Monday, June 25, 2007

Glastonbury and a Cunning Plan.

Glastonbury 2007, sketchbook.

I didn't really go, (ha ha) just in spirit and via the TV. This is Sunday night, after a long weekend of work here I am, sitting in the warm, away from the mud and the rain, enjoying the best bands and the best view. Though I suspect not the atmospheir. I know if I went I would be doing Glasto pictures for weeks afterwards.
Now, as I have had a very effective break from the daily small painting routine I have been giving the whole process some thought. I know that I have a terrible habit of dashing about, painting anything and everything. The daily painting thing proved to be really good for me and now I am going to try another tack, to gain a little self controll.
I am going to paint 100 paintings.
Each painting will be 10inches by 8 inches (or 25.5cm by 20.5cm) and cost £85, $170, €126 (this includes postage) with a 10% discount for people who are on my mailing list.
I shall limit myself to five subjects and do 20 oil paintings in each category.
This means that each painting will form part of a limited edition group in its own right and, at the end of the year, I will produce a book of all of the paintings with their descriptions. The book itself will also be a limited edition of 50 copies.
This is where you can help me:
Please tell me the five subjects that you would like me to choose for the next 100 paintings. Just e-mail me, or leave a comment here, with five of the numbers 1 to 9 below.
The catagoires are:
1.Landscape. (the countryside that I wander through)
2.Saescape. (waves, sky, sand, rocks, cliffs,)
3.People at Work. ( following on from the paintings I did last year, it is folk working, just that)
4.Cafes and Bars. (cafe life in France)
5.Buildings. (Churches, architecture, old and new, city's and villages)
6.Forest. (deep in the forest, light through the trees, the changing seasons)
7.Horses. (everything horse, Breton horses, working with horses)
8.Breton Culture (festivals, music, costume, traditional Breton life)
9.Still Life (aspects of stillness caught on canvas)
I shall then do the five most popular subjects. I look forward to hearing from you and please pass this on to as many people as you think might be interested, don't forget to encourage them to join my mailing list to qualify for a 10% discount. I shall post the results on July 10th.
All of this activity will start on July 12th, which happens to be my birthday and so, I think, very fitting for new yearly project to begin.
Thank you for your help.

Friday, June 22, 2007

This is Summer!

Look at this, this is summer! I was walking the dog this morning and I might as well have been in the shower! As I filled my sketch book from the safety of my huge, very orange kagool, I was laughing. I love summer rain! It is not cold, it seems even wetter that normal rain, you can walk in it in shorts and you can enjoy the rare treat of an out of season fire and hot chocolate when you get home. Perfect.

I am still working on the illustration commissions but can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am hoping that I shall be back to some real paintings very soon, I am excited and feel ready to explode with all the paintings that are trying to burst out. Perhaps the summer will start then!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Road in the Rain

Watercolour and Pencil.
Rain, the story of this summer so far. Another snatched sketchbook moment, work is still pouring in and so all I can take is a few moments to fill my sketchbook, but I do think that it is a very useful practise.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

One year on, 300 paintings later, I would like to have posted up a painting today but I am still working through the illustrations. I have been working on a new portrait though which I will show as soon as it is finished and I am dying to get back to some more regular painting.
I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has brought a painting, given me feedback and just said hello over the past year. I have met some wonderful people and made some new friends and convinced myself that the world is full of lovely folk.
Now that’s a good thing indeed.
I plan to keep painting and hopefully keep selling my work for affordable prices, long live affordable art, spread the word, put an original on the wall; it costs about the same as a mass-produced print from IKEA. That cant be bad.
Happy Birthday to The Red Shoes!Love from Sarah xx

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Room With a View

Room With a View,

Watercolour, Sketchbook.

(Don't forget that to see these pages from my sketchbook, up close and personal, just click on the image and wait for it to appear very large and waiting for scrutiny)

Just keeping in touch really, with you and with myself. This is what I see out of my studio window, the cushions are there so that I can sit in the window and talk on the phone! It is a good life! Although I am rapidly needing to do some "proper" paintings, the illustration work is going well and filling my sketchbook is keeping the lid on the simmering pot but I think it might need to boil over soon and splatter out some solid work, something I can get my teeth into! Soon.

More of Eire in The Rain

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Just Before The Bailing

Just Before The Bailing,

Moleskin Watercolour Sketchbook.

Click on the image to see a much bigger version.

Sorry this is yet another sketchbook offering. I find sketchbook work really relaxing, there is no pressure to get it right and sometimes the mistakes are as interesting as the successful bits. After a long day at the graphics tablet on my computer, illustrating for all I am worth, it is sheer indulgence for me to walk through the hot afternoon sun to the table at the end of the field which wallows in a pool of deep shade, and draw. You can see pictures of the field this morning over on Muddy Red Shoes.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Early Morning Garden. Watercolour, sketchbook.

Early Morning Garden. Watercolour, sketchbook.
Out and about early this morning I snatched a moment to doodle the morning garden just as it emerged from the shadows with the first rays of the day catching the tops of the lavenders. Tall verbena flowers nod on delicate stalks like wandering sprits in the gloom. The air is already warm and scented with the heady notes of sweet peas and honeysuckle.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Watercolour and pencil. Moleskin Sketchbook.

Watercolour and pencil. Moleskin Sketchbook.
Click it to see a bigger version.
Todays offering is from my sketch book. Due to a great deal of illustration work that has winged its way to my door I am only going to be able to snatch time for sketch book work. This was during a very pleasant tea break in my garden. Noel our farmer neighbour is about to cut the field for hay so, as finally summer seems to have arrived, I doodled this as I drank my tea and also drank in the beautiful summers day. What is it about sun, warm air and birdsong that sooths the soul so very much. I sit in the shade of the tree, in the inky shadows and feel so peaceful despite the mountains of work waiting inside.
Anyway, wherever you are, I hope you enjoy this little bit of summer sketchbook.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Forgotten Dreams

Forgotten Dreams

27cm x 22cm. 10.5 in x 8.5in.
Oil on stretched canvas

During a rare spell of clear sky and sunshine in the Dordogne, I went walking. After the deep green light of a forest we emerged into a cleared area, rough scrub and felled trees gave it a slightly trance like quality then the track sloped down and we were faced with two tumbled down buildings. Grand stonework held the remains of doorways while the last remnants of a flower garden struggled amongst the rampant herbs and grasses. The empty eyes of the cottages daydreamed across a vast and unchanging vista. So they stood through the years slowly melting into the landscape, the lives, once lived out within their walls now like dreams.
You can see some sketches from the Dordogne over on my blog Muddy Red Sketchbook.

75 pounds (UK) 150 dollars (USA) and 110 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Our House

Our House


Little Chap