Monday, February 29, 2016

Little Red, an update on Bear Creation.

Little Red is a new bear just finished.
He is a little beauty, measuring 33 cm tall and with "Lara's Theme"playing on a wind up musical box inside him.  Very traditionally built, stuffed with wood wool, with shiny English Glass eyes, black waxed nose,  articulated with wood and metal cotter pins and made from "Port Wine" mohair. He joins the other bears, all completely hand built with the makers label on their bear bottoms!
Of course I have a cunning plan for my bears, I always have cunning plans, which will be revealed very soon, but for now you can see some of them here.
Le La Lu
Teddy Bears Picnic

Fur Elise

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Me and my Mobile Studio

I am really excited, my van is taking shape, all kitted out with what we need for a "grand tour"  This year we plan to travel through France and then down one side of Italy and up the other. Painting and plein airing all the way. As usual this is a working trip and I will be taking commissions. Filling sketchbooks and making larger paintings.  I plan to take "bear making supplies" just in case I need to fill the Italian evenings!
The trip is still in the planning stages but the van is getting better and better as the days go by.  Today it got sign written, so now I wont forget what my job is or which van is mine!  There is plenty of storage inside to take all my kit, easels, paints, oil and watercolour, canvas and boards, dry media and lots of sketchbooks.  The van has an eight foot awning so painting in the shade will be possible wherever we stop. It will have bikes on the back for forays into tiny hidden villages and trips to markets.
The trip should take about three months.  Details to follow but if you know of anywhere that you think would be great for an artist to visit please let me know.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Paint it Black

I am setting myself a bit of a challenge, all about colour.
I have been planning some still life works and I firmly believe that we all need to learn and train and study all of the time and as I like to stretch myself out of my comfort zone I came up with a cunning plan.  I am collecting together things of one colour group, just things that I have in my home, putting them all together then painting them.
starting with a drawing
Starting with a drawing, just to loosen up, then I shall paint, I think I shall attempt watercolour as well as oils.  I have a feeling that they will make a very interesting collection.  I might even devote a whole sketchbook to each colour.  Now that would be interesting.
Anyway, for now this is the start of  ebony, inky, jet, jetty, onyx, pitch, pitchy, sable, sooty, kuro, lelia, Black.
spot the Aubergine!
Other colour collections to follow, as well as a series of beautiful colour paintings!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

"Black and Blue", keeping out of the Storm

Black and Blue, charcoal on paper 5 x 7 inches or 12.7 x 17.7 cm
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Staying safely tucked away in my studio, away from the horrible storms outside its the perfect time for some still-life work.
These are blueberries on my very hefty oiled wooden chopping board, so oiled and so old that it looks black.
I had them out for breakfast and sitting in the bamboo bowl on top of the old board they just begged to be drawn!  So I did, then I ate them.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Putting in the Hours

"Early Morning", watercolour 5 x 7 inches or 12.7 x 17.7 cm.
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I am feeling the need to put in the hours, to practice my craft.  I know that I love the fluency that plein air painting brings, No pressure of painting to order, for a collection or for any other reason other than to hone my skills, practice, practice, practice and to speak in the language that I know best. Never underestimate the benefits of practice.
I like the hour or two of complete solitude, the meditation of painting, or drawing.  With all that in mind I am getting down to work.  I have a big trip planed later in the year, a bit of a grand tour and I want to paint all the way, so I am getting into training.

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