Today has been the best painting day for such a long time. I have painted from my heart ,whatever subject I felt like and when I felt like it. No pressure from preparing for exhibitions. No pressure form having to write magazine features or my new book.
So you could say today was my day off and I could paint whatever I liked and oh boy, I did!
I started the day with washes, then painted the soft rose I shared on my blog earlier. But it was the simplicity of the last blog post that really turned on my artistic "buttons".I loved creating it so immediately grabbed my uncompleted blackberry paintings and added to them. Putting in more branches and an overall wash to give the feeling of another dimension to each piece. I should add that I now paint with my fingers so much and I am literally covered in paint at the moment but I feel great.
My easel looks like the image below and I will walk into my studio tomorrow and love seeing these two works in progress.
Autumnal hedgerow complete with blackberries and rose hips.
My favourite painting is the one below as it has a gorgeous 3D effect. The upper berries seem to be leaping off the paper which is terrific. I love it so far. In fact it might be finished but I am in that painting zone where I am so happy that I don't want to leave either of the paintings.
"Hips and Berries"
The painting below has drama. It is exciting and so vibrant in colour. I am using many Daniel Smith shades with a few new techniques in building up colour that I have loved discovering over the summer months whilst I have worked diligently on my new book.
I now cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring in my next painting session.
Artists tip for the weekend?
1) Get out.
2) Go for a walk. Not only will the exercise do you good but you will discover so much new inspiration that you can bring back to paint at your leisure.
3)Look for treasure in subjects to paint that will be really fantastic to work on.
4)Remember not all paintings have to be complicated. Some of the simplest paintings are the best.
Have fun and happy painting