Saturday, 10 December 2016

Time for a small wintery painting!

Jackdaw keeping warm - oil on gessoed card, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)
Last week was very chilly and I thought it was time for a winter picture.  The weather promptly turned warmer!  Maybe we artists can manipulate the weather!  

I saw this bird one autumn in Devon and was struck by the intricacy of the distressed chimney pot and the relative plainness of the bird which is of course, just as intricate but not necessarily at first glance.  I hope you can feel the warm air ruffling its chest feathers.

The colours in this image very slightly fail to show the cooler sky which is better in the original painting.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Chalk deposits, Botany Bay, Kent - a contemporary version

Chalk deposits, Botany Bay, Kent (contemporary) - oil, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm)

While painting a previous more impressionistic version I kept thinking that I should try to interpret it in a different way as it seemed to be an ideal subject with which to try.  Simple as it looks, it was quite hard not to tighten up.  There's a lot going on just off the beach with rocks, seaweed, green slime and many pieces of chalk.  A lot of interruptions certainly didn't help keep the mind focused on the way I was trying to interpret the scene!

I've been away from the easel far too much for a long time and doing small works does help me to get back into things.  Fewer square inches with which to be disappointed when things go wrong! However, I do have urges to paint quite big once I'm 'tuned' back in.
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