Monday, 22 September 2014

The Work Tools


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I have been working all day at South Hill Park Art Centre, so I had to do this painting sneakily in my break! The only thing I had to paint were my trusty brushes and a dirty old saucer. I guess at least the brushes deserve a moment in the spotlight, considering how much I owe them. Not so sure about the saucer though...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tea for Three


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Three little pompoms being served tea by a feather. That's pretty normal for this blog so what more can I say...? :)


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Four Amigos


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I was reminded by a friend yesterday about one of my paintings from my first series. It was called the 'Three Amigos' and starred three little cherry chums. So today I decided to paint them again, although sadly not the exact same cherries - they were eaten straight after the painting was finished! Instead these are a new batch and are playing hide and seek. I reckon they will be at it for a while though as one of them has found a super hiding place.



Friday, 19 September 2014

Herman and Friend




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Some of you may recognise this little guy, Herman the German rubber duck. He starred in my last series of paintings balanced on top of a couple of apples. Here he's just chillin' with his mate, the cherry, watching the world go by.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Line up



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These shifty looking offenders are up against a wall in a police line-up. The fork and the vase with the chilli on his head are definitely guilty. Not so sure about the cute little owl. Or may he's trying to look cute on purpose and actually he's their ring leader?

In other news I managed to get a few of my paintings framed and they look awesome (if I may brag a little?). It really is amazing how frames finish off a piece. Here's a pic of them in all their glory....


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Balance 2


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I enjoyed painting 'Balance' so much yesterday that I decided to try it out again today. This time from a different view and taking balance to mean two things at once. The nice thing I have found out about chillies this week is that they seem to last forever - they only get more wrinkly. Just like my great Aunt Maude...
Cherries on the other hand go very squishy very quickly. Maybe the moral of the story is to eat the cherries and paint the chillies.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Balance


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I think it's great how, in art, you can steal an idea from someone and call it 'inspiration'. My 'inspiration' came from my amazingly talented arty friend Josie who I share a studio space with. She has been working on a number of pieces which explore the ways in which you can balance a small bit of strong colour with a much larger but softer colour or texture. While hers involve incredible marbled pieces of perspex, mine involve jam jars and a chilli. I think it still works...

If you want to take a sneaky peek at Josie's work have a look here.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Panda Games


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I love using a really high view point for these paintings - it feels like you looming over the characters, watching all the events unfolding.
Panda is playing kiss chase with the cherries while the matronly apple is watching on disapprovingly. Reminds me of my school days!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Quarters


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This is my healthier alternative to a traditional Sunday lunch...or a poor attempt at a hangover cure the day after a fun and boozy wedding. As I am still feeling a little worse for wear I will also keep this write up short and sweet today.
I love the combination of red and blue which is why I choose two distinct reds and two blues and chucked them all together with a bit of apple. Voila!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

White




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Today I'm at a wedding so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. This painting is all in white as a dedication to Sherry and Alex and makes the perfect finish to my mini colour series. Now where's that champagne...

Friday, 12 September 2014

Purple



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So far I think this is my favourite painting out of this mini colour series and I reckon it was the easiest to paint.
So boys and girls, I have learnt today that purple is very versatile - it can go really light or really dark and not lose any of its character, unlike yesterdays painting when a dark red became a brown. And on top of it being my favourite, being easy to paint and learning something new I also got to eat half of the set up when I finished. Bonus!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Red



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I'm getting into quite a pattern here - so far I've done green, blue and red still lifes, all with little dandelion flowers. Soon I'm going to start running out of colours...and flowers!
Technically there's also a bit of brown behind the apple but I wanted something really dark to contrast the white lip of the mug and brown just did the job. Thanks brown!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Blue



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I had so much fun painting a one-colour-scheme-still-life yesterday that I thought I would do it again but this time in blue. You may also recognise Mr Dandelion and his brother. Now there's his mum and dad too.
This was an interesting painting because I didn't actually have any blue objects to paint! Luckily I found a little glass vase and a reflective shiny pot. Neither are blue but it works perfectly!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Green




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I have always thought it would be great fun to do an entire still life made up of the same colour. Well I finally got round to it and may I present to you 'Green'! It's a shame that the photo hasn't picked up all the shades of green that I managed to squeeze in but you get the general gist.
The more observant of you may have already noticed that there is actually a little yellow flower included in there too (how rude - muscling in on a green party where it's not wanted). It is a little dandelion-like flower which I picked on the way over to the studio. His brother was the star in yesterdays painting. I guess it must run in the family...

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Proposition


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I picked up this cute little ceramic frog at a car boot sale the other day, and here he is now proposing to a rosy pear!
This was a really fun one to paint but I found it quite hard to compose. The long skinny shaped paintings from the first project were a doddle but now I'm working with the squares I somehow feel I haven't quite mastered them...yet...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Mysterious Disappearance of Kimmeridge Tower


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This is the other painting that I did yesterday at Kimmeridge Bay. I know that it's not fitting into a painting a day routine but I reasoned it's still 100 paintings in 100 days so it counts! I guess in theory if I wanted to do all 100 paintings in one day, then have 99 days off that would still be valid...but then again I would have to finish one painting every 7.2 minutes! Maybe not.

The bizarre title for this painting comes from the fact that there should be a lovely tower right at the top of that headland. I tried and tried and tried to get it to work but it just didn't want to play ball so I cheated and took it out of the painting. Oh I mean it actually just disappeared mysteriously so I couldn't paint it in...
To be fair it looks much better without it as there is only one focal point now - the little huts half way down the cliff. Maybe I should have a chat to Dorset council and ask them to remove it for the sanity of other visiting artists.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Kimmeridge Bay


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Today is day two of our fabulous painting trip so Steph and I popped down to Kimmeridge Bay to try our hands at seascapes. Ironically the sea was so still and flat that it looked more like a lake but we persevered and here is the result.
I was pretty chuffed, mainly because I managed to get some of the crazy colours in the cliffs. For those of you who don't know (like me about 5 hours ago), Kimmeridge Bay is really important to geologists as it has some really interesting rock formations.
In the afternoon I managed to get another painting done (that's a cake to painting ratio of 0:2!) but you will just have to wait until tomorrow to see that one...

Friday, 5 September 2014

Two Blue Loos SOLD



SOLD

Today I'm on a painting holiday! Hooray!
My lovely arty friend Steph has a VW camper and invited me on a painting trip to Dorset. After the long drive down we got stuck in straight away at the Blue Pool - a lovely little lake which is renowned for its turquoise/green waters. I did my best but it was a really tough, complicated painting and I wasn't particularly pleased with the outcome. After a couple of hours we gave up to have tea and cake which put us at a 1:1 ratio of painting to cake. Not good for a dedicated painting trip.
When we got to the campsite later on I saw this gorgeous little scene - two blue sheds (which turned out to be loos) and an array of brightly coloured bins. Probably not the top beauty spot of Dorset but the painting turned out fab (even if I say so myself!). So that then put us at a 2:1 ratio of painting to cake. Much better.

By the way my friend Steph is a fantastic artist who specialises in silk paintings - check out her stuff here!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Rhythm n' Blue



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I wanted to explore the concept of rhythm in today's painting. I read an article recently about how important it is to compose a painting with rhythm. To be honest it's not something I had ever thought of when I was planning an artwork but I have to admit that I really like the results.
When I got to the studio this morning to do the painting my three sleepy flowers were looking all bright and perky again. Well, actually only two of them were - the third was fast asleep with petals closed, and it stayed like that for the rest of the day. Must be a teenager...

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Three Sleepy Flowers



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These little beauties came from a pot on my balcony. Aren't they just gorgeous? They were still looking cheery by the time I started painting late afternoon but after about 2 hours they started to get really sleepy and close up their petals. The timing was priceless.
I paint a lot of portraits and I'm used to people getting sleepy while I'm painting but I have to say that this is the very first time that a still life has fallen asleep on me! By the time I had finished they had completely closed up and were fast asleep. Next time I paint these I guess I should start early in the morning...that, or pop them in a pot of coffee.