Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a theme
I’ve been thinking about painting in series this week, and making a little list of series that I’d like to do. Then, taking the photos for the post here, I was reminded of an idea I’ve had for a while, of making a year long series – drawing and painting a scene or motif throughout the year. Because when I head out to draw, I sometimes think I should draw something different, rather than the same old (even though it is beautiful). But when I get the drawings home, and see them all together like this, I realise they aren’t the same. The colours are different, and the weather, and the sky, and I’m different when I make them. And that makes the whole thing very interesting and worthwhile. So maybe I’ll do that this year – paint the little Tower, or something else, every week. And see the changes. Take time for that.
Many artists have also worked in series – here are some of my favourites:
Van Gogh – Sunflowers
Monet – Rouen Cathedral
Monet – Haystacks
and coincidentally there’s a new Monet exhibition this year at the National Gallery
AND – just a reminder – I’m offering a giveaway of a free print of the Boscastle Tower at Sunset. It ends tomorrow, so pop over to this post and ‘Like’ the post to be in with a chance of winning. Thank you to all who have already done so – and Good Luck!
It’s been thick fog here today, all day. Very Christmassy and Narnia-like. So I thought of sending you this little winter picture that I stitched on paper.
I’m taking a little time out with family and friends this week, and so won’t be blogging for a few days. So I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all that you wish for yourselves at this season – time with loved ones, or maybe just time, that most precious of things.
Wherever you are, whatever you’ll be doing, I wish you Peace and Joy (and Churros & Chocolatl, obviously!).
Very wet and windy here this weekend. These little watercolour drawings of windswept Cornish trees I did a little while ago seem to express the feeling of being blown about and weathering the storms. Batten down the hatches.
Hope you’re cosy and warm wherever you are.
I’m taking part this week in the Gwynngala group’s 2017 Exhibition at Rock Institute, Rock (near Padstow in North Cornwall). A great mix of excellent painting, pottery, printmaking, jewellery, textiles and more. And also featuring the work of fabulous painter Nicholas St John Rosse.
And they’ve kindly featured my Cornish Poppies painting on their poster 🙂
If you’re nearby, we’d love to see you there. Free parking and admission.
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
Limited edition print £ 40 Buy Now
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.