I happened upon an exhibition of schoolchildren’s art in the local public art gallery this week, and it was very inspiring. I like looking at students’ art – encouraged by their tutors, they often push the boundaries in terms of techniques and subject matter. The results are often stunning and can give even experienced artists food for thought .
These pictures were some of my favourites. If you’re near Bude, pop into the Willoughby gallery in The Castle, and see for yourself. Its great for the students to have the chance to exhibit in such a wonderful space – well done to them and to the staff at Budehaven School.
Barn Owl Painting
Mixed Media 18×20 cm/ 7.5×8 ins
A friend mentioned recently how much she liked my animal paintings, and I realised that it’s ages since I did any. So I did one this week, of a barn owl. I like the feeling of him sitting there, waiting, until the dusk becomes night. He really seems to emerge from the background, almost as if he were already there, waiting to be painted.
This one will be offered for sale in my online gallery anitalangham.co.uk soon. So if you’d like to reserve it, please get in touch.
And if you’re in Cornwall, pop in and visit the Screech Owl Sanctuary They have many many owls and lots of other creatures, and the flying displays will knock your socks off – or your hats!
Nasturtiums – sketchbook painting, mixed media
These nasturtium flowers looked so full of colour – a reminder of summer, so I just had to draw them. The vase is one of my favourites, too – I love the shape and how the black contrasts with the vibrant colours. Nasturtium flowers have such interesting shapes, with the petals and inner sections, and that little spike where the flower meets the stem.
This little sketchbook painting grew organically (pardon the pun!). I started with a drawing in black liner pen, and then used some brush pens (these from WH Smith – they’re very good) to put the colour on. Some of the shades weren’t right for the vase, so I use some watersoluble pencils as well. Then I noticed there was some empty space on the right of the page. So I filled that by drawing a black frame round that space and the main picture, and drew a kind of frieze showing stylised nasturtium flowers – I like the way it’s (slightly) reminiscent of Japanese art. The background was still white, so I put on turquoise watercolour paint last of all for that – it really made it zing! The background colour can make all the difference, but it takes a bit of bravery to risk ruining it at the last. I’m pleased it worked this time 🙂
Thanks for looking, and hope your weekend is good.
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.
Rather a good week.
Finished ‘Foxgloves on Cornish Cliffs’ painting – above in its lovely bespoke frame (from the brilliant team at Stable Art).
Had a week’s holiday from the day job 🙂 and visited the lovely Lizard Peninsula.
And – last but not least – I was invited to feature in the Christmas edition of ‘House & Garden’ magazine!!! It comes out on 2 October, and I’m so excited, I want to run around shrieking and exclaiming loudly! Woot! and Double Woot!!! Woot, Woot, Woot!!
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