Cafe Work

Over the last month, this month and the following month my work is in The Stores in Gt Waltham in Essex.  I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to display and sell my work.  Many people have been very sceptical about the idea of selling and displaying work in cafes.  They have been very negative about whether or not people manage to ever sell their work that way.  I decided to give it a go and see what happens – it can’t hurt can it?

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The second month’s display of work at The Stores in Great Waltham – sorry about the slight shake to the picture!

I’m thrilled to say that I have managed to sell 3 paintings from The Stores!  I am so very excited about it and the fact that one was bought by someone and she liked it so much that she came back to buy 2 more is wonderful.  This is a huge encouragement! This weekend I’m getting myself ready and finishing things off so that I have more to put up on Monday.

I have decided to approach one of my local cafes in London to see if I can display my work there and they have said yes which is brilliant.  I thought this could be a perfect opportunity to display some of the work that comes from the school around the corner that I’ve been going to for a morning a week. The idea would be that a group of artists  would rotate each month. Some of my friends see it as a good idea but I’m so surprised and saddened by others who again have this snobby feeling that it is a cheap way of selling work and not prestigious enough.  I feel as long as you are realistic about your work, perhaps don’t put it in amazing frames to keep costs down,  you can make your work accessible to everyone.  One thing to remember is that people seem to have a habit of surprising you.  Just have a go.  Let see what happens…….

Fingers crossed I manage to sell more paintings this month.

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Spring is in the Air

bunch of flowers blog

It’s pretty cold out there, but there are definite signs of Spring which is really exciting.  At last there is the light at the end of the tunnel of Winter and soon things will warm up.  I’ve become so excited that I have been painting flowers non stop all week!

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I find flowers very difficult to paint most of the time.  Its so very hard as there is so much detail.  The difficulty is to know where and when to simplify.  It’s often best to squint your eyes to see what needs to be in detail and what not.  Our eyes can find detail in so much of what we see yet most of us prefer paintings which aren’t always in focus throughout.  It’s similar to when and where to lose edges and where and when to accentuate them.

snowdrops blog

‘Snowdrops’ – oil on board 10″x8″ – £65 from Alicesarthouse shop at Etsy

I tried an impressionist quick way with the snowdrops which has a blurry style which I probably like the most. For the other flowers I tried to concentrate on only parts of the flowers which I think works on the the large bunch of flowers rather than the smaller flowers.  For the larger bunch of flowers I tried to use a larger brush throughout.  It’s nice to try different things/styles/brushes etc.

 

Exhibition Time!

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Morning Light on a Felsted walk – 5″x 7″ oil on board
Framed (dark wood tray frame) –  £100

I’ve been really busy this week finishing off work for an exhibition I have in Essex UK on the 24th November for a week.  Its an exhibition of Essex landscapes of which I’ve painted 10.  It’s been great working on these, I’ve really enjoyed it with the challenging light, colours and skies.  All 10 paintings are tiny – the biggest being around A5 size. It’s been a learning curve as I’ve never painted landscapes before.  I’ve taken it slowly and tried to concentrate on the good old formula of starting dark and then continuing  into the lights.  I also found out a good tip about giving the sky a wash of pink first which gives it more depth.  It definitely works.

If you are around and you can make it to Essex, I would be delighted if you came to my exhibition.  The details are below.

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Suffolk Landscapes

Suffolk gravestones webIt has been such beautiful weather here in the UK for the last week or two. My mother really kindly invited me for a couple of days away in Suffolk where we could get on with some painting.  I haven’t really been able to use my new art box much yet as its been a busy summer with cousins.  With my son away we had plenty of time to paint.  It was the first time I had ever painted plein air so the whole experience was pretty scary to begin with.  There was a lovely graveyard nearby which we painted first.  The light was lovely on the gravestones creating lovely shadows.

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The second day was spent painting a typical view of the fields in Suffolk with wonderful grass in the foreground, stubble fields with bales and lovely trees and hedges.  I decided to use really small canvasses as I really like small paintings at the moment.  They are easy to place on bookshelves and great to put together as a montage on a wall.  I had never painted this small before and wanted to give it a go.  I was quite pleased with the result in the end.  I’m feeling thoroughly inspired now by the countryside and every time I get in the car I’m finding great locations.  If only I had more time.  The art box was a brilliant buy too.  I’m thrilled with it.

Mr T

Mr T

Mr T curled up and asleep in his favourite spot – oil on canvas

I thought it might be a good idea to introduce you to one of my cats this week.  Mr T is a big part of this family and hasn’t really been himself.  He went to get some teeth out not long after a nasty cut down his tongue.  Life feels good and normal when he is sitting on the sofa in his place, biting my bottom to wake me up in the morning, but this week he hasn’t been there which was worrying. After an operation earlier this week he has been very wobbly and has been hallucinating.  Goodness knows what he has been seeing but there have definitely been times when I thought he was laughing his head off!

I’m pleased to say though that things are now back to normal and he is now back again sitting in his favourite spot and he bit my bottom to get me up this morning. Phew!

Welcome

Hello and welcome.  I am going to try and add two different paintings or images a week.  My aim is to try and paint every day and show the progress of my work.  All the paintings on this blog are for sale.  Please click on the title or image below to get directed to my shop.

2 -Flowers with Jug webSpring Flowers in cream jug – oil on canvas board 11″x14″

The weather has changed recently and I’m feeling all summery and spring like.  The flowers caught my eye as they were very beautifully pale simple colours that were soft and elegantly placed in this rather lovely old kitsch cream jug. I loved the dramatic feel against this dark grey background.  It’s time to get flowers in the house!