Monday, 26 June 2017
tiny artist book - sketchbook - gouache paint and monoprint drawing
Hello, it's a sunny Monday here - almost perfect weather - not too hot, bright, a little breezy. I have spent today painting, drawing and checking on zinnia buds in anticipation of flowers (see yesterday's garden post).
This week I am splitting my time between working on new artworks for my shop and personal projects/spending time with family. My son has finished his exams and we would like to spend some time going places etc...
My next shop update will be July 5th - but before then I hope to share here new work and some of my personal projects. Above you can see recent sketchbook pages - I am aiming to work on this little book over the coming week and fill it quite quickly with a mix of paint and drawing. Just let the ideas loose.
Have a good start to your week and more soon.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Lots of expectation at the moment - annuals are coming into shape and bud. There are some healthy plants looking promising. This year I have grown zinnias from seed for the first time. I don't know why they are not grown so much in the UK - perhaps that is changing - I think a reason might be the need for a lot of sun. I am hopeful we might get just enough. It seems I am having a second childhood when it comes to gardening, with a need for bright annuals and picture book flowers. So along with the zinnias I am growing sunflowers, centaurea, snapdragons, calendula and easy veg such as lettuce and chard, as well as tomatoes and herbs. My hope is that by August my garden should be producing plenty of bright jewel blooms and veg. That is if the slugs don't attack, the aphids are repelled by friendly wasps etc...
(a bit redder than this photo suggests) - is quietly blooming at the moment - not bad for a £1.76 supermarket plant bought only this spring)
chard 'bright lights' - will be great in salads and later in the autumn will be left to grow larger - might possibly over-winter in this sheltered garden
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
still life with striped yellow jug - gouache on Fabriano paper
small landscapes - monoprint drawings
this group of drawings came about recently - I've been making many different monoprint drawings, with attention to mark-making, that certain smudge and quality of line. A few years ago now I made quite a large series of monoprint landscapes - and just recently looked back on these, so the drawings above stemmed from the past series. I used additional brush work in a few of the drawings to add an extra dimension to the space of the drawing.
It can take me several attempts to get a drawing that feels right. Quite often this means making three or four drawings of one idea, then comparing and considering. I might like certain things about one drawing but a bit of another - and I learn from these, continue on with making further drawings. So I do end up with quite a few drawings and have to be ruthless - yes I do 'cull' drawings. And I do hold on to some, but I can't hoard everything. It is all about making a drawing that works for my eye and this is of course why I have to carry on drawing until I get to what I want.
My working methods are not something I want to reveal in a step-by-step way - but I will say I am very hands on, preferring to spread ink with fingertips, and I use a range of sharp tools for drawing. It has been suggested to me that I write a book on monoprint drawing from the perspective of an artist who does not use a printing press - and this certainly interests me. An idea to consider, a possibility.
There will be quite a number of monoprint drawings in tomorrow's shop update. I always offer these at special prices (bear in mind the above, it takes time and sometimes multiple drawings to get to the one that works).
So tomorrow there will be new paintings and drawings in my shop - and I do hope you will enjoy taking a look.
Monday, 19 June 2017
still life with blue patterned bowls
Hello, it's a very warm day here -much of England is experiencing a heat wave. It's a sunny, sad start to the week. I hope you understand the sense of sadness many of us are feeling - and perhaps you share it too, no matter where you are in the world. But I will not give up on hope - and look to see the best in everyone.
I have spent today working on a new still life painting - another in the ongoing series - and I am looking forward to sharing with you all the new artworks I have made over the past few weeks or so. My shop will be updated this Wednesday at 2pm. It's always a pleasure to send my work to people near and far, and I do hope you enjoy seeing the latest selection.
After this week's update I'll be taking a few days off. My son has just finished his GCSE exams and is now home for a long and well-deserved holiday. I will be back to work soon enough and aim to update my shop most weeks during July and August - small updates throughout the summer.
Have a good start to your week - more new work to see here tomorrow
Sunday, 18 June 2017
monoprint drawings - ink on paper
still life with grey-lilac jug - a painting in my ongoing series of still life 'shelf works' in gouache
These and more will be added to my shop this coming Wednesday - at 2pm UK time.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
still life with blue bowl and stacked cups - gouache on Fabriano paper
Hello - apologies for no post yesterday - I usually try to post each Monday but the time went by and I had a busy start to my week. It's a warm, sometimes sunny day here. It's that time when I check the salad patch and can see the leaves growing, hour by hour.....
I've been painting today and listening to a feisty blackbird chatter on and on.... I think it may be more than one bird I've been listening to. At one point the bird become so insistent I turned off the radio and just listened to the bird instead.
Looking forward to sharing more new work with you as the week goes on. My next shop update will be a week on Wednesday - Wednesday 21st June at 2pm UK time.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Monday, 5 June 2017
sketchbook - bird watching in gouache
Hello, first Monday in June - and it's a windy, cloudy, cooler start to the week here - with rain forecast. We do need rain but the sun this weekend was very welcome.
I did not want to believe the news as I read it on my phone Sunday morning - having gone to bed on Saturday unaware of what had happened in central London. Of course the reaction is to be upset, saddened, appalled - but I am also angry, angry at the reaction I saw on social media from some people, inciting hatred and division. Perhaps I should not have read so much online, but at times one does want to know what the rest of the world is thinking.
I remind myself often - there are many good people in the world and I am grateful for the courage and humanity that exists in so many people.
I started this week with working on new paintings - and my plan is to work on these through the week - but I am also working on new poems and will say more about about my writing soon.....
Hope to share new work with you later in the week.
Thanks to everyone who visited my shop last week and especially to those of you who purchased a new artwork (or a few). Your interest is much appreciated.
Have a good start to your week