Friday 24 August 2012

Surprise in the Post

Last week I received a little surprise in the post from the Beside The Wave Gallery in Cornwall, it was a catalogue of their most recent exhibition by Emma Dunbar "down at the allotments". I must be on their mailing list, and I had no idea this exhibition was on, it finishes on the 29th August so not much time left to see it.

Not great images it's quite hard to photograph a catalogue and keep the colours looking correct. There is also a fun competition to enter on the gallery website or at the gallery itself to win a framed print.

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Days Out.

As we are not going away this year a few days out were called for, a week was allocated and regardless of the weather we were going out. Our first visit was to the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District, the weather was mixed but we did manage to fit in a 4 mile walk without getting wet and as usual it took us twice as long because I kept stopping every few yards to take a photo!

All those amazing views and most of my photographs are close-ups of plant life.

I did manage to get the odd shot of some trees but I was a little disappointed with the results, I really do need a zoom lens for my camera.

There were so many beautiful wild flowers and some lovely grasses.

The following day we set off for Wales, we had a brief stop for coffee in Conwy then headed for Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey.

I was feeling a little tired of taking photographs unfortunately, and my daughter kept pinching the camera because she has started her own blog, so now there will be two of us stopping to photograph!! We went into the castle which had dark passageways to explore.

The pretty town had lots of lovely bunting, and the old court house had some interesting doors with peeling paint and rusty bits.

There was a lovely flower shop I wanted to buy lots of plants but we decided it probably wasn't practical.

And some pretty houses, we liked the bright pink one!

We went for a short drive from Beaumaris to Red Wharf bay and  could not believe the change in the weather we went from bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine to grey, misty and damp in just a few miles, but it was quite atmospheric.

Will have to stop there I am blogged out, part two of days out later in the week. I hope everyone is enjoying there summer and hopefully soaking up some inspiration somewhere.

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Evolution of a Painting

I can't believe it's a month since my last post, I really am finding blogging hard to do at the moment and I don't think it is due to lack of time, it is more to do with lack of motivation. Therefore I thought I would try and ease myself back in slowly with a mainly visual post on one of the paintings that I started on the Bloom True e course.

This was the first of many layers, the paint was applied freely trying to let the paint find it's own way.

Adding glazes with fluid acrylics, which I have never used before.

At this point I decided to put this painting to one side it doesn't feel finished yet but I just feel a bit stuck.
There is quite a lot of etching in this painting so I took a few close up shots.

I am working on three paintings at the moment they are all 90cm x 90cm which is quite large for me, however I feel I would like to paint even larger.