Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Daisies 10" x 12" Oil


Sixteen  10" x 12"  Oil
I have been an emotional yo-yo this weekend. I sold no paintings at a local exhibition in Swaffham and felt really down. So much that I couldn't lift a paintbrush yesterday and wondered at the point of it all.
Then, yesterday evening, I received a call to tell me I had won a prize elsewhere. This was for the members vote for the best in show at the  Hertford Art Society  Annual Members' Exhibition.
I am really thrilled, because I think it praise indeed to be admired by fellow artists, and also because I won the same prize last year! Howzatt!
Woohoo....I'm off to paint!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Chroma Interactive Acrylics

Here is a link to more information about the re-wettable acrylics, for those of you who haven't heard about them.
Chroma Interactive

Thursday, 11 October 2012

WA - Pat Gavin Demo

Pat Gavin is a freelance illustrator who has done a lot of work in television and who came along to demonstrate his way of painting in acrylics. He used the interactive acrylics, the ones you can wet again with an unlocking agent.
This is his oil painting which he used for reference.
He entertained us with stories from his television days, answered all our questions freely and knowledgably, painted non stop and finished with this painting. I do enjoy watching someone paint confidently.

DAWN  20" x 16"  Oil
Today, I took my paintbrush with renewed confidence, and made a start on a painting I have wanted to do for a while but didn't know how to approach.
It is from a photo I took, at dawn, of a house in my village, but it is the stream and reflections that grabbed my attention.
Thank you, Pat Gavin, I learned a thing or two!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Boats 16" x 20" Oil

Another version of this image, which I love. I was trying to capture the light and the sparkle.

Friday, 5 October 2012


Esmeralda  12" x12"  Oil
Sorry about the glare, but you see where thid is going, It seems very slow to be working this way, but I am not fretting over the likeness like I usually do, I must have got it in the underpainting.

Boats  14" x 11"  Oil
Also, today, I tiddled these boats, making the foreground ones  bigger.  The perspective seems wrong.  I am above them, but it doesn't read right. Any ideas would be appreciated.. I sent in a submission form for a local exhibition, making up some titles, and I thought this would be the quick route, but I am not happy. Start from scratch, with a new painting, then????

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Work in Progress Esmeralda 12" x 12" Oil

I thought I would try a different approach, with a monochrome underpainting, to which I have added some local colour. So far, so good........now comes the difficult bit!
This is from a photograph belonging to Judith, a fellow WA artist, which I begged to be allowed to paint as soon as I saw it. Well who could resist such a cheeky stare? Thank you Judith.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

WA - Vettriano or Monet

The brief was to paint in the style of ....and as Vettriano is quite similar (?) to stuff I do anyway, I went with waterlilies, although that is my only nod to Monet, except perhaps the colours. I enjoyed slapping the paint about...not so thrilled at the outcome!

Monday, 1 October 2012

HAS Life

I made it to Hertford Art Society Life Drawing on Saturday. You can see the rest of my drawings on my other blog, here.