The images below show my sequence towards a finished piece of collage work. I started by cutting up images from a magazine and placing them onto a paper and gluing them down. Next I painted four or five pieces of paper with different colours. I tore them up and glued them on to make a landscape. Finally I painted over the top with a glaze. A glaze is a thin layer of watered down paint which allows the colour below to show. All in all a most enjoyable afternoon 'playing' with cutting, gluing and sticking. All this practice was put to the test with two small grandchildren. On the left is our collage picture of rather scary looking sheep. We first collected the wool from the gate down the lane by the ford. After much splashing in the ford we came back to stick pieces of magazine onto a page. Sometime in quite strange positions.. Needless to say the children got bored after a short time and wandered off long before it was finished. But I noticed that they came back pretty quickly to do the fun bits of sticking the wool and the eyes on the sheep! The two paintings above of local scenes were my next experiments using collage and mixed media. I used texture paste to prime the boards before I started. This gave nice raised textured areas that were quite fun to paint over. I cut out shapes and strips of watercolour paper iand stuck them on as I painted. I painted over these with ink, oil crayons and acrylic paint as though they were not there and like that they made strange edges and raised areas. The painting on the left is my final effort and I used actual bits of grass with seeds and…
I have never painted a picture using the Grisaille method so I thought I would practice on oranges, a half lemon and a few jars of marmalade. The colours are complimentary, orange and purple. Using black and white paint I covered the canvas with four tones, black, mid tone, dark tone and white. I painted in the jars, oranges and lemon trying to be as accurate as I could and looking carefully at the light and dark shapes. Now for the exciting bit! Using glazing liquid and a small amount of paint I glazed each area of tone separately. I had to wait for each layer to dry before glazing again so it took time and patience to cover the whole canvas. I enjoyed painting the jars of marmalade using red and yellow mixed to make orange, as I glazed layer over layer I could begin to see the rich colours emerging. Here is the finished painting. I enjoyed the experiment and was pleased with the resulting richness of tones. I like particularly the way the oranges glow out from the dark background and that marmalade looks good enough to eat! I am not certain that I have the patience to build up layers with glazing but it was certainly fun to try. My preferred way to paint is Alla Prima - which is all in one go. This way seems to suit my desire to make intuitive marks for a painting which is full of life and vigour.
Thursday evening at 6pm we waited anxiously in the hall to see if folks would turn up to the Preview. The paintings were hung, the catalogues printed and everything looked great. By 6.20, there was a good gathering of friends, neighbours and art lovers in the hall enjoying a glass of wine while moving up and down looking at my work. In fact there was quite a buzz and by the end of the evening I had already had reservations on 20 paintings. There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the bank holiday weekend and cream teas were enjoyed outside in the spring sunshine. All in all it was a brilliant weekend and well worth the effort. It felt good to get my spring collection out there!
I will be holding an exhibition over the first bank holiday weekend – From Friday 29th to Monday 2nd May. The venue is Longbridge Deverill Village Hall, Church Street, BA12 7DG and the exhibition will be open from 10.30 until 5pm.There will be lots of new paintings and pencil and charcoal drawings to show you as well as original greeting cards. Hopefully there will be cream teas to enjoy each afternoon so please do come and visit if you can.
This autumn I am enjoying sketching and painting fish. We went fishing in September and the lovely patterns on salmon were an inspiration. Back home there is a quite a good variety of fish on the fish mongers stall in the supermarket. I finished a couple of paintings of fishy faces and have started a larger still life with crabs, prawns as well as fish. Not sure how it will turn out but I am enjoying the process and the challenge.
Note for your diary, this year’s trail coming soon. The Wylye Valley Art Trail starts on Saturday 1st May and runs until Sunday 9th May. Our venue is number 5 in the trail and I have an eclectic mix of new paintings from my lockdown year. Ginny will have her beautiful original jewellery and will offers her re-design advice and we both take commissions. Please do come and visit us, there will be cards and baskets to buy, a spring garden to explore and refreshments including homemade soups, hot drinks and cakes. Lets hope for lovely warm weather! #WVAT21 #WylyeValleyArtTrail #arttrail #openstudios www.wvat.co.uk