Monday, April 30, 2007

Painting A Landscape First Part

Following the Portraits Progress, I am doing the same with a large landscape painting over on Muddy Red Shoes.
This painting will be for sale, it will be up for auction while I am working on it with a starting bid of$410 (USA) or €300 (Europe) or £205 (UK)
If you would like to bid please send me an email :
landscape@sarahwimperis.co.uk

New Wheat

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New Wheat
40cm x 40cm. 15.7in x 15.7in.
Oil on stretched canvas

These spring mornings are softened with mist from a heavy dewfall. New wheat fields shine like bright beacons in the hazy landscape. The sun rises in the sky, slowly everything is brought into focus. As I turn the corner onto the track that leads to home I am confronted with this perfectly framed composition in greens.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Portrait of Thomas



To see a larger image just click on the picture

This is the final result to see the process from start to finish please follow

40cm x 40cm or 15.75in x 15.75in

To commission a portrait like this would start from:

£250(UK) or $498(USA) or €366(Europe)

Early Morning Market


Early Morning Market
20cm x 20cm. 8 in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

This is the way towards St Nicholas Market in Bristol. The day starts, people walking to work in the early morning light. It is the start of a warm day and the city noise at this time is the chatter of sparrows from the infatuated stones of sleepy buildings.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Portraits Progress Part Three

To see today's progress please click here which will take you over to the lighter side of life...Muddy Red Shoes.

Fitting The Shoe.

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Fitting The Shoe.
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Oil on stretched canvas

The moment that the farrier fits the shoe the air fills with a strange smell of hot iron and hoof. Morning light is dissipated through the smoke and steam. The horse is totally unconcerned, safe in the expert hands. The farrier makes the shoe fit perfectly using just his experienced eye, removing it for a slight adjustment before the final fitting. It is so fascinating seeing a real craftsman at work, watching the years of experience make a complicated task look so deceptively easy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Breton Horse

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Breton Horse
20cm x 20cm. 8 in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

Another portrait of the beautiful Breton Horses at the Haras National in Hennebont. A Haras is a stud farm for the preservation and development of the breed. This one at Hennebont (our local town) has fantastic old stables filled with these magnificent stallions. Solid and powerful they seem quite content to be visited by the likes of me with my sketchbook.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Portraits Progress Day 2

Oil on canvas. 40cm x 40cm or 16in x 16in
I have used Alizarin Crimson thinned with turps to draw over the charcoal lines. Two reasons, first of all it fixes the charcoal, or replaces it, and stops it making everything turn a bit grey, secondly Alizarin Crimson shows up quite well when it is underneath other colours, so at first the drawing will still be visible.

Once that is dry I block in the lights and the darks. On this one I have started with the very light areas but there is no reason for this, I could have started with the darks. I think as the light is such a strong part of this picture I was keen to put it in.

You can see here that this is still quite rough; it is not necessary to be precise.

I then place the darks making some differentiation between the very darkest shapes and the merely shadowy. I never paint with black, as I seem to find quite a lot of colours in the darkest places and I want to get them in.

Now the picture is beginning to take shape, light is already catching the edge of his jaw.


While I am working I am thinking very hard about the subject, the smell of a young child’s hair, the softness of the skin, fragility of the neck, also about the warmth of the sun coming through the window, sounds that could be heard. This is how I try to distil the essence of a subject into a painting.

That’s all for today, next instalment coming soon.

Bristol Bridge and Spring Blossom.

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Bristol Bridge and Spring Blossom.
24cm x 18cm. 9.5 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

Good morning! It is a truly beautiful day here, sun, birdsong and the fresh new green of a fine spring day.
I have just finished this painting and I love it. The bridge in the background is Bristol Bridge; it was an unusually hot day for April. The sunlight was glancing off the new leaves and blossoms that covered the trees making everything shimmer, the new leaves, the light, the shadows on the grass and the paths, the buildings and the river all shattering into colours and shapes. Springtime in England, after all that rain and gloom maybe makes it all the more glorious.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A Portraits Progress

This is going to be like a soap opera, you will be on the edge of your seats!
I am going to blog this portrait as I do it, at the end of each day that I have worked on it, just for fun, to show the progress of a painting.
I am working quite hard right now, a big bunch of illustration work to do, lots of small paintings clamoring around wanting to be painted, several larger ones too and some commissions. On top of that I have some portraits that I am working on. I am quite an impatient person and in order to slow myself down I try to work on several things at the same time, it allows for paint to dry and thoughts to formulate.
Here we go...A Portraits Progress...
I will start with some sketches and photographs. The sketches are how I try to distill what it is that I like about a subject. They also serve as reminders of all the other senses, smell, sound, feelings, mood. Sometimes a thought or idea is very fleeting and so this is where I catch them.

After the sketches I do a careful line drawing which will be transferred onto the canvas or board. Before that happens I colour the canvas, often I work on a black surface, I like the way it makes the colours glow. For this portrait I have used a kind of burnt orange, it is a mid tone and I want to be able to see into the shadows as I paint them also there is quite a lot of blue/white in the picture and I think the orange will work well beneath that.

That is as far as I have got today...please send me your comments as they are always interesting, artists work alone, they crave feedback, well this one does anyway!
Don't forget to tune in for the next thrilling installment of "Portraits Progress"

Friday, April 20, 2007

Bristol Morning.

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Bristol Morning.
20cm x 15cm. 8 in x 6in.
Oil gesso board.

Near the market in the old centre of Bristol is Christ Church with St Ewen. On this church are two little guys called the Quarter Jacks who ring the bells on the quarter hour. They were the original focus of this painting, however the sun was shining brightly and making shadows so the little Quarter Jacks became indistinct and I was seduced by the buttery coloured stone. Many of the buildings have been cleaned and now the city seems to glow in the sunshine.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bristol Breakfast.


Bristol Breakfast.
23cm x 13.5cm. 9 in x 5.2in.
Oil gesso board.

I am back after a great “city break” in Bristol. A great pleasure is going out early to watch a city wake up. In this area of Bristol all of the grand old bank buildings have been turned into bars and cafes. Lofty Georgian architecture lends a peaceful splendour to a simple breakfast.
I feel very lucky, as I have been away for long enough for the familiar to become the exotic. I am seeing with the eyes of a traveller and it is exciting, sometimes a bit overwhelming as my head is overflowing with pictures waiting to be painted.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Cloak of Green

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Cloak of Green
18cm x 10cm. 7 in x 4 in.
Oil on stretched canvas

Green glorious green, everywhere things are growing. The fields are a bright vibrant green, the trees are becoming soft verdant pillows, and the conifers have vivid tips to their branches. The earth really does seem to wear a cloak of softest green. This is the view as I stand at the end of my drive way, beside my post-box, I see it every day and it seems to be my calendar, my barometer of the seasons.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Oak Tree

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Oak Tree
18cm x 12cm. 7 in x 4.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas

The oak leaves are just appearing, a faint blush of green. This giant old oak has seen so many spring times; it must be at least three hundred years old. Like a silent sentinel watching the passing of time. The ebb and flow of the seasons, revolutions and war, joy and sadness have all played out their dramas beneath its branches.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

New Shoes.

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New Shoes.
23cm x 17cm. 9 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

The farrier is back, this time Jeff the biggest of the horses is getting his new shoes. He is a large patient horse, a gentle giant standing in the early morning light, while the farrier works on his hoofs.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The House of The Forest

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The House of The Forest
18cm x 14cm. 7 in x 5.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas

The sun is getting stronger now painting shadows onto the lane, this is the last house on our lane, beyond is the forest where I walk the dog. Every morning the trees fill out just a little more, fresh leaves, as welcome as a long cool drink on a very hot day. The countryside seems to sigh and stretch out in the first warm rays of spring.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Fields of Silver.

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Fields of Silver.
15cm x 10cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Oil gesso board.

Out very early, I have a lot of commissioned work to do so it is a small sketch again. The wind on the new grass makes a small sea of silver. It is Easter Monday, all I can hear is the morning song of the birds a distant cockerel and, with great pleasure, the first cuckoo.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Rapeseed Fields

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Rapeseed Fields
15cm x 10cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Oil gesso board.

The lemon yellow slashes of the rapeseed fields are waking up the senses. The strong waxy scent is in the air while the yellow splashes across the fields as if a bored artist has finally tired of using somber colours.
Have a very happy Easter or Pâques

Thursday, April 05, 2007

New Leaves, Pont Aven

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New Leaves, Pont Aven.
23cm x 17cm. 9 in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

Behind the busy streets of galleries, biscuit shops and Gauguin memorabilia in Pont Aven the river races past the backs of houses, over boulders and underneath little bridges. New leaves light the shadows with flashes of brilliant green.
If you are interested, you can follow the trip to Pont Aven, sketching, artistic refreshment and final making of this painting, in
a little video over on You Tube. Click here to see it.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Horse Shadows

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Horse Shadows
15cm x 10cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Oil gesso board.

Early morning again, the sun had just risen above the trees and these three horses were having their breakfast nibble. Long shadows stretched out across the wet grass and a tiny sliver of light caught their backs.

I am working hard on some illustration work so paintings may be a bit sporadic for a while but I will try to fit both in.
Now, a little reminder: I know it is possible to take prints of my paintings, and I don’t mind that much, although this is how I make my living. If you see a painting that you really like and cant afford (or it has sold) please remember that I produce prints up to A3 size, on very high quality paper. They are far superior to anything that can be printed (or pirated) free from my blog and really, for a limited edition of only 50, they are not that expensive at
£20.00 or $40.00 or €30.00 postage included.

So have a think, if there is anything that you would love as a signed print please let me know.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Cold Wind, Blue Sky.

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Cold Wind, Blue Sky.
36cm x 24cm. 13 in x 10 in.
Oil gesso board.

Almost midday in Hennebont, there is a sharp cold wind but the sun is shining brightly and the sky is a seamless blue. The trees in the towns have had their spring pruning, and stand with their few branches spread against the sky.


76 pounds (UK) 150 dollars (USA) and 113 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Wedding Day.



Wedding Day.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil on stretched canvas.

This painting is a birthday present for my younger brother. I think his computer is broken so I don’t think he will see this before it gets to him.
Last September he got married to a very lovely lady. They celebrated their wedding on a beach in Wales, it wasn’t a bright sunshiny day, in fact it rained but I don't think that mattered a bit, they were obviously so very happy.
I liked this little image; the colours of their clothes went very well with all the subtle greys of the sea and wet sand.

A Good Interview

Katherine Tyrrell over on the very informative blog Making a Mark has done a great interview and post all about what I do and why I do it, so click there and go and find out lots of things.
It is also a very good blog to read full of information for artists and people who are interested in art.
So go there...please, thank you!