It has been a chaotic 2 weeks, with family a London Show and having a cold that knocked me off my feet for a few days. Someone put a quote on Twitter today “Pick a job that you love doing and you will never do a days work” not sure I agree completely, every job has the tasks you don’t like doing, but I understand where they’re coming from and love my job.
When life throws difficulties your way it is great to escape into creativity.
Each day I am going to try and add a painting here and the inpsiration behind it. Having always painted outside, Plein Air has really taken over my work in the last 2 years, painting from life is how I like to work, when stuck inside at a show promoting my Courses and holidays I tend to set up a still life to work with.
Working outside the light changes constantly always a challenge, working on a still life indoors with no natural light is my nightmare, the positive being the light and shadow are constant.
With Artist quality oils I find there is enough oil content not to need to add any, with my style of painting I don’t find a need to add mediums, I use Zest It dilutant and a spot of oil on the top highlights.
The image below is a still life I set up at Art Materials Live at Excel in London at the end of November. I find roses the most difficult flowers to paint and was pleased with the result I achieved here. Painted on Arches Oil Paper with Winsor & Newton Artists Oils using Rosemary and Co Ivory Brushes (long flats).