I have been asked by a few of my friends to teach encourage them to paint. So we they have decided that every Wednesday is painting day. Which is great because it means I get my paints out and join in. Very important as I have 2 exhibitions booked The Somerset Arts Week at The Art House in Glastonbury and an exhibition in November at Divine Wines in Wincanton, so I seriously need to be more disciplined about painting every week.
I wasn’t sure what the ladies would like to do so got out a variety of art materials to play with.
We ended up talking quite a lot, about different artists and how to use colour. Acrylics were chosen to work with. None of the ladies had used them before so the idea was not to try and paint a picture as such but just have a go with the paints and see how they mix, what happens when use different brushes etc. Picking out colours from the view but not trying to paint exactly what is there seemed to work well.
I did a tiny acrylic sketch trying to capture some of the colours and not just paint green.
We were really lucky that the sun came out, there was no colour yesterday just grey.
Next Wednesday we will be using water soluble oils and I will be setting up a still life with lots of colours and textures.
Now its time to get back to my day job and finish stitching brooch backs on to all these flowers.
Its been a very long time since I got my paints out. I have been sketching a lot and using oil pastels which I really don’t get on with.
It was such a relief to find I have not completely lost the knack of painting.
A quick sketch to start with.
Then laying down the foundation colours. I am doing the Somerset Arts Week in September as part of a group exhibiting at The Little House Of Art Bed and Breakfast in Glastonbury.
So for my theme I have chosen ‘A view from Glastonbury Tor’, I love the amazing view from up on the hill which changes so much with the light and the seasons. I think rather than painting the Tor I will be looking outwards. I will also make some jewellery and accessories for the exhibition reflecting the colours and textures I capture along the way.
My first painting is starting to come together, there a still a few layers to go and quite a bit of tweeking. It will be interesting to see how it develops. While it dries between each layer I will start another one.SAW
Yesterday we sat with the doors open in the sunshine (only for an hour but it felt like spring) today thick snow. On the plus side I will not be distracted by wanting to be out in the garden today and will get on and paint.