‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ hanging in The Artist exhibition at Patchings Art Centre
A rather belated update on the exhibition of one of my paintings at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire.
I popped over to see the exhibition on 15th July on the last day of the Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival. Now in its 25th year, the festival is always a lovely event. There are lots of art materials to tempt the pocket and it’s great to see artists demonstrating their painting in the marquees – although I confess I was pleased not to be one of them. It was boiling hot! (hence, incidentally, the image above of me looking rather red and weary :))
My painting, ‘Blue Sky, Purple Shadows’ was one of only 70 selected for exhibition in an open competition run by The Artist magazine so I am very pleased to be included, as you can imagine. Although the Festival is now over the exhibition continues until 12th August so there is still plenty of time to visit. You will find a mix of high quality, mostly figurative, work in a variety of styles and media – and a coffee shop next door too!
Trail through the Pines (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)
I’ve not given up on summer yet. Trees remain a bit of an obsession still and this is based on a small sketch I made in August. I was attracted by the shadows and the wonderful shapes of the pines. Pure acrylic rather than mixed media this time.
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.
Bend in the road, Yorkshire Dales (February) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)
The winding road, Yorkshire Dales (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)
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 quite often get asked how I approach making a painting and as I remembered to take some photos of work in progress on this one (which is rare!) I thought I would share.
The approach varies depending on the medium I am painting in but this is fairly typical for paintings done in oil.
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) – stage 1
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) – stage 2
My painting surface here is 3mm MDF which I have primed with several coats of household primer and then a coat or two of artist’s ‘gesso’. I then stain the white surface to a cool or warmish grey, either with diluted oil paint rubbed in with a rag or sometimes with acrylic paint.
I start by roughly drawing out the main shapes with diluted oil, taking note in particular of where the darks will go (stage 1). The next stage is to mix up the colours I will be using and to ‘block in’ the main areas of colour, trying to get the lights and darks and the colour mixes approximately right (stage 2).
Stage 3 then involves refining the block in until the painting is finished. There are lots of mini stages here and what amounts to ‘finished’ is often hard to gauge. Some people like a very detailed, refined image. Personally I strive not to fiddle and to try to achieve a ‘painterly’ work, which hopefully has interest to the viewer.
Here is the finished piece. I hope you like it.
Tree avenue, Burghley (February) 10″ x 12″ oil on board
Waking up to a frosty but bright Monday morning I took my paints and pochade box out to the parkland surrounding Burghley House. The light was lovely, the dog walkers were out and the parkland deer were quietly grazing. A pretty magical time. This is the first of two small oil sketches I was able to make before the cold got the better of me!