Sometimes I just go out for walks and wander about with my camera specifically looking for source material. I do like working out doors, but I can’t use mixed media while out there as the weather can be too unpredictable; so source photos are important to me.
Yesterday, I took quite a few photos, but one of the images works so well as a photograph that I don’t know how to begin to paint it.
I know the composition is a bit meh, but I love the colours, and the way the light hits all the leaves. It will take me a while to paint it I think, but I’ll let you know how I get on.
Writing tutorials again (which I love doing). I’ll let you know as and when each one is published.
Painting away, getting as many wee paintings finished in time for Christmas (sorry to mention it so soon).
I am a winner in an international drawing competition so have been sorting out images and written materials for that (more details next year).
Smithy Gallery‘s Christmas Exhibition is opening on the 19th November and I have a number of paintings going in for that – and I have to get them all ready. This includes sorting out mounts and frames, getting new ones made, and, yuck, recycling old ones which takes up so much time.
I’m still thoroughly enjoying myself, though, I’m just a wee bit frantic.
I love the variety of colours in this painting. I don’t often use bright pinks, but I think I will be from now on – they contrast beautifully with oranges and greens. I think I may have found a new favourite colour.
Skye is one of my favourite Scottish islands – there is a magic to the landscape no matter what time of the year. Every time I go there I come away wanting to paint. I was there this year; so here is the resulting wee painting.
I once saw a bank of hollyhock flowers in the wild. They were all sorts of colours, dark pink, light pink, white, red and deep purple. I am building up to painting them – I took photos – but in the meantime, here is a pale pink hollyhock plant that is currently living in my garden.