Where has the time gone? Nearly a month has passed since my last post, although I have been busy. Mostly busy preparing for exhibitions rather than painting if truth be told. However paintings have been selected and framed and now hung. As of 1 May I have paintings in two exhibitions running concurrently at Stamford Arts centre. My own exhibition of 24 paintings hangs in the anteroom and a further 3 paintings are hanging in the main gallery as part of the Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition. The Spring Exhibition runs until 13 May but my anteroom exhibition runs until 31 May – plently of time to pay a visit. My photos don’t really do the paintings justice. The Arts Centre does a fine line in lunches and cakes. Just saying…….
My first post of 2017 after a busy Christmas break. Happy New Year!
As I’ve been studio based recently I have been having fun experimenting with colour. This small piece is the companion to a mixed media painting I made of roughly the same location and which I posted on Facebook and my other social media pages on New Year’s day (see below).
The challenge was to try to recreate the atmosphere of light fading on a bitterly cold Winter’s day.
One of the advantages of daily painting is the opportunity to experiment. I can try something new each time I paint. Quite often I paint on a board that I have pre-tinted. It helps to unify the image and means that I am not confronted at the outset with the terror of a white canvas! I deliberately experimented here with painting on a board which I tinted a strong orange colour. When it came to painting the trees and their reflections I did this by ‘negatively painting’ the sky/water around them. I rather like the effect. The trees are stylized and the orange and blue play off against each other. Fun!
Here’s the second of my tree shadows paintings. The horizon is higher in this one with the emphasis more on the tree and field patterns. There are always so many variations of green to mix when it comes to trees and fields in Summer and early Autumn. I have noticed that the trees are starting to change colour now and I hope to record this over the course of the next few weeks, weather permitting.
Here’s a painting I mislaid and have now found – so I thought I would share. It was inspired by a walk in early May along the banks of the beautiful River Wensum in Norfolk. Sorry about the pun. It made me laugh.
The challenge in this image was to try to record the wind. The clouds were scudding by and ominously dark rain clouds were approaching…..
Another Winter piece, this time recording the weak sun setting over a small lake at Holkham. I think the image has a rather peaceful quality. In reality Just beyond the lake the geese were settling down to roost and were making a right old racket!