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
Acrylic on paper 8×12 ins / 21×30 cm
Cockadoodle-do!! Still busy working on the landscape paintings, so thought I would give you a little cockerel painting today. Wanted to splash out with some colour on those beautiful lustrous feathers. A little reminder to those of us living in Britain that the clocks go forward tonight. Longer evenings to come. Yes!
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