anne Wood - Paintings

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Getting a grip.

Perseverance with a slippery surface.  

My adventures painting in acrylics 
with a one inch flat brush.

Two little 6 x 6 inch Ampersand panels.

Photographed against a fused glass sculpture 
by my friend Lorraine Thorpe.

These little pictures have been 
a challenge as the paint slides around 
on the smooth gesso surface.

I don't want to roughen it up so
perseverance is the only way.

Practice and patience.

'Across the pond'

As I painted, my thoughts turned to
wild places and nature reserves.

The golden reds might resemble autumn leaves.
Light in the sky sparkles on the water.

Nowhere in particular,
just a sense of place.


The calm before the storm.
Someone has just said it's reminiscent 
of a Norfolk beach.

I grew up in Humberston, near Cleethorpes.   
My childhood memories are of the open 
beaches along the East coast.  

My painting journey.

Twenty years ago I discovered the
paintings of Norfolk artist Edward Seago.

His loose brushwork inspired me and his
ability to make a few brush strokes 
say a lot without fuss was something I
wanted in my own work.

I knew I had a long journey ahead.
Perseverance and patience.

For several years I painted land and seascapes 
before moving from reality towards abstraction.

Below is one of my paintings from 2012...
I think my painterly 'hand-writing' is still there. 

'Grey Day'

Oils on canvas 10 x 12 inch board
painted around 2012.

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

Good wishes,

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Burning the midnight oil...(acrylic)

Late night painting.

This one is tiny!


Acrylic on 200gsm paper 

The picture here is deceptive...
it actually measures 3x2 inches..(ish)

I was painting last night before bedtime 
and wanted to see if I could make
a tiny painting using a 1 inch flat brush.

The larger brush encourages 
a loose way of working.

This is my result.  
I like it as it is like my
wild garden in winter.

Here is another painting
from the same session.  

'Wild Day'

Acrylics on paper

This time a suggestion of landscape 
on a wild day came to mind.

 I had used an A4 sheet of paper 
taped off with different sized portions.

Ideal for card-making.

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

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Going smaller...

Tiny pictures...

How small can I paint using a one inch brush?
How small and still resemble something?

Here are 6 pictures from my studio.

This picture is 3 x 4 inches.

I painted it with a one inch flat brush.  
This helps me to be loose and gestural 
rather than tight and detailed.

Detailed isn't for me...
I like loose, atmospheric paintings.

Here are more from the same
painting session on an A4 sheet of paper.

I taped it into 6 and worked on each
at the same time to keep it flowing.

They are all similar as I used the same 
limited palette throughout.

Ultramarine, Naples yellow, lemon, 
Burnt Sienna and white.
Plus, a tiny bit of Magenta and Manganese blue.

Although abstracted, they do remind me
of a wild place, rather like a nature reserve.

Shapes and brush marks 
are loose and gestural.

I haven't used brushes for some time.
Scrapers and knives are my choice of
work tools for oil and wax paintings.

The change to acrylics and brushes
will keep my painting muscles toned.  

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

Having fun...

Getting into the flow...

Little acrylic studies seem 
to be on the agenda now.

Here are three more coastal studies.

I have a limited palette for these.

Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Naples yellow,
Titanium white, a touch of magenta and 
a touch of Manganese blue.  

I am persevering with a one inch flat brush,
and a few touches with a pointed one.

These pictures are only 4x5 inches
so the one inch brush is 'large'.

Keeping as loose as possible I want
a sense of place rather than a realistic one.

I have mounted these on white blank cards.

More are on the way, but smaller.
I am testing how small I can get
with the larger brushes.

These paintings are for fun.
There is no requirement to 
get 'precious'.

All for now...
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Monday, 13 December 2021

Back to reality.

Just for a change...

Some little 3 x 4 inch landscape studies on paper.

No titles, just themselves.

Acrylics on smooth white 250gsm paper.

My garden studio is closed for winter and
it isn't very welcoming now to paint in there.

A long table over a bed makes a suitable studio
and I am warmer in the house.

I have changed from oils to acrylics too,
making little studies for some greetings cards.

They are now mounted on card blanks.

These pictures have a hint of reality
and I am trying to add imaginative atmosphere 
rather than a definite place.

The image above might have a sense of the coast.

This one might resemble an estuary...

It is several years since I painted 'loose' landscapes 
so these studies will be good exercises.

The painting below is on thicker textured paper.
I tore the edges to give a weathered appearance.


Acrylics on watercolour paper,
approximately 4 x 5 inches.


Acrylics on watercolour paper 
approximately 4 x 5 inches.

I haven't abandoned my abstract pictures...
and it isn't about which I prefer.

Just a change for now.  

That's all today...
thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

What's it all about?


This week I am in a pondering mood.
Winter is a good time for me to look and think.

Which are my favourite paintings and why? 

I do have a few in my personal collection.

Here is one I painted two years ago...
It rests on the window sill of the conservatory.

It is a reworked canvas.
I like the simple composition 
and the bands of rolled on paint.

It has warmth and a feel of winter.
Lighter 'frosty' parts and reds 
resembling embers on the fire.

'Divided Opinions'

Oils and cold wax medium on 
24 x 24 inch canvas.

Another favourite is this small canvas...


Oils and cold wax medium on 16 x 12 inch canvas 

It was reworked several times and wasn't going well.
I was very close to throwing it out but in
desperation I scraped a lot of paint away 
leaving softened areas and just these
small patches of green and yellow.

Suddenly the picture had intrigue and
a sense of weathering over time.
Through my destruction came life.

I became closer to it after the struggles.

  Another reworked canvas below...

It had previously been in an art Show and
when it returned to the Studio I decided to 
change it completely into a new image.

I like the variety of shapes and
the harmonious colour palette.

'Happy Ending'

Oils and cold wax medium on 
20 x 24 inch canvas.

There seems to be a theme appearing.

This canvas has an under painting of
warm colours, parts of which are showing 
through the new layers of oils and wax.

It took a lot of scraping and re-applying 
to come to a successful outcome.

Several times I returned to the canvas,
working at it to find what I wanted.

The pale green was brushed over some
raised areas adding a mysterious feeling.

The patch of purple is scored through with scratches.


Oils and cold wax medium on 20 x 20 inch canvas 

Lastly, another reworked picture which
hangs in my home.  I finished it last Christmas.
It has a 3D effect after I applied many layers.

Warm over cool. 
Dark against light and a patch
of bright sap green to add zest.

'In the wild'

Oils and cold wax medium on 24 x 24 inch canvas 

What has my observation taught me?
Why are some paintings special?
I wondered if the struggles played a part.

It does seem strange that all these pictures 
are ones I saved from the 'bonfire'.

It can take days or weeks for some pieces to reach a 
satisfactory conclusion and many never do.
I have destroyed hundreds over 20 years.

That's all for now...
thank you for visiting.