Thursday, 14 April 2016

Pure Joy

We all love to paint what inspires us but every now and then a painting is just pure joy from start to finish. I have painted Meerkats before and have many reference photos as they just love to pose for us when we visit Wildlife Parks and Zoos but the inspiration for this one started by seeing an image on line of a huddle of baby meerkat.  It made me smile and planted the inspiration seed to create my own nursery of these little cuties.
It has a very limited palette and the addition of Magenta at the final pass added a needed cool to an otherwise warm painting.
The title I have given this came from an unusual source, I have just finished watching a 5 series set of DVDs loaned to me by my sister called Brothers and Sisters and I watched the last episode the day before completing this painting and when choosing a title it just fitted perfectly.
I hope it gives you a smile.

Brothers and Sisters
Unframed size 56cm x 43cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Cold Press Paper

Friday, 8 April 2016

Feeling back in the Swing

Before We Fade
Hot press 425gsm Saunders Waterford
76cm x 56cm

At last I can say I am feeling back in the swing of painting. Having my recent birthday and then Easter break has taken longer to get over than I could possibly have imagined but it was a wonderful time but I am so pleased to get back my usual routine.
Today I am sharing some of the "get back to it" paintings.
The first is a full page (76cm x 56cm) still life of the last of my birthday flowers. They were ready to toss out so I took
them out to the studio and set them in front of me on my first day back to painting. No drawing, heavy colour, lots of water, a perfect choice to be free and use big brushes and not be precious. Whether it is liked or not this painting gave me my confidence back which is something that is so very important when you paint intuitively.

I am also showing you some of my experiments with "scapes". These start without a drawing, adding colour and texture, waiting for them to dry and then seeing if they can be resolved into anything. I am going to work on a lot of these over the next period of time with the view of ending with some special ones worthy of exhibiting.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Making a New Start

I am a firm believer in art being a learnt skill and pleasing results comes from a consistent studio work ethic. The past two weeks I have spent so very little time in my studio one might say its my mojo missing but it really is the interruption to my disciplined studio life. My birthday mid March started the break in routine. Being a milestone age the celebrations lasted over about ten days. Then came Easter where our children and grandchildren come to stay with us requiring me to do lots of cooking, chatting and of course chasing after the three adorable gran kids all under 4 years old. By the time Easter was over it took me a few days to recover and there it is the studio has been idle for too long.

I have works in three exhibitions currently and am absolutely thrilled to see my watercolours being chosen to hang in homes near and far, so,  lots of reason to get my brushes moving again.

I have had two days this past week to make a new start and boy it has been a slow one. I am easing back in with lots of playing and hopefully this will result in some new interesting work soon.

For now I will show you the last two works finished before Easter.

We Worship the Sun
Unframed size 56cm x 43cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Hot Press Paper

A Savanna Trio
Unframed size 76cm x 56cm (full sheet)
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Hot Press