Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Restored Balance


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So yesterday I painted an unfair situation between an apple, a sweetie and some little blue bits of paper. Today I remembered to restore balance to my still life world and have swapped them all round. If only all unfairness in life was that simple!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hogging the Blue



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Well isn't life just plain unfair sometimes? Look how teeny tiny the apple's blue square is. The little sweetie on the other hand is hogging a huge bit!
If I remember (I am cursed with a three second memory!)  I will rearrange blue squares tomorrow and paint them again to restore balance and justice to the universe...well at least to my own little still life universe!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Playing it Cool


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I love painting objects with all sorts of reflections and shiny bits on so I was delighted when I found this saucer.
Today the chilli is playing it cool, leaning over the edge while attempting to chat up the cute little pink sweetie. Not that she's particularly impressed  of course...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Kiss Chase


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This little group of friends are playing kiss chase The little sweetie is desperate for a kiss but the apple and pot aren't so keen and are safe on the blue zone for now. I wonder who is going to make the next move...?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Coffee in Pink and Orange


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The reflections on this little coffee pot were fantastic to paint although also damn challenging. I really like the reflection (even if I say so myself!) of the satsuma segment on the bottom of the pot. It's just two or three brushstrokes but somehow it worked. Perfect!


Friday, 17 October 2014

Homage to Magritte


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If you were wondering if I have truly lost the plot with this painting, then you should look up a surrealist artist called Rene Magritte. He did a whole series of paintings similar to this one with the main theme being a painting of an object with the writing below declaring that it is not what it seems.
His idea apparently was that it was not a pipe but it was in fact a painting of a pipe. I guess it's pretty obvious when you think about it!
Anyway I am reading a very interesting book called the 'Ways of Seeing', by John Berger in which some of the ideas are based Magritte's thoughts on how to interpret paintings. It must have filtered through my brain somehow and into this painting! I should really try to read more and see what else happens to my paintings...!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Fruit Salad


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If you look closely you can see an little fruit salad sweetie hiding behind the apple. A naughty fruit salad within a healthy fruit salad!


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Designer Labels


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These two guys are eyeing up each others stickers, checking out who has the nicest one. I think the tangerine will always win however because he has such a great hat!

If you are interested in how I painted it, I did a stop frame animation of the painting process.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Love at First Bite



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For the last couple of weeks I have been teaching my students about complementary colours and have been making them paint lots of pictures of apples. So I finally buckled today and did my own complementary coloured apple painting. But he was lonely so I just had to get him a lovely lady lemon as a companion. Charlotte then came up with the name after the painting was finished. What a stroke of genius!

Monday, 13 October 2014

The Chatty Birds


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So here's another sunny painting for a grey and rainy day.
The cute duck was kindly provided by my friend Lisa and the glass bird by a stranger at a car boot sale. Who would have thought? They look like they've always been together!

In this painting they are having a great time chatting away to each other - there must be a lot of gossip to catch up on...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Bonkers Conkers


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This painting was definitely a collaboration of three people - the idea was suggested by my friend Natalie, the conkers were carefully collected by my boyfriend's father Barry and I was the last one in the chain and just had to paint it! A perfect collaboration!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

124 Red Door



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Today's random little painting was inspired by my day stewarding at the 124 Red Door exhibition.
A few weeks ago myself and four others were allowed the use of a small shop unit (in the Nicholsons Centre, Maidenhead) which boasts a beautiful big bright red door right in the middle of the back wall. Instead holding a normal exhibition we decided to explore the idea of that wonderful door and create a fun and playful installation. This is the second week of our show for which we screen printed about three hundred red door images to hang all over the walls. It worked a treat and looked simply stunning (even if I do say so myself!). So this painting is of the original object of inspiration surrounded by all it's copies. There's also the stereo, to keep us sane all day, and if you look carefully you can even see that Herman (the rubber duck) came along for the show.
Next week the exhibition changes again and in a rather interesting way so if you are in town pop along to unit 82.

Here's an actual photo of the exhibition for you to see...


Friday, 10 October 2014

Lily-the-second



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I still haven't quite decided how much I like yesterdays painting. It's growing on me a little (excuse the pun!) so with that indecision playing on my mind I thought I would give it another go.  This time I wanted to loosen up my style a little and play with soft and hard edges. I feel that it's working better than yesterdays one but it still doesn't look like how I see it in my head! If I'm feeling up for it I may  have another go tomorrow!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Lilies



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I was given a gorgeous bunch of flowers by my friend Emma and I have finally got round to painting them. I'm not quite sure if I'm pleased with the outcome though. I think a darker background would have worked better and perhaps a different shade of pink... I guess that's the interesting thing about this project - I have to post the painting for all to see whether I'm completely happy with it or not. No messing about...it is what it is.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lulu and the Chilli Peppers


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I couldn't decide what to call this cute little silver rabbit until I remembered that my friend Lisa owns a really friendly pet grey rabbit called Lulu. Perfect!
So here's Lulu on an adventure in the land of the giant peppers. Something nice and sunshiny for you on a wet, cold October day!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Steph's Strange Beans



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I found these awesome bean thingy's the other day in Steph's garden. Apparently it's from a plant called a tree peony. Not that I need to know the proper name as it will always be Steph's Strange Beans Plant' to me or if you prefer the latin plant name - Stephus Strangus Beansus.
Anyway, whatever they are called they were great to paint especially with all those fabulous reflections.

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Curious Pompom



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This gorgeous carved giraffe came all the way from South Africa, brought over by my lovely friend Chris. It was brilliant to paint and I love the way one of his feet doesn't quite touch the ground. He reminds me of a Quentin Blake drawing in fact - not quite right but has all the character in the world because of it. The pompom on the other hand is a nosy so and so and won't leave the giraffe alone until he's had a good stare.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ring of Fire


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Space is just as important in a painting as substance which is why I included so much of it in today's piece. It has to be a careful balance however - enough room for a painting to breathe yet not too much to be boring.
Well now the art lesson is over I can tell a rude story of how I came up with the name of this painting. I was in Australia a few years ago and visited a chilli farm with attached chilli shop selling all sorts of chilli-based products. Part of their offering were hot sauces of varying spicyness including the popular 'Butt Burner', the 'Hot Bot' and of course the old favourite 'Ring of Fire'.
Now you won't be able to look at this painting the same way again!


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Spotty


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This is my favourite jug....well actually it's my only jug but if I had more than one this would still definitely be my favourite. It was handmade by a very talented local potter - Penny Murray and was bought at a local art market (Art on the Street). So it's beautiful AND local. What more could I ask for?!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Short Round


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I set this little scene up and immediately it reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Bizarre? Yes, I know. Far fetched? Probably. But let me explain... It's the film with Indiana, his girlfriend and the cute little kid called Short Round. Now do you get it? That little cheeky street urchin who Indiana befriends. Now just say "Okey dokey Docta Jones, hold onto your potatoes!" and we're all good to go.