Thursday, 24 April 2014
Sunday, 20 April 2014
This is based on a reference photo we took at Fleet Pond - there are always a couple of cob swans posturing and beating up the other swans, and they always power through the water, wings akimbo, creating quite a wake.
I've used very limited palette for this, just a couple of blues, a green and a brown, with a touch of orange for the beak. Sometimes less is more.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Currently on the needles...pampas grass. Not as difficult as it sounds, in fact it's a little boring!
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
It felt good to be wielding a paintbrush again and challenging trying to get it all down on paper as the cowparsley visibly drooped! I think working at such a speed is good for me though, it forces me to use a looser style and not get fixated on the detail. Looking at this again this morning, I am very pleased with what was a very hurried piece of work. It also re-awakened the joy I feel when painting - I've missed that over the past few weeks. It is a nightmare when circumstances prevent me from painting, I feel bereft and definitely suffer withdrawal symptoms.
It is quiet again today - not even rumblings from down the road, so I plan another such afternoon.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
This is for sale in my Etsy shop now. I am sure there will be more along soon, but if you would like to have one custom made, do get in touch.
I also managed to get some knitting done, and pottered in the garden tidying up some of the chaos. Back to JCB madness today, I'm just waiting for it all to kick off....
Saturday, 12 April 2014
So, by way of experiment, I painted the little meadow flower picture with acrylic paint and then dropped the resin on top and ran upstairs to put it on the sunniest windowsill. It looked pretty cool when wet and I only had to wait fifteen minutes before it set. That inspired me to paint another one - one of my stock jellyfish. Resin dripped, run upstairs, put on windowsill and go and do something else for a bit. (I varnished the tiny teaset which I have now decorated - that will come tomorrow as it needs a second coat.)
We still had plenty of noise yesterday, with a few earth-shaking bangs, but we also got this:
Friday, 11 April 2014
So, this should go some way to explain why there might not be any new paintings for a while, unless I decide to go all Jackson Pollock and just throw paint around.....