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?!
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.
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... :)
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.
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!).
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?!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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...
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...).
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.
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!
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...
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!
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?!
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.