I painted this just before Medway Open Studios as a commission. I had painted another piece but was sure the customer would prefer this one. As it turned out they really liked the first painting. This one sold a few days later in the final couple of hours of Medway Open Studios . It was a good week in the end, slow to start but the Wednesday was really busy (surprising) and the final weekend became quite hectic. Thank you those who came to browse, chat and buy paintings and cards.
A workshop morning: Always a great idea to get out and make drawings and notes in any medium that you can handle. Pen and pencil are great, especially the cheap pens that one can blend with a waterbrush. We used pastels and the ‘developed the sketch’ back in the studio. It was fun. It’s still quite muggy now but no excuse not to get out there. I just don’t do it enough. It really feeds the mind. It helps us build a ‘visual vocabulary’ which is laid down in our brains. Working from direct observation is always surprising to, things take on shapes that one might not draw if working from the imagination back in the studio. It’s good to take photographs as you work outside too as the light changes EVERYTHING in seconds.
A few shots of some prepping for workshops, commissions, work in progress and sold work, thank you all those who came to Open Studios.
This was a fun ‘party warm up’ guests made imprints with hands, fingers, thumbs, shells and then I cast the relief in plaster
These two are in frames now,they can be see in the catalogue any minute , we’re just putting things up today. I’ll be working on paintings during the week so there should be more new pieces.
Watercolour loose and romantic to celebrate an anniversary
We all decided to cancel workshops this week as the snow is unpredictable so I’m finishing off things begun on demos in the warm kitchen upstairs