Thursday, 10 May 2012

Exciting Week

After a very successful Open Studio weekend life has just kept on being very exciting. I finished my next painting in the Wuthering Heights series, it was my birthday and my lovely family were here to help me celebrate, was a featured in the local paper with other artists in the area, and then was interviewed over the phone for Radio Sheffield! What will next week bring?

Friday, 4 May 2012

Open Up Starts Tomorrow

I am all ready for the big day tomorrow. My studio and gallery will be open for three days to the public along with many others in the area. Hopefully, we will have a great three days with lots of visitors and positive feedback.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Two Days to Open Up

A little more progress on my wanderings around wuthering, but as I have now only two days left before Open Studios I must abandon Cathy and Heathcliff to their own devices whilst I tidy my studio and add finishing touches to the gallery space.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wuthering Wanderings

  • "They DO live more in earnest, more in themselves, and less in surface, change, and frivolous external things. I could fancy a love for life here almost possible; and I was a fixed unbeliever in any love of a year's standing."
The next painting in my Wuthering Heights series. I love remote moorland and although in reality there is little left of Top Withens I am using old stock photos as source for my inspiration. These painting are for a forthcoming exhibition at Harrison Lord Gallery, Pennines, Pathways and Peaks.

To create the effects of moorland grasses I am using texture paste and building up the background with layers of diluted paint which I let run at will to 'just see what happens'.

Now, I have started to use some thicker paint to add depth and detail...have to be very careful at this stage not to lose some of the accidental, serendipity effects. I am enjoying my wanderings around Haworth Moor.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Getting Ready For Open Up

Four days to go until Open Up Studios, Sheffield and so much to do! Not least finishing a few paintings, putting cards and envelopes into cellophane,tweaking the hanging arrangement and printing out the labels.
Outside it would be nice if it stopped raining and I could cut the grass and set out tables and chairs so visitors could enjoy refreshments in the garden!