Monday, 17 October 2016

Three's a Crowd

Oil on mdf panel 20x20cms. Available from my Etsy shop

In any Sicilian village or small town square you will always find groups of old gents sitting and chatting, playing cards or just snoozing in the sun.  In this case one man has even brought his own chair, just to make sure of a seat.

Oil on mdf panel 20x20cms. SOLD
It's quite possible that the wives of these now retired gents are fed up with them at home and send them out to be with their friends!
I've noticed I have a preference for painting groups of three...

Friday, 7 October 2016

Under the Stars

oil on  wood, 20x20cms On Etsy

At the end of September I took part in an exhibition of 30 local artists. The exhibition was set up in a small park between houses and 17th century villas and took place in the evening. (We had a lot of lighting set up).  We were allowed 2 easels each and as my paintings are fairly small I 3- 4 paintings on each, including the red apples above.

I also agreed to be one of the painters demonstrating all evening.  I'm used to sketching and painting in public so a bit of oil painting was much the same, besides I knew it would get me a chair for a very long evening! 

The event was part of an event organised by local shop keepers designed to get more people to come to the town instead of heading to the big new shopping centres springing up everywhere.  There was an endless river of people walking through the exhibition all night so something was working!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Red is the Colour

20x20cms, oil on wood here

I love painting tomatoes as much as I like eating them, so I painted two!
I used to think that red was a hard colour to paint with and had a love/ hate relationship, forcing myself to use it.  

20x20cms, oil on wood here

Now I really enjoy painting with red....yellow is my least favourite painting colour now, just one slip and it becomes mucky grey!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sun Seekers

Oil on mdf 20x20 cms available
After having lunch at a bar on the seafront I spotted these two ladies sitting on the rocks.  They looked very similar apart from the colour of their cozzies, quite possibly sisters.
I know I shouldn't sneak up on people, perhaps there's even a law about it...but you can't see their faces so it should be alright!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Morning Coffee

Oil on mdf wood, 20x20cms Available
What's the first thing you look for in the morning? For me it's got to be a nice hot cup of coffee...


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hiding Under the Geraniums

oil on wood, 40x40 cms
 It's the summer holidays here and also very hot so I while away many a morning in the garden with my grandson.  He's in the paddling pool and me...well sometimes I'm in the paddling pool too!
There are no trees and apart from my umbrella the only shade I can find is up by a big clump of geraniums, so that is where you'll find me hiding.

Geraniums are available  here

Paintings available to buy here


Sunday, 10 July 2016

White not White

oil on mdf wood 20x20 cms (available here)

White carnations in a white vase....colourless? Nooo there's plenty of colour if you really look.

Your eye can be trained to see a whole spectrum of colour in the whites you find in flowers, china, cloth etc.
There are some subtle colour and value changes and then the reflected colour from surrounding objects, but you will also need  to mix some beautiful greys to set off the delicate whites.
There is very little actual white in a 'white' painting, and if you use too much you'll get a chalky, opaque result.


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