Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Swing *2 18" x 26" Oil

Do your own thing at the WA today, so I started another 'swing' painting. Everyone seems impressed by how fast I turn them out! I think that is one of the benefits of painting every day.
When I started this blog, inspired by the daily painters, I decided I would have to paint smaller to get one finished every day. Recently, I have become aware that I hate painting small paintings and I feel I don't do them very well. Without that experience, though, I wouldn't now be able to paint a larger work with the speed that I do, i.e. 'Untitled' took me two afternoons and a ten minute fiddle. A year ago it would have taken weeks!
Today we had home made, by the wonderful Penny, Easter Cookies! Wonderful! Next week we are promised CHOCOLATE CAKE! But I really do go for the company.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Untitled 20" X 30" Oil

Stuck for a title for this one! All ideas welcome and greatly appreciated............ please.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Two Finished

Eyeball 20" x 16" Oil

Fishing 14" x 14" Oil

I keep doing it...and I hate it! I see nothing remotely artistic in copying a photograph. I can see the creativity in setting up a photo with a view to painting, but this, it's not what I want to do. It's only virtue is the practise in actually painting, and I now have lots of paintings of my beautiful son!
What do you think?

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Fishing 14" x 14" Oil WIP

The brief today at the WA was to paint anything you like, but in tones of only one colour. I have painted 'Fishing' with Red Transparent Oxide on smooth, slippery board and it reached the stage when no more paint would go on. More tomorrow on that then. To use the time I made another jump sketch.
I seem to be starting a lot of paintings this week!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Two More

Somersault 16" x 20" Oil In Progress
Made a start on a new 'trampoline' painting, but seemed to be getting in a muddy mess, so...

Eyeball 20" x 16" Oil In Progress
Made a start on this, too.

Swing 16" x 20" Oil

Fiddled with this some more today, and it is getting to be a good copy of the reference photo, but that is not what I want! I shall put it away for a few days I think.
Good news today.... I have had 'Reference' accepted for the Eastern Open Art Competition. 648 pieces submitted with 180 selected for the exhibition. I feel quite chuffed. Prizes are awarded on opening day so I have to sort out some glad rags, or is that asking too much?

Monday, 22 March 2010

Happy Birthday, Roo!

Swing 20" x 16" Oil in progress
The initial blocking in....but you see already I am picking out detail. I have to keep this as loose and impressionistic as possible or lose the movement. A way to go then!
If only I could wish Andrew a happy birthday, he would have been 31 today. There is no reality in that number as he will be forever 9 years old. Cheeky, funny, quiet, football mad, the memory sustains me, how glad I am to have known him for nine years.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Jump 16" x 20" Oil

WA day today, where the theme was 'patterns', but I did my own thing. I love the trampoline subject, but I'm not completely happy with the B + Ws I've done. They just don't convey the feeling of jumping in the air. I like this much better far!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Eastern Open

FIRST MARK 24" x 24" Oil

REFERENCE 19" x 18" Oil

STAR 20" x 30" Oil
I have been getting ready to submit paintings to the Eastern Open exhibition, held annually at the Art Centre in King's Lynn. I had frames already for these paintings so that decision was easy! It is a juried exhibition, so fingers crossed! I've not seen any previous exhibitions so have no idea of standard, size, etc. One feature I've never come across, is that they send out three postcards to all artists to submit 'mini-art' to sell. Boy, oh, boy painting and drawing tiny is sooooo difficult, but I have had a go. And, again, I have no idea what is expected.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Star 20" x 30" Oil

I took this to the WA today. I think it is finished.

Congratulations, Liz!

My painting of Kate has been won by Liz Pearson, who appears to be absolutely delighted. I couldn't wish for a better home for her!