Tuesday, 26 July 2016

new work

a Klimt postcard, old photos, ink bottle, wild stems

a Klimt postcard - still life artwork - gouache painting

losing track of time

a smaller painting - losing track of time - gouache on paper

early morning brew

early morning brew - a smaller painting - gouache on paper

Here's just a small selection of new works - there's more to see, much more, tomorrow, when I update my shop at 2pm (UK time). I hope you may enjoy seeing all the selection. I've been very busy with this newest selection.

Thanks always

Monday, 25 July 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday >

1. DSC_0003 (9), 2. Pixie, 3. ..., 4. One House - cyanotypes 21x15 cm each  #cyanotype #3dcyanotype, 5. Untitled, 6. Akt and portrait, 7. Big sketchbook., 8. DSCF4101, 9. Shakesphere's gate, 10. Untitled, 11. dead language, 12. Untitled, 13. My friend and great artist, Maureen, 14. Untitled, 15. Untitled, 16. veils / screens, 17. 22-7, 18. Untitled, 19. Untitled, 20. Untitled with texture ‪#‎emilionanni‬ 2016, 21. ., 22. holey stitch, July 2016, 23. courtyard 26, 24. rabbit school, 25. Untitled

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Hello, it's a warm and summery Monday here in the south of England - I'm looking out at our parched-looking street, thinking it is a shame the local council have just been round cutting grass and cutting back all the wild flowers (weeds). We have had an abundance of clover, yarrow, bird's foot trefoil, and other delightful flowers. It seems wrong to be getting rid of them, especially as they are food for wildlife..... thank always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic.

I've just completed another painting in my still life 'pictures within' series of works - it's been an engrossing day.

This week: I am updating my shop on Wednesday at 2pm UK time. This is an update featuring many new works - each one quite special. I hope you may enjoy taking a look and perhaps you may find a new artwork for yourself.....

I'll be previewing a further few paintings tomorrow - until then, have a good start to your week.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

new work - pictures within pictures

old photos, stacked cups, wild flowers

old photos, stacked cups, wildflowers - gouache on Fabriano paper

A long-term fascination for me is how an artist might 'reproduce' images - postcards on a wall, or photographs, or framed paintings.... Many artists over time have depicted pictures within their compositions, so as with anything, this is not a new idea. There's some interesting art theory regarding the reproduction of grand paintings - the museum culture of postcards etc... but I won't write an essay here. A starting point if you are interested would be John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing', I guess.....

I've worked 'pictures within pictures' into compositions in the past.  I am interested in interiors, so paintings, photographs, all come into consideration perhaps when looking into a room as a painterly space..... In my most recent and ongoing paintings I am considering pictures as a focal point and have so many different ideas to explore. Here I am sharing just a few new paintings.

summer flora & a postcard (Corot portrait)

'summer flora and a postcard (Corot portrait)' - gouache on Fabriano paper

All my recent paintings have been gouache on my favoured Fabriano paper (it's a smooth, tough paper of the highest quality that I enjoy working on). Gouache is a paint that I've worked with for many years now and perhaps prefer over acrylics. In some ways it is like handling watercolour but there is more opportunity for opacity and the paint does not have the same luminosity as watercolour - it is a matt paint and if you accept its chalky properties there's a lot you can do with it. I don't draw with a pencil before painting - as some artists might. I just don't get on with a pencil when painting, it's a personal preference. This means that I work very directly and have to consider my moves with care. As always a certain amount of bravado is required...... These new still life paintings are yet more detailed and are in ways several pictures in one, if you want to see it that way.

(I'll be updating my shop with a variety of new work - next Wednesday 27th).

Monday, 18 July 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Bulbus olfactorium, 2. ·, 3. Weighing the Heart, 4. chasing my tail. a combination of approaches., 5. wilted flowers, 6. 17-7, 7. 15 June 2016, 8. felt cloth, printed and stained., 9. Untitled, 10. Blue, 11. Untitled, 12. paper pieces, 13. Untitled, 14. Notting Hill Gate, 15. Set Piece, 16. Untitled, 17. /^^^\, 18. Ironbridge, 19. English summer, 20. ICAD 29 2016, 21. Untitled, 22. Untitled, 23. In the studio, 24. laddern, 25. flounder

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Hello, another Monday here again - and we're having a heatwave..... not a cloud in the sky right now. The heat is due to stay here in the south of England for a few more days before 'normal service' (eg. a bit mixed and cloudy) comes back to us..... Thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured in the mosaic - follow links to discover more....

I've spent this afternoon painting and have a growing list of ideas to explore. I'm looking forward to the summer weeks ahead, having my son home from school (my daughter is at work - how time flies). We plan to enjoy some days out, walks in the woods.... I am sure I'll be working away on plenty and will share more with you here. Looking ahead, I am putting some work aside for a show/exhibition coming up later in the year.

My next shop update will be on Wednesday 27th, usual time of 2pm I think (I'll comfirm nearer the day). Expect to see a new range of paintings, drawings and more.....

This week I hope to share with you a preview of new work and perhaps, yes, sketchbook pages!

Have a good start to your week

Thursday, 14 July 2016

new work - please take a seat

woman reading by a window

woman reading by a window

salad leaves

salad leaves



Most recently I have been drawing and painting seated figures - it's interesting to see how many ways this may be explored. I'm only just touching on a few ideas, of course. Some of my favourite historical paintings are of seated figures (Vanessa Bell's portrait of Virginia Woolf in an orange armchair, for example). I'm finding colour is something I am enjoying very much but at the same time I like to balance my 'colour work' with the understated, expressive black lines of my monoprint drawings.....

I'm working on a selection of new work to be featured in my shop on Wednesday 27th. I prefer to add a selection at a time, so that I can put together a collection for people to consider. So I do not reserve artworks before an update. (I really do appreciate the interest but prefer to add all the work and give anyone interested an open chance). Thanks always.

Monday, 11 July 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Birmingham, 2. Just made this!, 3. Study, 4. #wip #embroidery #embroideryart #contemporaryembroidery #bordado #broderie, 5. 18p61, 6. the washer's nap, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled, 10. Pui Pui🌼🌷 1998-2016, 11. "PINES" in progress, 12. girl in pantalons, 13. Untitled, 14. Finished, 15. sandstone figuration, 16. Untitled, 17. a view from a dark tower, 18. Shrewsbury, 19. P1120484, 20. sketchbook, 21. Time clipping cupid's wing, 22. #clubdedibujo #piñas #sketchbook #painting #pintura, 23. The hopful gardener lino print, 24. sculpture study, 25. Untitled Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello again Monday - here's a new for you to explore.... thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's selection. As always a pleasure. It's a sunny, warm, kind of wants to rain sort of a start to the week here - nothing new! I am hoping we shall have some decent weather over the weeks ahead because so far this summer has been a bit lacklustre in the weather department. However, I would prefer this to a stonking heatwave.

So this week I am working on a range of new works, making sketches to go into my large-scale summer sketchbook (will share more about that soon) and planning ahead..... I am not updating my shop for a few weeks, next update is the 27th. Over the summer I am updating approximately every three weeks.

My plan is to share a few glimpses of new work and talk a little more about it - so expect another blog post in the next few days. Hope you have a good start to your week.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

new work

a woman reading

'a woman reading'

gouache on Fabriano paper

finding a way - triptych - book

continuing on with my 'between trees' series --- this book / triptych is titled 'finding a way'.

and I have been working on several new monoprint drawings including this untitled one:


I'll be updating my shop tomorrow at the usual time - 2pm (UK) - there's quite a varied selection of original artworks and I hope you may enjoy seeing everything.

Monday, 4 July 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. ·, 2. 30-6, 3. Miranda's hall, 4. window, 5. Duo., 6. muestra, 7. Untitled, 8. when she was strong, 9. Untitled, 10. 2-7, 11. Vienna, 12. Cumulonimbus, 13. sketchbook, 14. Battle of the Somme 100th Anniversary, 15. colorful sky, 16. 28-6, 17. interior, 18. late light, 19. Wij zijn niet op aarde, om anderen verdrietig te maken., 20. Wakefield, 21. Around atelier lately, 22. ·, 23. trying to keep the energy around, 24. Detail #worksonpaper #inthestudio #mixedmedia #contemporaryart #art #marylouiseevans #drawing #painting #markmaking #gesture #wildflowerstudy #ink #dark #dslooking #detail, 25. sketchbook

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Hello, a happy July Monday to you - it's been an almost sunny start to the week here! Summer seems to be a fleeting thing.... Many thanks to the artists and photographers featured in the mosaic above. As always, I encourage you to click on a few links and discover more....

Today I've been painting and sketching, considering a variety of new - I will share more tomorrow. I spend quite a bit of time looking and reconsidering work, often putting it away for a few days and then taking it out to reconsider. I can be ruthless - there are times when something is simply not what I want and it is immediately binned. However, I will keep things that don't quite work, so that I can have another attempt at an idea. It's the challenge to share a certain vision that keeps me busy.... I am pleased with the work I made today and am learning over years to pace my working, to spend time sketching out ideas, to not so much plan as think it over.....

So - shop update this week on Wednesday. I'll be adding a variety of new works and I hope you may enjoy taking a look.

Thanks always and more tomorrow.....

Saturday, 2 July 2016

new work + Painters' Paintings

A look at just a few recent artworks

(updating my shop this coming Tuesday, 6th July)

figure at a table

a monoprint drawing with ink wash - 'figure at a table' so yes, continuing on with my series of summer drawings..... I have several new ones

bark skirt

and continuing on with my 'between trees' series of gouache works - this one is titled: 'bark skirt' - I also have at least one new triptych/book

I'm also working on new still life and figures within interiors... so busy yes. I enjoy working on a smaller-scale and the opportunity to consider different ideas....


Yesterday I visited the Painters' Paintings exhibition at the National Gallery, London. Another thought-provoking show (the National is also my favourite public gallery). This exhibition considers how painters may collect the work of other artists, some times quite obsessively, often with great admiration. The works of artists were hung alongside paintings that had been in their own collections so that the viewer could consider and make connections, understand a little more about an artist through the art they lived with. I would have liked to have seen at least one female painter/collector represented in this exhbition, but understand there are many factors to consider when putting a cohesive exhibition together (and I am not for tokenism). However, I don't think there was a single work by a female artist in the exhibition. Regardless, I enjoyed visiting this exhibition very much, especially as it gave the viewer an opportunity to see some smaller works (the National has many grand-scale paintings in its permanent collection). In particular I enjoyed seeing the paintings Lucian Freud collected, including a lovely smaller, playful work by Cezanne. There are some big names in this show. Worth a visit if you are in or visiting London, but be warned it's a popular show and it got so busy yesterday I felt giddy (not a crowd-lover). In the rooms with benches I enjoyed sitting and looking, watching others looking: always something intriguing about the process of people shuffling about and peering at paintings! I personally prefer to visit just one exhibition in a day and spend time taking it in, rather than cram-view. I'll be looking back at the videos and images on the gallery website (a video on Freud can be seen here).