Hope you all have a happy and peaceful New Year.
Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Acrylic on canvas, 24cm x 30cm
I painted this view earlier this year from photos I took on a holiday a couple of years ago to the Isle of Arran, off the south-west coast of Scotland. The view is looking towards Kintyre on the Scottish mainland. Kintyre is a 40 mile peninsula stretching out across the North Channel, towards Northern Ireland. The painting has been bought as a Christmas present.
Also, I have spent the morning hanging my exhibition, which starts this Monday. It's great to see all the paintings hanging together.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Sunday, 30 November 2008
On this very cold and gloomy day, I thought it would be nice to remember warmer days. Whitby is one of my favourite holiday destinations. It lies on the North Yorkshire coast and was the setting for Dracula's spectacular landing on the shores of England in Bram Stoker's vampire novel. This painting shows a small shop tucked away in the old part of the town. It sells the most wonderful toffee fudge, including one they've called Dracula's Coffin!!
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Side Door, Lincoln Cathedral
Watercolour on watercolour paper, 11 3/4" x 8 1/4"
This door is tucked away on the south side of the cathedral. I'm really pleased with this painting. I think I've made it interesting, but not overwhelmed it with detail. In fact a lot of the detail is merely suggested.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Lincoln Cathedral from Michaelgate
Watercolour on watercolour paper, 11 3/4" x 8 1/4"
For this painting, I moved out onto Michaelgate a street leading up to the cathedral. Because the cathedral is on a hill, it can be seen from most parts of the city. Here you can see the two Western Towers peeking above the grade 2 listed cottage. This cottage is owned by Lincoln City Coucil and rented out by the National Trust as a holiday cottage.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Her work is warm, witty, quirky and colourful. Her subjects include town and cityscapes, fantasy, abstract, and flowers. She employs a variety of media including watercolours, acrylics, gouache, pencils, pens, frequently using several media in one piece to achieve the required effects.
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Watercolour on Watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"
This painting shows a detail of the stonework and part of a door on the West Front of the cathedral. The West Front is the only remaining part of the original Norman cathedral (around 1072). These wonderful, enigmatic faces were so attractive that I just had to paint them.
When I enlarged the photo I had taken as the basis for the painting, I realised that someone had scrawled "I wos here" on the stonework (you see this more clearly if you enlarge the painting). This seemed to me a rather philosophical statement to make on a religious building. Also I felt that the words somehow echoed the "statement" those medieval craftsmen were making with their carvings. After all the carvings are in a way the signatures of the craftsmen who created them. "They were here" all those centuries ago
Monday, 17 November 2008
I really enjoy the challenge of producing abstract works. It is very liberating, not have to come up with a recognisable image, but at the same time creating a work of tone and colour that captures the interest and imagination of the viewer. I find that I do employ similar techniques in applying the paint that I would in a building or landscape work, so there may be passages in the painting that hint at these subjects.
If you are interested in purchasing this work, please go to my Etsy shop.
Sunday, 16 November 2008
As the exhibition is taking place during the theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, I thought it would be appropriate to include at least one snow scene. I always find snow in lanscapes tricky to handle. I want to avoid the too obvious Christmas card snow scene cliche, but at the same time achieve that attractive softness that we associate with snow (at least when we are looking at out of the window of a warm and snug room).
Hopefully I have acheived that with this work.
Here is the development of the painting.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
This is a small sketch I did earlier this year
Fish Smoking Houses, Southwold
Watercolour on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 6"
Southwold is a town on the Suffolk coast, England. It is a place that has long been favoured by writers and artists. I love this area of country!
If anyone is interested in buying this sketch, it is on ebay.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
The Refectory, Lincoln Cathedral
Watercolour on watercolour paper, 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"
Two visitors are taking a well earned rest outside the cathedral refectory. It's such a long trudge around those cathedral cloisters!
Monday, 10 November 2008
Acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"
In the dream, I'm walking along a deserted beach in the moonlight. Next to me is a small figure, but I am unable to turn and see exactly who it is. In the distance is a cliff surmounted by a tower (all very Freudian I know). Nothing much happens in the dream, but I always have the distinct feeling that there is something waiting for me in the tower.
I believe that the work manages to capture the mood and atmosphere of the dream quite successfully.
I have thought of doing more work like this, although fantasy/dream artwork isn't my usual subject. (Anyway, must,must,must, MUST get on with work for my exhibition first!!)
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
After Rain, Lincoln Cathedral
11 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Artist quality watercolours on watercolour paper
Monday, 3 November 2008
The thrill, wonder and dread of painting for a solo exhibition.
Subject: Lincoln Cathedral - Watercolour paintings
Venue: Lace Market Theater, Nottingham
Five weeks to go.
So much to do.
To introduce my work , here is the development of a watercolour from drawing to completion