Summer Wildflowers

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Summer Wildflowers, 26 x 41cm, mixed media on board

Lately, I have been deciding on the colours I want to use first before painting, and have been loving the results. Limiting my palette has had a very freeing effect on my work, allowing me to solely concentrate on what I am creating and not on what colours I’m going to be using as well. I’ve used a lot of water too which has dictated the shapes and patterns I have used as it flows and moves my paint into its own desired shapes.

I’m going to be exploring this method of painting more, not just because I like the paintings I am producing, but also because I am really enjoying myself.

Summer Wildflowers, along with In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, and a few other wee paintings will be exhibited at Smithy Gallery in their Affordable Art Show from 24 June – 22 July 2018. The Private View is on Sunday 24 June, 2pm–5pm. You are more than welcome.

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Purples and Blues

Bluebells, bluebells everywhere; so many to paint!

I wandered down to Pollok Park not far from me and strolled in the woods among these flowers. In the sun their scent is so wonderfully welcoming – like a more subtle hyacinth. A couple of years ago I took all my gear down and painted them en pleine air; this year I have taken loads of photos so I’ll be working on many more paintings in my studio.

I also came across a large patch of wild garlic in full bloom – I’ve not had a go at painting them.

I’ll let you know when I have paintings at the ready.

Cottage View – Highly Commended

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Cottage View, 42 x 26cm, mixed media

I enter competitions from time to time. Cottage View was entered into the The Artist OPEN COMPETITION 2018 and has been Highly Commended. I’m rather pleased.

Cottage View is for sale at my usual shops –  Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying

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In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, 32 x 42cm, £300

I’m addicted to painting silhouetted trees at the moment and to limiting my palette. Blue still remains one of my favourite colours, but adding its contrasting colour of orange has opened a whole new range of possibilities for me. I am still playing with different materials, and always will but the Indian inks I have used in this painting are currently a strong favourite.

I have used a mix of Indian inks, gouache, watercolour and pastel pencil.

In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying is for sale at my usual shops –  Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.