This was my second time of having a stall at a bonsai show selling my scroll paintings. Not only did I have a successful day in terms of sales, but I also met lots of great people and had the pleasure of seeing some of my little paintings in use as part of people's bonsai displays. A lovely day.
I recently sold the orchid painting on the left via my Etsy shop. The buyer was really pleased with it and asked me if I could do another picture of white orchids but against a yellow background (and small enough to fit in a 6"x 4" frame) as a gift for her friend. The picture on the right is the result and I'm pleased to say that she was very happy with that one too.
These two gorgeous dogs are brother and sister from the same litter of labradoodles. Such characterful faces! It was quite a challenge to get all that fur, fluff and curls to look right but I got there in the end. The dogs live with their owners in Australia so the picture has now gone there to hang on their wall.
Encouraged by some bonsai growing friends, I have started to make little paintings for use on hanging scrolls in formal bonsai tree displays as you can see in the pictures above. The idea is to suggest a mood or season or location for the setting of the tree in the display. It is an ancient Oriental art form and traditionally depicts Eastern themes. But many European growers are moving away form copying Japanese traditions and looking for a more Western feel in their trees and displays, which is what I am trying to achieve in these paintings.
I have painted a selection of different images, in various sizes, and will be having a stall at a national Bonsai Show near Heathrow in a couple of weeks time. Hopefully they will be well received - but time will tell. I have put some of the images on a new Gallery page - Bonsai Scroll Paintings and also in my Etsy shop here.
August is the time of year for our annual art club exhibition which is held in a lovely building known as The Crypt. Not a crypt in the church sense of the word but an old underground space which has been incorporated into a newer gallery building. It is well used by local groups and individuals so there is always something interesting to go and see. Last Week was Art Wave week locally so there were lots of people in the town who were interested in all kinds of art and who were visiting the gallery as well as the many local houses and studios that were open during the week.
I enjoyed my sessions stewarding at the exhibition as it is always so interesting to talk with visitors and hear their thoughts and opinions on the art works on display. The club ran a People's Vote during the week for visitors to vote for their favourite picture(s). I am pleased to say that one of my pictures had the third highest number of votes which was surprising but very pleasing.
I entered this painting into the Still Life painting section at the horticultural show and was delighted to see that it won First Prize. Now, how to decide what to spend my £2 winnings on?
To celebrate his 70th birthday, the wife of our Town Crier asked me to do a painting of him in a local beauty spot. We looked a various alternatives and eventually chose this scene based on a press photograph of him (Apologies that I do not have the name of the photographer to credit their photo)
The background was done with watercolour paints and the figure was done with artists coloured pencils. It measures about 10"x14".
This is Suni the Chocolate Labrador. Her owner wanted a portrait of her done with coloured pencils. She was a very reluctant model and hated having her photo taken. Every time she saw the camera she put her head down and pulled a miserable face. Eventually we managed to get this photo which her owner felt best represented her and I was able to start working on it.
Coloured pencil art is a long, slow process as it involves careful pencil strokes to represent the hairs and layer upon layer of different colours to give a realistic look. This one probably took about 12 hours in total but I think the result is worth it. And so did Suni's owner :-)
I've just come back from a Coloured Pencils Art weekend course at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire. The course tutor was Peter Weatherill and, as always, I had a great weekend. The other people on the course were a mixture of beginners and old hands and we all learnt from each other and the tutor over the three days.
I took with me some reference photos of local scenes featuring the Seven Sisters cliffs, hoping to complete at least one picture while I was there. I finished the first one and made a good start on the second one, which I completed when I got home. It was altogether a very enjoyable weekend.
Having really enjoyed working with just a pencil recently, I agreed to do this portrait as a commission for someone. The original photo was in colour but was easily changed to greyscale for me to copy. Such a great photograph of a very handsome man.