Open Studio – done!

Mine Entrance Trebarwith Strand rocks painting

Mine Entrance, Hole Beach

Mixed Media Painting

What a lovely weekend I had, doing my Open Studios event. There’s a lot of work involved, but the three things I love most about Open Studios are:

  1. Friends and acquaintances get to see what you do all year, and what you’re really about.
  2. You get to meet such an interesting range of people, and talk to them about your art.
  3. You hear such wonderful comments about your work (hopefully) that it warms you and bolsters you for your next efforts.

And you hopefully get to make a few sales and sit in a nice place planning your next paintings or just soaking up the sun.

Thank you to all out there who made the experience such a pleasure. I’m so pleased that you stopped by.

No rest for the wicked, though, as I now need to plan for my First Solo Exhibition (ta-da!) in July.

The painting above is one I managed to finish for the Open Studio. So pleased with it how it turned out. I wanted to capture the way the morning light catches the rock face, while the rest is in deep shadow. And the almost abstract shapes… here’s a close-up of the texture for you to enjoy:

Mine Entrance Hole Beach Painting Texture Detail

 

 

Anita’s Arty Facts

I’m just launching Anita’s Arty Facts where you can hear about new work, forthcoming shows, and special offers.  It’ll be sent by email every two months & you’ll be able to unsubscribe at any time. Sign up by clicking the link here.

It’ll be good to have you along.

And because it’s raining today, here’s one of my favourite paintings …

Cornish Cottage Boscastle Mixed Media Painting

‘Cornish Cottage’

Mixed Media Painting

Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry

Lanterdan Quarry Cornwall Coast Drawing

Sketching at Lanterdan Quarry near Trebarwith Strand

Was out here sketching a couple of days ago. I really love drawing the Cornwall rock formations, and this pillar is especially interesting because it’s been so hacked about – the angles are so irregular and very challenging to capture. This pillar is the reject stone, apparently – it wasn’t worth quarrying, so the men worked around it. What a stunning reject! Read more at Lanterdan Quarry

This is a preparatory drawing for the first painting in a new series. Been wanting to paint this little stretch of coast for a while – now is the time! Watch this space.

Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting

Foxgloves on the Cliffs (Work In Progress) Flower Painting

Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting (Detail of work in progress)

The inspiration for this painting was an early evening last autumn , as the sun began to go down. That wonderful light you get on the coast. I really wanted to make those lovely deep pinky purple colours of the Foxgloves sing out against the rich deep blue-green of the sea. But I was finding it difficult to achieve the vibrancy I wanted with the acrylic paints. And then – I reached for the soft pastels – and the colours began to zing and pop. It’s finally getting to look like the image I have in my head. Which is always a good thing.

Hope you have a zingy kind of weekend.

Cockerel Painting

Cockerel farmyard animal bird painting

Cockerel Painting

Acrylic on paper 8×12 ins / 21×30 cm

Cockadoodle-do!! Still busy working on the landscape paintings, so thought I would give you a little cockerel painting today. Wanted to splash out with some colour on those beautiful lustrous feathers.  A little reminder to those of us living in Britain that the clocks go forward tonight. Longer evenings to come. Yes!