There is always such a lot to do, and think about, at this time of year. How soon should we put the decorations up? (Done). Have we remembered to send cards to everyone? (Hopefully). When are we going to do the Christmas food shopping? (Undecided). The list goes on.
So it can be a welcome relief to find a few minutes to do a simple basic piece of painting (no painter likes to be idle for long. First we get twitchy, then grumpy and then downright unsociable until we can do something creative again…).
This red pepper was a fine specimen and a fun subject to get back into doing what I like doing best. Not everything has to be a big production. Sometimes the simplest of things are the most enjoyable.
There is so much to do at the moment, some of it related to Christmas, some to planning events for the new year and some which have nothing to do with either. So as it was wet, windy and dark most of today I thought I’d check out the boxes of seasonal decorations to see if they had survived their hibernation.
I didn’t get very far before I found this little fella and decided it would be cruel to put him back in the box again and thought he might like to be the centre of attention for a hour or so…
He looks happy enough !
I really hoped to get out and do some painting today, but the ‘showers’ that had been forecast turned into ‘tempests’ and there looked like no possibility of achieving anything at all. However in a brief lull I managed to have a quick walk through the meadows until I found the sort of composition I was hoping for. With no chance of painting on the spot I made do with a few pencil marks in a pocket sketch book and memorizing what I wanted so I could get it down on paper as soon as I reached home.
I used mostly yellow ochre, burnt sienna and French ultramarine with a little new gamboge, permanent sap green and winsor violet.
‘Edge of the field’ 13×9″
This seems to be a busy time of year for everybody with so much to do, whether it is planning for the holidays, buying presents or tidying the garden and protecting it from the inevitable frosts, there never seems to be enough time for everything. (Personally I can’t think of a time when there isn’t so much to do, but never mind !)
Sometimes something has to give, and, disappointingly, for some students it is their once-a-week commitment to painting, which is a shame. I understand it is not always easy to devote two hours on a certain day when there is so much else to think about, but I hope they do not abandon it all together. A quick sketch of a favourite object or even a favourite snack, needn’t take long and can bring a bit of fun into the day to take the pressure off the tasks they have set for themselves !
Sometimes it’s just not practical to sketch at a certain location – no place to stand without getting run over, nowhere to park a car, too much rain to make watercolour stick to the page… all of these applied to this one, but I just loved the tree and wanted to paint it so I had to resort to taking a photograph.
Yesterday started cold and frosty yet with some bright sunshine, and by lunchtime it was warm enough to sit out on the Green without freezing and to enjoy the quietness of a November day.
Two new cards for Christmas 2018 just added. See the CARDS & PRINTS page !
It has been such a lovely day today (for the end of October) that I went exploring down a side road which I don’t usually take as it is not really on my way to or from anywhere. I knew a few footpaths led off it but I was thrilled to turn a corner and discover this barn nestled in the trees.
I used New Gamboge, Permanent magenta and Winsor blue throughout the painting.
The yellow-gold on the right hand side of Station Road by the entrance to the Manor House as I headed towards the Post Office in the distance added a bright splash of warmth to an otherwise grey morning. The first time I’ve painted since a few days off with a bad back which is now only sore rather than agonizing. At least I can move, although it’s that moment between sitting down and standing up which is still a problem!
This tree stands guard at the entrance/exit to the car park and filling station. Seen from the road you don’t really take it is as you are usually too busy keeping your eyes on the traffic which can be hectic at times. However, seen from the car park side with the cottage behind it, I thought it would make a good painting.