Monday, 24 April 2017

Monday

pinch bowl and teaspoon

pinch bowl and teaspoon - a new still life painting - acrylics on Fabriano paper


Hello, we are in the final week of April already, the neighbourhood is looking greener, the seedlings on my windowsill are no longer tiny..... It has been a slightly sunny, bit chilly start to the week here, typical spring weather.

I'd like to say a special thanks to everyone for visiting my shop last week and thank you for all the orders. All interest in my work is much appreciated. This is a a fiercely competitive world - everything is out there to distract you from looking at original artwork - yet you choose to see and I thank you very much! My next shop update will be in mid May, most likely the 10th. Next week the house I rent will be having some renovations and so there will be a bit of disruption etc... all necessary and welcome, but this might slow me down a bit. So this week I am attempting to really get engrossed in new paintings and just focus-focus-focus....

I hope to share with you a few new photos by the end of the week. I'm focusing on still life paintings at the moment, especially working from life. I am finding the challenge of working with 'shapes to relate' is what I need and is pushing me onward in interesting ways. But I also hope to do some more experimental drawing and such, to balance things.

Have a good week ahead.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

new work

a quartet of smaller paintings

a quartet of smaller paintings - acrylics on Fabriano paper

exploring abstracted figures and shapes, a limited palette of greens, blues, whites, flesh tones....

saxifraga

saxifraga in a vintage garden pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

another in an ongoing series of garden pots - I am enjoying working on these detailed studies made from life. I shall be continuing on with working directly from life, and so in the weeks ahead you may see other subjects - but for now I have enjoyed the terracotta tones....


these and other new paintings and drawings will be in my shop tomorrow - 2pm UK time. Thanks always for your interest, I hope you may like to see all the selection.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday

forget-me-nots

forget-me-nots in a vintage pot - acrylics on Fabriano paper

interior with portraits and model houses

interior with portraits and model houses - acrylics on Fabriano paper


Hello, it's a bank holiday Monday here in the UK and so quite typically chilly and looking like it might rain... I have been enjoying a long weekend mostly not working - it has been good for me and my family. I confess here it is difficult for me to 'stop', to stop working, to stop thinking about work, but I recognise I need to do that from time to time. Once this blog post is written I shall attempt to slip back into my non-working mode, for the rest of the day, and tomorrow I'll be making that final push, completing work, gathering up, evaluating, photographing... in anticipation of my shop update on Wednesday.

I enjoy my work very much, I know I am a hard critic of what I do, and I want to always offer my very best. At the same time, I am realising I need to down tools just once in a while, and have time for others and other things. I've been reading more recently - if you are at all interested in knowing what I am reading then you can take a look over at goodreads - and add me as a friend if you like. I am trying to keep up with listing the books I am reading, (though there have been gaps in the past).

Social media is something we all juggle and negotiate with, at some level or another. Some of us have tried a lot of different stuff and then we decide what is or not for us. My sister has never been tempted by Facebook, for example, and that is just fine. I don't use it very much at all these days and that is just fine for me. I find Instagram is at times overwhelming, with so many images posted each day - but hey I was the one who clicked to follow over 500 people. I have, currently, 12.7k followers over there and appreciate each click and heart, but goodness me if you're not careful this can all become exceedingly time consuming and anxiety-inducing, so I recognise the value in posting just once or twice a day and taking time off when I need to do that. My learning curve, when it comes to social media, is a slow and wobbly one, like a multicoloured crayon wobbly line. Twitter is something I enjoy, mostly reading rather than posting, though I use it more for keeping up with the news than really marketing my work. Is marketing your work a conscious thing or is being anywhere part of the process, I ask myself, as I play endless games of Scrabble - my absolute favourite phone app (despite losing as many games as I win).

Back to work: I have been making a variety of paintings recently, the still lifes and the interiors dominating. Drawing-wise I have been more experimental in recent weeks and have felt a necessary playfulness, if that is not an oxymoron. If I am working on carefully considered still lifes 'from life, I feel I also need to balance that with some gestural, improvised stuff - even if that ends up being bits of paper stuck in a sketchbook and never offered as 'real work'. Over the weeks ahead I would like to consider further working from life and a variety of still life subjects. At the same time I'd like to continue exploring more abstracted drawing. Developing in two circles that somehow overlap, at times, perhaps....

I have written quite a bit today so will end by wishing you a good start to the week and with a promise to share more photos and less waffle tomorrow.

Shop update: this Wednesday - 2pm UK time.