Delphiniums by the Path (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)
Sage and Soup (6″ x 8″ oil on panel)
Beanz Bouquet (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends. There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come. It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!
In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin. Fun!
I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting. I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition. More on that next time……
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.
Shady Tree in a Summer Cornfield (25cm x 25cm mixed media on mount board)
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!
Cow Parsley and Summer Cornfield (25cm x 30cm mixed media on mount board)
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!
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!
Reclaimed (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
A glimpse of sunlight (Ketton Quarry Nature Reserve) (10″ x 10″ mixed media on mount board)
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/