Oil 6x6" £80 Herman the German rubber ducky has already starred in a few of my paintings, although from previous series. He was given to me by a friend when I went on a trip to Germany (hence his nationality) Here he is chilling out with his pear shaped friend, watching a rather radishing radish stroll on by. In fact it's the very same lady radish from yesterdays painting. I'm sure he just said something to her but I didn't understand - I don't speak German.
Oil 6x6" £80 I saw these funky radishes in the supermarket and the name of the painting popped straight into my head. In fact I saw an entire scenario and it goes something like this... Gentleman Radish: "You look simply radishing tonight darling" Lady Radish: "Thank you my dear but I wish you wouldn't drink so much - you're half cut!" So there I was this morning, standing in the salad aisle with a bag radishes in my hand and a faraway look in my eye. Ah the life of an artist.
Oil 6x6" £80 I was having a good chat with my friend Teresa today and we both wholeheartedly agreed on how much ellipses are a pain in the neck! So in the spirit of pushing my boundaries and all that jazz, I decided that it was time to get down to practising those pesky curves. The problem with practising in this project though is that even when it goes disastrously wrong I still have to show everyone... Thankfully, this time it was fine. Phew!
Oil 6x6" £80 Some days I feel that my paintings are getting too complicated with too many characters vying for attention. If I look back at my paintings when I first started, I can't believe how much background there was. So today I decided to cut it down to a single subject...well I literally did that and cut up a kiwi! It seems to pull the painting together and I think it has taught me a lesson that sometimes that keeping it simple is best.
Oil 6x6" £80 I really love this 100 paintings project (I must do if this is the third time round!). It improves my skills, puts my output through the roof and is simply great fun. Today however was a bit of a struggle - painting with a hangover is not fun or easy. Like the drinking bit, I always say that I will never ever paint with a hangover again...and like the drinking bit I somehow never seem to stick to it!
I was feeling all proud after conquering my flower painting fears yesterday, so I really pushed the boat out and did another one today! It took a really long time for it all to come together though. Nothing seemed to work for ages and I was getting a bit worried that I would have to wipe it all off and start again, but just as I started thinking about reaching for the kitchen roll, it all just went right. Phew!
Oil 6x6" £80 I tend not to paint flowers very often because...well...they are difficult! What a pansy (sorry, bad joke!). But I am actually quite serious - I don't often paint flowers because they are already so perfect. How could I possibly compete? Yesterday however, I saw this gorgeous bunch of daffodils for 60p and I couldn't resist such a bargain. But then they sat next to my easel for another day before I plucked up the courage to give them a go. Despite all that, I'm actually rather pleased with how they turned out. Now all I need to do is find some orchids for 60p!
Oil 6x6" £80 I have a gorgeously blingy gold saucer which I love painting because of the crazy reflections that appear...and today was no exception! I wasn't sure how well it would work as the kiwi skin was so similar in colour to the reflection but I'm really pleased with the outcome.
The tomato and sprout having a naughty kiss in the bowl, are the Romeo and Juliet of the vegetable world. Good thing they are hidden from all the other Montague and Capulet veggies!
I actually started painting a marmite jar before this piece. It was at a high angle looking down on the jar, and no matter how many times I repainted it, it just didn't work. So I wiped it all off and did this one instead!
After the court case yesterday, the sprout was found to be innocent of all charges of 'being scary' and the tomatoes are now in jail instead! What a turn around!
Perhaps they should have brusseled up on their law first...as it might not have got so sprout of control. Ok that's all the puns I can brussel up for today (oops that one just slipped out!).
In other non-pun related news here are a couple of drypoint etchings of me painting - just to prove that it is actually me working away everyday! They are by my very talented friends, Josie Clouting (josieclouting.tumblr.com) and Michael Restrick (www.michaelrestrick.com).
So this is probably in the wrong order as yesterday, he ("he" being the sprout!) was in jail, but today he is in court. Well, who knows what goes on in the strange world of the vegetable courts...! I really loved painting this one although I found the fork quite tricky but it worked out well in the end. Case closed!
These big sissy toms are scared of one tiny, little brussel! What a bunch of scaredycats. Perhaps it's a bit of an odd thing to say but I forgot how much I like grey! It's quite hard to keep it looking 'clean' but it was really fun looking through the tinted cup at the background and the tomatoes.
I was reading more of that wonderous book I was harping on about yesterday (which is called 'Daily Painting' by Carol Marine if you are interested) and I found some excellent advice on loosening up your style. The summary was to sort of ignore your edges at first (keep them loose and messy) and come back afterwards and tidy them up with an adjacent colour. I found my style freed up instantly and I absolutely love the result. I'm going to be free and loose from now on! Strictly in a painting sense of course...
Last night I was reading a book by one of my favourite artists, Carol Marine so this morning I was all fired up to get back into still life! I found a pack of reduced tomatoes and a pack of reduced sprouts in Tescos for my set up (does anyone actually eat sprouts when its not Christmas?!). The sprouts didn't quite make it into the painting and neither did most of the tomatoes but nevertheless I'm really chuffed at how it turned out!
This painting might come as a bit of a shock compared to the scenes I've been doing for the last few days! I turned up to the studio this morning, had a look at my array of still life objects and was completely uninspired. I was considering just trying to work through it but then thought, that's no way to approach creativity. Instead I wondered around the studio looking for something completely new to paint and stopped at this view of the kitchen. It turned out a little more...beige than I was expecting but it was good fun to paint and it's got my painting mojo back again!
Alright, I promise this is the last painting I will do from Fuerteventura! It's a view of a street in little, quaint Betancuria, which looks so warm and sunny. Mmmm...turn the heating up... Tomorrow I will return my brain to England and paint something here!
Ok, so I still haven't got used to being back in the UK. You can't blame me really - just look out of the window at all that grey, rainyness! This lovely, warm-looking scene is on a road just outside of Betancuria, the town I painted yesterday. While most of Fuerteventura is extremely arid, this little valley was positively bursting with greenery. Perfect for a painting!
My holiday is now over and as of late last night, I am officially back in the UK.
This afternoon however after I picked up my paints for my fourteenth day, I just couldn't bear to paint the cold, the dreary and the grey. My body is shivering here, while my mind and soul are still basking in Fuetreventura!
So I found a photo that I took of Betancuria - the historical capital of the island and painted that instead. Nice and warm and sunny...perfect!