Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Still Working Away



Ok so I couldn't do it.
It's the first day that I didn't have to paint but it's so gloriously sunny outside that I couldn't resist! So here's a quick oil sketch of the building work next to Kidwell's Park.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Farewell Wave



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So this is it - painting number 100! I can't quite believe how time has just zoomed by. It feels like I have only just finished the last series and here I am, 200 paintings down in just over a year. Woohoo!
I picked up this cute little elephant in a charity shop today - I thought you all deserved something completely new in the last painting. It's pretty apt that Nellie is waving goodbye in painting 100 as another Nellie was the star back in painting number two. The tatty brush is a homage to the final painting of the first series so I have now almost gone full circle! 
I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing my paintings as much as I have enjoyed painting them, and I hope you will pop over to the blog now and again when I start my next series. 
Yes, that's right - I am a glutton for punishment! But for good reason...I have been offered a fantastic opportunity to make my blog a real life event! In February next year I will be doing yet another 100 paintings but everyday, once they are painted, they will be put into a frame and popped on the wall of the Atrium at South Hill Park Art Centre in Bracknell. 
I'll keep you posted!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Kidwells Park


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I braved the arctic conditions today and spent a couple of hours painting in Kidwells Park. It was great fun (except for the numb fingers bit!). I think I need to do more outdoor painting trips...and invest in a pair of fingerless gloves!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Gold Diagonals



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I was looking through my 100 paintings project so far and I found a painting I did called diagonals which I really like so I thought I would give it another go. This time I used gold shiny things! As usual the shiny bits were awesome to paint. The flower on the other hand was a real pain - there are so many petal layers and small shadows to get correct without being too tight. Argh! I hope you'll agree that I got there in the end though!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Art on the Street




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If you haven't already guessed by the title and the painting, it was Art on the Street today. As usual it was a fantastic day with an amazing atmosphere and gorgeously clear (but freezing!) weather. 
I normally work from life but it was waaaay too cold to paint outside (I'm a fair weather painter!) so I took a photo of my pitch and painted this piece after the market. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

A Glassy Trio


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What a gorgeous trio of glassy ladies! Standing there in all their colourful finery, they look like they are off to a swanky party. We just need to wait for the one on the end to put her high heels on and she will be the same height as the other two!
This was a lovely piece to paint - all those highlights, odd reflections and colourful shadows were a joy to discover.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Oxo Ambush


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The little blue cowboy is up to his old tricks again, hunting down poor unsuspecting oxo cubes. This time though there's an assassin oxo waiting to pounce and teach him a lesson.
In terms of the painting itself, do you notice anything familiar? Say that old combination of red and blue? This time I had a go at reversing the quantities - loads of red, a bit of grey and a dash of blue. The same colours but a completely different feel. I love how that crazy thing called colour works in its own mysterious ways.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Small but Bolshy


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So I may have got slightly obsessed with the red and blue combination and just had to give it yet another go. This time I was curious to see what would happen if I threw a yellow into the mix. Although it's the three primary colours, it doesn't really feel like it because they are in such different quantities - masses of blue, quite a bit of yellow and a teeny bit of red. That little bit of red though is so strong that it doesn't get lost. He's small but bolshy...a bit like my paintings.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Red and Blue


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I loved the red and blue combination of yesterdays painting so much that I decided to give it another shot. I'm not sure if this worked as well though - I still love the two colours but I think they are even better when they are mismatched in scale. Tiny red and big blue or big red and tiny blue...
Still, Lulu the rabbit is having a great time perched on top of the treacle. At least one of us is happy!

Monday, 1 December 2014

Aladdin and the Lamp



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I really enjoyed working on this one today - some paintings work so well that right from the beginning it feels like they paint themselves! 
It's pretty obvious which one is the lamp so now all I need to work out is which one is Aladdin. The little red pompom is a good bet as it would be the colour of his fez...but then again it's fuzziness could turn into a nice little magic carpet.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Stripy Chair


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Believe it or not I have now reached 91 paintings...and this is the first portrait I have done (on my first attempt of this 100 paintings foolishness I only lasted 6 days before I did a portrait!). 
My lovely friend Alex very kindly sat for myself and the 124 Studios gang this afternoon so we had a good long painting session. He's sat in a fantastic black and white stripy King George style chair which I am in so in love with that I was considering doing a painting of the chair by itself!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Marmite Altar


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I had another go at that gold leafing malarky - I have to say that it is a really, really tough skill to master. This time I put a red undercoat on first which has warmed up the gold leaf nicely but I think I still prefer the more interesting composition of "Worthy of Worship". How can a simple marmite painting have so many possibilities?!

Friday, 28 November 2014

The Third of May in November



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A bit of a strange title you might think for a painting of a marmite jar about to meet its maker.  Well its actually based on Goya's painting depicting the horrors of war, specifically of a firing squad in Spain, 1808. Here's a link if you want to know more...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_of_May_1808

My painting isn't quite as serious as it's inspiration but it is still quite sad. Who could do such a thing to lovely, lovely marmite?!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Worthy of Worship



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If you can't tell from the picture (it wasn't taken under the best of lights), the halo behind the marmite is gold leaf - unfortunately not real gold, although it was expensive enough!
I had a very specific idea of what this painting would look like before I started and it looks nothing like I imagined, so I'm not quite sure if I like it yet or not. I think I will have to give it another go to see if I can get it closer to that picture in my head. Not tomorrow though...tomorrow has to be the anti-god to this pagan marmite thing of glory.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Three Graces



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I set this little group of bulbs up to paint and about halfway through I realised that they sort of looked like that famous statue - The Three Graces. Not that I'm comparing my little study to Antonio Canova's masterpiece...but there is definitely something about it... :)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Space Age Bath



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If you have been following this blog you may remember a cheeky little painting of a shiny space age rabbit... Well he's back again in all his shiny gold glory and this time he has found himself a shiny space age bath.

Monday, 24 November 2014

South Hill Park


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For the past few weeks I have been teaching oil painting on a Monday at South Hill Park Art Centre in Bracknell, and been having a great time doing it! Every week I thought about taking my paints outside to do a landscape but then something always seemed to get in the way (including having naps in the car!). This is my last week here before Christmas so I thought it's now or never! So at about 4pm I trudged off round the park and found a good spot by the lake. Talk about suffering for my art - I hadn't even finished unpacking my paints before my fingers were numb with cold. Then I realised I had left all but three big brushes at home and only have a tiny dribble of white spirit left. About 20 minutes later after struggling with unwieldy brushes and dry paint, it suddenly got so dark I could hardly see my own painting let alone the lake!! I have to say that it wasn't the most pleasant painting experience!Anyway, I trudged back, warmed up with a tea and saw what I painted under a decent light. It actually wasn't half bad - my numb fingers and big brushes had loosened up my style so that instead of a perfectly finished painting, it was more of an impression. 
After a few finishing touches with a slightly smaller brush I was happy with my work (and happy with my warmed up fingers!).

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hate



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So here is the other half of the love/hate series. Instead of hate, I guess it's more of a devil marmite lit from below by the fires of hell... I have to admit I didn't enjoy painting this one as much as the love marmite painting. How could I enjoy depicting such a wonderful thing like marmite as bad?!

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.