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

Harbour Wall Painting Sea Ropes

This one’s finished now. I love those tangles of ropes and chains that you see at the harbour. Next stop for this one is to be framed, and then on it goes to Bude for my next exhibition.



Medieval ManFish

Medieval Creature Man Fish Carving Drawing

Illustration of a Medieval Chest Carving

Yes, I bet that post title got your attention! Haven’t managed to do much painting this week, so I give you this little drawing of a detail from a medieval chest I once saw. The frieze on the chest was about four inches high (nine cm), but had the most remarkable detail. It  was in a stately home in the West Country, but I didn’t note down where, so alas, I’ve no idea where you’ll find it.

I love medieval carvings and art. If you like them too, there’s a very good book you may care to look at – The Medieval Menagerie by Janetta Rebold Benton – and you can also find some at Into the Hermitage from the hugely talented and amazing Rima Staines
And if anyone finds the name of this creature, which is surely not ‘ManFish’!, then I’d be pleased to know it.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Red Pepper & Satsumas Painting

red pepper satsumas fruit vegetables orange blue still-life acrylic painting

Red Pepper & Satsumas

Acrylic  28 x 23 cm / 11 x 9 ins

This painting didn’t quite make it in time for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, which finished on Wednesday. So I worked on it further today. It still needs a little tweaking, but I  wanted to recommence posting a painting a week on this blog, so here it is.

The  30 in 30 Challenge  was a great thing to do – I finished fifteen paintings, which feels like a success, since it’s fifteen more than I usually paint in January, or any month, come to that. You can see  them all at www.anitalangham.co.uk . I’m hoping to build on the momentum, and continue painting many more this year.

Thanks for visiting.

30 in 30 Challenge – Brown Eggs Painting

Brown Eggs Painting; Still Life Painting; 30 in 30 Challenge

Brown Eggs

Acrylic  (8.5 x 7.5 ins / 22 x 19 cm)

This painting has taken a long time – several days. I love drawing eggs in egg boxes – fascinating shapes and textures. But I’ve never painted them before. And it’s so difficult! I got very frustrated at not being able to make the eggs look ‘right’, then realised half-way through  that they’re organic eggs, and therefore all different sizes, not to mention shapes and colours. So a small egg in the front will look smaller than a large egg at the back, which makes perspective really tricky. And getting them to look perfectly rounded and smooth, especially when you’re working to a deadline … !  Anyway, this is the finished painting. Phew! On to something easier now.

30 in 30 Challenge – Red Peppers Painting

Red Peppers Painting; Purple Painting;

Red Peppers

20 x 17 cm/8 x 7 ins   Acrylic

The problem with  drawing food is – well, there are two problems. One is that you can’t have it for your tea until you’ve finished the painting. And the other is that, if you delay finishing the painting, and it runs on over days, then the subject gets a fatal mould and perishes. You can’t have it for your tea then, either. Gives a new meaning to ‘the Starving Artist’!

As the subject had perished, I decided to go for a stylised approach, to finish the painting. Think the result works quite well.