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……!
A week or so ago I took advantage of the Autumn sunshine and popped down to my local allotment . I do think it’s lovely when people grow flowers as well as veg. I gave this the mixed media treatment as a way of trying to reflect the different textures in the scene, which was a bit of fun.
This mixed media piece was inspired by the amazing colours I experienced when out walking over the summer. It was early evening and the sun was low. The cornfield was bathed in a warm glow and the clouds took on a bluish- purple. It was all rather surreal!
It’s been a long old time since my last post. Many apologies! I’ve not been idle.
- My award winning painting ‘The Winding Road. Yorkshire Dales’ appeared in the October issue of Leisure Painter magazine, which was exciting!
- On 22 and 23 September I took part in ‘The Great Stamford Brush Off’, a plein air painting event organised by Welland Valley Art Society. The event coincided with Stamford’s Georgian Festival this year and the weather was very kind. Completed paintings were exhibited in the anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre for the following week and I was fortunate to sell two of them. Rather stupidly I forgot to photograph the paintings before they were framed under glass – so you will see reflections from the camera flash in the images below. I was working in mixed media and the paintings were great fun to do. They represent a celebration of a lovely warm Autumn weekend. I hope the new owners enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
- I am exhibiting 4 paintings in the main gallery at Stamford Arts Centre as part of Welland Valley Art Society’s Autumn Exhibition, which opens today and runs until 14 October. Here are the selected paintings.
Welland Valley Art Society have put on a great exhibition and it’s well worth a visit. There are paintings, prints and sculpture on show – see the Arts Centre website http://www.stamfordartscentre.com
I thought that it would be fun to revisit an allotment I painted in the Spring and this is the result.
My original painting was titled ‘Allotment Blues’ – https://sarahjenningsartist.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/allotment-blues/
The plot has since greened up dramatically and I have tried to emphasise the enclosed feeling by purposely excluding the sky. I was particularly attracted to the way the white flowers of the hollyhocks contrasted with dark shed on the left and the splashes of orange in the distance. Still love the blue shed too!
I’ve been down to the allotments again. Having fun with mixed media on this one!
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!