Saturday, 22 November 2014

Love


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My brother has given me the great idea of doing a love/hate series of marmite paintings so here is the first "Love". I may have got a little carried away and equated love and hate to angels and devils, this being obviously the angelic one just dropped in from heaven on white wings...

This first couple of paintings in this series are reserved for the "giver of the idea" as I think he deserves first dibs!

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Herd



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This cow doesn't seem to realise that she's herding with a group of cherries...or maybe she knows but doesn't care. After all what could be more majestic than a herd of cherries and cow sweeping through a still life landscape.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Three Musketeers


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The three musketeers have come to the rescue of this pretty little flower. Little did they know she's a strong girl and was absolutely fine with out their help. She's a kung fu expert of course - the ultimate flower power!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Gold Cherry




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This little Ferrero Rocher is trying to sneak in with all the cherries. I reckon he's going to be found out pretty soon though...
You will be pleased to hear that I have learnt my lesson from when I painted a delicious looking piece of cake this time last year (and spent the entire time working out how I could eat some and yet still paint it).
This time round I ate all of this Ferrero Rocher's comrades before I even started the painting so I didn't get any ideas! Genius!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Black and Gold



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I love painting this black saucer - the reflections are so bizarre and never behave how I would expect them to.  A badly behaved reflection. Well that's a new concept to bend your brain around...

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dusk


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This was also painted at Virginia Water just as the light was fading. I had to work so fast to get the main areas down before it changed again (those pesky clouds were up to their old tricks again!), but I'm really happy with the loose, bold brushstrokes which resulted. Maybe I need to have a time limit more often...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Autumn


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Here is another one that I did at Virginia Water - I was so pleased with it and really wanted it to be part of this series so here it is as today's painting. It was one of those clean, crisp perfect November days and it was so still and quiet that the lake was like glass. The sky was pretty tough though as the clouds were constantly changing (which I guess is a pretty standard thing to do if you are a cloud...).

Saturday, 15 November 2014

The Ruins




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My friend and I made the most of the lovely weather and went on a painting jaunt to Virginia Water today. I originally thought I had been there before but I actually hadn't so was blown away at how beautiful it is. We wandered round the lake until we found these stunning ruins so I plonked myself amongst some bracken and mushrooms and painted this piece. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and its a breath of fresh air (literally) after so many still lifes.

Friday, 14 November 2014

White and White and White




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This is the third painting I have explored the use of different whites (hence the exciting title!). I think I am getting closer to my goals but still a few lessons to be learnt...
I will have to learn origami at some point so I can paint a different origami animal now and again. I'm sure people must be getting bored of the same bird!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Chain of Command



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The cute little oxo cubes are back again - they just can't stay away! This time they are asking the apple if they are allowed to go and play, and the apple in turn is asking the fork if that's ok. I'm pretty sure the fork is asleep so goodness knows how long they will be waiting for an answer...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Panda Maze



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This little panda has got himself lost in a glass maze. What a daft bear!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

White and White




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I really enjoyed the painting I did a while ago of all white objects (which was unsurprisingly titled "White"). It was difficult to differentiate between all the very subtle colours and tones so I decided to have another bash at it. It's quite difficult to see in this photo of the painting but I managed to get quite a bit of purple into the shadows on the origami bird which I am rather proud of. Saying that, I still have so much to learn with handling different shades of white and I reckon I could do 100 paintings alone on the theme and still not quite get it! 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Warm Apples



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I'm posting away from home again so cross fingers this works! 
With today's painting I decided to experiment a bit with light. Instead of illuminating my still life with a white light I used an warm orangy one. It was really interesting how it changed the colours - cooled down the shadows and warmed up the highlights. These apples look like they are basking in a soft evening light or maybe even going for after dinner stroll?!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mr Owl


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Today was the last day of what has been a fantastic weekend at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair. To be honest I don't think I would have been able to have managed another day as it's been absolutely exhausting! It has been great though and I have thoroughly enjoyed chatting to everyone who has stopped by and shown interest in my work - both friends and strangers.
...and to top it all off I got this amazing Mr Owl as a present from my amazing friend. So here he is sitting with his little flowery friend contemplating the world.



Saturday, 8 November 2014

Grey and Subtle


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If you saw yesterdays piece, this is possibly as far removed from it (in terms of colour) as you could get! My inspiration was from a painting I saw at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair yesterday, which was in all different shades of grey and was absolutely stunning. It was much harder than I thought but I'm really pleased with how it turned out...although it is rather sensible and could do with an Oxo cube or a plastic panda in the corner somewhere...

Friday, 7 November 2014

Bright and Happy


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I really hope this post works - I am blogging this piece from Windsor Contemporary Art Fair! Isn't technology just amazing?! I may revise that statement later if this doesn't work however...
This painting is a little dose of bright and happy for a cold rainy morning. I hope you all feel a little more cheery for it! Rightyho then, I had better get back to my stand then and welcome along the punters. Wish me luck!


Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Shiny Competition



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This blingy little rabbit and this confident little Oxo cube are having a dispute over who is the shiniest in the land. They have even involved a friendly local fork to act as adjudicator to make sure that there is no unauthorised buffing or polishing. Ironically the fork is just as shiny as both of them!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Owl and the Pussycat


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So it's not the owl and the pussycat - it's the owl and the chilli. And there's no pea-green boat but there is a big red vase (for all the good that would do at sea!). There's no island where the bong tree grows, nor a piggy-wig with a ring. In all fairness the only thing which relates to the poem is one small owl...and even he isn't real!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Ketchup Under Attack


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This poor old ketchup is under attack from a mad Mohican! Maybe he's just seen red...(sorry that's such an awful joke!). 

Monday, 3 November 2014

The Munchkin pumpkin


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My friend Lisa gave me this adorable little pumpkin, which I promptly lost just before Halloween. Now it has magically reappeared (as is the want of lost things which are no longer needed) so I decided to do a 3-day-late Halloween painting. So there's a witch's cat and the all important pumpkin...and a chilli. Why the chilli you may ask? Well I needed something to show how adorably mini that pumpkin is!