Saturday, July 31, 2010

Shoes

Shoes
Miniature Watercolour on Ivorine
10 cm x 6 cm or 4 inches x 2.5 inches

Tiny change in pace here (ha ha, its shoes!)  From huge to tiny, this is a little piece done just for a bit of a change.  I actually like miniatures a lot, so jewel like, they look fabulous framed, this one is in a deep pure white mount and frame, looks good.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Back Yard Steps

Back Yard Steps
Pure Watercolour
28 cm x 33 cm or 11 inches x 13 inches

Another "found" still life, a collection of shells, rocks and pots sitting quietly on some old granite steps in the shade by the back door of my friends house.  She has a small daughter and I suspect the shells might be treasure, arranged carefully by the four year old curator of the secret museum of special things.  I have always liked "found" poetry and think the same process runs into painting, an artful arrangement can sometimes just happen.
Anyway, apart from that, this is the first painting done with my new, hand made, wildly expensive watercolour brush, brought with birthday money from my in-laws.  It is a brush from Rosemary & Co and I am most impressed.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Shed and The Fig Tree

The Shed and The Fig Tree
Oil on Canvas
46 cm x 36 cm or 18 inches x 14 inches

Another trip to the allotment via my paintbrush.  This cacophony of odd bits, old chair, battered suitcase, bits of board and pipe were elivated to an Eden like status by the shade and verdant passion of a rambling fig tree.  Well, thats what happened in my mind anyway, it was a hot day and the dark green shade afforded by the tree made everything beautiful, and I could have stayed there for a very long time!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Light Through Waves

Light Through Waves
Pure Watercolour
56 cm x 42 cm or 22 inches x 16,5 inches

At last, a day to enjoy painting just for the sake of it.  I love "contra jour" I like the help it gives the artist, blocking out fiddly details and reducing things to suggestions, a flick of light can describe a whole boat, a figure becomes just a few blobs of paint.  Then, wow!  What a treat awaits within the waves, vivid colours, luminous turquoise, splashes of viridian, beautiful.
To see where this windswept slipway is just click on the location link below.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sempervivum and Allium Shadows

Sempervivum and Allium Shadows
Watercolour
40 cm x 40 cm or 14 inches x 14 inches

Hot day, big shadows, an arrangement that was just "there" on my garden table.  The two pots are a gift from a friend of my in-laws who also gave me a plan chest, something that I have wanted for many a year.  So, I think this painting may well be a gift for her.  A thank you in paint.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Delphinium

Delphinium
Watercolour
20 cm x 40 cm or 7 inches x 14 inches

Blue and blue and blue and beautiful, in my garden, right now!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon
Oil on Wooden Panel
30cm x 40cm or 12 inches x 16 inches.

I thought it was about time that I gave my obsession with gardens expression in oil paints.  I wasn't entirely sure that the medium would suit the subject, or if I could make it work.  However I am pleased with the result, it seems to have the presence of a sunny afternoon, slightly too hot and verging on being oppressive.  The shade is inky and deep and there is a still quiet, just a few bees buzzing... "sipping at my ice cold beer, lazing on a sunny afternoon"