'My recent body of work has become an obsession with depicting trees.
Winter finds me parked up in my little car in a spot on some remote Norfolk lane, where I'm able to study and draw a tree in its denuded glory. Trees in leaf are a completely different story and one I'm not ready to tackle just yet.'
My idea for this painting was to view the plate of fish from directly above, therefore eliminating the usual perspective issues. I also prefer to arrange the subject so that it flows off the edge of the canvas, making a far more interesting angle in my eyes.
Stage 1. Mapping out the shapes for my design very loosely, indicating roughly which colours I feel work together but not setting anything in stone at this stage. At this point I have only two fish and the background colours are very much “try outs”.
...part of the Two Rivers Trail.....
Across the meadow garden full of oxeye daisies, speedwell and buttercups.... Liz's lovely garden studio, where she is exhibiting her life studies, landscapes and flower paintings as well as some Raku pieces and prints....
Ali, designer of 'Norfolk Map' is also showing decorative pieces using recycled materials finely stitched and woven in ingenious ways...
Beautiful jewellery designed and crafted by Fiona, inspired by Broadland surroundings and her travels in Greece....
For our Art Trail FREE Prize Draw, we all agreed to produce a card. I came up with several possibilities & finally chose one that I thought would have the most general appeal. However, there was one feisty little fellow that I was sad to reject, so I thought I'd give him his moment of fame & put him in this blog. I painted his wings with a real feather! He will be here at the studio, waiting for anyone who'd like to say hello!
This year (as usual !) my New Years resolution was to paint more, & happily I can finally say that I am succeeding.
My problem is that I am used to painting nudes these days, & as I do not have a model available every time I wish to paint, I am now searching for other subjects. I have tried a few, but my eye is always drawn to solid forms like animals & trees.
All the other 'usual' possibilities seem to need to be approached in a completely different way, so I think it will take time to understand what I want from them & of course, how to tackle them.
When I think of a landscape it seems so flat compared to a figure, but may be this is what comes from living in the Norfolk Broads !
Still life I suppose might seem more appropriate, but somehow lacks something - possibly the fact that it's not alive?!
I decided that I should start a new sketch book to get used to painting & drawing outside - just quick little doodles - no pressures to make anything look good or finished.
So I ventured out last week & am very grateful to Nigel & Carol at Norfolk Boats in Horning who have allowed me to visit their small stretch of river bank to sketch.
I attempted some geese as they waddled around for a few minutes before plopping into the water for a swim !
Also,up on the hill, Little Kit Flyers - little they were & little they are, being only about 2 inches tall !
Eleven diverse artists coming together for Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios