Open Studio – done!

Mine Entrance Trebarwith Strand rocks painting

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:

  1. Friends and acquaintances get to see what you do all year, and what you’re really about.
  2. You get to meet such an interesting range of people, and talk to them about your art.
  3. 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:

Mine Entrance Hole Beach Painting Texture Detail

 

 

Foxgloves on the Cliffs Painting

Foxgloves on the Cliffs (Work In Progress) Flower Painting

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

Lizard Boathouse Painting

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.

Lizard Quay Painting

Lizard Quay Cornwall Boats Acrylic Painting

Lizard Quay

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.