Category Archives: November

Black-Eyed Susans

black eyed susans allotment

Black-Eyed Susans (25cm x 25cm mixed media on paper)

Something cheerful on a cold, dull day.  I think the proper name for these colourful daisies is Rudbeckia, but Black-Eyed Susan somehow sounds more homely.  They certainly brightened up a dull corner of a local allotment recently  and I loved the fantastic little shed with recycled guttering on the roof.  My fondness for sheds is now starting to rival my tree obsession……!

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Apples on the Allotment

Apples on the Allotment (10″ x 8″ acrylic on mount board)

Back to it after a week off – and back to the allotment.  I saw this on a sunny morning a few weeks ago and loved both the apple tree and the oil drum!

Temporary repair

Temporary repair ( 10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Temporary repair ( 10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

This summer I came across a stone wall that looked rather worse for wear. Some stones had clearly fallen and the gap in the wall had been repaired by means of a sheet of corrugated iron.  Although I expect the repair was intended to be temporary it looked as though the sheet had been there a good few years.  I loved the way the iron sheet had weathered and that a profusion of wild flowers had crept in.  I knew at once that I wanted to paint it and here it is.  The challenge was to create lots of different textures and using a mixed media approach was ideal for this. Here I used oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic inks.

Long shadows, clouds gathering

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6" x 6" oil on board)

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6″ x 6″ oil on board)

I’ve been beavering away in spite of the gap since last posting here.

One of my daily paintings, ‘Side-lit Norfolk Pines’ has been dispatched to a new home, where I hope it will be very happy.  Check the website for the availability of the others http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_707298.html

I’ve also enjoyed a great workshop tutored by Roger Dellar ROI RI VPPS http://www.rogerdellar.com at Old Bank Studios http://www.oldbankstudios.co.uk/  painting cafe/street scenes  and, inspired by Roger, have been experimenting again with water-mixable oils.

Look out for some cafe/coffee shop scenes in the future but in the meantime here’s a small study of …another tree.  At least it’s in oil for a change! I spotted this a couple of weeks ago when the sunlight was fantastic.  Rain soon followed. I wonder how many leaves are left on that tree this week.  Must check.