Saturday, 3 October 2015

It's been a while...:)











Yes it has been a little while since I posted...been busy, so busy! As you can see, time has not dulled my interest in painting horns and antlers :) This top piece was so enjoyable to create from start to finish, that's so rare for me. Normally I enjoy the first couple of hours then there is a struggle in the middle when I start to question everything I am doing (this can last 2 hours or 2 weeks!) then the final three to four hours are normally the icing on the cake for me. Someone asked me how much time I spend on a large painting and I honestly couldn't answer. Every piece is so different, generally a large pastel will take about 4-5 hours of actual painting but the puzzling and analyzing adds countless hours and a large mixed media piece...well, they keep me up at night! Maybe if I guessed I would say they have maybe 10 - 15 hours or so of hands on work, but sometimes weeks of planning, sketching, second guessing, research and puzzling go into them too! I haven't pinned down titles for these two yet, but the first piece was inspired by an afternoon in the garden with my daughter...it was so alive with insects, birds and reptiles...as the painting progressed it started to feel like a Shakespearean play, with all the drama and weirdness, so I tried to give it a feeling of a set stage with lace curtains and vintage wallpaper...not sure where I was heading with the second piece...kind of magical I suppose! I ws really enjoying laying the texture on thick with this piece, anyway cheers:)