Today was the first day of my exhibition...you know..the one that can have hardly escaped your notice as I have wimpered and complained on here over the last few weeks and days.
Well. Here are some photos to share with you. Nadin has done a magnificent job of creating a really pleasant space and it looks like a couple of canvases may have sold already. If you are in the area, please drop in and pay us a visit. Here is a link for further details and map. And extra special thanks and kisses to those of you who have helped keep me going. Lucy: I framed this just for you. You're welcome to pursue your emerging painterly talents in my studio any time. x
Complete novice to this cyber-play but I'm game. Apparently the rules are that you must list 7 things about yourself on your blog and then tag 7 others.
Things about me you might not know.......hmm...
1. I love cooking 2. I'd rather eat strawberries than chocolate 3. I am a secret bookworm 4. I sing along with my 3-year old daughter in my car to Etta James REALLY LOUD whenever we get chance 5. I can't resist anything shiny 6. I collect stones from places I visit 7. I never iron
I have two paintings which have to be completed before tomorrow. Its going to get a bit lonely in the studio in a few hours time when all you sensible folk are sleeping soundly. So to keep myself company I am going to blog the progress of these last two through their stages of development.
Maybe one day I will look back on this and l.e.a.r.n. to plan my studio time more efficiently -not always possible with two young children and earnest attempts at Having A Life.
So indulge me, while I talk to myself for the next 12 hours......
Here are the lillies - with another layer of colour on. I plan to tone back the orange but it does add an exotic extra something.
Now I have added red back in and done more with the background. Leaves next. 10.00 pm Painted in the leaves. Just seen the time. Going to be a looooonnnngggg night ahead.
Ok its midnight now....leaving this to dry off a bit and moving on to orange poppies. Listening to Amy Winehouse....I am dancing around the studio to keep lively.
Here is another Artweeks piece. Its not the best picture. Photographing glass is a nightmare and you can probably make me out in my pink boilersuit if you squint hard.
Since blogging this paintlet earlier, I took the tiger out of the equation, and I have to admit I sort of miss him. However, I have another poster slot in the Underground so I am going to use this image. Bit of tropical finery to brighten up a grey tunnel.
Anyway...... after the exhibition I am going to paint another, larger version of this theme, and put the peeping cat back in. Rousseau got away with it, perhaps I can too.
I had some trouble finding a mount with the custom size aperture I needed for this piece and quite by accident stumbled upon a really brilliant online shop for mounts etc. Very fairly priced and a fantastic service. I am not going to be using anyone else from now on. They are called The Picture Gallery, if anyone needs their services....
Back to my studio then, more paintings more paintings.
It's late. Very late. Nearly 1 am. I am still in my studio. But here is this evening's offering. Have been experimenting with irridescent medium. This photo doesn't really do it justice. Its quite a POW picture. Going to bed now. I'll leave you to ponder on the symbolism. More painting tomorrow....
Inspired by Graham's recent exploration of fruit and vegetables, here is a little composition named Apples and Rhubarb
Whenever I am frustrated in my painting efforts, I have to go and make something. Usually something involving scissors and glue with my kids, but today I decided to get creative in the kitchen instead. So I made rhubarb, apple and ginger crumble for Lucy since the rhubarb was plucked from her garden on sunny Bank holiday afternoon. I love these old Salter scales I got from ebay....they date from the 50s I think, keep meaning to find out. But they work perfectly and have outlived nasty electronic devices.
I painted another layer very quickly on these lilies. Coming along nicely. I need to finish this and 5 others by Thursday else I won't be going out for tapas..... ..........I am determined and hopeful. lol.
You will be able to see this completed, with others at my ARTWEEKS exhibition next week. The link has details and a map for anyone who fancies coming along to say hello.
This started life this morning as a tulip. I even boastfully announced I wil be finishing it today. Hah.
It didn't look right as a tulip. I had a load of paint left on my palettes, so I painted all over obliterating the old flower and while the paint was wet, thought I would have a go just dabbing a new one. Lillies are my favourite so here we are. I have just used the colours I had out and clearly it isn't finished yet, but I am unsure as to which direction to take it.
This is still wet, and is one of my Four Blank Walls orders.
Inspired by Aboriginal paintings, the centre is made up of thousands of gold 'dots' which I paint on in a semi-trance after a while. It's only when you stand back from it you can see the swirls and patterns. One thing I always do though is put a word in the gold dots. Bet you can't spot it - no pun intended of course.
I shall block in a tulip triptych and then call it a night, I think. Three more paintings to finish and one to start for Art Weeks, and one more gallery order to go....so I have 'nearly' caught up, lol.
I have been busy this afternoon. Not painting. My three-year-old sees to that. But we have been having huge fun sorting out the 'bottom-end-of-the-garden' so I can use it as some studio space, not to mention sit by the chiminea and sip wine space all-in-one so to speak.
Painting outdoors is a lovely experience provided you can keep insects at bay. I recall last summer spending most of my painting evenings picking small insects out of the drying acrylic rather than 'doing' anything productive. So this year I am prepared.
I have bought a 'wasp catcher'. I hate wasps.....little antisocial gits of the insect world.
I also splashed out on this really cute cast iron bird feeder which I just couldn't resist.
And while I was feeling in a frivolous mood in the summer sunshine this afternoon, I just 'had to have' 2 rhododendron plants and a vine - optimistic I know - but I harbour dreams of one day plucking ripe fruit.
This evening I have to make a May Day hat for James...so I am going to use some of this.....I adore the colour and I am sorely tempted to paint this for my next project.
I have a passion for painting which I have been able to develop these past few years when I have finally become old enough and wise enough to stop doing what I was told and start doing what I truly wanted to do. I heartily recommend it.