Thursday, 29 September 2011

Cowgirl VIII: Her new Beau

Our cowgirl who was back in the saddle for the rodeo in the last painting, has found herself a new beau!

Here's the painting:

Cowgirl VIII: Her new Beau

Hope you are enjoying viewing this series as much as I'm enjoying painting them :) xx

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Keeping a Sketchbook

I keep two sketchbooks.
One is for ideas for painting.
The second is one I use to write poetry and doodle a related picture.

I write the haiku and then draw.
These coloured pencil drawings are not meant for me to make paintings from, but do serve to help me meditate.

This is a very special bistro set bought for me by a dear friend in Texas, so its the ideal place to sit back and meditate. 

The coloured pencil wrap was also a present from the same friend, beautifully hand crafted by Tonya at Hillbilly Handiworks, HERE

When the haiku is written and the drawing complete, I sit back and ponder..

Here are a couple of snippets for you to see:

the front page

and the haiku :

Silent as the stone
Sit with me in peacefulness
Drinking in the sun.

I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my meditative sketchbook.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Patience and Flowers.

Good morning all.

A new week and a new chapter starts today!

This morning I deleted my Facebook account. They made a couple of changes too far, compromised my privacy - and really made it less fun!

I haven't the patience for it. Which is odd, because as artists we have to have patience, to see our creations grow, to learn new techniques and to develop.
As a gardener, I need to have patience, for plants don't rush.

Perhaps my patience is selective. I wonder if yours is too?

Talking of gardening and plants, the bed in front of the garage was planted up. It will take a year or two for these plants to spread and fill the bed.
If you would like to use the photos in this post as a basis for a painting, please do so.


Japanese Anemone


Butterfly - with hairs up to catch the warm air in the sun

and this one, I loved the shadow! 

I hope you all have a wonderful week. With patience in all the right places :)

love and hugs
Pat .

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Painted, Plastered and again, Painted

What's been going on here recently?

I painted this little sketch as a birthday present for someone :)

Whose birthday? The man who was plastering our hallway and up the staircase.
He did a wonderful job, the plaster is so smooth - its wonderful to see a craftsman at work. It was his birthday while he was here working, he owns four jack russells, so I painted this for him. Needless to say, he loved it :)

Here's a photo of his plaster work up the staircase. It will take a week to dry and then we can paint it white. Its going to be stunning.

On the good days, I've been outside painting the finished garage, which he'd rendered for us also.

The journey with working on the house is coming to an end.
Time to stand and stare, as a famous poet once said :)

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Wintry Day - the year of painting.

Good morning all.

Over on Painting Friends we've recently done another in our year of painting set.
Each month we have a photo reference set for us and we interpret it in our own fashion.

This month was a lady cardinal, a bird not native to the UK.  I was a trifle concerned how I would cope with painting something others were very familiar with and me not at all !

The original photo had the bird sitting on a branch and lots of other branches and the tree trunk visible. I decided to remove all of those and just paint the bird with one snowy branch and a very wintry background.

I hope you enjoy the painting and if you have any questions on how I did it, fire away! I will do my best to answer :)

Wintry Day

This and all my other paintings are together on my permanent gallery site HERE   Do go over and have a browse - and enjoy :)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Missy takes over !

No, its not a dominance thing with Missy, we don't subscribe to that theory. Instead today's blog post is all about having fun with our dog.
We believe that kindness and fun are the way to train dogs, so we can enjoy life together!
We bought darling Missy some new agility equipment for use in the garden .
Here she is, ready for the off

Going through the hoop

Trying out the weave poles and thoroughly enjoying it

and having a go at flyball. She has to put paws on the board to make it release the ball.

and once she had the ball, she had to do a " lap of honour"  :)

The joy in Missy's life spills over to ours. Its great to have such a fun companion. 

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Cowgirl VII: Back in the Saddle

Our Cowgirl who recovered from the broken heart and began looking to the future is now back in the saddle. Please enjoy the latest in my Cowgirl Series

Cowgirl VII: Back in the Saddle

In case you missed the others in the Series, you can find them HERE

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

At Sanctuary's Gate

Here is the finished painting!
I've deepened the shadows, to make it feel more three dimensional.
I do hope you have enjoyed seeing it develop.
It will also take its place on my permanent gallery site HERE

At Sanctuary's Gate

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Another stage of At Sanctuary's Gate

I worked some more on this painting that I showed the early stages of yesterday.

I'm pleased with how the layers are progressing, but I do need to add some more shadows, to make it really sing - and then I'll be done.

In the meantime, stage 3...

Monday, 12 September 2011

Early stages of At Sanctuary's Gate

Enamoured of this three colour background, I wanted to try one more very strong set of colours before I mute them somewhat.

I decided to move away from Ultramarine, Alizarin and Aureolin and use Ultra Violet, Winsor Orange and Green Gold.

The door knocker is derived from the old medieval knocker which used to stand on the North Door of Durham Cathedral. In medieval times, one only had to knock and ask, and Sanctuary was granted to anyone fleeing from the brutal justice of the time. The Law of Sanctuary was abolished in England in the 1600s.

So my sanctuary knocker is set floating in the sky, representational of knocking at the Ultimate Sanctuary gate.

Drawing on the paper first, before putting the background washes in. They were very wet, because I wanted to press some cling film into them to create those interesting textural marks. When the cling film was in place, I weighted it with a couple of books to keep the film pressed in the washes. If you click to make the picture large, you will see that more clearly.

Next I start to paint the knocker, building up the colour in layers.
For this, you have to be patient. Each layer has to dry thoroughly. I'm hoping it will be worth it in the end.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

The Three Sisters

Yesterday I spent some more time on the step by step, and I think its finished. But I will wait a few days before I make that final call, because something else might pop out at me, or someone may come up with a suggestion that makes me think - oh yes, that would make it better!
That does happen, and I am not above taking suggestion to improve my paintings.

Sometimes when I visit other blogs, I am mindful not to say how or what I would change, because that would make it my painting - and we should allow each their own style! But at times, I can see how the addition of a darker shadow, or continuity in light source could improve what is there.
I'm happy for anyone to make constructive comments in the same vein.

Anyway, here's the first photo from yesterday.

Using a sap green and ultramarine mix, with varying degrees of stickiness, I painted some vague foliage and then some more defined foliage.
I did this because I wanted to express that the three flowers could be on a vine, or could be three flowers standing independently. I like that kind of ambiguity. Not always do I want my paintings to be clear cut, so that what you first see is all there is.
I then added some splatter , in dark green mix, and alizarin on its own.
To do this, load one brush with paint and then tap it against a second one, held at an angle that makes a cross - an upright one, like Jesus' cross - not an X cross. Make sure you cover the flowers with a piece of paper, if you don't want them splattered too :)

I looked at the painting for a while and the flowers seemed a little bland to me, so I deepened some shadows and added some veins. I made them stronger on the right most flower, to give one flower that stood out more than the others.
I think its finished now, unless of course, you'd like to come up with a suggestion to improve it.  I hope you've enjoyed how this painting has progressed.

One last hint someone else gave me. Click the picture to get the larger version, then squint as you view it. Apparently that gives you a rough impression of how you would see it on a wall, when you're seated!

The Three Sisters

Friday, 9 September 2011

Building some interest

Good morning, friends.

This post is not about increasing your savings, but building interest in the floral  painting :)

Underneath the flowers, brush in some clean wet water. Have your board at a tilt, so the water will run down a little.
With a light mix of ultramarine and sap green,  dab the brush just under the flower, so the wash blends into the clean water.

Also - make a couple of stems and swirls with the blue/green mix and add some aureolin dashes of paint with your rigger, to make some interesting flower spikes and vine type clingers.

With any luck, it should come out, something like this.

I am working at the day job this morning, but will be painting again this afternoon, so hopefully should have some more to show you tomorrow.
It will be building up some greens underneath the flowers. So don't wash your mix off your palette!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Time for a watch along experiment.

Do you remember the Famous Cactus? It had the swirly swishy background.

I was wondering what to paint, so thought to try an experiment.. the swirly background and a floral painting.

I have drawn the flowers from my imagination. Not sure if that's a good idea, but time will tell.

So here are the first few steps. If anyone wants to try this out for themselves - be my guest!

firstly, the drawing

Wet the paper completely, then add the background washes. A lazy S shaped swish of french ultramarine, alizarin crimson and aureolin.

after that has dried completely ( which takes a while as it was very wet) I add a second wash of aureolin to the flowers alone

that's it for today, will be back soon with some more stages.
Hope you've enjoyed and even feel inspired :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Manifestly, Love

I don't think this pencil drawing needs any explanation .. it is....

Manifestly, Love

This picture will have a permanent place in my Gallery Site, 
Pat Elliott Paintings (click to visit)

Saturday, 3 September 2011

A TV Star came to visit

Its been very exciting here - Missy had a TV star come to visit.

The star in question? Bubble the dalmatian.

Bubble was on The One Show ( see HERE at 38 mins in) and she was joint winner in the Waggiest Tail  section.

Missy was completely unimpressed by the shows hosts, Chris Evans and Alex Jones - who obviously weren't the stars on this episode. Clever doggy! :)

We had the very great pleasure of Lottie and Bubble staying with us overnight on Friday / Sat morning.

Lottie is the owner of Pawsitively Pets - and she's the very kind lady who posts Missy's favourite treats to us - she provides all manner of pet supplies, all you need to do is request them and Lottie will do her best to supply them for you!
She posts to us in Essex, so distance is no problem :) 

See HERE for Lottie's  website and HERE for Lottie's blog

If you're in Sheffield and looking for a dog trainer, you couldn't do better than to go see Lottie. I had the pleasure of walking Bubble on my own whilst Lottie got ready, and she walked like a dream, no bouncing or pulling - and she watched me and obeyed all the commands I gave. When you think Bubble is a deaf dog, Lottie has done an amazing job!

I'd also like to tell you about Rain Rescue. Here, Lottie volunteers her time and helps with the training of the rescue dogs, improving their chances of being rehomed .  You can see Rain Rescue's site HERE.
I think you can also see why Lottie and Bubble are truly stars, not just celebrities! Three cheers for you girls :)

Missy was a good girl, she learned that if she looked at me straight after looking at Bubble, she got a treat. That was great fun and very easy to do!

Then when Bubble was upstairs asleep, she made friends with Auntie Lottie

and now, when Lottie and Bubble are on their way home to Sheffield, where's our darling Missy? Asleep, exhausted by entertaining the famous :)

Thursday, 1 September 2011

My Crystal Bowl

A Crystal Bowl and Strawberries was one of the projects my Painting Friends were creating on their painting holiday, Splash!

Although I couldn't make it to Florida, Mollie kindly provided me with a photo of the drawing to copy; from there I have painted this version of the crystal bowl with strawberries.

I have to thank Mollie Jones - she's an absolute star. If you'd like to visit her blog, go HERE

and here is my painting:

My Crystal Bowl

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