This is the painting I have been working on for quite a while. Most of the time was spent on drawing the floral fabric in the background. I began by thinking I could do my normal procedure of painting and drawing at the same time until I realised I would go cross-eyed and lost doing this. As I started drawing the flowers I considered the fabric I had placed the figurine on, a green fabric, it just didn’t seem right. Searching through my fabric stash I came across this old favourite. It was a remnant from a duvet cover I had made for one of the kids years ago.
At the moment, I am considering this finished as I found I was fiddling with it and I know once I get to that stage, I will not improve what I have. I might go back to it later, once I have had time to absorb it. Now it time to go onto the next project.
I think I am beginning to identify which direction I am going. I am going to continue to do ‘still life’ but it is not going to be fruit in a bowl or flowers. I might include those subjects eventually as fruit in particular is part of my life but not something I particularly relate to. Fabric and pattern will have a strong influence and I seem to prefer single objects to groups of objects although I have a couple of knick knack type things I like to group together. I am not ready to move away from the arranged subject yet but I don’t discount the possibility that I will in the future.
This painting is done on a prepared 16×18 canvas, using oil paints. This is also a big change as I have used acrylics since my time at BAA so it was a bit daunting to say the least, but as I was using fairly thin layers of paint, it should be OK. If I continue to use oils, I will need to read up and talk to other artists on how they use them.
On the whole I was happy with this still life. Like exercise,(another area of my life that I am trying to improve), the more you do it, the more comfortable you feel with your progress.
Per the image, the red is not quite as red as it appears, apart from that it seems from this screen to be fairly accurate.
Yesterday as promised I started a new still life. I like the background fabric on the last still life so much I decided to reuse it in this painting and then I coordinated the rest of the still life to complement the fabric. I feel I am going to struggle with the base fabric as it also has a pattern on it and at the moment, I am not sure how I am going to deal with it. It not a bold pattern and it’s not striped like the orange fabric. The pattern is actually leaves which are textured stripes and blackish, so not solid and reflecting light.
So I managed to get the basics done on this painting before the light faded completely. As I was drawing it in I wasn’t too concerned about the light but it actually turned out to be quite a bright afternoon, after the morning fog and showers. Looks like today might be the same but I will working this afternoon so the light will be fading by the time I finish, so will probably continue tomorrow when I know the weather will be sunny.
Today I think I will try to draw something as my drawing skill definitely need brushing up. When I was Camberwell, I constantly used my sketchbook, even for the Saturday morning classes and was actually a requirement in my foundation year. I sort of kept it up at Bath but with the lack of encouragement from the staff, it wasn’t a high priority (in the painting dept anyway.), it soon became an infrequent habit. So really my sketchbook has not been a priority since I was about 20, so its time it regained its importance, if only to reinforce the habit of looking, rather than roaming with my eye.
That is one thing I was always doing in my painting, redrawing, you can sort of see it with the wine bottle as I reaslised when I was working on the background fabric, that it was much taller than I had originally drawn it. The little red vase is also a little more squat and fatter than I have it here, so that will be altered as will the some of the small satsumas. Still I have plenty of time as next week the weather is returning to the normal TX sunshine so I am not going panic.
So far, I am happy with what I have on the painting board. Materials used so far, Daler Canvas board 16×12 Golden acrylic paint and some primsacolour pencil.
Any regular visitors will see I have completely revamped this blog. I decided this year I was going to devoted my time to relearning how to create using paint and brush. Well it taken me until about 1/3rd of the way through the year, to get started on this but now I have actually gotten there, I decided it was time to devote this blog to it, rather than create yet another blog. So in preparation I got all my old posts printed into a book from, via Blog2print . I have had the book for a few weeks now but it didn’t include all the lovely comments from other readers, so I had print them out. Fortunately WordPress have a handy view comments by page, so I manage to print all the comments a page at a time, rather than each comment which would have been very time consuming. So today was the day, to delete all the old posts and start afresh.
To anyone who didn’t know, I started out as a painter, beginning with Saturday Morning classes at Camberwell school of art and crafts at the age of 16 (almost 17) and ended up with a degree in painting from Bath Academy of Art (now sadly defunct) Unfortunately, my time at Bath was not the most productive time spend and as soon as I left, that was my painting career finished before it had even started. Since then I have struggled to continue to paint but due to family commitments, space and general lack of effort, I have never worked on painting full time. In the meantime, I have continued to be creative in other ways with my kids and latterly my beading. However, in the last year, with the kids gone from the house, I realised that beading wasn’t challenging me as much as drawing and painting does.
I have no great plans about what I am going to paint or any great theories. I have no interest in all this art speak crap that pervades the modern art world and never have done. My biggest challenge to convey what I see onto the canvas in the way I see it. Basically I am starting from the beginning, going back to the challenges I met at Camberwell when I first started painting and drawing.
I have been painting for some months now but basically very unsatisfied with what I was achieving. Then looking a good friend’s website, Drawing my way around London and another favourite, Hobbs Blog, I realised I needed to get back to basics and that is observing and drawing. So for the next few weeks I will concentrate on that aspect while continuing with my current painting.
Below is the first painting I produced October 2009 and then my most current finished piece.