I can’t believe I've only done a handful of Liverpool
pictures during the last year. I've spent most of the time on still life
paintings set up at home. Although I did this latest one in the comfort of my
own home from photos, and quick studies, it makes me want to get out there
again...when the weather’s a bit nicer.
Trying exercises to do in classes come January; 'Painting With Acrylics'. Using as few brush strokes as possible
and the fingers to blend in an attempt at not getting over fussy with the
application. Putting down the bare essentials without over working the painting
really makes you think about the placement of every brush stroke.
It was nice to have a picture win one of the prizes in
the Artist and Illustrators, Artist of the Year 2012. I was in the company of, Mark Fennel, David Chalmers and the overall
winner Linda Alexander.
Had an article published in October's handy pull out of the Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. It gives advice on what to look for when choosing an art course, and is a really handy booklet to have. Inside are the opportunities to be had on leisure classes, painting holidays and workshops, so whether you're just starting out or fancy a challenge, it's worth a look.
If you've ever thought about passing your skills on, and teaching a leisure class, have a look at my article in The Artist magazine for November.
September is proving to be a good month for my paintings. I'm off to the opening of 'Mersey-wide' tonight where I had a piece selected for a show containing 60 works from the best opens in the Merseyside area.
I also have the piece below in the final 50 of over 4,000 entrants in The Artist of the year 2012 competition. This is being run by The Artist and Illustrator magazine, why not pop along and have a look at the finalists in all the categories of still life, landscape, portraits and an open section.
I'm honoured to have had this painting chosen for an exhibition the week after next.
Monday 24 September from 6.30 to 9pm
On display is a selection of sixty of the
best artworks from the Open Exhibitions held in 2011/12 by the greater
Merseyside boroughs: Halton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton, Wirral and
The artists selected reflect the variety
and breadth of work that is being produced throughout the six Merseyside
boroughs demonstrating the rich variety of styles and media which is the main characteristic
and strength of the Open Exhibition format.
So do come along and enjoy this unique opportunity
to celebrate Merseyside Art.
A bee trembled spray of lilac and green; lavender released perfumed air
under a gentle shudder. I’ve never seen so many bees on one plant. Hovering like
black and yellow flowers, they set to work on the tips of this well farmed
plant, from sun up to sun down. It’s easy to overlook what's under our
Up close there were 3 types of bees throbbing away, engrossed in activity.
That was Sunday in a sun drenched garden.
Bank Holiday Monday was drenched in rain, and the lavender stood silent.
Looking closer though, it’s still full.
It has a bee sheltering under every flower; no doubt praying for the
sun, thinking… time is honey.
The Liverpool paintings are now available as cards at the Anglican Cathedral as well as Speke Hall. I expect to be adding a few more site specific paintings as I'll now do some work in and around the building, so looking forward to that.