Just had time to pop out this afternoon and do a quick little plein air (open air) painted sketch. The weather was strange: the sun was shining on the foreground – the grass was a very bright lime green. Yet there was a dark blue-black sky near the horizon. Tried to capture that contrast here, before the light went. It was lovely to be out painting again. The flying ants were a bit of a nuisance, though!
Have a merry August Bank Holiday, if you’re in England, and wishing a good weekend to everyone else.
My Cards & Ross Poldark sharing a moment …
Yes, I know it’s a tenuous link. But – besides having Cornwall in common – the link is, that I was passing by the local National Trust Shop, and espied my cards in the window ( the ones there with the paintings on). And there, in the other window, was the rugged Ross Poldark. I almost swooned! Alas, he was only there briefly, but it was enough….
It looked pretty much like this today. A little sketch showing the harbour mouth, with the fabulous slate rock. I love the colours when it rains – they have a depth and translucence to them. Hoping for some sunshine over the weekend, though.
Hope you have a good one.
Didn’t have time to post these before putting up my exhibition, and I’ve been very busy ever since. So – now – here are some of my paintings in their beautiful new frames, now hanging in splendour in the lovely Wellington Hotel in Boscastle.
I’ve previously had only white frames, but am moving towards having different colours. I think the frames above work well, though the fact that there are different frames does make hanging an exhibition a little more difficult, in that there’s one more thing to consider. But I guess it’s not so different from a group show, where there tends to be a mix of frames and treatments. I wonder if it matters to the person buying the painting?
Boscastle Sunset – Photo
The end of a lovely day. Painting Day planned for tomorrow. Outside and in the studio.
Hope you have a good weekend.
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:
- Friends and acquaintances get to see what you do all year, and what you’re really about.
- You get to meet such an interesting range of people, and talk to them about your art.
- 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:
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 …
Mixed Media Painting