In dark blends using indigo and burnt sienna, I paint the out line of the angels hair.
I wonder if you can see what I mean by angels - just by looking at the pattern? I remember when the piece was first bought, I told the lady who was selling it and suddenly she saw what she'd not seen before. Is it just the creative part of me that sees images where others do not, always? Sometimes I wonder, do you who read see the same way as I do?
Painted in a glorious cobalt turquoise, initially it seems an odd choice, but it fits. You might think, given what the ginger jar is used for, that this would be a hard piece to paint - but its not. Just as Spotty gave me so much pleasure, painting her jar is giving me pleasure too :) I may be an odd duck! (Eccentric, for those who have never heard the saying)
in this stage, I have painted the shelf upon which the ginger jar sits.
Painted in a mix of ultramarine and crimson, to give a bluey- grey feel . This will set off the jar colours nicely.
Nothing to do with the painting, but shelves remind me so much of my Irish auntie, who was always cautioning me not to get "left on the shelf" I used to answer that "all the best china is left on the shelf - only the mugs get used!" Not something you see so much of now, is it? A cabinet stocked with Sunday best china. Which has just given me another idea for a painting...
I'm having a day of musing. Recently I've had quite a few people telling me that I should sell my art, to make it a proper business.
I am self employed and my business is reflexology. I love it with a passion. Art filled my early days whilst I waited for patients to fill my day. Eventually my work day got busier and I had to reserve time for art.
Recently, after having many years of being the sole earner, I found myself in the fortunate position of being able to work part-time and spend the rest of my time walking and playing with my dog, painting, reading books and even bake and do the chores -without being in a mad rush.
Many people have been kind enough to say I have a talent and should sell my art.. but two part-time businesses?
It is a huge compliment that people love my work and want to hang it on their walls - and I am mindful of that, always.
There is so much to think of, the adding of a shop to my gallery site Pat Elliott Paintings, the making of an account with Paypal and a pricing strategy - something I have never had to think seriously about.
The safe posting of art, UK and worldwide - how do you cope with that?
Talking to the Inland Revenue (though they've always been helpful) so that everything is done above board.
And then promotion - a time consuming business in itself, as I am sure many artisans could tell you.
My biggest fear.. if I painted and it was a business, would painting become a chore or remain a love? Would I paint only what I chose to paint - as I do now - or would I be driven to paint what sells?
So many questions, so many thoughts. I am not sure.. hence the musing..... feel free to add a comment with your perceptions. Perhaps you will make it clearer for me!
A dry afternoon and we were out for a walk with our darling girl, in the countryside.
We decide to pop in to the local fishkeepers and buy a couple more fish for the tank. Sadly, dogs are not allowed inside the shop, so Missy and her daddy had to go for a walk in the surrounding land whilst I ventured inside. Missy wasn't happy - as I went one way across the car park, hubby walked the other way - but she wanted to be with me!
Mummy went this way, daddy; I am tracking her.
Over this paved area
Why can't I go in this door? She's in here, I know it!
Tilly is a gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier, with quite dark colouring, yet an under layer of a light tan.
To get the effect of this I firstly paint a light mix of yellow ochre and burnt sienna all over Tilly. This makes her feel more solid to me and I can start to see where I will paint the darker mix and where I will leave some lighter areas showing through.
I started painting Bryan first, as of the two dogs he is lying beneath Tilly.
I wanted to make him feel anchored in the painting before I attempted to paint her.
This is quite a different painting from my usual dogs, in that the eyes are not really visible in either. I cannot do my usual method of painting the eyes first to get the feel of the dog - but I enjoy the challenge .
You might notice that I have the area for painting masked off by tape. This enables me to use the side portion as a test piece for the colours I mix and also to give me a white border, so that when the painting gets to the framers, they have an edge to work with. None of the painting will get "lost" when the work is mounted.
Watercolours have to be mounted and framed under glass so that they do not deteriorate in the elements.
Here I have painted the carpet, in a mix of ultramarine and crimson to make a beautiful lavender background .
The sky is painted ultramarine blue - as I would expect it to be on Mount Olympus. Taking my time on these stages gives me more clarity about how I want the finished paintings to look. I remember in art school being told of one painter who used to paint a dozen or so copies by laying them all out and painting all the skies together, then each stage thereafter. I don't think I could do that, two feel odd enough!
Every night and every morn Some to misery are born. Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night. William Blake.
I have always wondered, if Zeus were in charge, how he would chose for us - sweet delight or endless night? As a painter, I came up with my own idea of how that happened - and not one, but two paintings!
On the coffee table of the gods, you choose your piece of turkish delight, not knowing what you do...........
Suddenly, there's an awful lot of this painting completed. That is because, dear reader, I took it along to my art club, where I don't stop to photograph stages.
I go to an art club once a week, for two hours. Art can be so solitary, its a welcome event to have like minded company whilst you paint. Every person paints their own picture, though if you are stumped for inspiration, the tutor provides a demonstration piece.
All that is left for me to paint now are the horse and rider.
I was trawling through the umpteen photos I keep on the computer - looking for something to catch my eye, so I could paint it.
Today it was the turn of a horse and rider, who we originally saw a few years ago, on a fun day out in the country.
We were taking Missy here, there and everywhere to get her socialised with all different situations and smells, you see ( something you do with an under socialised dog) . This gave me many opportunities for taking photos that I could use as paintings .
I am sure most will be familiar with the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea"
The woman who purports to be a Princess sleeps on a bed with twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds on it - and underneath all those -unbeknown to her- is a pea. In the morning, she complained of a bad night's sleep due to something in the bed bruising her back. Thus her Prince knew she was a Princess.