I haven’t added to my blog for a while, yes I have been painting but I haven’t been happy to share the results recently, many people including painters seem to think the purpose of painting is to sell.
Sorry but that isn’t so, every time I paint it is because I can’t not paint, I try to do a sketch or a painting everyday. As a painter you need to practice, each time you make a mark with whatever, on whatever you are learning, you are honing your skills.
I paint using very traditional techniques, mainly plein air and alla prima, I have my gallery / studio where I sell my work and this time of year there are a lot of browsers – less buyers, which can be disheartening but the comments from kids particularly can make you smile and feel positive about what you do.
I have taken part in 2 Pintar Rapido painting weekends one in July in London and in Glasgow last weekend, I really was not happy with what I produced last weekend and should not have put it in the exhibition. The London event I was quite happy with the two paintings I did
The Southwark Bridge one is the one I put into exhibition, it didn’t win and didn’t sell but I learnt a lot and it is on the gallery wall.
Last weekend in Glasgow, a city with lots of hidden corners I just tried too hard, my painting wasn’t me it was too tight.
So today I went to a hidden corner not too far from my studio, The Secret Garden at How Hill, Today the temperature is 28℃ so the shade of the trees was welcome and the light coming through them was beautiful, a young boy, approx 9 years, spoke to me,
“Where are those colours you’re painting?”
I told him to really look and he said “Oh yes I can see, I have my eyes open!!” He made me laugh and he ran off to his parents.
HOW HILL NORFOLK BROADS
I painted on a larger canvas today (50x30cm) and was happier, I think I will take a larger canvas to Amsterdam for Pintar Rapido in 2 weeks time, as the title says confidence goes up and down then up again.
How Hill Secret Garden is one of the venues you could paint in at A Brush with the Broads 2015
the UK’s 1st 4 Day Plein Air Painitng Festival now in it second year 24 -28 September 2015