Sunday, 30 November 2014
Sunday, 16 November 2014
This is my second week painting Tom and as I wasn't able to choose a position whereby I could do a profile or three-quarters view, I decided to change medium, so this is my pastel version. The one thing Tom does move is his eyes, so to help ring the changes from the last sitting, I tried to catch him looking to the side. Tom does have a very florid complexion so it is always a challenge to keep the effect of the light working within the correct values whilst still showing his high colour.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Friday, 26 September 2014
I am being kept busy with portrait commissions, not to mention the house re-build so I am not very active with my blog at the moment. This pastel was a demoI did recently for the Hethersett Art group here in Norfolk. It features the usual criminals : glass , citrus (for its saturated colour note) and the essential light and shade :-) The demo was part of a celebration so it had to be completed within a two hour session which included a coffee break. A great group and a lovely lunch afterwards! Thank you Grace for the painting of me hard at work!
Saturday, 23 August 2014
I have been looking forward to paint this bowl for some time but my earlier efforts were thwarted. It was a Christmas present with some crocus bulbs, which I duly planted. They were just coming into their own when we had the house fire, and were left sitting swimming in water (for a long time) before being rescued; the bulbs were past hope but the bowl was intact . Today is the day the bowl finally got painted :-)
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
This is my latest painting of my friend Arthur. Some of you will remember him in my painting' Veteran'. I got to know him well during that time which resulted in us making a lunch date once a week in his sheltered accommodation. I bring the sandwiches and he has the teapot warming ready for my arrival. At nearly 95 Arthur still manages to live independently and I was keen to paint him in his own surroundings un-posed. This oil measures 16 x 30 inches.
Saturday, 9 August 2014
I've had a short break with my new born grandson and returned home to find that these sunflowers were just asking to be included in a still-life, I've never actually painted a sunflower before, (a terrible admission to make) and I now know why they are such a popular subject; they have characters of their own! It feels good to be back in the studio :-)
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Saturday, 21 June 2014
I have not posted for a while as I am still busy working on commissioned portraits so it was good to take a day out to paint these Irises.Since our fire nearly four months ago, I make sure I always have some flowers in our small annex, which has become our temporary home. They brighten the space and help lift spirits. I don't find flowers particularly easy to paint so as soon as the portraits are finished I intend to get a lot more practice :-)
Friday, 6 June 2014
It has been a while since I last posted, but I have not been idle. Since the fire I have been inundated with requests for portraits. It is as though people are suddenly aware that I am the artist who had the fire. As a friend put it, 'most people just advertise....' I am trying to keep the still-life going and have ventured into some plein-air as I need to escape the scaffolding, so watch this space! This is my latest pastel, consider me a masochist with all those elipses but I really loved the way that these rice pattern Chinese bowls are translucent when the light transmits through them.... inspiring!
Thursday, 8 May 2014
This is the second still-life I have posted since our fairly catastrophic house fire. It has taken me a while to settle down and begin to get back into my stride. We have finally had the news we have been waiting for, as the Insurance company has agreed to settle after two months leaving us in limbo. We can begin to move on at last , and hopefully I can get my work back on track :-)
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Many of you will already be aware that on 28th February we suffered a catastrophic house fire that has left our 15th century cottage a complete wreck. I have been fortunate that my studio only suffered water damage and the fire service were able to drag out artwork and equipment. The past two weeks have been taken up with sorting out somewhere to live temporarily and to salvage what we could from the ground floor which has remained reasonably intact although very water damaged. We have been overwhelmed by the help and support we have received from friends and the kindness of strangers (who have given us temporary accommodation in a holiday let near to the house). I am busy sorting out new flooring for the studio having ripped up what was there to dry the room out. We are making good progress and although I have been unable to do any painting since the fire I am hoping that the studio will be back in action very soon, and I can take up my paintbrush once again:-)