Carrying on that idea of painting more but painting small, I’ve started delicate watercolour paintings of my neighbouring houses. Inspired by the beautiful homes in Bristol I couldn’t resist drawing the city’s gorgeous architecture and adding those vibrant colours in watercolour. Using my artistic license I’ve added small details and extra colours to these paintings. As I continue painting in this style I’m gaining confidence and I can see the collection building. My phone is full of photographs of houses, so I’m definitely not short of inspiration! Everyday I find yet another house I can see as my next painting. I can already see them as prints too! #bringonSBA #SouthBankArtsTrail #Bristol You’ll be able to see them, and purchase originals as well as prints at Southville Community Centre, Bristol 12th & 13th of May!! See you there!
I painted this as a gift for close family friends moving into their first home. I liked it at the time, but I was even more pleased that the couple seemed to like it! It has become really important in the next steps of me getting back into painting. I’d not painted so small before, the only reason I did this time was because I’d originally set out for this to be a card. It opened up the idea of painting small but painting more.
(And that I should start doing house painting commissions!)
With a four month delay in the next coming posts, I can only apologise for my lack of up to date blogging. I’ll go into why later, but there is so much to write let’s get on! So way back in August, I was hard at work completing the The Great British Caravan series. My tribute to the time I’d spent caravanning in Cumbria. I had completed the series and was excited to be given the opportunity to exhibit in Penrith. I spent a great deal of time curating the layout of the series. Steering the caravan viewpoints towards the central eye line and positioning the sizes symmetrically. I think the photograph of me arranging the paintings is just fantastic- The Great British Caravan, in my humble yet great caravan. It was a novel feeling leaving my works with the café to install, but a really brilliant feeling to walk in the following week and see them displayed for all to see. I felt extremely proud of the work I’d produced. The red walls looked fantastic and although they didn’t all sell, I loved the experience and it was amazing to have a cup of tea, see my work on the walls and watch from a distance people admiring them.
The exhibition ran from 2nd August- 12th September 2016
Once I’d collected a whole host of images from the holiday park, I started to think about the colours, shapes, composition and style my paintings were going to strive for. The sky became increasing more important to the outlook of the image- perfecting my watercolour skills, even in the reflection of the windows! Getting the perspective right was another key element to the success of the painting, teaming that with the light and shadowing of the detail was crucial. I played around more confidently as I developed the series; with trees, fencing, walls and mountain ranges. I used my artistic license to throw in some extras and cut out any unnecessary detail. I really enjoyed the challenge of these paintings. I’ve never made a series before, always preferring to do one piece and move on to the next. But I’ve noticed the real value in a series, there’s always more to be achieved and the skill involved can be enhanced each time. Plus they look absolutely amazing altogether! I’ve posted a few of the many images I took to show the progression of each painting. All my paintings are now on sale at Café Oswald’s, Penrith, Cumbria.
Small- £120, Medium- £170, Large- £220.
Yesterday finally went down to the lake to do some painting! All summer I have been meaning to, but kept putting it off. I’m so glad I did it though. It was really good to just sit at my favourite place by the lake and paint what I saw in front of me! I used my life draw skills but also enjoyed not feeling too precious about the outcome, just seeing what happened, experimenting with colours and rubbing dirt into the paper. I wanted them to be quite messy like Laura Oldfield Ford’s drawings however I used a fine liner instead of biro; enjoying the smudge effect the watercolour had on the fine liner marks. Originally in one of the paintings I was only going to use half the A4, but whilst painting I decided why not extend the image by extending the lake, I did the opposite with the next painting and extended the sky. What I most enjoyed about painting in the great outdoors was using water straight out the lake to dip my paint brush into! It felt very artistic!