Last Sunday I took part in “Brush with Fame” It was the launch of Bucks Open Studios and participating artists were asked to take part. I volunteered as I felt I needed a challenge. Painting a portrait in 4 hours. For a landscape painter who normally takes days, it was not going to be easy. I did some practicing, not a lot though. This one felt like the best. Sunday morning I arrived in Milton Keynes at the allotted time. Setting up was quick, even had time to wait at the already busy coffee shop. The celebrities arrived close to the 11am start time and after some pleasantries we were off. I had the pleasure of painting Gary Wilmot and my initial drawing went well, some moving around and redrawing but overall I was pleased with the result. And all in good time. Then the masking fluid went on, all seemed to be progressing nicely. Lots of curious looks and questions but I’m used to that. Finally started the painting around 12:30, always a scary point. I played it safe around the face so didn’t use cling film on it. The inks started well but then I hit my usual […]
Will be taking part in Brush with Fame event on Sunday 28th May. Come along and see artists have a brush with fame and work under timed conditions. So, no pressure there then? Part of the Bucks Open Studios promotions, here are the details. I haven’t done any portraits for a while so more that a bit nervous, but it should be a fun event. Do join us!
Architecture Painting on location can be trying. After another week of architecture painting outside I thought I’d share some of my challenges. The Weather : Fortunately the elements have been relatively kind. The wind only require me to tie down the easel and spread the salt further than intended. Perspective and neck aches: This is the second painting of the courtyard and I wanted to use a forced angle perspective of the Courtyard Clock Tower. It took some time to get the perspective right and my neck ached a bit by the time I finished. The sun is ALWAYS in the wrong place. It moves, gets in your eyes, disappears so you freeze or comes out in full force so you bake. This time temperatures have been much cooler so it’s been much better to paint in. Here it is after the drawing was complete and the masking underway. Curious people keep checking out the work. Actually, I don’t mind this, in fact I quite like it. Unexpected things happen. I ended up using far more salt than planned as a “sprinkle” ended up as a “tip”. (See the point about the weather.) The early painting Don’t disturb the neighbours. […]
Claydon House painting – not my first subject choice. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely, just a bit clean and tidy for my usual choice. As an artist who prefers creating her work in the studio, I still enjoy the opportunity to paint outdoors. With the ongoing exhibition at Horizon at Claydon House, painting seemed obvious. So, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to paint in public, with all the challenges that creates. My first day was cold and windy. I tied my easel to the railing and added some clothing layers. I even required the finger-less gloves. But by the afternoon I was shedding layers and wishing I’d brought sun cream. I planned to do a 4 hour painting… but became engrossed. Here’s the results for the first day. (About 4 hours) On the Sunday we were promised sunshine and warmth… We got some sun, but little warmth. I persevered with clothing adjustments to suit. By the end of the day I’d started painting and started a second pencil piece. (You’ll have to wait to see that one.) Monday brought fairer weather and the painting began in earnest. Monday tends to be quieter, so there were fewer interruptions, although […]
Industrial roots are obvious in the Manchester Skyline. I often think of it as sooty black because my most vivid memories are from childhood when much of it was. Nowadays red brick and slate dominate the Manchester Skyline. Like the court house in the foreground. Along with a lot of glass and steel and other shiny building materials. Like many urban skylines, there’s a hint of industrial past and lofty ideals. At street level it’s hard to get a sense of the Manchester Skyline, But approach the city from Salford or Rochdale on a clear day and you see distinctive tall structures. As more tall buildings appear in cities, the sense of space found in a skyline view, is available to increasing numbers of residents and visitors. Like this view, from a Hotel near Piccadilly Station. The dominant buildings are Manchester Court Buildings with a hint on Beetham Tower on the far left. Manchester’s Skyline is changing as buildings expand ever upward, but, there is a sense of civic pride in the buildings that house local government. The original Court buildings have been expanded with the glazing over of the courtyard. But they still retain their distinctive Victorian facade. Here’s […]
After filming, I fell in love with Stop Motion Painting recording. One of the most exciting pieces of film from the Landscape Artist of the Year filming last June was seeing the stop motion film they took of me on the day. I love the way you can magically see everything fall into place. As a result, I’m trying to set up some recording in the studio as a routine. Painting inspiration is a curious thing. Sometimes it can be hard to find. And others you just walk down the road and it leaps out at you. This one of St Paul’s is a case in point. I’d been out for a wonderful evening celebrating at Sadler’s Hall – my husband receiveda long service award last June. The night had been foul, when we arrived. I met him at the nearest underground. Sheltering from heavy rain in the station, I watched as water poured down the steps. When he arrived we ran to the venue and were soaking. We dried off, enjoying the evening immensely and forgot about the weather. Leaving the hall after the dinner, we were reminded again and were prepared for another soaking. Fortunately the rain had […]