Irises workshop 15 may 2010

It was Irises today at the studio workshop and we had a good time, fuelled by Andrew’s superb lunch( and a glass of wine). I’m uploading the paintings and the all important photo that people will need to finish off their work. Also my version of the three exercises we completed. Well done all!


Workshop photo

I promised Cutthorpe Art Group that I would make this photo available to them so that they can finish today’s project. Everyone worked so hard and there were a lot of lovely paintings to look at come the end of the day. Well done, everyone…you’ll sleep well tonight!

Preparing for a workshop

Off to Cutthorpe Art Group near Chesterfield tomorrow. We’re going to have a look at this version of the Devon door, the photo of which has such a lovely shadow over it. It’s quite a straightforward subject and you can make it as loose or as detailed as you like. But the main area of interest is how the light is falling from the top left and delineating the stonework in the wall. I always like cast shadows and there is a lovely effect over the door and house wall and also bottom right where the nasturtiums are casting shadow over the wall.

I’ve been putting some more images on Flickr annmortimerart so why don’t you go over and have a look?

2011 workshops and designs published

Two good things today. I have decided to run some residential workshops in 2011. Dates to be confirmed. It’ll be great being able to take more painters on a course than at my studio and so good to be away from it all and free to paint to our hearts’ content. Can’t wait! Details will be available at the Patchings Festival (June 10-13) this year.

And I got the samples from Medici cards. Four of my designs on five different cards. Exciting! My favourite is the one above. With the warm colours and sunshine effect, it’s a cheer you up card. Hope you’ll look out for it.

Looking for Inspiration…

“Forget the techniques for a while, they should come naturally if not instinctively, and concentrate on the message. Your urge to communicate must be more dominant then the method used to get there.” Wise words from Nancy Tichborne, a New Zealand artist whose work I love.

It’s difficult sometimes to carry on expressing yourself through your art and sometimes you aren’t in the mood to think beautiful thoughts! So then you have to perhaps withdraw and ask yourself some searching questions. And perhaps give yourself a direction to go towards…and re examine your motivations and the message you are trying to put over.
As the above artist says in the same interview with Practical Painting in 2005, “there is no hidden meaning, no angst, no symbolism” in what I try to do.
I just love the light and am fascinated by how watercolour can explain the wonderful plays of light and dark in the natural world. I want to explore it and see how far I can go in using the medium to express these beautiful effects.
And what I’ve noticed is that the people who appreciate this medium most are those who have tried to use it themselves and KNOW how dynamic and fascinating and downright exasperating it can be!
The poppies are what I’ve been working on over the last few days. I was drawn to the light effect as always. I’m doing a looser, less controlled painting of the same subject at the moment.