Stormy Seas off Devon, in oils, was inspired by a photograph of a group of friends on holiday.
From Photo Chaos to Painting or Drawing
How often do we look through our photos that were intended to remind us of precious moments, holidays, quick snaps of something that looked stunning and worth remembering, but we were disappointed. The colours have faded or didn't show the colours that we saw at the time.
Perhaps there were times that different images made up the one moment, like the aspects of autumn above. Or there was a longer period of time in which we were made happier by the presence of a friend, animal, garden or even a plant.
A painting or drawing could encompass the different aspects that we would like to be reminded of more often, without having to go into a computer file, putting on a holiday dvd or digging out a photo album.
Most of my life creativity has taken a large part, as a child or later, with my own children and later with the children at the schools where I worked. It would either be dancing or drawing and painting. My dancing days are long over but my art output has increased since I became a member of MIWAS.
Marwell zoo near Winchester is where I sold my first work as a member of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society and several commissions have since been undertaken.
At the gardencentre group outlet (previously Wyevale) in Sherfield on Loddon near Basingstoke I give demonstrations on some of their special weekends.
Some of my work is for sale on www.artgallery.com and most of my work can be seen on my facebook page or on my flickr page.
Mainly self-taught, I work in watercolour, oils, acrylic and graphite. Every time I start a new work it surprises me how colour and shade give shape and depth to what is portrayed.
Commissions are happily undertaken.
The cover photo of A Sunny Afternoon in Longparish, in acrylics, portrays a composition of potos I took one spring afternoon. Soldier beetles doing what they do in spring, the brook, restored to its previous beauty, the butterfly and the light bringing out the different greens all inspired me to bring them together in this painting.
Moment of Awareness was composed of many different sources. All the animals, groups or single, were different photos which I combined to create this scene. Oil on canvas 100 cm x 76 cm.
African Sunset. Oil on deep edge canvas 20" x 16"
Sisters is another painting inspired by a photo of my daughter's. Oil on deep edge canvas 24" x 12"
This tryptich, in acrylics, is my depiction of symbols relevant to the prayer that Jesus taught. I changed the words of the prayer into words that may make sense in this world of greater understanding of how creation works. Although we still greatly lack knowledge of the wonders of it, our understanding urges us on to explore ever more deeply.
Mustard Fields was done with pallette knife mainly apart from the twiggy shrub. The photo I used was part of a group taken during a very quick stop on a drive locally, just because the sun was shining.
Brightness on a Dreary Day. An abstracted impression of Clovelly mainly in acrylics with the shafts of light highlighted with oil paint with white and a hint of indian yellow.