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10" x 10" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted ready to hang
Wouldn't you like to take a seat in the shade, looking out over the ocean and maybe a good book and a pina colada to keep you cool, not forgetting to fill the other beach chair with someone close to your heart?
20" x 20" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted
Getting bigger...gradually, must say rather daunting to sit in front of a canvas that's not 6" x 6" I had to find some big brushes and boy did I use tons of paint. I think this is finally finished after three or four days of work and a number of layers of paint. I may still tweek it tomorrow but for now I've had enough. Photographing larger paintings is also not as simple as small ones, I found that my room is too small to back up enough to get a good shot and as the canvas was very wet, I didn't want to move it around the house. I have bought some even larger canvases, 6 to be exact, and now I have to figure out what I am going to fill up all that space with!
These lovely creatures I came across one glorious spring day, such curious and gentle beasts, they make you smile to see them come towards you and then just stand and watch, and you realize how big they are.
I came across these Rhododendrons yesterday while on a visit to Newbridge House park, the bush was huge, at least 12 foot high and wide, it was in full bloom and how spectacular it looked.
I visited the park because it also had a farm within the grounds, I was hoping to get some useful ref. photos. Although they had many species of chickens they were in coops surrounded by fine wire mesh so I ended up taking photos of the wire rather than the chickens which was rather dissapointing, still I got some good photos,of lambs and kids (goat variety!) and other farm animals. The weather has been perfect for the last couple of days, blue sky and warm sunshine making the spring country side even more beautiful, long may it continue.
This is the portrait I painted for Carol Schiff, the last months prize winner in my give away.
Carol sent me a snap of her grandson proudly holding an enormous fish he had caught that day. I loved the challenge, I've never painted a fish before so that was a first for me!
Carol is a wonderful artist from sunny Florida do go and check out her beautiful paintings - click HERE
Cats just love to hide in the undergowth and I have had many a suprise. When picking beans in my garden I've had my hand attacked as I have reached in to pick a hidden bean pod to find something furry also hidden there! That certainly got my heart pounding and I'm sure I heard my cat chuckle, what fun for him.
I read on somebodies blog how to mix a beautiful black - phalo green + alizarin crimson, so I tried it out for the eyes and it does make a great black, I sometimes use burnt umber plus ultramarine blue to mix black too.
10" x 10" x 1.5" oil on gallery wrapped canvas, sides painted
Carrying on yesterdays beach theme, here are some colourful beach-huts found on the south coast resort of Brighton, England
Beach-huts are a familiar sight around Britain usually wooden and often brightly coloured, situated above the high tide mark on popular bathing beaches. They are generally used as a shelter from the sun or wind, changing into and out of swimming costumes and for the safe storing of some personal belongings.
10" x 10" x 1.5" oil on deep gallery wrapped canvas
Now the sun is shining and the weather has turned warm, my thoughts turn to summer and the beach hence this bright and happy piece, painted with the use of my palette knives and thick oil paint on a pinky red ground.
This pretty wrought iron gate and the beautiful stone wall covered in ivy and other climbing plants I encountered in the heart of the Irish country side and was enchanted by the woodland entrance to a house beyond that I could only get glimpses of.
This little daffodil I picked from my garden to do a quick daily painting, that was the plan anyway and you would think looking at this painting that it's an easy one and for some reason I couldn't get it right, the colours and the tones and it almost ended in the bin, but this morning I changed the colour of the background and it livened it up no end, and I'm liking it a lot better now. I guess you can't win them all!
Couldn't resist doing another collage although it takes much longer than a normal painting with all those fiddly bits of torn paper, it would probably be easier to do a larger one, anyway it's for sale in my Etsy store.
I have been wanting to try my hand at collage for a long time and I finally got around to it after seeing a lovely one on Carol Schiff's blog. I had even bought some books way back when, from a junk shop specifically for this purpose.
I keep reading that one should build up a body of work in one style, medium and subject, but I get bored easily and I need to chop and change about, and I guess I only need to seek my approval!
I had great fun creating this, even if it was rather messy and I'm still peeling off the glue from my fingers this morning.
Three cheers for creativity and diversity I say!!!
Thanks to all who took part in this month's competition and voted for my painting entry into Brush Buzzes art comp.
Wow what beautiful paintings, painted by some of the best artists out there and such stunning paintings won the top places here is the link to the top winner
Anyway to get to the nitty gritty ... another Carol won this months prize a portrait painted by lil 'ol me and the winner is Carol Schiff of sunny Florida and I'm popping over to her blog to let her know! (contact details above on page bar)