Beautiful day here, and beautiful sunset. Tinged with a certain sadness that next week it’ll be dark by 5 o’clock (and panic also – too few hours to paint in!). Maybe I’ll try to rise earlier, to have more useful daylight hours. The spirit’s willing, ahhh, but the flesh is not, I fear.
Hope you have a good weekend.
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 )
Lizard Quay Boathouse – Painting in Progress
Only three days to go until my first ever solo exhibition. So excited! Trying to get this painting finished in time. Almost there!
Mine Entrance, Hole Beach
Mixed Media Painting
What a lovely weekend I had, doing my Open Studios event. There’s a lot of work involved, but the three things I love most about Open Studios are:
- Friends and acquaintances get to see what you do all year, and what you’re really about.
- You get to meet such an interesting range of people, and talk to them about your art.
- You hear such wonderful comments about your work (hopefully) that it warms you and bolsters you for your next efforts.
And you hopefully get to make a few sales and sit in a nice place planning your next paintings or just soaking up the sun.
Thank you to all out there who made the experience such a pleasure. I’m so pleased that you stopped by.
No rest for the wicked, though, as I now need to plan for my First Solo Exhibition (ta-da!) in July.
The painting above is one I managed to finish for the Open Studio. So pleased with it how it turned out. I wanted to capture the way the morning light catches the rock face, while the rest is in deep shadow. And the almost abstract shapes… here’s a close-up of the texture for you to enjoy:
Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting (Detail of work in progress)
The inspiration for this painting was an early evening last autumn , as the sun began to go down. That wonderful light you get on the coast. I really wanted to make those lovely deep pinky purple colours of the Foxgloves sing out against the rich deep blue-green of the sea. But I was finding it difficult to achieve the vibrancy I wanted with the acrylic paints. And then – I reached for the soft pastels – and the colours began to zing and pop. It’s finally getting to look like the image I have in my head. Which is always a good thing.
Hope you have a zingy kind of weekend.
Lizard Boathouse Painting in progress (detail)
Working on the second painting of Lizard Point this week. This is a close-up of the rocks and sea. Really love the textures, and that flash of blue is so vivid. Will try to preserve some of the texture and the colours in the finished painting. I was so inspired by my time spent drawing on the Lizard last year, and will definitely go back there this summer. So much to see and draw there. Go and visit if you’re down in Cornwall, and be sure not to forget your binoculars. The fabulous volunteers who monitor the seal colonies there will show you where the seals are – you can’t often see them with the naked eye.
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board 12 x 11 ins / 30 x 28 cm
Unframed £ 275
Just finished this Cornwall painting of Lizard Point Quay. Love the way the rich textures of the stonework and the vibrant blue-green colours of the boats and sea turned out. It’ll be available shortly – please message me soonest via the Contact Form if you’d like to reserve it.