I love the abstract nature of the moth and butterfly wings that I paint. Here you can see their underlying structure, close-up. This structure informs my brushwork:
I did a couple of watercolours for Kaloko Trust‘s Christmas card this year. Kaloko is a great charity that is actually being effective in Zambia. The card illustrates their beekeeper training project – using local materials and easy techniques, and taught by local people, it’s one way for people to get an income. I particularly enjoyed the co-operation and enjoyment shown by the students in the illustrative film.
Please consider donating to Kaloko, and/or buying and distributing this card this Christmas.
I wonder if anyone wonders what I have been up to, artistically, since we moved to Australia..? Well, whether you wonder or not, I’m gonna tell you..
I’ve been thinking (and boring people by telling them..) that I would either branch out, or return, to painting in oils at some point. So when we moved here, I found the best teacher I could, and got on with it. David Moore did turn out to be a great teacher – people travel from all over to be taught by him, so I am lucky to have him here in my home town – and at the beautiful and interesting location of Montsalvat.
And so began my Monochrome Period..
To remind us how to paint form and space, and to re-familiarise us with handling the new medium, for the first two terms we painted in varieties of black and white. This resulted in some fairly interesting images:
But then my favourite is when we are at last “allowed” to use colour! Phew!!
Can you feel the cold?! I could – seeping into ma bones! I’m painting some landscapes of Port Meadow, Oxford, this week, so I’m collecting some images to work from. After about 90 minutes of feeling my warmth slowly ebbing away, I stumbled back to my bike and cycled home as fast as I could to get my circulation going again. Thank goodness for photography though!! I think I’d have mould growing on me by now, if I was painting out there today 🙂
(At this time of the year, I’m glad to not live on a boat. Pretty though, int it? In a bleak and muddy sort of a way.)
A very rapid sketch of the friendly stuffed inhabitant of a glass case at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (bit of a mouthful!!), just as they are closing for the day:
…becomes a painting for my friend!