Lily

Lily
Lily

Monday, 26 January 2015

Peace Lily

Today I felt in need of visiting our local flower shop, its not something I do very often because they are quite expensive. I love walking in and smelling the flower shop smell, something that is lost in a superstore. They wrap everything in  a pretty way and are so polite. I ended up buying this little peace lily plant and painted a watercolour listening to John Lennon's Imagine.....ahhh bliss.
Peace Lily
watercolour on cartridge paper

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRhq-yO1KN8

Sunday, 25 January 2015

More Pheasant Sketches

I'm in the middle of a larger tulip painting, I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow. For now, another pheasant sketch.
Pheasant Sketch II

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Stairway to Heaven

I took this photo at a friends who keeps chickens as pets, I can tell they are loved.

You can guess what I was listening to when I drew/ painted this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcL---4xQYA


Stairway to Heaven
line and watercolour on cartridge paper

Friday, 23 January 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase II

These orange roses begin as a uniform orange colour, but as they age the centre becomes a peachy pink, so beautiful!!

I was listening to John Legend when I painted this one, very chilled out.  :  )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOmnGzAKLvge
Orange Roses in Blue Vase
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Warmth

Tropical fruit such as mangoes conjure up images of palm trees, and warm breezes.


Warmth
Oil on oil paper

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pink Rose in a Glass

I think the day roses come easy to me is the day I stop painting them, until then its something I enjoy immensely.
Pink Rose in a Glass
oil on oil paper

Monday, 19 January 2015

Summer Sailing

Summer Sailing
Oil on paper
I'm conflicted, part of me wants some snow to paint, but I'm remembering the long hot summer we had last year with fond memories.
Talking of long hot summer, this song by The Style Council is one of my all time favourites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CAzwewVjZ0

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Joyful Message

Apparently yellow roses mean a joyful message and a perfect gift for friends.


Joyful Message
Oil on oil paper

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase

As promised, a much better photo of yesterdays painting.

We have snow, not a lot though.
Orange Roses in Blue Vase
Oil on oil paper
Pisho seeing snow for the first time
 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Orange Roses in Blue Vase

I ran out of daylight again so I will post a better photo tomorrow. We're expecting snow tomorrow, I have been itching to paint some snow scenes, we haven't had any snow for about two years!!

I have a question for you....which is more pretty, our cat Pisho or the flowers??

Our cat Pisho posing with a vase of roses.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Floating

This rose was broken but not finished, I placed it in a glass full of water and it thanked me by opening and shining for me. I ran out of daylight, so all being well I will replace this with a better photo tomorrow.
Floating
oil on oil paper

Floating
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Polar Bear Sketch

Polar bear sketch
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Charles Darwin

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Yellow Rose in Blue Vase

Yellow Rose in Blue Vase
Oil on oil paper
Still love to paint roses and this vase was another bargain from a charity shop.



Monday, 12 January 2015

Progress

As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward." Vincent van Gogh


Progress
Oil on oil paper

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain

We were driving our son to an interview for a job last week. It was rush hour and the visibility was very bad because of the spray coming off the tyres as the traffic sped by.
Rush Hour in the Pouring Rain
oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Early Tulips III

I have a new vase I bought from a charity shop, I love the shape and its so nice to use something different.
Early Tulips III
oil on oil paper

Monday, 5 January 2015

Early Tulips

These were expensive, but since I'm not into buying clothes, jewellery, handbags etc,  I justify my flower purchases. :  )


Early Tulips
Oil on oil paper

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Beach Huts

We had an incredible summer last year, I'm missing it, although I wouldn't mind some snow to paint.
Beach Huts
 oil on oil paper

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Dalmatian Sketch

Dalmatian Sketch
I have the sketching bug!!



This is a painting by Edward Seago

Winter Landscape, Norfolk
by Edward Seago


I have admired the work of Edward Seago for the last few years and have been doing a little research on his life. He was an English artist, he worked in both oils and watercolours, his style was impressionist and he painted mostly landscapes. He was loved by the Royal family and the public would que for his exhibitions and always sold out. He was a prolific artist and has more than 19,000 paintings in circulation worldwide. He was self taught which is what impresses and inspires me because I have no formal education in art.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Red Rose


Red Rose
Oil on oil paper


I've never seen so many petals on one rose, I couldn't paint them all so I had to use a little artistic license.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Lone Wolf


Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers and artists.

A new year and a new start, it feels good to paint.
Lone Wolf
Oil on oil paper

Monday, 22 December 2014

Stargazer Lilies

I have so many photos to work from, I vow to use them more as fresh flowers are a pleasure, but not cheap. This painting is from a photo I took about three years ago.

I heard this song by Ben Howard today and I felt goose bumps, that guitar is out of this world!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYR6A47DK-Q

Stargazer Lilies
Oil on oil paper.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Peaceful Slumber

Our Sleeping Cat
charcoal on cartridge paper
It never ceases to amaze me how many hours cats sleep.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Mixed Feelings

Its that time of year when you start to look back and try to understand what kind of year its been. There have been downs and ups, I'm sure everyone has those. What is the best thing that has happened to you this year?

This bouquet is still going strong and I couldn't resist having another go at it, its funny though, it never gets easier, which is fine by me because I love a challenge.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Oasis

For me painting is my oasis, that time of the day when no matter how tired I am or stressed I enter a cool, refreshing zone.
Oasis
oil on oil paper

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Pheasant Sketch

The last time I worked in charcoal was when I was at school, I had forgotten how much I love this medium.
Charcoal on cartridge paper

Monday, 15 December 2014

Persistence

Persistence
oil on oil paper
 
As promised its been a beautiful sunny day, just perfect for taking photos (in the shade of course).
We've been ferrying our son to a couple of interviews, one in Milton Keynes and one in Hemel Hempstead. He has a 2, 1 degree in Economics and Finance, he's been applying for two years for jobs with no luck. Its wearing him down and its getting harder  to scrape him off the floor and boost his confidence time and time again. I would like to ask the universe for a job for our son, he's a fast learner, he has a heart of gold, the type that will carry an old ladies shopping home to their door.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Persistance

Persistence
Oil on oil paper

 

I ran out of daylight but I finished the painting so hopefully I will have a good photo tomorrow.
 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Time For Reflection

I am still here guys, still painting only not so visible.
 The agency that invited me join them have kept me busy with briefs for their clients. So far I have painted meadows, multi coloured flowers, roses in the Dutch masters style, seaside scenes and more recently animals in charcoal, so far three of my paintings have been bought. I would even go so far as to say this is  my dream job, being asked to paint such diverse subjects has stimulated my brain, I feel alive and lit up. Its most definitely the journey guys. :  )

I have decided to make time for copying master paintings as I think it is so important for learning. This one was a joy to paint, its called Meadow by Alfred Sisley.
Its not a faithful copy but the process has taught me so much.

My second painting for today is a subject I just keep coming back to time and time again because I find it a challenge, I've called it Time for Reflection.
Time for Reflection
Oil on oil paper
Meadow After Alfred Sisley
Oil on oil paper

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Anticipation

I now have a picture after many days of grey light. Instead of taking a photo in good daylight I scanned this painting once it was dry and adjusted the colours  as near to the painting as possible.
value sketch

Anticipation
oil on wrapped canvas 8"x 8"

Friday, 21 November 2014

Not Enough Daylight!

I've managed to finish this little painting, but couldn't take a decent photo, the light is very grey, its been raining most of the day. I love the rain though so I'm not complaining.   :  )
Buds and Rose
oil on canvas 8"x 8"

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Value Sketches

Hi everyone, I've really missed blogging these last few weeks and actually this year I have posted less and less. I am still painting as much as ever, maybe more so, its just been so hectic. Especially these last few months. On the 29th of October I took part in a day long workshop in Urban Landscape run by Adebanji Alade. It was very intense and I absolutely loved every minute of it, Adebanji is such a gifted artist and has such a passion which comes through in his teaching. I was so wrapped up in the day that I took very few pictures, but if you look on Adebanji's facbook you will see all the details.
https://www.facebook.com/adebanji.alade?fref=hovercard

 He taught us that doing a value sketch before beginning a painting goes a long way towards creating a successful painting. Over the years I have always meant to sketch more, but after a few drawings I go back to just painting straight away. I vow to sketch more as it really does make such a difference. Value sketches help to work out the design of the painting and see if there is enough contrast and balance between values.

The more I paint the more I feel I have so much to learn, but blogging has meant so many positive benefits , I feel is essential to my growth as an artist. the very practice of painting and posting, receiving encouragement from artists and keeping in touch with what everyone else is doing is so important. Painting is such a solitary occupation and most times blogging is the only social means of communication with other artists.



Saturday, 25 October 2014

Summer Meadow III

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

Quote by John Milton

For me painting fills me with gratitude, the end result is a painting, but the process is the journey and oh, what a marvellous journey it is. 

Summer Meadow III
oil on oil paper 14cmc20cm