Let it Snow

Hunters in the Snow

Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder 1565

I was searching online for winter paintings the other day to find some inspiration and I came across some wonderful work. Here are a few of my favourites, and Catterline in Winter by Joan Eardley is also one of the best. In all of these paintings the artists seem to capture the atmosphere so completely: you can almost hear the sounds, or the hushed silence.

And this will probably be my last blog post for 2018, so may I take this opportunity to send you the greetings of the season. If you celebrate Christmas, then I hope you have a merry one. If not, then I hope you have a lovely winter break. And to all, a very Happy New Year. I’ll be back with some paintings soon, maybe even some snowy ones!

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 Rooftops in the Snow by Gustave Caillebotte 1875

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Winter Landscape by Caspar David Friedrich 1811

 

 

 

Bossiney, Elephant Rock, Painting in progress

Bossiney Elephant Rock Painting Cornwall

Bossiney, Elephant Rock – painting in progress (acrylic & mixed media)

Started working on this Bossiney painting again this week. Seems to fit in with the wet and windy weather we’ve been having. I like the unusual palette of pale mauves, blues and purples with a hint of moss green and lime. The land always changes with the seasons and the weather – makes it endlessly fascinating to paint.

 

What’s in a name?

I recently read a piece about naming paintings. I’ve always called mine by the name they took in my head when I was making them, hence they tend to be quite literal and descriptive. But I do like the thought of a title that reflects more the feeling or motivation behind the painting.

So thinking about my most recent painting below, names that come to mind at the moment are  ‘Tangled’, ‘Tang of the Sea’ or ‘Harbour Wall’. I wonder which one you like best?

Harbour Wall Chains painting Ropes Shadows

Harbour Wall painting

Chains Rope Harbour Wall Painting Detail

Harbour Chains (detail) – Mixed Media

Back again after a short break. I was helping a friend to move house, so too too tired to be creative. But I’m back now, the sun’s shining, and I’m ready for a week of art. Watch this space!

This detail is from a recent painting I’ve been working on. I was drawn to the shadows, and the textures, and the wonderful colours in the bleached ropes and rusty chains. I think shadows might be quite a theme for me this spring (as long as the sunshine lasts!)

School Art

heads Budehaven school students paintings

 

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

Barn Owl Bird Watercolour Mixed Media Painting

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!

Flower Sketch – The Last of the Nasturtiums

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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.