Bude Harbour Painting in Progress ( Mixed Media 11×11 ins / 28×28 cm )
I’ve been working on this one today. Feels good to be back painting after the seasonal break. I changed the colours slightly, to make them more – well, colourful! And warmer – I thought the original had too much of a frosty feeling. See what you think – a detail of the original was posted back here Bude Harbour painting in progress .
I’m very happy with it now, and I think it may be finished. I like the sketchy feel to it, and don’t want to lose that freshness. So I’ll put it away for a few days, and then look at it again. That usually works.
Hope you’re having a good weekend, and thanks for looking.
The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!
Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!
The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.
Actually, I was cheating! I was indoors, doing some little sketches from photos and generally playing. I wanted to try out my lovely new Inktense Blocks (by Derwent), which I was given for Christmas. I love that they’re a drawing medium, but that you can then wet them, at which point they become like paint. And then they dry, and you can draw over them again. So great possibilities for working back and forth. And unlike watercolour pencils, they don’t shift once they’re dry, so you can put other colours on top. I think they’ll be great for sketching outdoors – they’re very quick to use, light and easy to carry, and very versatile.
There’s a very useful demo at How to use Derwent Inktense Blocks
and you can also use them on fabric which I’m itching to try 🙂
See the demo here Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabric – Jackson’s Art Supplies
It’s been thick fog here today, all day. Very Christmassy and Narnia-like. So I thought of sending you this little winter picture that I stitched on paper.
I’m taking a little time out with family and friends this week, and so won’t be blogging for a few days. So I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all that you wish for yourselves at this season – time with loved ones, or maybe just time, that most precious of things.
Wherever you are, whatever you’ll be doing, I wish you Peace and Joy (and Churros & Chocolatl, obviously!).
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!
Bude Harbour Painting in Progress (Detail)
Here’s this week’s painting – a section of one of Bude Harbour that I’m currently working on. I love the feeling of wintry cold in this one. Such wonderful colours, shapes and textures there – cold pinks and soft creams. Finally got the water looking right today. And I’m abandoning my brushes and working more with painting knives. Such fun!
Very wet and windy here this weekend. These little watercolour drawings of windswept Cornish trees I did a little while ago seem to express the feeling of being blown about and weathering the storms. Batten down the hatches.
Hope you’re cosy and warm wherever you are.