Thursday, 29 October 2009

Happy Birthday, Uncle David!

Actually, his birthday is tomorrow, but I shall be visiting and delivering this pressie, celebrating his 70 years of life!
Apologies for the terrible photo, in a hurry again!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

At The WA

'That Hat Again!' 7" x 9" Paper

'Following' 9" x 7" Paper

I have been framing like crazy for the exhibitions this weekend, so no painting, but I did take time out to go to the WA. This week we were putting into practice all we had learnt last week at the demo. Mr Pickles had demonstrated a landscape with his ink and watercolour, but I wondered how it would work with figures. I like it!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

The Cherry Tree 6" x 8" Ink + Acrylic

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the WA being thoroughly entertained by a gentleman, Donald Pickles, who demonstrated his technique in ink and watercolour wash painting. You know how it see something like that and you immediately want to have a go!
So, this is a card I have made for Mr Cuthbertson, the gentleman from whom we bought our little piece of paradise. I have long felt I wanted to thank him for the very warm welcome he extended to us, in the form of a letter, detailing the secrets and history of the house. Thank you so very much, Mr Cuthbertson.
This is the cherry tree, which I figure is about a hundred years old, which grows in my magical garden.

Pose 18" x 24" Oil

This is as good as this is going to get! I have tidied up the hands and the jewelry, for those of you who can't see a difference to the previous post. I decided not to paint a background, firstly, because it wouldn't be dry in time to frame it, but, mainly, because I think she deserves to be uncluttered.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Pose 18" x 24" Oil WIP

I put this aside last week because I didn't know how I wanted to proceed. I like this pose so much, and really want to put it in the exhibition, if only to judge the reaction to nudes in this neck of the woods, so today
I got on with it. I struggled and struggled and then suddenly it flowed. Still a way to go, shame I had to stop because tomorrow it may again be a struggle!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Picadilly Circus 10" x 14" Oil

WA day today, where the brief was Picadilly night, or in the rain, or with lots of people........
I enjoyed myself again.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Congratulations, Diana.

Congratulations, Diana Marshall, who is the winner of my giveaway draw, and who chose this painting, entitled 'Girl'.

Thanks everyone for your interest, better luck next time.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Giveaway Draw

Today I have gained my 50th follower! Hello, Franco and welcome. To celebrate I would like to give a freebie painting to one of those followers. Email me your choice of painting, a 12" x 12" or smaller, from this blog and if your name is drawn at 6pm (GMT) tomorrow, you will receive that painting.
I thank you all for your support and encouragement, it means so much to me, long may it continue.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Sky High 20" x 24" Oil WIP

From a photograph......................she WOULD NOT stay up there! Just some refining to do....on the hands....on the legs....on the arms.........

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Autumn 8" x 12" Oil

Went to the art club, who call themselves the Wednesday Afternooners, and who shall be known on this blog henceforth as the WA. The theme today was Autumn colours so here they are.

I didn't want to go, having no enthusiasm for the subject, but I made myself because, after all, the reason I joined was to challenge myself with different subjects. I really enjoyed painting this, it makes so much difference when there is no pressure at all.

The reference for this painting is a photograph by Annette R , who produces some stunning images. Thanks, Annette.


Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Shopping 8" x 10" Oil

Still with the B+W, still working on a couple of bigger ones and struggling, but this one just flowed off the brush (and fingers!). Another possible for exhibition.