On the last day of the year, I’m sharing 12 paintings One for each month of 2016 to sum up the year. January – Not your usual Wedding Month. But I’ve always done my own thing, and, yes, I did get married in January. A good few years ago now though. This is one of my first creations completed in 2016. Read about it here. February – a painting destined for greatness Retrospectives are always interesting as things sometimes take on a significance that can be completely unexpected. Like this painting from February. First I wrote about its creation It certainly attracted a lot of attention, even then, but Lean on Me was destined for great things. It got me a place in “Landscape Artist of the Year” back in April, although I couldn’t talk about it until October. when Heat 1 was shown on Sky Arts Sadly I didn’t get any further but was happy to have got through in the first place. Here’s how I got on. March – the signs were there Another one which went onto great things was Ancient Signs which was one of 3 selected for the Society of Women Artist’s Summer exhibition at […]
Inspiring Artists can create art out of anything! So why do some go overboard when buying art materials? When all they need is at hand? Try simplifying, only a few basic items are required. Sometimes, just the one. What about using some paper? or, if you must, pick up a book for inspiration. Sharpen your pencil… After all, who doesn’t love a bit of pencil art? And, if you want to create a collage,.. … You’ll need some Scissors… And when you’ve finished your creation you’ll need to display it.. What better way than stapling it to the wall? You see, you don’t need a lot to be an inspiring artist! Want to see some inspiring artists with their work? You might want to check out this post. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Yesterday I left you with my “finished” Landscape Artist of the Year Painting I felt I’d done well in the circumstances, although I would have preferred to do more on it. I’d achieved my goal of finishing in the time. By now, I’d seen where the Wildcards were placed and their location is more suited to my style. We were allocated slots so given no choice in our location. Personally, I’d have chosen one of these two. Having finished the paintings we were encouraged to look at the work of our fellow competitors. I managed to see the people either side of me before we were whisked away to the Island. This was to allow the judges to make their decision and to film the comments. We were not permitted to hear what they were saying. To keep us busy they did more filming. Throughout the day we’d been doing “Vox pops” – interviews where you talk to the camera. A production assistant asks you a question which you then answer, including the question but not looking at the camera, Sometimes it was hard to keep a straight face as various sound engineers and lighting men tried to hold their […]
Last night I made my TV debut on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year. Filming it was a surreal experience, so I thought I’d share what happened. After all the preparation was done and I was finally in Kent. The day began early. We had to be at Scotney castle by 7am. It was grey and drizzly, we were all prepared for a cold soggy day. I was met by a production assistant and we were taken down down the hill to the pods so we could see where we’d be painting.I was relieved to find architecture dominated but the view was dull. After racing back uphill, we were then told to grab some breakfast while we were being briefed. Miking up was next, and that stayed on ALL day. I quickly found the “off” switch so I could have some privacy. We were chaperoned everywhere. I initially thought it weird but quickly realised it was so they could find us and not hold up production. Filming then began. Walking past the paintings, Here’s the piece that I submitted and features in the first part. Then more filming Walking to the pods with our equipment, Setting up, looking at […]
Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year is in it's second year. A finished painting in 4 hours, when I normally take 15+, no pressure there then!
This is how I prepared after being selected to take a place in one of the pods. Although what happened is still pretty hush, hush so you'll need to watch it it you want to find out if it worked.!
Distinctive style can start in the most insignificant of ways. You never know when a small action can be the start of something great. There are moments in everyone’s life that are catalysts resulting in massive change. Sometimes, we’re aware of their existence and potential. Other times we just go through the motions of the day, oblivious to the impact the actions of the day will have.Only when a lengthy period of time has passed do we realise the significance. For many of us, there may be more than one such event. Let me share one of mine. A Eureka moment that only became clear some weeks/months later A painting called Abstract Flowers I have no photographs of this as a work in progress. It was done as an experiment. It is one of the first paintings I did where I used masking fluid to any extent. It was the beginning of something, a small action that snowballed into something big. So, how did it come about? I wanted to experiment with texture, and knew that masking was the best way forward. I’d used masking fluid before, wrecked brushes in the process. So I decided to try some other bits […]