This weekend the Belper Arts Trail is on. There are going to be so many artists and crafts people! The lovely organisers have fitted me into the line up. I will be in the Methodist Hall on Chapel Street on both days with a bunch of other creatives. I am currently organising and gathering supplies. It looks like it's going to be nice weather so should be a good weekend. I've finished a few more paintings including the below so please browse my updated portfolio.
I've finished three of the five I started so far and I'm really pleased. All three reflect my loose painting style and I've played around with the flora depiction so they're not recognisable types of flower or leaves. I think this is important as I'm building a world to escape to in my art work, which is loosely based on our natural environment rather than recreating what is already here. Above is a detail from one. Please take a look at the other photos below.
Here is the full finished picture.
I've just started five new smaller canvases. I prefer to work on several canvases at the same time no matter what the canvas size. It means I can swap over paintings, while waiting for layers to dry without having to stop. For these I want the colour layers to be really strong and opaque, so am applying thick layers of paint for each colour I use. Sometimes I have to wait for one colour layer to dry before going back over, depending on the shade. I had quite a few empty pots from ‘Lush’ and have found these are quite good for keeping paint fresh for a couple of days. These canvas sizes are also easier to manage as I can fit a couple on my desk at the same time! - normally I commandeer our dining room table for drying large canvases.
A few weeks ago, I visited Newstead Abbey and I wanted to do some paintings inspired by the flowers I saw. Again, my paintings have a little bit of my imagination creeping in and are almost going to be an abstract pattern at the end I think. I will keep posting my progress pictures of them on Instagram and post the finished articles on my blog.
I've finished the Petals painting and am pleased with the finished result. I've varnished it today so will need to leave it for a week or so before wrapping it up until the next monthly photo session in my photo booth.
I ended up using just a touch of white ink mixed with red for highlights but the rest is acrylic paint.
You can see the painting at different stages on my Instagram page.