Boscastle Tower – A Series?

Boscastle Cornwall Lookout Tower Langdscape Drawings paintings

Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a theme

I’ve been thinking about painting in series this week, and making a little list of series that I’d like to do. Then, taking the photos for the post here, I was reminded of an idea I’ve had for a while, of making a year long series – drawing and painting a scene or motif throughout the year. Because when I head out to draw, I sometimes think I should draw something different, rather than the same old (even though it is beautiful). But when I get the drawings home, and see them all together like this, I realise they aren’t the same. The colours are different, and the weather,  and the sky, and I’m different when I make them. And that makes the whole thing very interesting and worthwhile. So maybe I’ll do that this year – paint the little Tower, or something else, every week. And see the changes. Take time for that.

Many artists have also worked in series – here are some of my favourites:

Van Gogh – Sunflowers

Monet – Rouen Cathedral 

Monet – Haystacks

and coincidentally there’s a new  Monet exhibition this year at the National Gallery

AND –  just a reminder – I’m offering a giveaway of a free print of the Boscastle Tower at Sunset. It ends tomorrow, so pop over to this post and ‘Like’ the post to be in with a chance of winning. Thank you to all who have already done so – and Good Luck!

 

 

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Flower Sketch – The Last of the Nasturtiums

Flower Nasturtiums blue painting art

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.

Exhibition Paintings

Cornish landscape paintings Wellington Hotel Boscastle exhibition

Didn’t have time to post these before putting up my exhibition, and I’ve been very busy ever since. So – now – here are some of my paintings in their beautiful new frames, now hanging in splendour in the lovely Wellington Hotel in Boscastle.

I’ve previously had only white frames, but am moving towards having different colours. I think the frames above work well, though the fact that there are different frames does make hanging an exhibition a little more difficult, in that there’s one more thing to consider.  But I guess it’s not so different from a group show, where there tends to be a mix of frames and treatments. I wonder if it matters to the person buying the painting?

Anita’s Arty Facts

I’m just launching Anita’s Arty Facts where you can hear about new work, forthcoming shows, and special offers.  It’ll be sent by email every two months & you’ll be able to unsubscribe at any time. Sign up by clicking the link here.

It’ll be good to have you along.

And because it’s raining today, here’s one of my favourite paintings …

Cornish Cottage Boscastle Mixed Media Painting

‘Cornish Cottage’

Mixed Media Painting

My Five Favourite Women Artists

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!

As it’s International Women’s Day today (Yay!) I wanted to do a post on Women Artists. And then I realised that most of the ones I was going to mention were alas dead, and I really wanted to give you some living artists. So here are some of my fave artists who are women and are making stunning work and are (hopefully) alive and well.

The links are below. Take a look if you want to see some stunning work.

Jude Hill Spirit Cloth

Paula Rego

Soraya French

Edwina Bridgeman

Sarah Simblet

And here’s a painting of how the weather was today, by another (less well known!)
woman artist.

Lookout in the Mizzle Cornish coast acrylic painting

‘Lookout in the Mizzle’
by Anita Langham
Limited edition print £ 40 Buy Now

Sketching in Bude

Bude green spring watercolour painting

Bude Sketch

Watercolour, 30 x 20 cm/11.5 x 8 ins

Bude was surprisingly green the other day. I drew this from the lovely Wroes coffee shop. My first time sketching in a café – only got a few strange looks! I had to wait until I got home to put the colour washes on – by the time I’d finished drawing, the view was obscured by rain. Bude’s still a great place to draw, though, even in the mizzle. You can see a couple of my other paintings of Bude  here and here . Both are still available on my website should you be interested.

Thanks for looking, and hope you’re having a good weekend.

 

Boscastle Harbour Painting

Boscastle Harbour seascape acrylic blue painting

Boscastle Harbour

Acrylic Painting

It’s been a slow week for painting – I went off for a mini-break to South Cornwall with my lovely man, and after that the week just vanished. So here’s one from the archive (as they say!) – still one of my favourites. The painting was done entirely with a palette knife – I’ll try that again, as I really like the texture and the freedom it gives. And a nice reminder of summer, which we need on a day like today, when it’s wind and gales here.

Hope you’re having a good weekend.

Illegitimi non carborundum