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.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

new work

interior with chest of drawers and portrait

interior with chest of drawers and portrait

Hello - apologies for not posting yesterday, as I usually post on a Monday, but yesterday was my daughter's birthday and when not eating cake I was busy painting in the garden..... We are enjoying warm spring days here and I am making the most of this fine weather. Above you can see one of a series of interior paintings that I am currently working on.

I'll share more work with you this week. My next shop update is next week on Wednesday 19th April.

You may note this blog has my domain address (cathycullis.co.uk) - no need to update any link you might have, things will redirect automatically from the old blogspot address.


Sunday, 9 April 2017

new work

sempervivum in vintage pot

sempervivum - acrylics on Fabriano paper

I am currently making a series of smaller paintings of garden pots and plants. Working from examples in my own garden, these are detailed yet expressive observational paintings. I hope I may find inspiration through spring into summer (and beyond). I've got a small collection of vintage garden pots and I particularly enjoy painting their dark terracotta tones, varying from pot to pot. In many ways I enjoy the challenge of making something 'simple' eg. a red earth pot, into a painting that is more than... if I can. This series will also be a good reason for me to keep up my interest in gardening, growing from seed etc... We shall see how this goes....

A few weeks back I took a break from painting very much at all and focused on drawing. I am glad I did this, it helped me get some ideas and to consider what wanted to do. A shift of media often helps. I realised I was drawing a lot from looking about me, my home and work spaces, just observing stuff. And I realised too that I was still interested in painting but very much as an observer of painting. So with this in mind I have been working on new interior paintings, featuring paintings within.

the bathers painting

'the bathers painting' - acrylics on Fabriano paper

You may also note that I have cracked open my acrylics paints again - after painting in gouache only for the past three months. This shift into working in acrylics is interesting to me as I enjoy the freedom to work with expressive brush marks and layering of paint. My brushes never last for long because I do like to scrub into the painted surface at times, though I have one or two 'best brushes' that I use more carefully due to the fact they cost me about £20 each. My main brushes for doing what ever with are student quality, perfectly adequate for me, if I then switch to using my better brushes when necessary. It's all about having the right gear, not the most expensive but the right for your own work. I now stick with what works for me and will invest in what matters the most, for example I only work paintings on the best paper (though I will sketch and make marks on just about anything).

interior with bowls and portraits

interior with bowls and portraits

I hope this gives you some idea of what I have been working on recently. I look forward to sharing more and will be having a special shop update on 19th April.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday

group of four

group of four - gouache and acrylics on Fabriano paper


Hello, a happy April Monday to you. I am writing this early in the morning rather than my usual afternoon effort.... lots to do today. It is a fine spring morning here and we are set to enjoy another warm day of blossom and bird song. It is easier to feel motivated to get on with things when the sun is shining, but at the same time there is always so much to do. I am busy exploring several ongoing projects at the moment, and must be patient with myself and pace my work, which is not something I find easy.

This week I'm going to continue on exploring, making.... No shop update this week. My next will most likely be on April 19th. Please check here for news (or over at my shop). I am not updating for a few weeks so that I can spend some time with my family and support my son as he revises for his GCSEs.

Please note: I have a series of paintings currently available via The Edition Shop - and the prices have just been lowered (a new one just added to the selection also). So please do take a look. Thank you.

Apologies for no sketchbook post last week - time went by and other things happened. I hope to share a post of new work with you here soon.

Have a good week ahead

paper vessels

a group of paper vessels - I am working toward making a larger group of these, exploring shape and forms together....

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday

monoprint drawings - oil on paper

monoprint drawings - oil on paper


Hello, it's a sunny and mild start to this last week of March - and yes spring is here.... I sat in my little garden to eat lunch today, ignored the power drill/sawing going on in the neighbourhood and tuned into the birdsong.... I've been busy drawing and working on new ideas this afternoon.

Over the next few weeks I plan to continue on with exploring still life forms, line, colour and more.... I am particularly interested in monoprint making at the moment but also more experimental drawing and at the same time exploring colour in drawing - so that's plenty to be getting on with for a while.

There's no shop update this week - and I'm taking a break from updating for a few weeks after this. My next update will be after Easter, in mid-April. I made a choice to take a break so that I may focus on new work at a steady pace and at the same time support my son who is revising for exams. As you may know I have a teenage soon who has autism - and revision is tough for any young person. Thanks always for your support.

I hope to share with you a post of sketchbook pages later in the week.

Have a good week and more soon....

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

new work



a look at just three of the various new artworks coming to my shop tomorrow.....

still life with yellow cup and patterned jug

still life with yellow cup and patterned jug - gouache painting

a woodland walk

a woodland walk - gouache painting


still life with pot of seedlings

still life with pot of seedlings - a monoprint drawing

Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday

still life wtih plate of fruit

a monoprint drawing - still life with plate of fruit

Hello, it's been a sunny, rainy, chilly start to the week here. I've spent the day painting and drawing, photographing artwork, cutting paper, sorting through folders and getting on with stuff. It's always a varied day for me, never do I do exactly the same thing over and over.....

This week - I am updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. Expect to see a varied, lively, eclectic mix of paintings and drawings. Following this week's update I'll be taking some time to make new work, will be busy with various things (see my last post) and so will be updating my shop again after Easter, mid-to-late April. I'll let you know the date nearer the time. So if you have been thinking/hoping of buying an original artwork from my shop, and would like it to you for before Easter, then this week is your chance......

Thanks always for reading here. I know there are a number of people who do read, even if comments are rare - that's fine! Blogging, social media and online activity in general has evolved and will continue to.... I am prepared to write a blog post here twice a week or so, just so long as I know the visitor numbers are still alive - and they are actually increasing for me. Thank you.

I hope you have a good start to your week. More tomorrow.....

Saturday, 18 March 2017

new work

still life with pale teapot

still life with pale teapot

terrace cottages in spring

terrace cottages in spring

A look at just a few of the paintings made recently - these and others will be in my shop next Wednesday.

recent morning drawings

I will be adding a small selection of drawings to my shop next Wednesday - these above are just an example - I have yet to select which recent drawings I might sell. The drawings I do decide to sell will be offered at special prices.

A quick note about shop updates - the next one is this coming Wednesday 22nd at the usual time of 2pm. I'll then be taking a break from updating my shop for several weeks, updating again toward the end of April. I will be working quietly during this time but I have other commitments, (including a need to help my son as he revises for his GCSEs during the Easter holidays). During the weeks ahead I'm looking forward to taking some time to explore mark-making and collage, with monoprinting and drawing. I feel I have worked very intensely on figurative painting in recent months - and whilst I am not abandoning it - I need to explore other ideas, or rather return to ideas I've found in older sketchbooks and would like to rediscover. So, I shall see where April takes me....

I'll share a further selection of new work next week. Thanks always and enjoy your weekend

Monday, 13 March 2017

Monday

sketchbook

recent sketchbook pages


Hello - rather later than usual, I have had a busy day. It's been a lovely spring day here, with sunshine and bird song. A blue tit often comes and sits on the windowsill and looks in at me as I am standing at a table cutting paper. It's a sweet moment to see it (or maybe it's more than one bird, attracted by the reflection and not looking in at me at all....) I have been painting today, making progress on a variety of still life works, and really enjoyed painting on linen again.

I'll share more new work here soon.

There's no shop update this week - my next is planned for Wednesday 22nd March.

Thanks always and more soon.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

new work

still life with yellow vessels

still life with yellow vessels  - gouache on Fabriano paper

blossom path cottages

blossom path cottages - gouache on Fabriano paper


Just a few of the new paintings I have made recently. These and others will be in my shop tomorrow at 2pm (uk time). Thanks always

Monday, 6 March 2017

Monday

three smaller landscapes

smaller paintings - landscapes in gouache


Hello, it's been another one of those busy Mondays..... I am glad to say we've seen sunshine and signs of spring. Still chilly, but feels less wintry. I've been painting today, buying supplies, sending orders, visiting the library.... All these things go into a working day. Anyone who thinks an artist simply paints - (does anyone think that?) - will be wrong, of course. No two days are the same, I'm always challenging myself.Some days are better than others. I'll never be the kind of artist who can simply sit down and paint perfectly, I have to work at it until I am happy. I have to keep myself interested, absolutely....

I'll share some new paintings with you tomorrow. My next shop update is this week: Wednesday at 2pm (UK time).

Hope you are having a good start to your week

Sunday, 5 March 2017

new work

So caught up in new ideas, painting, reading, writing - I almost forgot to share a post here. But here you are - a selection of new work. These will all be included in my shop update, next Wednesday.

still life with pale pink jug

still life with pale pink jug

land - book I

an artist book - triptych of abstract landscapes - book I

birdsong cottage

birdsong cottage - another  in my ongoing series of landscapes featuring humble homes

Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday

daffodils

I'm making a small series of abstract studies - with daffodils as my starting point..... tis the season of the daffs and I welcome bright yellows.....


Hello, a happy Monday to you. I just looked out of the window and saw a rainbow - it has been a rainy, sunny, chilly start to the week here. Still February but not for long.

I've been posting orders today - and visiting the library - and then home to paint. Feels like a busy and productive start to the week. I hope I can share new work with you as we go into March.

No shop update this week - I'm hoping to add new artworks to my shop on the 8th of March. Thank you.

More soon.....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

new work

a shared plot, or the young gardener

a shared plot, or the young gardener - gouache on Fabriano paper


three smaller landscapes

there will be several smaller landscape paintings in my shop tomorrow

time and chance

time and chance - another in my ongoing series of artist books - ink drawings


These and more will be in my shop tomorrow (2pm uk time)

Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday

fine day or washing day

'a fine day, washing day' - gouache on Fabriano paper - (a new work, to be included in my shop update on Wednesday)

Hello - it's a mild, almost sunny, spring-like day here. So pleased to have seen sunshine in recent days. I went for a long walk through our local woodland and park last Saturday - maybe you know that kind of 'good walk' when you can feel the sun and your legs ache by the time you get home. I like that kind of walk. Walking helps me in so many ways, not just to keep fit but to clear my head and get a better perspective - discovering things along the way, things that might lead to new paintings.

So today I began by painting - and will be drawing this afternoon, perhaps working in my sketchbooks. I'm having to pace myself especially as I have an ongoing neck problem, which means I really do need to take a break regularly. At least this means I have to get up and move around and do some neck exercises. It's too easy to get lost in a painting....

I'll be updating my shop this week - Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. Updating fortnightly seems to be working out for me, I feel the two week cycle allows me just enough time to explore, create and show my work. So my only hope is that you will enjoy seeing what I have to offer.... And thank you always for your support.

I'll share more new work with you tomorrow. Have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

new work

I am sharing here just a few images - to give you an idea of the new work I've been making in the past few weeks. All you see here will be added to my shop next Wednesday....

three smaller landscapes

three smaller landscapes in gouache
top left is: within a walled garden
top right: villa by the woods
below: writer's retreat

My landscape are inspired by rather than based upon exact places. I paint with several ideas in mind and go with the flow. My local neighbourhood has a diverse range of old and new buildings - we are fortunate to have a feel of the countryside with a local large park, woodland and farmland - yet we are also close to urban areas. After living in the place for a number of years, and walking about and taking note, I am still finding new things - discovering, for example, just how many streams there are hidden about the place....

old cottages by a stream

old cottages by a stream - gouache

this is a larger work (24cm x 21cm)

I'm also continuing on with my oil pastel works.

seedlings

seedlings - oil pastel on Fabriano paper

I should say all of these works are on Fabriano paper, which is my paper of choice for mostly all my work these days. it is 100% cotton, robust, smooth surfaced and a lovely warm white-cream. It is simply the best paper I can find to use (and if that sounds like an advert for Fabriano I must say I am not sponsored by them - just a fan of their paper!)

I am also working on new ink drawings - and I'll share one of two of them next week.

Have a good weekend




Thursday, 16 February 2017

new work via The Edition

grey cottage by acers

grey cottage by acers


Just added today - there are five new paintings of mine available via The Edition

Please do follow the link to see this latest selection.

Thank you!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Monday

sketchbook

recent sketchbook - gouache

Hello, a happy Monday to you. It's been a beautifully sunny if cold day today. I've spent the day working on several new larger paintings - most of which are heading to The Edition Shop in the near future. I'm also making work for my own shop. There will not be an update this week - so my next will be on Wednesday 22nd.

I hope to show you new work later in the week.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

new work

lending hope

lending hope - Indian ink


two folk figures in a garden

two folk figures in a garden - gouache

the glebe

the glebe - gouache


A look at just a few of the new artworks coming to my shop tomorrow, usual time of 2pm UK.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Monday

three small landscapes

three smaller landscapes - gouache on Fabriano paper


Hello, a February Monday comes around.... it's been a chilly, slightly sunny sort of start to the week here. I've been painting this morning, and also photographing new work for my shop update this coming Wednesday. I'll be updating at the usual time of 2pm. There is a focus of landscape works, with figure drawings in ink and more.... I hope you may enjoy seeing the mix.

Tomorrow I'll share with you a few new works. Have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

new work

old park cottage

old park cottage

oil pastel on Fabriano paper


I have spent the past several weeks exploring new landscapes - in both oil pastel and gouache..... I am continuing on, with the possibilities of spring encouraging me forward.... I do love the feel, texture and playfulness of oil pastel. It appeals to the sculptor in me, and the layering up of dense and shaded tones allows for a certain depth. It's interesting that working instinctively, as I do, I see shapes early on and yet the picture can alter over time quite remarkably so. Working with oil pastel is a time-consuming process for me, yet I feel it is time very well spent. I'm glad I've been making lots of sketchbook pages in oil pastel, to help me along. These sketchbook pages are a very helpful resource for me to always have close by. I'm also looking again at a range of landscape artists that have inspired me over years, including Ivon Hitchens.


a gardener

a gardener - gouache on Fabriano paper

When not working in oil pastel I have been considering new work in monochrome gouache.... I find the challenging of working with just black makes me consider light in a way that is so vital to the picture. Using colour can make you rely upon colour! And light is the important thing in painting, yes? I have been looking at some photography of gardens and landscapes by the painter Ben Nicholson. I came across his photography in a very interesting book (from an exhibition at the Tate in 2004) titled 'Art of the Garden'. I've borrowed the book from the library and only wish I had my own copy.....

These are just a few of the works I have made recently - there will be a selection of new paintings and ink drawings too in my shop next Wednesday.


Monday, 30 January 2017

Monday

sketchbook

recent sketchbook page - oil pastels


It's a damp and rather overcast start to the week here. As we find January's end, I am looking ahead to spring. So today I've been working on spring-hopeful-inspired landscapes in both gouache and oil pastel. There are so many possibilities.... Oil pastel is something I'm coming back to after not using it for a while. In my son's room hangs an oil pastel work I made several years ago - it's been a handy reminder. So I have been exploring both landscapes and still life in oil pastel. Perhaps I may have a few new works in oil pastel available in February....

There's no shop update this week. I'm spending time working and getting engrossed in the making of. Perhaps updating every other week is the way I may do things for a while. Thanks to everyone who has purchased artwork from my recently - very much appreciated.

I hope to share more new work with you some time this week. It would be good to see a little sun and to go for a walk in the woods....

more soon....

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

new work

still life with tree painting

still life with tree painting - gouache on Fabriano paper

cups, jugs and spoons

cups, jugs and spoons - gouache on Fabriano paper

just two of the artworks to be added to my shop tomorrow (2pm uk time). I will have a selection of new paintings and ink drawings.


Monday, 23 January 2017

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. botanical, 2. a Queen, thoughtfull but a schemer, 3. Untitled, 4. Farbfeld, Aquarell auf B├╝tten 36x48cm Jan.17, 5. Untitled, 6. 16.1.17 looking at Vuillard, 7. ice & ashes scarf (inaugural scarf), 8. 17.1.17 looking at Vuillard some more, 9. outerspace, 10. reflected in puddles, 11. 16114970_10209959504877019_7595732762433472117_n, 12. ·, 13. ---, 14. morning sun, 15. after poussin, 16. double fanatsy, 17. photographer, 18. A Jumble, 19. readers, 20. 19.1.17 looking at Vuillard, 21. disegno_3, 22. Amaryllis, 23. Winter trees on The South Bank., 24. monoprint a4 loose, 25. room with fish tank, 26. Grid III, 27. The little Seamstress, 28. Brooding on snowdrops under a blue moon, 29. 2017 - 010, 30. Final colour

Created with fd's Flickr Toys


Hello - and thank you to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Please follow links to discover more. This is the last mosaic I will be sharing here. I shall be continuing to post a new mosaic each Monday over at Flickr.

This week I'll be updating my shop on Wednesday at the usual time of 2pm. There will be a varied selection of paintings with a focus on still life. Thanks always for your interest and I hope you may enjoy taking a look - but before then I'll be sharing a 'new work' post here, tomorrow.

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

new work

a look at just a few of the new works - coming to my shop Wednesday 25th Jan

still life with pearly jar

still life with pearly jar - gouache on Fabriano paper

the close

The Close - gouache on Fabriano paper

Monday, 16 January 2017

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. ., 2. Stationary sketches, 3. le parti #EmilioNanni   2017, 4. Untitled, 5. A tree line, 6. "shadow deepens shine", 7. 14.1.17 moving the Stars Wars box, she wouldn't take the mask off, 8. Untitled, 9. Untitled, 10. Arundel Tomb, 11. Untitled, 12. Untitled, 13. little frames, 14. Untitled, 15. 15-1, 16. sketchbook, 17. just keep going #wip, 18. Untitled, 19. Woman doing needlework in the snowy morning, 20. Finished!, 21. early bus, 22. sketchbook, 23. puente nuevo, ronda drawing, 24. 13.1.17 the chequered cloth, 25. One hour winter

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Hello, another Monday in January.... and another chilly start to the week. I hope you may enjoy the images in this week's mosaic and thanks always to my Flickr contacts.

I'm not updating my shop this week.... I am instead working quietly and taking time to make new paintings. I'm also considering new ideas in my sketchbooks. Looking forward to sharing more with you in the near future.

There will be a preview post featuring new work - some time later in this week.

Meanwhile, just to note my next shop update should be next week: 25th Jan.

Have a good start to your week

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

new work

A look at just a few of the new works - to be added to my shop tomorrow afternoon

interior with white cottage painting

interior with white cottage painting - gouache on Fabriano paper

figures in search of paintings

figures in search of paintings - gouache painting / artist book

young woman in grey with landscape

young woman in grey with landscape - gouache on Fabriano paper