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It’ll be good to have you along.
And because it’s raining today, here’s one of my favourite paintings …
Mixed Media Painting
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
And here’s a painting of how the weather was today, by another (less well known!)
‘Lookout in the Mizzle’
by Anita Langham
Limited edition print £ 40 Buy Now
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.
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
Red Pepper & Satsumas
Acrylic 28 x 23 cm / 11 x 9 ins
This painting didn’t quite make it in time for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, which finished on Wednesday. So I worked on it further today. It still needs a little tweaking, but I wanted to recommence posting a painting a week on this blog, so here it is.
The 30 in 30 Challenge was a great thing to do – I finished fifteen paintings, which feels like a success, since it’s fifteen more than I usually paint in January, or any month, come to that. You can see them all at www.anitalangham.co.uk . I’m hoping to build on the momentum, and continue painting many more this year.
Thanks for visiting.
Acrylic (8.5 x 7.5 ins / 22 x 19 cm)
This painting has taken a long time – several days. I love drawing eggs in egg boxes – fascinating shapes and textures. But I’ve never painted them before. And it’s so difficult! I got very frustrated at not being able to make the eggs look ‘right’, then realised half-way through that they’re organic eggs, and therefore all different sizes, not to mention shapes and colours. So a small egg in the front will look smaller than a large egg at the back, which makes perspective really tricky. And getting them to look perfectly rounded and smooth, especially when you’re working to a deadline … ! Anyway, this is the finished painting. Phew! On to something easier now.
20 x 17 cm/8 x 7 ins Acrylic
The problem with drawing food is – well, there are two problems. One is that you can’t have it for your tea until you’ve finished the painting. And the other is that, if you delay finishing the painting, and it runs on over days, then the subject gets a fatal mould and perishes. You can’t have it for your tea then, either. Gives a new meaning to ‘the Starving Artist’!
As the subject had perished, I decided to go for a stylised approach, to finish the painting. Think the result works quite well.