Sunrise City

Sunrise City
Faber Castell Polychromo's on Derwent watercolour paper.

Friday, 26 June 2009

WOW! Gallery Collection starting to take shape


Well, I've finally completed 'The Lighthouse' painting, or should I say drawing? Never know....

Very pleased with the outcome, just what I had envisioned and it is now framed in a neat pine frame. The size is 10 x 8 inches.

I've got together four paintings for the seaside themed show, which begins at the beginning of August in Dorking. I intend to do a couple more. The paintings vary in size and price, which we need to think about in these tough financial times. After all, paintings are a luxury!

Now, onto the next one......

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Had a very stressful weekend away.....the family and some friends went to Center Parcs, my idea of hell quite frankly. Too many people, all squashed in little boxes with organised activites throughout costing almost as much as a house! For half the day on Saturday we had no water either. The whole place.....minus water. Yuck. Ah well, live and learn and I learnt that I'll never go again! Got a holiday booked to Normandy next month in a big Gites, now THATS more like it!! Hopefully get some sketches and paintings done too.
I took some work too, thinking I could chill out for a couple of hours, but was SO tense, I decided not too in case I ruined my work. I am getting near the end of completing The Lighthouse. Knowing when to stop is a knack I am still developing!
How lovely it is to be back in my home and studio.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Lighthouse

After a wonderful weekend down in Sussex with my family, I feel all relaxed and slightly sunburnt.
I have begun to make a start on a new coloured pencil Fractured drawing which will end up in the WOW! Gallery in Dorking. I am working a good weight cartridge paper and using Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, which I love using. I have drawn up a layout of a lighthouse with a sea around it. I love getting the movement of the waves with shading and Fractured lines.
I get a full days work tomorrow, and amongst doing this drawing, I've got pictures to frame up for an exhibition in August and my studio needs a good old tidy up. I managed to throw a jar of dirty paint water all over the floor last week!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Gallery interest!

What a beautiful weekend we are having, totally inspiring. I am currently in sunny Sussex and I have taken lots of photos of flowers and stuff for my reference in between having a glass of Pimms or two....... Whether I use them this year or i the next few, who knows?! It's always good to have lots of good photos for paintings and sketches.
I have had some interest in my two Fractured paintings from a gallery in Dorking. They are going to be doing a seaside theme in August and were interested especially in the 'Ready to set sail' painting. Looks like I might be doing some more seaside themed paintings. They do seem to go down quite well, and every one I have done has been sold. Boats, sea scenes, beach huts, lighthouses.... must make people feel good!
I want to do another lighthouse one, based on a photo I took in Southwold a couple of years ago. Long and thin I think.... So, better get to work and stop enjoying this lovely sun eh?!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

New Ideas brewing....

Sometimes, while I am happliy keeping my daughter happy playing with various toys, ideas pop into my head and my fingers start itching!
A couple of weeks ago it was my 5th wedding anniversary and amongst others things, was given a bouquet of Tulips. I took some photos and one of them has sparked an idea for a coloured pencil drawing in my Fractured style. I will keep you posted on progress!
Next Wednesday I have a full working day, and am dying to make a start on it! In the meantime, I'm going to print out the photo, and begin sketching out my lines and direction of light.

Next week is also another exhibition I have work in. This time it's for the IATTDA (International Association of Two and Three Dimensional Artists) Summer Exhibtion showing work at the 1215 Gallery in Windsor. Wish me luck!

Cambridge Art Fair

After a long journey up to Cambridge, I arrived to drop off my 11 paintings to ArtGallery.co.uk, with hope in my soul for good things to happen at the Cambridge Art Fair, and when attending the Drinks preview, see what I'm up against! I spot a Patrick Heron print and a couple of Delaunays! Yikes! I notice there is no particular style this year, and apart from my florals, they seem a bit low on the ground. Perhaps I should've got out more of my Fractured work?!

Was it a success? Well, people made some positive comments about my work, but alas no-one put their hands in their pocket. This was a common theme for each gallery who exhibited there. High foot fall, but low money spending. However, one of my paintings was on the promotional leaflet and brochure, so hopefully that'll be good marketing for me!
Onwards and upwards!!!!