When I started painting professionally, many, many years ago, I started with acrylic. I painted murals all over the UK using it, in bedrooms, gyms, restaurants and kitchens among many other places. But about 15 years ago, I decided I had had enough of contorting myself at the top of ladders and hung up my acrylics thinking I’d never use them again.
Over the past month or so, I’ve had a hankering to use paint that will give me texture, and not wanting to use oil because of the chemicals and the smells, I dug a very large box of acrylics I had stored out of the attic and painted this. I had forgotten just how much I liked acrylics. I lay down a layer of gesso primer first letting it dry with texture and went to town with blue.
This may be familiar to some of you, and I did paint something like this a while back just much larger. I liked it so much, I wanted to see if I could do it again… Summer Days is available in all my shops, Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.
I love experimenting with watercolour and gauche, never really knowing what’s going to happen as I let it dry. In this painting, I used cellophane on top of wet paint, letting it dry into all sorts of shapes, and dictating the shape of the landscape.
The weather in Scotland has been spectacular this summer and I have spent most of it out and about. Glencoe is only 1 1/2 hours away from me, and heading up into these mountains on a sunny day is the most heart warming activity I can think of in this weather. The surrounding mountains exude such a strong sense of history and at the same time remind you that nature is the one in control (the weather can change at the snap of a finger). It is such a privilege to have Glencoe so nearby.
I haven’t posted one of my oils for a while. This one hangs in my studio at the moment. right above my desk; so I’m looking at it just now. I’ve always liked the addition of the green and blue to the clouds and the touches in the waves. There is something about the contrasting colours that sit so well for me.
Well, the Scottish school summer holidays are almost over, and I am beginning to paint again after spending many weeks having so much fun with my son. I hope you’ve had a good summer too.
My latest exhibition is already on the horizon, and you are more than welcome to come along.
Art off the Square is an annual exhibition that I have been a part of for the past 8 years. It starts on the 23rd August and runs until the 25th August in Kilbarchan. The details are below. Looking forward to seeing you there.
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.