Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Am I Too Late

6x6 Oil on board
It was frantically carving its way through the water to where the action was...or should I say where the food was.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Casting Bread

6x6 Oil on board
This is the very same duck pond in Sunderland that I used to go tadpoling as a kid. I was there last week and caught this friendly little family ready for a snack.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Now You See It...

6x6 Oil on board
It was Sarah or Serene...probably Sarah, that made these at a family gathering last year. Nothing I can do will recreate the exquisite taste. Every single one was devoured. It's about time we had another gathering. Well, well, well...I do believe we are gathering for thanksgiving on Saturday seeing as Amber is American (as if we need an excuse).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Wave

I find myself mesmerised at the edge of the water yet again. Everything changes around us but the sea and sky remain the same. Those waves have been crashing since the very beginning and won't cease till the very end.

Monday, November 21, 2011

20th November on Vane Tempest

6x6 Oil on board
The sun had just set on a typical November evening and the beach was unusually busy with walkers and fishermen...I'm sure Dorne will have been one of those fishing and I would love to have met up again, but I was at the wrong end of the beach  and already out of time. I used my telephoto and was very pleased with the distance gained. It was a case of dash onto the beach and dash back to the car where Bev was waiting and anxious to beat the fog on the drive back to Newark. It took us over four hours to get back.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Mona Lisa 2

6x6 Oil on board
This second painting which was painted at the same time as the first, isn't so warm and I've left out the waitress. Actually, in the cold light of day, there are things that I'd like to change on the first one before it's offered for sale at the end of December. Did anyone notice I hadn't painted an arm for one of the waitresses (which is a man in the second painting) and that one of the customers is way too thin?

I'm feeling under pressure at the moment as I'm painting the scenery for the roadshow as well as preparing for the wedding in Sunderland and tying up a thousand loose ends.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Mona Lisa

6x6 Oil on board
This is one of the DPW challenges relating to crowds. I wanted to capture the holiday mood and summery feel to sitting under a parasol and being waited on as you chat and laugh with friends or loved ones. It was a pleasure to get away from detail and go for atmosphere and gay in the old sense of the word. Aaagggh...why is it winter already?
What do I like about this painting as opposed to how I painted it? Well, I like the Parisian look...almost like a French impressionist poster...except it's not a French restaurant.
What don't I like about it? The parasol coming out of the head and being too far away from the couple in the foreground. I wasn't accurate when I painted it. Too much artistic licence, I suppose without really thinking about what I was doing. Sometimes we artists can be so blind:)
I painted another of the same scene with less warm colours and will post it tomorrow.

Paul came around to fix the wiring that I attempted in my studio. I have light! Light!! I've stuck a daylight bulb in there and hope I can paint for longer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sun Kissed

6x6 Oil on board
A Sunday stroll with Martin and Sarah around our local lake in Newark. I struggled with the thought of not including the water as it was the trees that I thought interesting. The jealous water turned my head on this occasion. The inclusion of Naples Yellow Hue on the water was the deciding factor.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Making Tracks

6x6 Oil on board
The sea, lady and cyclist all together at last!  I don't know the cyclist or the lady and they certainly don't know me or could ever imagine they would be subjects of a painting by a foreign artist. Our lives converged at this point and we all saw each other...then made tracks.