Friday, 25 May 2012

Sun, sun & painting sales :)

Oh its so beautiful outside... do want to be painting but the grass has gone crazy so I've spent most of the day outside mowing!

Met a lovely walker friend outside today walking his smiley scottie dog. He's asked to have a portrait done - of himself, and his dogs, in the Derbyshire countryside. Quite looking forward to doing that. Portraits are always a challenge, and very satisfying to deliver :)

Sold one of my paintings already, before the Cathedral gallery exhibition has even opened!! Its 'Sun and Showers' - acrylic on canvas.

Monday, 21 May 2012

A couple new paintings or three, starting to think seawards again though. I need to get down there and paint - can't wait till my teaching week in Devon in June. Good news is the Brownston Gallery in Modbury sold Beachcombing, so they would like some more work.

I don't know whether its the smaller format (these last few pieces have all been 30cm square) or the painting outside - but I've moved away from the semi-abstract style. More realism, though my primary interest remains with the light and colour. Its not been an intentional change... its funny, I keep having to remind myself - there are no rules in this painting life that matter except my own. I paint because I love to paint, and I paint from the inspiration of the moment. It is the most satisfying thing. The times I have felt unsatisfied and doubted my job title are those when the opinions of others have got into my creative way. Wise critique and opinion is great, and I am keen on receiving it! But I can't allow it to affect my inspiration. When it does - the paintings just don't work.

Had an unusual evening last week, life modelling for Rachael Pinks' class at her Cromford studio. Always loved life drawing, and fascinated by the figure in art. My degree show was a collection of tiny black and white close up photographs of the female body (my own). I decided to do it for several reasons - the love of life drawing, to make the poses I loved drawing and see how it felt, and to celebrate being happy in my skin. Good feeling, definitely recommend it. WITH a portable heater.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Art sales and critique.

Great news today, following a lovely visit to @Studio61gallery to drop paintings off with Karina. Well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. It feels like sunny seaside in there.

It followed a bit of a messy day yesterday too, where I'd managed to charity shop my twelve year old's wrapped birthday presents the day before her birthday. In amongst five big bags of clothes and toys and blankets they went to the small Help the Aged in Belper - and in the space of four hours, they 'lost' all five bags. Mind boggles.

Heard from McTears that another oil has sold; Moorland, Shieldaig. Its the second in a month - I'm so pleased! Interested too. I've had some contrasting feedback with regard to my paintings recently - I'd appreciate any more any of you reading might have! I've been advised that my foregrounds are not detailed enough - that they fall away, and the viewer is not drawn into the painting in the most effective way.

I always, always appreciate thought-out critique, so have been keeping that loosely in mind as I've worked on recent images for the Cathedral Centre exhibition in Derby (see previous post). But the two that sold (and got great feedback) at McTears are two that directly received this criticism. Is it all just down to personal taste? I know to only paint what inspires me, and no other, but I do want to get better at the same time and take on wise advice where given.