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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

1274 'From the Depths'

8" x 8" mixed media on canvas board

Another painting I started not knowing whence it would take me... all I knew was the colours I wanted to use and that I would incorporate metal objects and use plenty of texture. It really gets ones creative juices working when you let a painting just happen.
I was asked to teach abstract painting to some of my fellow painting ladies when I lived in Spain. Well I thought 'that should be easy' but it wasn't, because apart from showing them how to achieve certain effects you can't really teach abstract painting because it stems from one's own creativity and ideas.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

1273 'Beginnings'

6" x 8" acrylics on canvas board

Hows zat for a change of direction! I spent all yesterday experimenting (playing) with my acrylics trying out different techniques on acrylic paper, only to remember why I don't much like working on paper for acrylics, (it tends to buckle and take ages to dry) so I got out a board and let loose not knowing what would come out of it. The painting took shape by itself and this is the result, I used hints of silver, gold and metalic green, not too much so it wouldn't look gaudy.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

1272 'Home Sweet Home' SOLD

8" x 10" oil on panel

This is number 3 in my door series, I think I might take a break and paint something else less detailed. It is funny, some paintings, I have loads of ideas for titles and others I can't think of one. For this one I had loads such as 'Just One Kiss' and 'Relaxin at Home' etc but went for the simple one 'Home Sweet Home.'

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

1271 'Gardener's House'

8" x 10" oil on masonite

No 2 of my door series, this has been quite time consuming, so much detail on such a small board. This is such a pretty doorway, I love the lavender colours and the little trowel hanging by the door, giving me the idea for the title.
For some reason it was very difficult to photograph I just couldn't get it square and get the colours right but I got there in the end.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Kreative Blogger Award

Thank you to Lyn O'Neal for honouring me with this award, it is really great and I feel special!
I will pass this award on to seven other artists whose blogs I enjoy and are inspirational.

7 things about me:-

1) I was born in London, England.
2) I have lived in Germany, Spain, Ireland and now the U.S. for awhile.
3) I have owned my own restaurant
4) I speak fluent German
5) I have 2 grown daughters 33 & 37
6) I love chocolate
7) I miss my dog Mickey who is with friends in Germany

Susan Carlin - for being such a generous and kind spirit and of course her artistic talent
Gary Keimig - for his beautiful daily landscapes.
Sam Dolman - for his wonderful, full of character animal paintings.
Teresa Madsen - her wonderful artistic talent
Kate Evans - for her budding artistic talent and cos she's my daughter
Greg Larock - for his generosity with his knowledge and informative blog
Keith Proctor - for his superb paintings of his son

List 7 things about you and pass it along to 7 Kreative Bloggers. Go visit these artist's supreme blogs!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

1270 'Invited Home'

8" x10" oil on panel

I was wandering round the suburbs of Seattle, waiting for my daughter, I had my camera with me, it was a beautiful sunny day and the houses were so interesting, so many different colours and shapes and interesting doorways. I was attracted to the play of sunlight and shadows on the steps and house on this one.I decided to paint a series of doors and houses so this is the first one.

I got some strange looks from passerbys, maybe they thought I was casing the joints for my next burglary. There was even a bloke in a car who went around the block a few times watching me.

Friday, 18 September 2009

1269 'Pike Place Market'

12" x 15" oil on board

When I was half way through this one, I wondered why I had chosen such a complicated subject and painted it so tightly, although I had cropped it quite a bit. It ended up being quite a labour of love so I have sworn that the next painting will be much looser if I can manage it!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

1268 'Beach at Tulalip 2' SOLD

7 1/4" x 10" acrylic on gessoed board

1267 Pier at Tulalip

7 1/4" x 10" acrylic on gessoed board

This painting I painted using a palette knife, my perfectionist self had a hard time with this!
The scene is from a recent visit to Tulalip the weather was warm but overcast with a persistant light rain drizzling down on our heads, despite that, we enjoyed beach combing along with a few other folk and found an abundance of crab, even though most were very small and a few other interesting objects not to mention plenty of ref. pics.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

1266 'Tranquility'

9" x 12' oil on masonite

This is a scene from my visit to the Japanese gardens near Seattle where we fed the beautiful Koi carp with their many colours, they will probably get a painting done of them sooner or later.
We entered the garden in the rain and before we were half way through the clouds parted and the sun came out and made the garden even more beautiful. Not only did the sun come out but also the turtles came out of the water to sunbathe, like this little fella on the rock in the foreground.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

1265 'Sweet Things" SOLD

12" x 16" acrylic on board

This was a lot harder to paint than I thought it would be, I chose to paint it in acrylics instead of oils which I don't think was a wise choice. I tried out a new wet palett which turned my paint very liquid in a short while which was annoying. I almost didn't finish it as I got more and more frustrated. I guess I have got so used to my lovely oil paints it is hard to go back to a previous medium.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

1264 'Singing for his Supper'

9" x 12" oil on gessoed board

This man was singing at the entrance of Pike Place Market in Seattle the famous indoor market that sells everything from fruit & veg to magic tricks and a great place to get some interesting ref photos, like this gentleman..I have a few more that I will tackle sooner or later.
This was a tricky subject with a lot of shapes to get right and angles. I had to photograph it 3 times as every time on looking at the resulting photo, I found things that needed correcting.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

1263 'Taking in the View'

11" x 14" oil on canvas

This young rider, high up in the mountains with a back drop of evergreens, has stopped to admire the view, which I am sure is breathtaking. How wonderful to be both riding and enjoying the country around you.
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