My head was filled with images of roses whilst on holiday in Spain recently, prompted by a line from John Cooper Clarke and Hugh Cornwell’s cover of ‘Spanish Harlem.’
This little sketch was the first image to emerge from brain to paper. It’s a bit messy, and recognisable as a rose, I think?!
I let the shape of the flower rest in my mind for a day or two before first putting pencil to paper to create an outline. Next I worked in several shades of red, intentionally leaving the pencil lines visible. The stem, thorns and signature followed.
This finished piece will be my next free art drop.
These paintings are a few months old now, they were all made over a couple of days on holiday in Spain. I’ve been lazy when it comes to updating the blog – the free art project is currently taking up a lot of my painting time.
I painted four postcards based on the Spanish flag which I mailed to friends.
I made a sketch called Too Much Pressure, based on a tracing of a blind drawing of a radiator, weird!
I painted two canvas boards, one of the mountains, one of the sea. The mountainscape has been sold, the seascape is available to buy if you would like it.
I made four simple pattern sketches – some of which have since been given away through the free art project.
The last piece, titled Lost In Spain – was made for the free art project. It has a new home in Wallington.
A few weeks ago I painted a small acrylic abstract on canvas board titled ‘Lost In Spain’. It became a part of the We Are All Artists free art project and the art work now belongs to a lovely lady named Stacie, who did some excellent detective work to figure out where the painting was made. Here’s a photograph of the art work being finished on our return from Spain, before it was handed over.
Lost In Spain : Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas board
The following week I hid a piece of art in my local town after being photographed by the local newspaper who kindly ran a feature on the free art project (the piece in the photo was not the piece I hid that day).
Me Hiding Art Among The Flowers
By coincidence, Stacie’s son found the piece of art I hid among the flowers! Having already received a piece of art as part of the project, Stacie and her son decided to pass this one on, which is a lovely community minded thing to do. Stacie’s son travelled to the USA later that day and he took the art with him. It now resides somewhere near Simsbury Connecticut, and that has to be the longest distance this free art project has travelled so far.