HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!
As it’s International Women’s Day today (Yay!) I wanted to do a post on Women Artists. And then I realised that most of the ones I was going to mention were alas dead, and I really wanted to give you some living artists. So here are some of my fave artists who are women and are making stunning work and are (hopefully) alive and well.
The links are below. Take a look if you want to see some stunning work.
Jude Hill Spirit Cloth
And here’s a painting of how the weather was today, by another (less well known!)
‘Lookout in the Mizzle’
by Anita Langham
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It’s been a slow week for painting – I went off for a mini-break to South Cornwall with my lovely man, and after that the week just vanished. So here’s one from the archive (as they say!) – still one of my favourites. The painting was done entirely with a palette knife – I’ll try that again, as I really like the texture and the freedom it gives. And a nice reminder of summer, which we need on a day like today, when it’s wind and gales here.
Hope you’re having a good weekend.
Illegitimi non carborundum
Illustration of a Medieval Chest Carving
Yes, I bet that post title got your attention! Haven’t managed to do much painting this week, so I give you this little drawing of a detail from a medieval chest I once saw. The frieze on the chest was about four inches high (nine cm), but had the most remarkable detail. It was in a stately home in the West Country, but I didn’t note down where, so alas, I’ve no idea where you’ll find it.
I love medieval carvings and art. If you like them too, there’s a very good book you may care to look at – The Medieval Menagerie by Janetta Rebold Benton – and you can also find some at Into the Hermitage from the hugely talented and amazing Rima Staines
And if anyone finds the name of this creature, which is surely not ‘ManFish’!, then I’d be pleased to know it.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Windswept Tree – Sketchbook Drawing
The weather’s been good again here this week, so I did this little sketch outside, on the cliffs. I wanted to capture the way the wind blows the tree, and the strong shadows and colours – the wondrous blues, golds and russets at this time of year.
Hope you have a good weekend, notwithstanding …
Valency Valley, Autumn
One of my earlier paintings, and a particular favourite. It speaks to me of these golden days – warm days and cold nights, and the full moon rising tomorrow.
Tried to post picture of a little autumn painting I’m working on now, but the technology is against me today. Will try again tomorrow.
Oil pastel & acrylic 9×13 in
Here’s one I did earlier. Not many words today – I’m busy working the day job.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope your weekend is good.
Pen & watercolour on Paper 17x17cm/7x7ins
Hi. Did I mention I love daffodils? I use the term in loose way, to denote any jonquil, narcissus or daffodil, any of those lovely yellow (or white or orange) spring flowers. It’s been such a long season for daffodils this year in the UK, because it was such a mild winter. The first ones were in bloom in December, and they’re still going. Lovely. Anyway, I did this drawing today, and wanted to make it a paler, more sensitive version this time (and thank you so much for the great feedback on the last daffodil painting – it has emboldened and enheartened me!). So it has some subtle watercolour washes over – and I think they bring out the lovely papery whiteness of the petals, and the gorgeous yolk-coloured centres. I think the flower might be some type of orchid narcissus – but as it was foraged from hereabouts (ahem!), I’m not quite sure.