Sculptures by the Lakes, Pallington, Near Dorchester in Dorset, DT2 8QU this is a beautiful location. Organised by artist Stephen Yates,this pleinair festival was well attended. I can tell you this was such a fun event, even though I know a few of us were a bit nervous how we were going to cope, being away from the comfort of our studios! Plein Air means artists are expected to show up with their painting equipment and find a scene to paint in situ, and hopefully finish a picture or 2 between 10am and 5pm, we were so lucky with the weather, only having a couple of spots of rain in the afternoon. There were around 20 artists dotted around the grounds and a great number of visitors came along and supported us. I love to chat to anyone interested in art so it was really interesting to get the imput. People could buy work directly from the artists, I heard of 1 that had sold, but still getting the feedback about it all. I think it was a successful day and we are all looking forward to the next one. The next date for this is Saturday 9th September, so if you missed this one you have another chance to catch us in action.
The painting has been finished and one coat of varnish put on. just look at that shine!
This is one of the hardest parts, as it has been so hot, and I was unsure how the varnish would react with drying time, sometimes it goes tacky but not dry in this heat. It was cooler outside, but really stuffy and warm in the studio and I had to keep the windows and door closed while varnishing in the late evening. Living in the woods, you get a lot of insects attracted to the lights, and moths are the worst. I need to keep them out or they may settle and get stuck to the painting. I suppose it would be called mixed media then! yuk!
Here is the finished article, needs one more coat of varnish again tonight, then its all
ready to appear at the art@eype exhibition 14th - 16th July. 10 till 5 friday and saturday, and til 4 on sunday.
If you are in the area, please pop in and see us, I know it will be a very high
standard of work, as I know most of the artists there.
You can also read more about it if you go to their facebook page art@eype.
Had a very busy couple of weeks since the art trail finished.
Last week in the lovely hot weather, I re-instated the mural for the beer garden at the Grove arms, Ludwell.
Really enjoyed doing this, as they allowed me to take my time and pace myself which is what its all about with my fybromyalgia. I could sit down for this one.
Thoroughly enjoyed the banter with the locals and visitors staying as well, and even though it was work in the shade I now have a great suntan to show for it!
I used to do a lot of this sort of work, but sadly had to give it up as it became to much for me.
This was a sort of present, to the landlady Nina Bartlett.
If you scroll further down this blog you will see the origin mural painted almost a year ago. You can compare the two.
This is a really welcoming pub which has some lovely food, also won awards for its dog friendly status.
Of course you can still see my artwork on display there too.
I am exhibiting at the chapel in Eype near Bridport, Dorset. 14th to 16th July 2017.
you can find out much more on their facebook page,
On friday we took a trip down to Eype and sussed out a good place to stay with our trailer tent, during this exhibition, as I will be there to talk to visitors. Looking for subject matter for another painting, I have found a nice view of Colmers Hill that I think is my next project. We were driving along, admiring the view, when I saw this oak tree again up on top of a hill at a place called Ryall. It was like visiting an old friend! I have spent so much time on this painting just lately, I had to stop and say good afternoon, and take some photos of it with leaves. This is my painting called 'The solitary Oak' and it was set in the Autumn. Not a lot of change really although looking at it again, I think that's a pair, not solitary! - May need to re-name it.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our art trail prize draw who were plucked from our hat when we finished the exhibition. . (My partner's hat actually!) First prize goes to Patrick Craig-mcfeely, and our second prize winner is Stephanie Szakalo. Congratulations to you both.
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This painting on the right has just recently been completed, its a bit of a mixed media thing I think. It has gilding flakes, mica paste and glass bead paste on it, just for a change. This is called The Solitary Oak. Both paintings measure 20" x 30"
The image on the left has just been completed, and I am really pleased with the misty effect of the background trees. This is called Misty Morning Glow.
So... Not long before the big event, in fact we are counting down, and only 10 days left. All very exciting. I have been busy framing these limited edition prints, each one comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity, and signed by myself. I actually think they look so much better in a black frame, but judge for yourself once you look at the post below this one. We will be offering the chance to win one of the small prints you can see here, alongside a piece of glass art by Claire Waters. This was very popular when we did the last art trail in Wiltshire which was 2 years ago. The larger two are Arboreus, one of my personal favourites,- I think because it was a very large meter square painting, and one of the first in this style. Plus Stourhead Secrets, which is a much newer piece of work. The small ones are Petunias, and Summer Morning, and the middle sized one is Alum Illumini.
I have had a lot of feedback about this painting since I posted it onto facebook the other day. I keep being asked "how do you get it so glass like?" And "can I teach others to do it?"
It started out as a demo piece for an art group, where one afternoon in my studio I Just picked up a big flat brush and went straight onto the canvas, no drawing whatsoever,
Being really bold.
When I finished I was pleased and surprised as it did'nt look like it was painted by me! It is not my usual style but I am glad I have finally loosened up and had fun.'
First I chose my reflection line using the third and two thirds principle, placing a piece of masking tape on the bottom edge of this line which will be the waters edge.
Next I painted a basecoat of orange where the trees would be worked over the top. This was to give a warm autumnal feeling to the painting as some of the colour shows through, then I filled in my sky colour.
I added the trees and temple, working the paint up to the edge of the masking tape where the water begins.
Once dry I peeled off my masking tape to reveal a good straight edge to work up to.
I covered the area of reflection in a dark green/brown
Mixture of paint, working the reflected shapes in a slightly lighter mix loosely into the Wet paint. I use a flat brush dragging the colour down from top to bottom adding lighter
Colour and highlights, building the shapes gradually, elongating them slightly.
My painting is almost completed. I have added the light colour in the foreground for the reflection of the sky. Plus a couple of thin lines across the water to give it that glass like finish.
This is the view across the lake of the temple at the national trust stourhead gardens in wiltshire.
Over the last few months I have been working from many photographs, in my studio,
trying to convey the feeling of each season on the isle of Portland.
I have been studying cloudy and clear skies, the flora and fauna, and just the light,
bouncing off the lighthouse and buildings at different times of year.
I think Summer was probably the hardest, especially with all those flowers,
completing that one just a few days ago, - Yes, in January!
It was hard to get into the right mood while looking out of the window at the pouring rain!
This is a sneaky peak, a cheeky preview if you like, before they head off over to the gallery in the next few weeks. They will be for sale at the Cove Gallery, Trinity street, Weymouth, Dorset, in a few
weeks time, and coming soon as limited edition giclee prints.
This is quite a large painting, which I really enjoyed working on. I think it was the tree that initially caught my eye, (as usual!) but also the rolling countryside, which I haven't really turned my attention to just lately. inspired by a camping trip to Dorset back in September, I was really itching to get started on this painting which measures 20" x 30"
Studying reference photos, I draw out my planned image loosely with white chalk, I often draw out lots of small thumbnails in my rough sketch book, to see how it works composition wise, and if the whole thing flows comfortably.
Because this painting is so detailed and busy, I decided to give it a plain quiet sort of sky.
creating a part of the picture where the eye can rest.
Next I added the glue where I wanted my gilding flakes to be, and after the glue has gone
tacky I stick them on with a dry paintbrush. I leave them for a while to set in place,
and go painting a different part, I know I can rub off the excess once
it is all completely dry.
I don't really have a plan when I paint these big pictures.
Sometimes I will try to be more structured and plan how I will work.
Maybe from the top down, but in this case I painted the sky then the tree,
then concentrated on the foreground finishing with the bottom right corner and the pathway.
I have recently taken this painting and 2 others to be photographed professionally,
ready for the Wylye valley art trail which runs from 27th may 2017 to 4th June 2017,
you can see more info on their website and this painting will represent our venue
I was asked to create a painting which would compliment a wallpaper, and this had a very limited pallet. It was very enjoyable to do even though I don't normally do a lot of "decorators art" as I call it.This is something a bit different from the usual stuff that I do. Still with acrylics, but I also used montana cans and liquitex spray cans to create the soft misty background. I also used rags, glass bead paste an a little lava paste.
The people who commissioned the work were really happy with it, and asked if I could add a few flying insects at a later date.
Had a lot of good comments onthe net about this style, also my son and his partner would like one for their bedroom now.
A few years ago my niece fell in love with this cottage while we were out on a wander one day. She said she would love to live there, and called it her dream home. So when I was commissioned to paint it in watercolour, by its new owners I really looked forward to working on it. I hadn't done any house portraits for a while, as I have been working mostly in acrylics on canvas, only coming back to watercolour for the odd piece of work, and when asked to do classes. I used to paint pictures of houses and pubs which were commissioned presents for retirement, birthday or wedding anniversaries, when my children were small. Alongside a part time job, and I do not know where I found the time!
I made a pen and wash sketch to start with, to make sure the owners would be happy with it, then I started with the trees at the top of the painting. I built it all up very gradually in washes to get the muted colours in the roof tiles and thatch. Then got the details in. It was even better when I had a mount fitted, which I like to add so that it is properly finished and ready to frame. I am really pleased with how this painting has turned out and now it resides inside the cottage, with its happy owners.