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!!