A little watercolour sketch before a long dog walk. A nephews birthday. Left over scones and clotted cream. Catch up tv.
This is what my Saturday night looks like. Except there is also a glorious pile of pattern design books to work through, and a glass of Prosecco to be drunk.
Enjoy your Saturday, folks.
Over on Instagram I’m taking part in the 100 day project.
Essentially you commit to something (anything, but it tends to be creative or nourishing in some way) for 100 days and post evidence of it.
My project is 100 days of motifs. I thought this would tie in nicely with my surface pattern design work. I really wanted to establish the habit of drawing every day, and experimenting with what objects around me could be interesting motifs.
Drawing every day is no hardship, I find I get tetchy if I can’t, and I’ve no shortage of motifs…but, they’re all flowers. All of ’em!
Whilst flora is clearly what I’m drawn to, I need to stretch myself and start using my eyes more to look for alternative motifs – ultimately I need a varied portfolio that shows I can be diverse in skills and vision. Having said that, here’s today’s offering:
Have a fabulous Friday folks and a great weekend.
This is one of those occasions where too much choice means a decision isn’t easily made.
Though I’m planning a series of Dartmoor paintings, I need to let my thoughts about how I approach that percolate for a bit.
So I settled on the other Exmouth beach painting I wanted to do. This was at the other end of the bay, further away from the setting sun, but equally mesmerising.
I’ve had so much I wanted to blog about in the last week or so – paintings to share, thoughts to ramble on about, but time ran away from me. Plus the weather is so nice, we’re never indoors.
So I thought I’d do a round up of what went on over the last month, as I’m struggling to keep track of it all!
A big step for me was joining Somerset Art Works, which I kind of feel intimated by. It’s a mark of my growing confidence I was able to do this. This is a semi formal organisation that runs Open Studios once a year, and I hope in the future to be able to open up my studio. Also, I want to meet some painting buddies!
I’m also considering entering an Open Exhibition, which closes for entries on 18th July, so I have a little time yet to avoid doing anything about this till the last minute.Ha!
I’m also donating two postcard paintings for a fundraiser – hope someone wants them!
I’ve also purchased a shopping trolley…..like your Nan used to have. Yes. I’ll have to name it, it’s quite an object. It’s for carting about some plein air gear.
I’ve had a month of exploring with collage and claybord, and not as much time as I’d like with my sketchbook.
Having already had a dabble with lino printing, I plan to use my contour drawings as a basis for prints. I loved doing these!
Earlier in the month, I painted a series based on the pink blossom all over my local park. Most of these are oil paintings, though some started life with acrylic. I used lots of texture and scraping back with these.
And I’ve also stared framing up some of my original work to release a summer collection! This is a lot of work, but I’m so pleased with how it’s going. Subscribers to my newsletter get first dibs at special prices before they get released into the wild.
Next up, I was so inspired by the rapeseed fields I had to paint them. I used only three colours (burnt umber, cerulean blue and cad yellow medium) for all of these, and I think they work so well.
The two with the palette knife are my postcard fundraisers.
Then, in an inspired moment, I dragged my plein air kit into the garden to paint the last light on my climbing hydrangea. I loved doing this. You can see progress shots on my Facebook page.
There are composition issues with this (the placement and missing bottom of the watering can) but it was such fun I dragged my kit with me again when we took a trip to the beach on Sunday evening.
It was a beautiful afternoon, and I painted my socks off – but it was a whooooole bag of wrong. This can happen to me sometimes, I become a slave to detail. So yesterday I painted the sunset at the beach, where the memory of the light and the smell of sausages we cooked lingered.
And I think that is it! So bear with me till school is back, where I’ll have more time to blog and say Hi!
I love painting, but I do like to get back to drawing every now and then. Painting for me tends to be more energetic, whereas yesterday, feeling under the weather, I felt fit only for sofa art.
I’ve also been exploring lino printing. I bought some supplies for my son and I to do over the Easter holidays, thinking it might be something he’d like (he did, but not as much as me).
I really love the effects of lino printing, and I like being practical, so the idea appealed to me. I’m also drawn (see what I did there) to having a sort of secondary art discipline. Something different, yet related
Being a painter with an expressive approach, I really want to spend a bit of time and thought exploring how I might use lino printing. I can’t readily see how my painting style will lend itself to lino printing. And, more importantly –
So I’m just taking my time, trying to tap into the part of myself that has a desire to lino print, and see if I can hear what it has to say.
Perhaps something like this?
I didn’t set out with lino print in mind when I drew these – I just wanted a change of pace from painting, but I think they might work. I actually even love them just as straight line drawings.
I don’t often do this type of drawing, I tend to get value involved too, but it was really quite meditative focusing purely on form, a bit like doing a dot to dot! Remember those?