One more for you to see before June is out…this belongs to my sister and is a local area that comes up in a number of my paintings.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 46cm, 2008
Something more recent and different: a collage. I can’t remember the last time I did a collage…could be when I was in primary school. No, wait, I think it was when I did a short course at college in the States on teaching art to children. This is mostly white tissue paper painted and torn and a couple other papers, on board, framed behind glass.
Collage, 23 x 31cm, 2014
Available to buy
Not at all what the river is looking like at the moment! The river has spilled over into the field turning it into a lake, and is nearly over the top of the bridge; the sheep are definitely not grazing. This though is a favourite spot, peaceful and empty of visitors a lot of the time, but in better weather sometimes a busy-ish junction for walkers, dog-walkers, kids (and dogs) paddling, picnickers, a horse now and then, cyclists. And the occasional artist.
Oil on canvas, 76 x 60cm, 2012.
Slate Drawing…(no picture of it framed). These slate drawings are evocative – they develop from what the irregular surface and shape of the slate leads me to see, but within the bounds of sea or landscape/tree themes. My first few trees were those windblown trees on Dartmoor.
Gesso on slate. Oiled wood box frame. (to see one framed, view category Gesso on Slate and scroll down)
Mostly (thus far) I have painted in oil and acrylic. But I enjoy other media too. So this (and others like it) I started doing a couple of years ago. I was experimenting with layering up gesso on board for a painting of a tree and was doing it on a dark background, when a friend said, ‘that would look nice on slate’, and instantly I thought of my bits of slate picked up from the beach on holidays by the sea…So this is an example of the result.
All my work; slate drawings, frames, mounts, and assembly. I enjoy making a few frames. I grew up with my dad’s workshop under my bedroom (he was a cabinet maker for a while, then built house extensions/additions), and I like that I’m making a little something with wood, basic though it is.
This was a (tiny) first attempt at using a palette knife instead of brushes and I like it because I think it succeeds in capturing the feel of being out on the sea. At any rate, it makes me feel cold and a bit queasy! Some have wondered how I knew how to paint this as they know I get motion-sick very easily. Done from memory from occasionally (unwisely) relenting and getting into a boat with my sailor husband!
Acrylic on canvas board, 26 x 20cm, 2009. Sold.