Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
The gecko (Aboriginal Murtoa) represents adaptability, regeneration, strength and survival. Its lesson to us, is to make the best of a situation. In order to survive, one needs to be able to adapt, regenerate strength and go on, like the Gecko.
Acrylic on canvas. 40 x 40 inches. £520
Back to Black
Portait of a marriage. Fragility and strength.
Acrylic on canvas 30 x 48 inches £375
The first of a series of large canvases using exotic colour and movement to represent two lovers beguiled.
Acylic on canvas 24 x 36 inches £450
Dramatic colour and flowing lines to entice the viewer into the very core of the picture
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 24 inches £275
Beauty and pain
Acrylic on canvas triptych each panel 12 x 24 inches £225
Falling red tulip capturing in a moment, beauty once cherished now diminished.
Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 inches £400
Celebrating the vibrancy and beauty of poppies.
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 36 inches £345
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
So far I have juggled 7 paintings and hoping to fit one more in. I am surrounded by scraps of paper with measurements on and a plethora of post-its.
I thought I would upload a slideshow of the paintings when the plan is complete. :-)
I have 2 studio hours this morning and a lovely blank canvas to work with.
I'll post what I've achieved with my time at lunchtime. After a late night painting its hard sometimes not to waste the morning fannying around tidying up the studio, cleaning brushes and generally procrastinating. :-)
....and here is the result.
After days and days of intricate 00 brush work, its been a real release to just go mad with my 2 inch ole' faithful. :-) Lots of sweeping brush strokes and loud music.
This canvas is 24 x 24 inches. The gecko painting is nearly 4 feet square!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This is always part joy part agony for me. When a painting is nearing completion....at what point do you decide that its truly finished?
To quote Piet Mondrian, " Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
So I am going to add geckos to this peice.
The Gecko (Murtoa) is a small adaptable lizard, with the ability to camouflage itself to suit its varying surroundings. Should a Gecko lose its tail in a fight or an attack, it can regrow its tail. Although it is only a small lizerd, the Gecko can survive in very harsh conditions. All these attributes contribute to the Geckos survival.
Murtoa (Gecko) Dreaming represents adaptability, regeneration, strength and survival. Its lesson to us, is to make the best of a situation. In order to survive, one needs to be able to adapt, regenerate strength and go on, like the Gecko.
Idon't have my camera at the moment, but I'll update with a picture as soon as I can.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Still working on the poppy portrait. I have knocked back the dark and brought forward the red (apparently referred to as 'knocking back') so that the petals have a greater vibrancy on the canvas. Its very hard to conveythe impact this one has in photos, since it is so large and big enough to hug.
I hope to complete this either today or tomorrow morning whilst Maddy is at pre-school. I secretly hope it doesn't sell....I feel an affinity with this one.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Miss T threw this gauntlet down the other day...
Last night as we were meandering home from the curry house, there was a huge barking and jingling of Morris bells outside the QH.“Hunting Morris men with dogs, isn’t that banned under the hunting with dogs act?” I wondered aloud. This made us ponder what a ‘Morris hound’ would look like. So my artistic chums – please submit a sketch of a Morris hound (with rationale as to features) by Friday pm. I shall give prizes, not sure what yet, but they’ll be good J.
This is my entry. I'll be seeing Miss T at the QH shortly where I would imagine she will be announcing the prize winners. ;-)
Its a massive Back to Black. Almost as tall as me.
The exhibition is part of the 2007 Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival and I was very chuffed to be selected. The dates are 28th, 29th and 30th September and you'll find me at the Jam Factory.
If I ever get finished that is ...:-)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I've filled in all the foliage with their colours - although they could all do with another layer.
My dilemma is how much to block out with the black.??
I am going to ponder this for a while most likely. I'm normally one for slapping black into paintings no problem. But for some reason I'm hesitant today.
I also think it might look better this way around.....Someone help me out with this dithering !!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I've had worse deadlines. (Gulp)
So, I have decided that one of the pieces I want to display is this red project (for which I am still pondering a title so all suggestions gratefully received).
So its about 6 pm. This is how far I've got.
The studio isn't big enough to get the whole canvas in the view finder but you get the general idea. I've finished outlining the foliage and petals.
I really do love this blue. As for elusive name ideas.....I am after something that conveys sumptuousness, exoticism, jungle, passion, earth, life..........for a poor wordsmith this is proving something of a challenge. Its just there...in the back of my head but I can't yet reach it.
Back to work then. I feel very inspired today.
.....and three hours later here we are.
Quite some progress I feel, but I am left wondering if I should leave more of the cobalt blue exposed. Hmm.
Monday, September 10, 2007
I am really delighted to announce that you can now view and buy original work from other artists from my picturedreams website.
My guest artists are Graham Rice, who is an established painter, and Clare Brunwin, a fresh new talent who is currently studying BA Hons in Fine Art at the University College for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.
To see the gallery of their work, which is exclusive to PictureDreams, please click here.
I hope you can support them, and this feature becomes a regular spot on the site.
Friday, September 07, 2007
It got me thinking though. I spent the entire day without sending a text to my mates or being able to phone home to say I was running late/did we need green milk/have we enough bread I'm in the Co-op ......and I sadly missed it. How much we rely on techie stuff to get through our days??
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
But I really like the background..its come out very Rothko-esque and adding all these strong contrasting flowers will lose the effect completely. I really like the serenity of the red and gold, so what I will try is just using darker reds and gold for the markings and see what that comes out like. I really shouldn't be experimenting on the actual canvas I expect...but sometimes thats half the fun of painting!! :-)
Well. I tried out the gold.
Graham is right. I have been bottling it. LOL
It has been a long day and doubts always creep in when you are tired. The red/gold is just TOO weak and my original plan (if I can carry it off) will look better I think (hope).
This is a bit of a departure from my florals....just a little. When I was a kid I was forever doodling these 5 star/petal shapes. Still do when I am on the phone.....
Have faith in the blues and greens I guess. I have to stand on tiptoe to reach the top of this.
OK.....have tried some green
Its early days, and a late night. I'll be back.
This is just a print out on which I have drawn extra panels to have a mess around.
I have some major exhibitions coming up in the next month or so ....and I really want this triptych to be part of it. More midnight oil to be burned......but at least the kids are back at school.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Time to get the bubble wrap and cardboard out. I always feel a bit sad to see finished paintings leave the studio. But this one is now dry and will be on its way tomorrow. I have a handful of canvases which I've completed recently which will be winging their way to new owners. Bare walls in the studio once more.
This does mean that I will be resuming my BigRed Project. I have an exhibition coming up at the end of this month in Oxford and another in New York in November so I have some serious painting to do.