I’ve been meaning to paint the California Poppies in my garden for weeks. They are such cheerful things – opening up in the mornings to greet the sunshine and then closing up in the evening when it starts to get dark. It’s been so hot though that I didn’t think I could manage to sit out there and paint them so I decided to pick just one flower, pop it in a tiny vase and retreat to the relative shade and cool of my kitchen to paint it there!
On a walk several weeks ago I noticed that the water in a shallow ditch running alongside the path was reflecting the most wonderful blue from the sky. I couldn’t resist recording it in paint.
…..bluebells this time!
The bluebells seemed to be fantastic this year and a few weeks ago I took sketchbook and camera out with me to record them before they disappeared. I actually created these two oil paintings shortly afterwards but it has taken me a little time to post them here. Hope you like them! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
This is the second of my allotment pieces. The combination of the blue shed and pots and the vivid spring green grass was something I knew immediately that I wanted to paint. Lots of fun! Available to buy here http://sarahjenningsartist.com/gallery_698663.html
I’ve lots more recent paintings to share that I have not yet found time to put here so expect a flurry of posts over the course of the next few days.
Thanks to those who took part in the quiz (see last post). The first painting was in acrylic and the second in oil. The acrylic was marginally more popular than the oil and this seems to have been because people preferred the colour. Thanks for your feedback, whatever your preference!
Here’s another Chester piece, again inspired by the Winter morning light that so impressed me a few weeks ago. My vantage point was the suspension bridge, which gave me the opportunity to get a novel view of the River Dee from above – and include the fantastic reflections in the water. I hope you like it.
I love painting backlit subjects. I was inspired to paint this one because I liked the way the tree trunks were silhouetted by the light on the water behind them and the water in front of me simply sparkled. Don’t be fooled by the sun though – within 5 minutes of my seeing this I got soaked in a heavy shower!
Many thanks to those who have been following my antics on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and for the likes and comments. It’s great to get such support and encouragement.
Here is a small still life to end the week. It’s a bit of a zingy one! I had fun playing around with yellow and blue.