We recently spent a few days in Iceland – what an amazing place! The geology and geography felt very in tune with my elemental art, and I made a free art drop while we were in Reykjavik, this piece is titled ‘Glacier’.
I also made this piece. Initially I was contemplating fire and ice – but what I’ve ended up with is more like an elemental art version of the Icelandic flag!
This piece of art has been a long time coming. I’ve been working with it on and off since the beginning of May 2017, playing with colours and orientation, watching themes come and go. Thoughts of rivers flowing and doorways opening have passed through my mind as the work has emerged. Painting this work has been a calming experience, and I’ve been making it with an eye on what the future might hold too.
I had been feeling like a conclusion is drawing near, when I was approached and asked if I’d consider donating an artwork to the family room of the neonatal unit at my local hospital. I agreed, and offered this piece. It’s been accepted and I have now finished it, applying the final brush strokes on October 23rd 2017, which would have been Dad’s 81st birthday. I like the fact I was thinking of someone no longer here, while making art for those just arriving. I hope the artwork brings some calm to those who see it on location. These photographs show the work in progress and at its completion.
I took a stroll along a stretch of The Wandle today, I love living close to a river. On my return, thoughts turned to this week’s free art drop, the 80th consecutive week of the project. Here’s what emerged from head onto paper, via paintbrushes.
Tools of the trade.
I’ve recently started using Pebeo paints as an alternative to Liquitex Heavy Body. There are a few iridescent shades in their range. Here’s most of what I used to make this picture, there’s also a mix of Winsor and Newton water colour in the background, not shown here.
Continuing the Autumn theme. I love the colours on show at this time of year, it’s a pleasure to try and replicate them. This design was inspired by some leaves Keira found last week, and the finished work became the most recent free art drop. Coincidentally, it was found by someone who has just returned from a trip to Canada, and they’ve shared the design on line today to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving Day.
I’ve included this new design in the made to order section of my Etsy shop – so if you want one, you know where to go 😉
My friend Callum Saunders shared a reminder on Facebook that today marks the start of the Autumn Equinox. His post spurred me to action and I made an abstract landscape work using a background of green and yellow, overlaid with more autumnal colours of orange and gold.
The more I looked, the less finished it appeared, so I added another note to reflect the harvest. I kinda like the way the wheat is leaning toward the setting sun. This will be the next free art drop.
A few weeks ago I spent a very enjoyable morning making a design for a ceramic tile in the company of Judit Matthews. Judit is an illustrative artist who lives and works near me, who recently offered to run a workshop on tile painting. Keen to try something new, I signed up and went along.
Judit’s studio is a lovely light filled room with loads of windows, and very high ceilings. It’s a great place to work. There were six of us in the workshop and with Judit’s guidance, we all managed to finish a piece of work in the two hours we spent together. Here’s mine.
I have plans to make further tiles using leaf and other designs, I just need to source the raw materials, and find the time! This piece will be placed locally over the weekend as the latest free art drop.
Update. Someone has asked me how you might frame a ceramic tile. I have fixed a small folding hook to the reverse so you could hang the piece unframed. I also mocked up a deeper section frame idea as an example.
If I was going to frame it like this, I would remove the hook (it is glued on and would slice off with a sharp knife) and fix the tile to the back of the frame with strong glue dots.
Since finishing and placing the Sunshine and Showers free art drop, I’ve continued playing with the basic design and colours in my mind. This weekend I decided to scale the idea up from last week’s 10 x 25 cm study, to a 40cm x 50cm canvas.
This time I chose three shades of blue – which I initially applied with different size brushes straight from the tube, before gradually mixing the shades together on the palette and adding white, creating more variations as the work progressed. I worked on an overpainted canvas – from memory I think there were about four layers of paint previously applied before I got to work on this latest one.
I like how the previous paint layers have added depth and affected the most recent one – and the continuous blending and mixing of the three shades of blue has produced a tonal variety which I’m enjoying looking at. If you would like to purchase this artwork, please get in touch.