Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Space Age Rabbit


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Lulu, the cute little silver rabbit on the left (who I painted on the 8th October) has just spotted a space age rabbit sitting in her spot! The cheek! She's not quite sure what to do about it though - it looks like it could be quite dangerous, maybe it's hiding some sort of space age rabbit weapon...

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Little Big Chief


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I thought I should have a bit of a break from paintings those little green soldiers so I decided to do another all white painting (getting the whites different but also oh-so-subtle is rather difficult so the more practise the better!). Then I found this awesome little plastic American Indian Chief and I couldn't resist popping him in the painting. He is standing in front of the well known landmarks of Tall Vase and Little Cup.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Defend the Flower!



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Well I guess this one is pretty self evident - the red carnation is the team flag for these little fellas and needs to be protected at all costs! I would be worried, but they look like they've got this covered.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Lazy Sweetie



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Well, I told you so! Here's another painting featuring a small green soldier. This time he has just found a slacker hiding behind a well positioned satsuma. Unfortunately the soldier doesn't know that he's shouting at an inanimate object. For that matter he doesn't realise that he is also an inanimate object. Well that's a bit of a brain twister. Too much for a Sunday evening?!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Apple Ambush


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So far this has been one of the most fun pieces to paint. Now I can see why boys like to play with toy soldiers so much! It reminds me of that wonderful book, "Indian in the Cupboard" where the miniature plastic figures come to life and cause havoc. I can feel a whole series of these daft little paintings coming up...

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Three Witches


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It was a really tough painting today, not really due to the subject matter (although things with round tops and bottoms are often quite difficult!) but because of my lack of sleep. It's so hard to paint when you are sleepy as you just end up dabbing randomly at the canvas!
Anyway these three little witchy owls are sitting round their rather large cauldron wondering what spell to make next! Maybe something to make them a bit bigger so that they could actually reach the cup....


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Simply Colour


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I was arranging a few objects for this painting but as soon as I put the chilli down on the blue square, the colour combination was so awesome that I took everything else away again. Just a study of colour. As the song sort of says, simply (is) the best! Then I realised it looked a little like Pataks Curry Sauce logo. Oops!

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!