Gull Rock from Tintagel Painting
I was out on the Tintagel cliffs today in North Cornwall, and with the fearsome winds and the mizzle, mist and rain, it looked exactly like this. Except that there seemed to be some excitement going on with this pair …
Shame I didn’t have time to draw them. Maybe next time.
Bude Beach Winter Painting – In Progress (Acrylic, 60x20cm)
I was talking here about painting a series of pictures this year, every week, of the same subject, and seeing how the light and season changes the scene. And I’ve hit upon my subject! It’s always hard to choose just one because so many ideas come to me. But I’ve chosen Bude beach – I love the wonderful sense of sky and space in this view, which to me just encapsulates what I love about Bude.
And the series will tie in with my solo exhbition there in October. I hope to be able to show these quicker studies alongside the larger paintings.
I was thinking of working further on this one, but I kind of like it as it is. Wonder what you think? More work, or move on to the next one?
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!
The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!
Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!
The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.
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.
Look what arrived in the post today! The Big Art Issue of House & Garden magazine, due out on Monday, wherein they feature one of my paintings, and a little piece about me. Woo hoo! I’m so pleased. Can you spot which one is mine? (Clue: it’s blue, and shows the Cornish Coast!)
If you like art, the magazine this month is a gem. It includes articles on how to hang art, as well as how to light and frame it. There’s also a guide to the best UK exhibitions to see over the autumn/winter: my favourite is in London – ‘Monochrome Painting in Black and White’ at the National Gallery, though I’d also love to see ‘Rembrandt: Lighting the Darkness’ at the Norfolk Museum.
The magazine’s beautifully produced, and the photography is just stunning. Why not take a look? If you want to find me quickly, I’m on page 202. And the painting’s available for purchase now at anitalangham.co.uk )
One day sun, next day rain….
A little drawing I did outside of a wonderfully moody sky over Tintagel castle and coast. Lundy Island in the distance. One of those views I’d like to make into a B-i-g Painting. The easel is ready. The canvases are ready. Maybe this autumn…