I went straight into another watercolour of the tree peonies. Here it is. I was interested in the one that was back lit at the top. Love that contrast and translucency with the light shining through the petals and casting shadows within the flower.I feel I am getting nearer to the softness with contrast thing that these flowers require. Not easy to get the definition and keep them soft. It’s a case of… well, perhaps the photo did the job better! But such a great learning exercise about edges, soft shadows, and so on. I will take what I’ve learned on to future projects.
I’ve been looking at peonies as it’s been their time. They are hard to ignore being such extravagantly exuberant flowers. They’re not the most straightforward flower to paint, as they have complex petal formations but they do reward a bit of study as the huge flowers contrast so brilliantly with their rich dark blue green foliage. Here’s the photo I took in my friend’s garden. You need space for these shrubs and she has it aplenty. The photo is a crop of a larger one but I like the pattern the leaves make against the flowers and the edges of the picture. Plenty of scope for negative painting!!
Pansies is the subject for my next workshop and here are two photos of this sweet little flower in my garden. We will be using these as reference for our work on Saturday. Also some live examples from the garden. They are still hanging in there and I have been dead heading as if my life depended on it to make them last!
Back to English now! The 2011 painting holidays at Alison House, Cromford are booking up nicely. For instance there are only a few places left in August. The second course is at the beginning of October when the Autumn colours and mellow tints will be starting to kick in but we should still have decent weather. Really looking forward to a few days of immersion in the peace and beauty of the Derbyshire countryside to think of nothing but painting. Scroll down on this blog to read more information or email me to find out more.
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The cars have been unloaded, the cards and prints tidied away, the paintings rehung (no not yet…give me time!) the table coverings folded up for another year. Patchings Festival is over and we had a good four days. Seeing old artist friends and comparing notes about the year that’s passed and prospects for the year to come. Glowing from lovely compliments from the visitors but secretly puzzled as to why all my paintings were not immediately snapped up. Hmmmmm! But I enjoyed being able to paint during the four days and share tips…people stand for ages looking on and gleaning as much info. as they can. Here is one of the demos I did and was quite pleased with.
This is the time of year when I can benefit from seeing everyone at Patchings to tell them about courses over the next year.
Everything stops now for Patchings, the art festival at Calverton near Nottingham where I have had a stand over the last few years and this will be my sixth time at this friendly but incredibly well frequented show. Art societies from all over the Midlands and further afield come in coach loads…there’s a huge car park, luckily…as there is so much to see. Apart from the painting, and there are huge numbers of excellent artists demonstrating, including Shirley Trevena, David Curtis and Lucy Willis to name but a few, there are art materials for sale, crafts, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, etc etc.