Little Lessons

So, I'm sitting with a bit of a cold and preparing an acrylics lesson, which I have been asked to do for Season's Art Class. I sat down a few weeks ago and prepared a demo.. now I have to film myself doing it! *gulp*.

I have a few commissions the pipeline, which I'm really looking forward too. Some new animals and portraiture!  

For now, here are some photos of the lesson I have prepared. Not being a glitter or heels sort of gal, this was a little lesson for me also..  

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Sold..

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The exhibition at Dynamite is now over, but my joker sold, which was brilliant news! 

It's been a quiet month and I took some time out. I have now began work on these seagulls. Large 1m canvas. I think I'll be happy with the end result? Lots to do.. 

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Go see!

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So happy to be part of Dynamite Gallery group show. What a journey to get these 2 done. Both in oils, and both 1m x 1m.  

I've had a bit of a painting break these past few weeks, partly due to the chaos of trying to get the jokers done. I have a new painting lined up to start within the next few days, some birdies this time round. 

 If you are in the Brighton area, please do pop into Dynamite 😊

Catch Up

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Little catch up.

I have the lurgy at the moment, but I started a new painting a few days ago. A 1m X 1m oil on canvas of a swan. It will be purely experimental, but I hope it pays off. The initial beginnings are there.

During the past few months I completed a few commissions and some work that went to Yard Market in Godalming. “Gutties pt 1 & II”, spent a few weeks in Dynamite Gallery, Brighton. For now I'm concentrating on having a new folio of paintings on the go ( “Gutties” being the start of a new play on my painting style). Looking so forward to it..

Here are a few photos of the work. Oh, and Happy Christmas

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Oils and Acrylic

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I've been working on an oil painting, "Gutties", based on my childhood love of old school (skool) footwear, skate shoes.. all the 70 / 80 /90s wear. Especially ruined and battered. This is number 1 of a triptych.  I have taken photos of... well, my own legs and gutties. Getting the photos has been difficult. 

During this, I have worked on some new little commissions. Jumping between oils and acrylic... animal and portrait/ figurative.  

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Also, I have news to put my work in 2 galleries at the end of the year. 

Time to get the brushes very busy!

Past month

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Worked on a couple of commissions this month. First up was this lovely pooch. Acrylic on canvas. I really enjoyed this and the new owners of this piece were thrilled. 

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Next up, this portrait in oils. This presented a challenge, mainly due to the fairly small size and the photo I was working from. I decided from. The beginning I wanted to stick with blocks of colour. I struggled for a few weeks, building up layers and having hissy fits. It suddenly just came together. That moment was a happy (and relieved one). 

Going to work on some more unusual figurative work. Looking forward to see if I can pull off the ideas I have. Fingers crossed!  

 

 

2 Big Cats & a Bird...

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 "P II" 

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 "L II" 

 I was fairly busy on these 2 guys. A little strange for me to work on canvases smaller than usual, but all good fun. I wanted to get back on another Africa theme.. 

Then I got distracted, and at present on the ole easel is the beginnings of a hummingbird. I hope it works out. I hope I do it justice.  

The weather is so very hot, that painting has taken a little back seat. It's the sort of weather to do nothing but melt. I do aim to have the little bird complete in the next few days though. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coo IV

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Pretty thrilled that this big guy sold on Saatchi. I had almost resigned myself to never getting a sale on Saatchi, due to the serious amount of art on there (I think the term "saturated" is frequently banded about?). Even more thrilled that he will be making his way to Denver, Colorado. The Coos seem to always get a bit of attention, so it's time to get busy and start a new one. 

 

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I also finished Bo some weeks ago and his owner took delivery of the painting. It was particularly poignant, as poor Bo was put to sleep a few days after I completed the painting due to illness. Cracking pooch that I was honoured to paint. 

 In coming weeks I'm going to be working on some oil paintings. Figurative stuff. Portraits and the like. Quite looking forward to getting messy 😊

Stag,Coo and hello Bo

Little while since my last update, but a few new works completed since and a new commission is underway. It's just a shame this horrid thing named 'work', gets in the way of happily painting full-time. 

 

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This fella went to join "Coo III" in the reception area of a local business. No sooner had the painting been hung ( coo III)  ... he sold😄. I quickly got on it and painted another coo, imaginatively called "Coo IV". This is how I roll. Everything numbered and stamped with my thumb print  😊. I think this fella might be my favourite Highland Cow to have painted?

 

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I am very thankful to the business in question for contacting me,  and asking if I could give them some works to display. As well as the paintings being displayed, I am able to sell my work commission free. As any artist will say, selling on commission can be at times a little brutal. 

  

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At the moment I am working on a commission of a beautiful pooch named Bo. I went to meet Bo and his owner, and he is such a gorgeous hyper boy. Working with oils on this and it's 70x100cm. It's so far quite a process, and after working with acrylics the past 3 paintings, I'm needing to be fairly restraint. Lots and lots to do, but here he is on the easel....

 

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Coo & Fox

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I haven't posted an update for a while, but I have been fairly busy! Welcome Coo III & Fox I. Fox sold hot off the easel. Coo will be part of a series of work that will be exhibited in the reception of a business. Next up, another stag. It has been strange to paint in acrylics again, after being absorbed with oils for months. After years of using acrylics... I've quite missed the mess of oils this time round.  

 

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Jarka

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She has arrived, after weeks of waiting on drying times, and building up layers.. "Jarka I" is here. I'm very pleased with the result after quite a few rocky moments. I plan to work on several more portraits of my muse, including some new nudes. Presently researching portrait competitions to enter this piece into. Who knows, luck may be on my side?

Hello..and goodbye!

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So, tomorrow I wave goodbye to Monarch 1 who will be going to his new home in Scotland. This pleases me, as he should be nowhere else but the Homeland. 

Right now, I'm working on pieces for the new gallery. Concentrating on nudes...and b&w. Nearly finished this guy..busy planning another...then I should have a rather neat triptych all ready to show.. 

 

 

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Nude 1

Pretty happy to have finished this and with the result. My first play with oils. It has been a quite a learning curve, and I can't wait to get started on new work asap. In other news, tomorrow I take my painting to a new gallery. Exciting times...