A second painting inspired by my summer walk – looking uphill towards a shady tree on the horizon. I worked on mount board which I pre-tinted purple, the complementary colour of the warm yellow of the corn. Lots of fun with the mark making!
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!
Inspired by the ’30 days wild’ campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts every June, I visited my local nature reserve a couple of weeks ago on a lovely sunny morning and these mixed media pieces are the result.
The reserve is Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve, which is run by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. As the name suggests, the reserve is what was originally a working limestone quarry and I found it absolutely fascinating. Some of the original stones remain and these are very much being colonised by nature. The place was a quiet oasis of wildflowers and butterflies. I’ll definitely be visiting again. If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, here’s a link http://www.lrwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/ketton-quarry/
Here are a couple more pieces inspired by my trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Variations on a theme but both in mixed media this time (a mix of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and acrylic inks). I loved the dry stone walls and had fun trying to create an impression of these.
I’ve been experimenting a little with collage as part of a mixed media approach and combining this with a very limited palette of colours. I very much admire the work of Mike Bernard RI http://mikebernardri.com/ who paints landscapes in a semi-abstract style and uses collage extensively in combination with acrylic inks.
This image was inspired by the view I had a few weeks ago from the suspension bridge in Chester over the riverside known as ‘The Groves’. There had been a hard frost and what struck me was the contrast between the cool areas of frost and shadow and the warm areas hit by the early morning sun. The challenge I set myself was to make the image sufficiently representational to ‘make sense’ but to deliberately avoid too much detail and exploit the contrast in colours and textures. This painting had the kitchen sink thrown at it – collage, then acrylic inks and acrylic paint, applied by print roller, card, finger, palette knife and (occasionally) brush! And I only used four colours. I confess to finding the collage and ink combination very tricky and I am not sure if it is something I will repeat. However the collage does add ‘something’ which I find quite interesting.
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.