Hello, I’ve been working on something quite different this week. I was asked by a client a few weeks ago if I could paint some florals. It’s not something I’ve done for a while so it was a really nice change and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.
So far I’ve created two small paintings in oil, one on canvas board and the other on handmade paper.
The palette I’ve used also inspired me to paint a little landscape. When I stand back to look at them I see quiet beauty. Understated, relaxed and well… quiet.
I’m keeping this palette a little longer to see what else transpires.
I’ve been blending oil paints onto this canvas for the past week now and I’m finally starting to like the direction it’s going in. I’m trying to keep it light as I’m well aware that all my paintings have a tendency to be on the dark side… I just can’t seem to help myself. But this one has a lot of white layered up. I’ve ditched my brushes completely now (about a year ago) and prefer to just paint using my fingers, I feel like I have better control that way.
It’s also been a sweet release to paint purely abstract and just lay down some marks however they come, a practice I’m going to be working more on this week on some smaller boards, I’ll share them with you as I do them.
I have lots of unfinished paintings in the studio right now, I kinda like it that way. I always love a work in progress don’t you? Building up layers, blending in, scraping back and uncovering something deep within the soul of the artist. My daughter laughs at me as my work is always so dark yet she observes that I am always so light. So maybe in oil is where I hide my dark side… Well actually I think it has more to do with spending half my time in Suffolk with big skies and muddy nature reserves, tall grasses and broads. But I just love people to see their own picture when they look into one of my pieces.
This latest is in oil and I’ve lost count of the layers it’s had and it’s still not quite finished.
I’m not sure what I’m going to call this particular piece but it’s part of my latest collection called Letting Go. I’ll share it again when it’s in its next process.
Just about finished. It’s been a while since I last painted a mixed media abstract. I’d prepared a dark base for another painting (see it in my last post) then woke up yesterday and thought nah, I fancy doing something free. So hence this new piece… Always Comes Light. Completely out of the darkness.
The base is acrylic with patches of emulsion. Then I’ve blended a white oil over the top with some linseed oil and finished off with my favourite oil pastels by Sennelier.
I haven’t decided if it’s finished yet, I’ll need to sleep on it… not literally. That would be messy.
Hello dear friends, work has been somewhat confined to my head of late. I think with the pandemic and change of life I’ve felt a little out of sorts… same as everyone else I know. But then the sun came out and the garden started to burst with life and I suddenly just felt the urge to paint a new collection. It’s called Letting Go. The abstract oil above was just a bit of fun!
The oil above is the first in the series, it’s had two base blended layers and one textured (shown now). It’s going to take time- building up layer upon layer, like letting go.
I’ll share more with you as I progress through the collection.
This week has seen a dramatic change in the seasons, the blossom came out and the storm raged through. It made my paintings quite moody and textures with dashes of light shot through. So I thought I’d just share a few pics from this week, as it’s been all about the blossom and the painting, two of my favourite things!
I like to finish my oil paintings with just a touch of oil pastel, it brings them to life.