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?
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.
I love drawing sunflowers, and this year I managed to grow some (usually the snails eat them and leave just a stalk!). So here’s a collage of some of my drawings.
And here’s one from the Master of Sunflowers – Van Gogh (from ‘Vincent by Himself’ edited by Bruce Bernard, a wonderful collection of his paintings and letters)
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
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.
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.
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.