Friday, 28 November 2008

Bradford on Avon Bridge, oil on canvas 20"x27"

Ta dah! As promised earlier here is the painting of Bradford's main town bridge, after an 8 hour shift. I have quite a bit left to do, but have made great inroads. There will lots of foliage to paint at the bottom and of course I have to put the top on the Old Lock Up (main part of the picture.) This prison cell can fit one (unlucky) person in, and hangs over the river- quite a deterrent from crime in the good old days I'll wager. This is quite a tourist attraction, and once a year it is opened to the public to cast an eye inside. I haven't done the tour yet but can't imagine it will take long! I think it's home to spiders so I may have to give it a miss...

Fancy a quickie!

Well I'm all undercoated and gridded up. I have my music on, I have had my 3 cups of coffee, and the egg timer has been turned over- let's go.
It's 10.30 am and I will post whatever state this is in at 6.30pm...regardless.
Oh the ways in which we motivate ourselves!

Oh oh, need another cuppa- can I stop the sands of time for that?

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Seascape ( oil on canvas 27"x40")

I can't keep my eyes open any longer!
Night all and pleasant dreamzzzzz zz z

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Whitehill, Bradford on Avon part2 (Diptych)

"Lovely painting, rubbish jigsaw puzzle!"

I have finally finished the second part of the painting. More wet-in-wet technique, as you can tell by the softness. The paintbrush 'bought it' though, becoming little more than a knub. It's such a shame, I am just going to have to replace it. It will need a friend too. I am of course to paintbrushes what Amy Winehouse is to hairspray, but it is my only vice. Well, you can't beat a good filbert can you?

Back to the grindstone..... :o)

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Saturday, 15 November 2008

'Escape' -Oil on canvas (16'x20')

Well now, how did that happen? I seem to have painted another boat scene, minus moorings again, too. Got a bit more to add , smooth away and tidy up but it's nearly there. Hmm, note to self- better paint the edges! This is of a stretch of the river running through Bradford on Avon further down from the ubiquitous view most people go for, and indeed my next subject matter, in a 'I'm-not-jumping-on-the-local-artist-does-the-main-bridge-band-wagon-but-yes-i-am-if-I'm-being-honest'.....(breathe)..... way. This part shown is just as the river leaves town and heads out to country. Alongside runs a lovely pathway which takes you for miles past narrow boats, wildlife and mature treelines. I have never met an unhappy person on this walk- although some of the runners struggle to smile.
These canoes are always tied up here, quite some way out from people easily getting to them. A few have been "lost" in the past, hence big chains and only water access now. For my husband's 40th we hired a couple, us in one and our then teenagers in the other. The boys spent the whole outing screaming with pain from poor steering and riverside brambles as thick as your arm. By the time they got out they looked like extras for a Sam Peckinpah movie. We thought it best to swap partners over, and in the melee I was left dangling midair from an old rusty railing. No one would help, because they couldn't move for laughter. Did I mention this was in February, too?
I'll stick to painting them from now on

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

New book cover design....

No time for chit-chat today, I'm busier than a roll of patterned wallpaper from Ikea. I have had time though to sort out the 2nd book cover I have been working on, and 'hoo-flippin-rah' there's not a sniff of Darth Vader in this design! Hopefully the author Julie (Mulholland if you want to check her out!) likes this, as it made a nice change drawing. Right, off to screw my leg on.... my everlasting painting is calling.

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Vettriano who?!

Well now. Hasn't it been a week for offensive remarks? First we had Sachsgate rearing it's ugly head, then we had some Vettriano vitriol volleying about.
I really like his style of work and technique, if not the subject matter. His paintings are beautifully crafted and polished off to perfection, however, singing butlers don't really feature in my world, and his depicted people all look like they have absolutely nothing better to do with their lives- again, not something that features strongly in reality either! There is no denying the beauty of his paintings though. Which is why I was a little surprised when he said 'No' to the National Galleries of Scotland as regards a portrait of Monty. The 'No' wasn't a problem, it was the nasty "I don't do men with breasts." Charmless.
Monty's reply? "Vettriano who?"
No hoo-hah ensued, and in the non-existant aftermath I realised I wasn't as snobby as Jack, so...
if the National Galleries of Scotland are reading this.... I 'do' men, and love boobs. Make of that what you will! I have a couple of things to finish off, but January is looking good, O.K?
Pictured are two WIPs- the first is the latest on the large abstract that I mentioned previously as homage to Jonas Gerard. The second is a variation of the big grey seascape. I experimented with the base colour under the oils in more of a drastic manner than I felt comfy with, but it has worked. More by luck than judgement, but I'll take it! Have a good weekend all, and remember.... there is a portrait job going up in Scotland (Prudes need not apply!) :o)