Sunday, 1 March 2015

63 Red 'n' Green....'n' Red

Oil  6x6"

I find the psychology of colours fascinating - this picture, to me is completely 'Autumn', and I'm sure it's something to do with the dark green background. I know that apples have the connotations of harvest and Autumn but I'm sure I could do another apple painting and make it look like summer. That sounds like a challenge to me...!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

62 A Chilli Day at the Beach

Oil  6x6"

These silly little chillis are spending the day at the beach. It's a good idea of theirs to take a brolly although it might have been wiser to take suncream as it already looks like they have had too much sun!
The shadow of the umbrella was great fun to paint - there was so much blue in it that I had to keep checking my eyes weren't going funny...a bit like that blue and black dress everyone seems to be talking about!

Friday, 27 February 2015

61 The Artists Way

Oil  6x6"

You might think it a bit of an add title for a scattering of asparagus but it came about while I was struggling to compose this picture. Whichever way I arranged the asparagus, it just didn't seem to work. Finally I came up with the idea of turning one of them round to face the opposite way and suddenly the composition was perfect! That single asparagus pointing the wrong direction then became, in my mind, all the creative people I know being tutted at by those who don't understand the 'artists way'. The 'artists way' involves working in part-time, unstable jobs so that you have a few spare hours to work on your own (often unseen and unappreciated) creative projects. When some others are thinking about buying new clothes or the latest gadget these oddball artists are working out if they have enough money to buy a 15 foot high canvas for a naked David Bowie painting or a few hundred bags of cement to make the world's largest rubber duck sculpture.
I guess to some people it looks like I'm running the wrong way up the life-money-success escalator, but I think it's still worth it and even if I never do anything else with my life I'm proud to be one of those oddball artists! :)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

60 Asparagus Spears

Oil  6x6"

I have always wanted to paint asparagus but never got round to it until I saw a load of it on offer at M and S. Hooray! Once I started painting I found that there is a incredible amount of purple in the tips. I guess I hadn't really ever studied an asparagus spear before...

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

59 Yellow Meets Yellow

Oil  6x6" 

Herman is making friends with a fellow yellow creature - in fact I'm pretty sure that they are talking about the merits of being yellow (of which I am sure there are many!). Not only are they the yellowest stars of this painting, they are also the yellowest stars of a little stop frame animation that I made of the painting process.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

58 Party Time!

Oil  6x6" 

It was my birthday yesterday and my lovely friend Charlotte made these fabulous (and extremely delicious!) cupcakes for me. After eating two of them in a row I decided that I should probably record their existence before the rest of them disappear down my gullet! The little silver foil wrapped chocolate hearts are from another friend (thank you Maddie!) and made a prefect party partner for the cupcakes. I really enjoy painting shiny things and those blingy hearts were no exception - there were even five different colours reflected on one of them!

Monday, 23 February 2015

57 South Hill Park Visitors

Oil  6x6" 

I have to admit I have been working at South Hill Park on and off for a year and I haven't explored the grounds yet! I finally got round to it, took loads of photos to paint from and this was my favourite. I would have loved to have painted it from life but I don't think the stars of the show would have sat particularly still for me!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

56 Clog City

Oil  6x6" 

My lovely friend Chris gave me these gorgeous red clogs to have a go at painting. They are a bit bigger than the objects that I normally do so I popped in the little blue cowboy to give it some scale. They are such a wonderful shape but it was really tough to get that right and get the scale right at the same time.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

55 The Preacher

Oil  6x6" 

Continuing from yesterdays saga, this little purple pompom has made it his mission in life to preach colour and fluffiness to all. The flower is trying his absolute hardest to ignore the pompom but the jam jar seems pretty interested...
This was an absolute joy to paint - one of those times when it almost seems to paint itself. I wish I could bottle whatever it is which makes that happen!  

Friday, 20 February 2015

54 The Pompom Powwow

Oil  6x6"

This is quite possibly the best ever title I have come up with for a painting! It's got a load of O's, and W's, and more P's than a Tesco's frozen aisle!
I'm not quite sure what the glass bird is saying to the pompoms as I don't speak the lingo but they seem to be enjoying it. Perhaps they are planning to take over the world or maybe they simply want to spread the joy of colour and fluffiness. Kind of ironic that the bird is made of glass though...

Thursday, 19 February 2015

53 On the Hunt

Oil  6x6"

The little blue cowboy is on the hunt for an oxo cube for his dinner. Problem is, the oxo cube is a clever sort like bugs bunny and the cowboy is more of a Elmer Fudd so in actual fact the cowboy will never ever catch his dinner. Good thing too as I'm getting rather fond of that cute little cube...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

52 Going All Hot and Cold

Oil  6x6"

Carrying on the idea from a couple of days ago I tried out an all-white still life with a white/cool light. It was much harder than using a warm light, and I tied my brain in knots trying to work out what should be cool and what should be warm!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

51 The Magic Lamp

Oil  6x6"

Having escaped the lamp, the genie (also known as a feather!) is trying out the vase for size. Not sure that he's going about it the right way though...
I loved painting this one - shiny things are just so much fun. The trick is getting those darks and lights bang up against each other.

Monday, 16 February 2015

50 In the Light of Pink

Oil  6x6"

May I present to you painting number fifty! Woohoo! I can't believe that I am already half way through this project!
So far, I have lit all my still life setups with a white light in the shape of a daylight bulb. It's not too warm nor cool so it's good for seeing the true colour of the object. Today though, I thought I would experiment with a warm light and was really surprised at how much the colours changed. The shadows cooled down loads and all the white bits were actually a creamy pink!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

49 Balance

Oil  6x6"

This painting is about balance in terms of gravity and balance in terms of colour. Ah there are just so many layers of meaning to these little artworks!
It actually took me ages to balance the spoon on the bottle, the chilli against the bottle and the two chillies resting against each other - for a while I was considering superglue but I guess that defeats the idea...
Also, as you can see, those week old chillies are lasting really well and it just wouldn't do to smear superglue all over them otherwise what would I put in my stirfry?

Saturday, 14 February 2015

48 The Sneezy Cowboy

Oil  6x6"

Why would a little, blue cowboy have anything against an innocent flower you may ask? Well I presume he must be suffering from some pretty bad hay fever to be about to shoot it. I should probably tell him that the flower is plastic so is unlikely to be the source of his sneezing...maybe I should tell him that he is also plastic so probably can't actually sneeze. Then again, I should stop talking to small plastic toys.

Friday, 13 February 2015

47 The Greenhouse Oxo

Oil  6x6"

Here's a little oxo growing in a nice, warm greenhouse and another one popping out the top of the pot. Who knew they grew like weeds?! That apple certainly didn't...

Thursday, 12 February 2015

46 The Crooked Chilli

Oil  6x6"

I wanted to have just one more go at this arrangement of glass and chilli - the last one I promise! I love how the chilli is completely distorted by the jar and I think he's pretty happy with his new little chillout pad!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

45 Chilli Jacuzzi

Oil  6x6" 

I enjoyed yesterdays painting so much that I though I would have a go at a similar setup today. This time the chilli is relaxing in a jacuzzi after all that showing off yesterday. The only problem, is that there's someone waiting in a queue to get in...

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

44 An Audience

Oil  6x6" 

Not only does this little chilli have an audience, the actual painting was done in front of an audience too! I've never been the best at multitasking (I can hardly talk to two people at once!) so today was a real challenge. Everyone was lovely though and it was a pleasure to share my techniques with such enthusiastic people.