Last of Summer

Last of Summer
Last of Summer

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Apple Sketch

I've been neglecting my sketching so here is a simple apple.
Apple sketch
pencil on cartridge paper

Monday, 8 February 2016

End of the Day II

I always have my camera handy and love to capture moments like this.

End of the Day II
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Sunday, 7 February 2016

French Peonies

I am very lucky to have a friend who lives in the South of France and she sent me some beautiful photos of peonies that grow in her garden around March time.

French Peonies
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Plums on Green

A little painting that is reminiscent of the first year I started painting in acrylics.

Plums on green
acrylics on watercolour paper.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Courage

Courage
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"
Creativity takes courage. ”
Henri Matisse


This quote sums up my feelings about this painting perfectly. This is a result after scraping three times and trying different colour combinations. It is hard to use colours I don't see, but as with all things practice is the key.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Contentment

I was an artist at four, back in the village where I was born there was a large pond, large enough to swim in. The earth around the pond was red clay and I would sit there everyday making dishes and little animals. My mum would despair at the state of my clothes, but I had no pencils, paints or paper. I did not feel the lack, instinctively I found peace and contentment in that red clay. That same instinct has lead me to different mediums, be it plasticine, felt tips at school, dressmaking later, cake making and finally painting. The world melts away and its just me and the colours, the subject and the surface. There are some terrible things going on in the world, so much suffering, sometimes I feel it physically and this is how I shut myself off from it all.


Contentment
oil on oil paper
14" x 12"

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Chrysanthemum

Yeeay!!!! 31 paintings complete today!!

For next month, God willing, I have bought myself some mixed bouquets and will be working on larger and more stylised flower paintings and try to use different colour palettes. Its early days, but I am excited and looking forward to some more experimentation.

For todays painting I have dug out an old clip on lamp, at the brilliant reminder of a friend, and found that it is so much easier to work out the lights and darks. When I first started painting I did use a lamp regularly and looking back find some of those paintings much stronger. It just goes to show that we can lose our way sometimes and I am grateful to have people around me who help me find my way again.
Thank you so much for all your comments this past month, your encouragement makes all the difference. xxx
Chrysanthemum

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Apple and Plums

I've been struggling with a mixed flower bouquet, I've scraped it three times and then put it to one side for another day. Instead this was blissfully simple, however I will return to my bouquet tomorrow for a challenge is to be relished.


Apple and Plums
 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

End of the Day

The work is done and time to gather at home.


End of the Day
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Carefree

With this painting I set off to not put every detail in and also not to fill in all the background. I think it has a touch of carefreeness about it.


Carefree
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Monday, 25 January 2016

Spread your Wings


“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you're going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
C. JoyBell C.
Spread Your Wings
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Happy Sunday

This is my idea of a happy Sunday, beautiful tulips in front of me, all day to paint and a palette of gorgeous paints. Of course my music is playing too.... Harlem Shuffle by Bob and Earl, this is the fast version, the dancing is spectacular!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-BVJtCxtBY





Happy Sunday
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Experiment in Colour II

I'm feeling that experimentation is the key for this year, depending on how brave I can be. :  )

Experiment in Colour II
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Friday, 22 January 2016

An Experiment in Colour

Its been raining all morning, a beautiful grey winters day, my response is to crank up the colour.


An Experiment in Colour
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Integrity

There is nothing more glorious—nothing that does more honour to true virtue, than the confidence with which one approaches a friend of tried integrity.”
Abbé Prévost, Manon Lescaut


I've been listening to Flock of Seagulls, a great 80's group.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSZ2zR56yQo

Integrity
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Daffodils IV

Its been very spirit lifting painting these fragrant, cheerful flowers, but I think this fourth version is enough for now.
Daffodils IV
oil on oil paper
10" x 8"

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Daffodils II

It snowed for all of five minutes and then melted. I won't be getting my outdoor easel out of mothballs just yet. Lol


Daffodils II
oil on oil paper
8" x 10"
 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Daffodils

He that has two cakes of bread,  let him sell one of them for some flowers
of the Narcissus,
for bread is food for the body,
but Narcissus is food of the soul. 

~ Mohammed (c. 570-632 AD)
 
Daffodils
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Growth

Growth
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” Kurt Vonnegut




Monday, 11 January 2016

Orange Rose

I would like to dedicate this painting to David Bowie, he died today after a long illness. May he rest in peace. This is my favourite song by him called Sound and Vision.


Orange Rose
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoDamvrfUbQ

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Salvation

Don't be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation.” Paul Cezanne

 I began this painting as an abstract, scraped it about four times and was not happy so I have this vase of flowers and decided to change it to a still life instead. Usually I don't have any problems with flowers and vase, but even that wouldn't look right, finally after a third attempt I decided enough was enough, I need to move on. So this quote means a great deal to me now, that I should not be so critical of my work, just paint. What this daily painting is doing for me right now is stopping me from giving up. Some days its like a walk in the park and some days its tough, but to have a result at the end of the day is the prize, the journey continues.


Salvation
oil on oil paper
10"x8"

Friday, 8 January 2016

Fields and Forest

I always assumed that abstracts would be easier than realism, that is not the case. Painting abstracts is so  challenging that I am hooked, for now anyway. :  )

Fields and Forest
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Bloom

And like a colorful bloom of temporary lights in the sky, you will shine.”
Chad Sugg

Bloom
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Tulips Without Spring

One of the pleasures of modern shopping, very early tulips.

Tulips Without Spring
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Nectar

Nectar
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"
Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without an object cannot live.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Poinsettia III

I have found that the more I explore a particular subject the freer I get. Anyone who has seen Billy Elliot will understand when I say its like electricity, whatever it is you create, be it dance, music, or a painting.
 
Poinsettia III
oil on  oil paper
8"x 10"
 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Poinsettia II

Its so great to get back into the swing of things. Thank you all so much for your encouragement!!


Poinsettia II
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"
 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Poinsettia

As soon as these beautiful, vibrant plants appear in the shops I buy one. They don't usually last very long, but this one seems to be hanging on.


Poinsettia
oil on oil paper
8"x 10

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the holidays and have seen the New Year in with health, good fortune and peace.

 My heart goes out to the flood victims here in the UK, they have suffered terribly over the last few months and in the last few days. I hope that with the help of the authorities and the kindness of strangers they get their homes and their lives back soon.

Its a steely grey day today and rain has just begun to fall at three in the afternoon. I've painted this landscape with colours that speak to me of a quiet new years day.

 I have set myself a challenge of posting a painting everyday for the rest of the year. A tough challenge indeed, but I have been finding excuses galore not to paint this past year and I feel I need to pull myself up.
Happy New Year!
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Monday, 21 December 2015

The Storm Will Pass

I took a photograph last year around March time, the clouds were heavy, a few drops of rain just starting to fall. Finally its painted and I feel much happier.

I heard this song yesterday on Radio Lab, its Ben Howard  and its called Rivers in Your Mouth, love his voice and that guitar is sublime..




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4vX6Uo9BO8


The Storm Will Pass
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Roses Roses III

Its a drizzly, grey Sunday, perfect for painting.
Roses Roses III
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Friday, 11 December 2015

Roses Roses II

"Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
Rumi
Roses Roses II
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Roses Roses

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
Rumi
Roses Roses
oil on oil paper
8"x 10"

Thursday, 3 December 2015

View From a Train

On my trips to London I like to take lots of photos as the landscape speeds by. I love London and the joy I feel begins as soon as I step on the train. Painting this landscape felt pretty good too.


View From a Train
oil on oil paper
8" x 10"

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Carnival

Then there are days when you want colour, lots of colour.


Carnival
oil on oil paper
10"x 8"