Friday, 9 March 2018

Flowers in the studio

I have been painting flowers in the studio a lot recently, probably because it's the best thing after painting in plein air when the weather is a bit too cold or damp to venture outside. I tend to pick white flowers because they absorb and reflect so many colours, and I love trying to detect those subtle colour shifts.

I often only have a couple of hours at the time so it forces me to be quick, bold and spontaneous, which is actually what I always aim for. I think it's fair to say that since having children, specially after the second one, my style got more and more spontaneous and bolder, probably reflecting the limited time windows I get to paint. Any more children and surely my paintings would just be a single brushstroke! :-)

Here is below some white roses with the steps as many of you were kind enough to say you enjoyed looking at the progress pictures I've been sharing recently:

White roses  10"x10"  oil on board  SOLD



Steps of the progress of the painting:

Below is a painting of white asters I produced during a tutorial with two lovely ladies in my studio a few weeks ago.

White asters  10"x12"  oil on board
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The set up in the studio (my painting on the right)



I've been painting ranunculus last week so I'll be posting those soon.
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Sunday, 25 February 2018

View from the plane in Aberdeen

When I have a couple of hours to paint but can't go outside (because it's raining, or it's the night for example), I like to paint in the studio, often flowers from life, but otherwise I'll browse my photographs gallery for something that inspires me. When painting from photographs, I always try to have fun, keep it spontaneous, and consider it as an exercise to learn something new or develop certain skills. In this case, I picked a picture I took from the plane when landing in Aberdeen a few months ago, and aimed to practice working with abstract shapes and simplifying complex elements.
Here is the result:

View from the plane - landing soon in Aberdeen    10"x8"  oil on board
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For those of you who like to see the steps, here they are below. I first applied a warm ground colour to my panel. I find this helps giving warmth and harmony to the whole painting. I then build up the painting with big shapes going from larger/darker to smaller/lighter.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Below: my set up in the studio

Step 5

Step 6 - the finished painting

I'll finish this post with excitIng news for autumn this year. I'm very thrilled to be part of and co-organising the first major group exhibition of Britain's leading contemporary “Plein Air” artists. 

The show will be called "Capturing the moment"
SAVE THE DATE: 16-20 October 2018 // London - Menier Gallery 
Over 200 paintings for sale by 27 artists including:
Ken Howard RA, Fred Cuming RA, Peter Brown NEAC ROI PS, Trevor Chamberlain ROI RSMA WGA, David Curtis ROI RSMA, Richard Pikesley PNEAC RWS & TV’s Adebanji Alade ROI

Get more info on the website here:

I hope you can make it!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A little taste of South Africa

On a wet rainy day like today, when I'm looking out for inspiration for something to paint in the studio, all I need to do is check out my sister's instagram account (@poesy_by_sophie) which is full of beautiful photographs taken during her trips and adventures in Africa. A few weeks ago I found a gorgeous picture taken at the Citrusdal farm in South Africa and couldn't resist trying to depict the patches of light with paint. Here is the result below:

A glass of wine in the shade - Waterfall Farm Citrusdal - South Africa  oil on board 10"x10"



I've included below a few steps for those who like to see my process:

The finished painting

I'm saving this painting for a group show that will happen later this year London and which might well be the most exciting event of the year! (well at least for me!). I'll do a post about it very soon but all I can say now is save the date 16-20 October 2018!

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Guildhall market

I hope everybody had a lovely christmas and New year celebrations. Mine was full of food, kids, joy and tantrums (not me, the kids), travelling, sleeping (not enough though), cups of tea, and lots and lots of chocolate. I have so little self control with it that I ended up buying a safe to lock away the chocolate stash with a combination lock and asked my husband to set up the code and only ration me to one chocolate a day, otherwise I would eat it all up in one go. I know it's stupid but it works! 

Anyway, all this eating prevented me from catching up with the blog. I have many paintings I want to share here, so I'll just start with something I painted last summer: the Guildhall Market in Bath. I set up in a corner behind the luggage shop and tried to capture the magical atmosphere of the place. I had to finish it in the studio as there were too many details to get in just one session:

The Guildhall Market, Bath   10"x12" oil on board
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The scene on the day and couple of progress shots:

You might remember I already painted a scene from the Guildhall Market a few months before. I never got the chance to show you the steps so here they are:

Delicatessen counter, Guildhall Market  10"x14"  oil on board
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The final painting

Also, just wanted to say I have about 10 calendars left (wall and desk) so you can get yours here if you fancy one:   (Or just click on the image). Free shipping in Europe. 

I'll soon do new posts about my latest flowers paintings, studio work, paintings of my daughter, and also will tell you more about the most exciting event of 2018: I'll be a part of a group show of 27 fantastic plein air painters in London 15-20 October 2018... Save the date! Will tell you more about it very soon!

Monday, 11 December 2017

Painting trip in Scotland

Better late than never, here is the post about my painting trip to Scotland earlier this year. I went to the little village of Monymusk in Aberdeenshire to meet fellow painter Melanie Harrison who was such a wonderful host and showed me all the best spots to paint. For just 4 days, we were both baby-free so we made the most of that time and painted whatever the weather.

For the first painting of the trip, Melanie took me to the little harbour of Portsoy. Such a little gem! It took me some time to choose the perfect spot to paint but at the end I settled for this view that shows both the harbour and the lush green hills in the background.

Portsoy harbour, Scotland  12"x10"  oil on board
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Here are some shots of the progress:

Melanie in action

In the afternoon, we went to the beautiful coastal village of Cullen. We only had an hour to spare so produced a quick study of the sea. I enjoyed looking for all the shades of blue, green and turquoise in the water and trying to keep up with the big waves.

Waves, Cullen, Scotland  10"x8"  oil on board
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The next day, we stayed near Melanie's house and went painting in the Estate nearby (Monymusk house estate with the river Don flowing through). It was a glorious crisp sunny day and the autumn colours were in full swing, a real feast for the eyes.  

Bright Autumn day, River Don, Aberdeenshire  16"x9" oil on board
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We painted in the shade to avoid sun reflections on the canvas but it meant it was pretty cold...

After that, Melanie popped back home for lunch and to feed her baby but I decided to stay and paint more. For those who know me well, you probably know that I've never skipped a meal in my life and that food always comes first. So it is a real testament to the beauty of the place, that I chose it over my lunch! And Melanie was kind enough to bring me sandwiches afterwards. A win-win situation! 

I really enjoyed painting this one, capturing the lovely colours of the distant hills.

River Don, Aberdeenshire  10"x8"  oil on board
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Time for one more painting that day, and Melanie took us on a trek to the top of the hill to enjoy the beautiful views over the estate. A beautiful explosion of pink, orange and greens with the afternoon sunshine casting long shadows in the fields.

Monymusk house estate, Aberdeenshire  12"x10"  oil on board
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The following day, the rain was back, but it didn't stop us of course. We drove around looking for inspiration and this foggy view with sheep really caught our eyes. There was no time for precision or meticulous work, but instead we just had to go for it! I ended up with something very lose but I think I like it that way...

Sheep in the rain, Aberdeenshire  10"x8"  oil on board
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We had to paint with our umbrellas to stop the water mixing with the paints. We both looked as mad as each others but had such a great time! I found that the enjoyment you get from painting is often directly correlated to how ridiculous your outfit is! 

Here are a few details below:



You can see the traces left by the rain drops on this one below!


The next painting I did (still in the rain) was quite terrible so I decided to wipe it afterwards so I wouldn't have to stare at it ever again! :-) 

Finally, back home, we had a couple of hours to spare before my flight but no strength to get back out so we ended up painting the view of the garden from the cottage living room. We had been in the rain all morning, but as soon as we were all set up inside, the sun started shining! Anyway, I enjoyed this quick little sketch and flew back home with a head full of lovely memories.

The garden from the window, Monymusk, Aberdeenshire  8”x6,5”  oil on board
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All my paintings from this trip can be seen and purchased on my website here.

And if you're not yet familiar with her work, I recommend you to have a look at Melanie's lovely paintings on her brand new website here:

To finish, just a quick note to say I have a few wall and desk calendars still available so if you would like one in time for Christmas, order it soon here:

All there is left to say now is to wish you all already a wonderful Christmas and fantastic new year.