Saturday, July 27, 2013

Framing Little and Large paintings

Sorry for the silence over the last 3 weeks or so. I had my parents staying so spent a lot of time with them. I have been working on several ideas for paintings too though, just nothing yet that I can really share. I am nearly at the outline stage with a large portrait and ideas for my last two Ted paintings in the series are happily progressing too, so hopefully I will have something to share with you soon.

James and I have also been framing a couple of paintings that need to be shipped off to exhibitions next month and while we were doing this I couldn't resist framing one of the miniature Teds too. The two paintings make quite a contrast when seen together don't they.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rhythm 'n' Blues

The saxophone dances the rhythm of her notes across the air and between these notes, our heart and soul beats to her sound.

The painting certainly provided challenges... Working with such a limited palette meant that the awareness of values was a very important key to the success of the painting. It also involved a play with warmth and coolness of colour, not just in the contrast between the golden yellows and the cool misty blues but also within the individual colour ranges. It's hard to see from the jpg (apologies for this) but the blues in the background warm up nearer to the source of the light and there is also graduation  between the warmer and cooler blues on the shirt, getting cooler as you move away from the saxophone. Lastly I had to battle with all the fiddly keys and levers on the saxophone to give the impression of reality but not too much so that it becomes the total sole focus of the painting. I wanted it instead to be more part of the whole... almost an extension of the person. The use of warmth in the hands and face mirroring the warmth in the saxophone hopefully helps with this too.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

More good news!

I had another e mail today to say my painting Craft-Ted with Love has been accepted into the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour CSPWC Open Water International Exhibition which will take place at the Leighton Centre in Calgary Alberta this fall.

Yay!!! Another Ted will be off on his travels :)


Monday, July 1, 2013

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Exhibition Acceptance

I am pleased to be able to tell you that 'Coded Thoughts' has been accepted into The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s Annual International Juried Exhibition

The exhibition will take place at the Crary Art Gallery, 511 Market Street, Warren, PA from October 5 – November 15, 2013