Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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!
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Friday, 12 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
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
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
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
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!