Bude Harbour photo
It was a beautiful day in Bude in Cornwall yesterday. I was lucky enough to be there doing some drawing for a couple of Bude Harbour paintings I’m working on. Harbours are just so interesting… sitting on the rocks sketching, feeling blessed 🙂
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 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)
Look what arrived in the post today! The Big Art Issue of House & Garden magazine, due out on Monday, wherein they feature one of my paintings, and a little piece about me. Woo hoo! I’m so pleased. Can you spot which one is mine? (Clue: it’s blue, and shows the Cornish Coast!)
If you like art, the magazine this month is a gem. It includes articles on how to hang art, as well as how to light and frame it. There’s also a guide to the best UK exhibitions to see over the autumn/winter: my favourite is in London – ‘Monochrome Painting in Black and White’ at the National Gallery, though I’d also love to see ‘Rembrandt: Lighting the Darkness’ at the Norfolk Museum.
The magazine’s beautifully produced, and the photography is just stunning. Why not take a look? If you want to find me quickly, I’m on page 202. And the painting’s available for purchase now at anitalangham.co.uk )
One day sun, next day rain….
A little drawing I did outside of a wonderfully moody sky over Tintagel castle and coast. Lundy Island in the distance. One of those views I’d like to make into a B-i-g Painting. The easel is ready. The canvases are ready. Maybe this autumn…
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!!