Here in South East England the weather has recently been wet and windy and occasionally quite cold.
I can work out of doors in the cold, and in the wet weather, as long as it’s not persistent. What is difficult, is working in windy weather, and on such occasions, I prefer to work in my studio or a friends studio. We usually set up some still life objects and just wade in using oils on canvas board. Shiny objects, like silver or glass are good as they are sufficiently challenging. Mirrors and fabric can also be suitably challenging as they include reflections and textures.
Working from life, ie; real objects, requires all the same skills of observation and drawing as does working outside from nature. Unlike working from photographs, where tonal values are usually wrong, and the composition is fixed in advance by the photographer.
The careful placing of objects determines the composition and the choice of background colours and textures has to be decided as well.
Antique jug, perfume bottle and more silver
Here is a selection of recent still life oil paintings! You’ll see that it is not so important what I paint, but that I create an interesting composition.
I hope you like these, there are plenty more to show you another time.
I recently learned that my large 1/2 Imperial size watercolour painting of North Foreland Lighthouse, has been selected to appear among the 15 English watercolours at Fabriano in Acquarello in Italy in May. This is a huge honour, as It will be exhibited among the worlds finest watercolours during the convention which attracts 1800 approx. artists and painters in watercolour from around the world.
Just two weeks earlier, I’m taking myself off to Venice for a week of painting amongst the canals and historic buildings. Venice is a ‘Mecca’ for Artists because of it’s wonderful bright light, caused by the Island’s central position in the lagoon.
I’ll report back here with some photos to show you!
Exhibition In Chatham!
My next exhibition is from 3rd March at Sun Pier Gallery, Chatham with selected artists from Locus Arts. Full details are on the Exhibitions page and on the poster below!
To see more of my recent works click on the still life photos and to be taken to the Sun Pier gallery page, click on this poster!