Friday, June 25, 2010

Working to a theme

Watercolour on Fabriano 5
From the song by The Cure
Hi all. I've been having a lot of fun recently working on all sorts of things but I've still managed to find time to submit work to a fantastic site called The Artists Challenge run by Vikki North. The theme is given and artists from around the world submit work based on that theme to the site. This months theme is "Embrace" The original picture I did for it was a watercolour but then decided I could do a lot more with the theme and the painting using oils. For the oil painting I used a piece of Fabriano Pittura, a paper designed for oil or acrylic but best effects are achieved if a few coats of gesso are applied to it prior to painting. I used an olive green, acrylic ground as the painting's base. I've put both paintings in below. Hope you like them. While painting the oil I was inspired to write a few lines to go with it. Just a little poem. So many ways to embrace, here is my interpretation.

Lost Embrace

The meaning of love as elusive as clouds
Forming thoughts and emotions that know no bounds
So much invested in that soft embrace
All hope is delivered, the end of the chase

A dream is possibly all that it is
Fulfillment of longing a prayer or a wish
The meaning of love we may never know
Till like hard rain it falls to the green earth below

Love’s more important when it’s not there

Until it has gone we haven’t a care

So what are you left with what’s there to hold?
A cloud of a dream and a feeling so cold

The Paintings
Watercolour on 'Fabriano 5' Not surface

"Lost Embrace"
Oil on 'Fabriano Pittura' paper with gesso coating

The previous Artists Challenge was "Midsummer Night's Dream", well worth a drop by.
Here is one of the paintings I submitted.

Watercolour on Fabriano 5 Not surface

As a possible point of interest I use Fabriano Papers, usually Fabriano 5 for the watercolours and always Winsor & Newton Artist's quality oils and watercolours.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Busy, busy!

Well, it's been some time since my last blog, but my excuse is, I've been a bit busy! Apart from running my art classes I've just taken down what was my first one man show in around 30 years. It was a great success, lots of people and I sold a few as well,... always a bonus. See photo below.

Apart from that I've been painting and painting, also trying to get involved in some children's book illustration, something I've always wanted to do.
I've put in four new images, the first of which is called "Embrace" I've kept the colour pallet very simple, hopefully adding to the misty quality of the picture. It was painted for Vikki North's Art Challenge web site. Go and check it out, tons of art work, places to leave comments, pictures to buy. The theme was Embrace, hence the name of the painting.


The next three are from another one of Vikki's art challenges. (The link is below) This theme was "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

"The Fairy Queen"

"Puck the Spell-breaker"

"Titania, Spellbound"

If you would like to buy a painting, please visit lots more to see.
Try and visit "The Artist Challenge" for lots more art and a bit of fun; themed galleries, art for sale. A private art club for artists, art patrons and foolhardy souls.