Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Trying a Box Canvas


A Vase of Spring

Oil on Canvas 8x8"

February has brought longer hours of daylight and that means more time to paint in natual light.
In the garden the signs of Spring are already showing - the snowdrops through and other bulbs beginning to grow.
And it's impossible to resist buying bunches of daffodils from the local gift shop.
And it's impossible not to try painting them.

This time though I've been using box canvases and trying out ways to paint the edges, trying black at first but settling on using the background colour.
I'm not sure whether this type of support is for me. I think I prefer a canvas with a frame.








Sunday, 11 January 2015


An Ochre Study with Windfarm

Oil on Board 24x20"


The weather is just as you would expect in Scotland in January though the rain seems a bit wetter and the winds that bit stronger.
The worst part of this time of year, if you paint, is the shorter daytime light. By 4 o'clock it's already getting dark and I don't find daylight bulbs all that sucessful. In proper daylight the colours always seem too fierce hough I know many artists seem to like them.

Working away on the series of paintings with a predominantly ochre palette of the hills in this part of Scotland though I've started adding a bit of a windfarm or two
which can now be seen in the landscape. 




In a cream frame


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

A New Year, New Medium


Tamzin with the Cowboy Hat

Pastel on Brown Paper

At the beginning of December I went on a pastel portrait course with Tom McKendrick in
 A House for an art Lover, Glasgow.
It was a beautiful venue for an art course and the teaching was inspiring.
This was the first time I've used dry pastels and the first time I've actually completed a colour portrait as my attempts in the past have ended up in the bin.
The resource was a photo I'd taken a few years ago.

My girls, with a hint or two from me, have given me money for pastels as my Christmas present and I'm so looking forward to going to Glasgow to spend it in a new art shop there.


Here's a photo of Tom McKendrick with his wonderful portraits of soldiers.








Thursday, 4 December 2014

An Ochre Landscape


                                             An Ochre Landscape

                                                                    Oil 24x20"



The Orange Sun October

Oil  24x20"


Again I've let too long a time pass since last here.  I've been floundering a bit with my painting and been too concerned in producing finished works rather than being creative and enjoying the painting process as an end in itself.

Recently however I've been trying some Linoprinting at a class held in A House for an Art Lover, Glasgow and, though I need to practice it a lot more to get any half decent results, it's been a wonderful experience.

It's been strange though, how using a completely different medium has, in a way, rekindled my enthusiasm for painting and these two works, both inspired by the ochre colours in the local hilly landscape, were completed recently as a result.







Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Coffee and an Exhibtion



Oil on Box Canvas  10x10"



Oil on Box Canvas  8x8"




Oil on Canvas  8x10"
Print available


My friend Margaret Law and I are taking part in a joint exhibition at a venue in Mauchline, Ayrshire.  It's a new local gallery which started out life as a gift shop. It's now a Coffee Shop and Gallery and well worth a visit for the cakes alone. 

Carol, the owner, has started evening craft classes there too and, from what I've been told, I hear these are very popular.

It's great to see a new local Art Gallery becoming popular.

Above are 3 of the paintings and prints I'm exhibiting.



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

North Ayrshire Art Exhibition



Road to the Loch
 Oil on Canvas  24x20"


I got word today that my two paintings entered into The North Ayrshire Art Exhibition had been accepted and that's always a good feeling.

It's been a few years since I tried for this exhibition as I never seem to have enough works for 
the shows that come along in groups, like buses, in the summer months.
But this year I've involved myself in less and so have more paintings ready.




The Garden Poppies
Oil on board  10x12"






The exhibition is held in The Raquet Hall at Eglinton Park
and starts Saturday 12th July 2014




Join us for the preview

Friday 11th July
7.30pm

Visit the exhibition

Saturday 12th - Saturday 26th July
10.00am - 4.00pm

The Raquet Hall
Eglinton Country Park
Kilwinning



Join us for the preview

Friday 11th July
7.30pm

Visit the exhibition

Saturday 12th - Saturday 26th July
10.00am - 4.00pm

The Raquet Hall
Eglinton Country Park
Kilwinning








Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Red, Red, Red



Poppies Red
Oil on bard  12x10"
Bridget Hunter 2014


It's hard to believe it's half way through June and the summer solstice is just 4 days away. 
It doesn't get dark here until 11.30 pm and the birds are still singing, then they restart at 3.30 am.
It's the time of year I love the best and that is partly due to the splashes of garden colour.

I've a clump of the brightest red poppies, that started out in my grandma's house in southern England but bloom just as happily here on the West Coast of Scotland.

This year I've decided to try painting them, and because I love using and mixing red its become a series of poppy paintings.





Oil on Canvas paper  12x12"




Oil on Canvas paper  12x12"




I've used 2 reds - Cadmium Red Daler Rowney
and Permanent Rose Windsor and Newon.




Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Painting in the Algarve


A Villa Garden 
Sketch - charcoal, watercolour, oil pastel - 4x6"

I've just returned from a 5 day painting course with Emily Ball in Portugal.
I've lots of sketches and a couple of paintings and some photographs to 
try to recapture a sense of place to inspire future works.

The sketches were done using charcoal, watercolour, oil pastels and pencil and was a messy process
but babywipes came in handy for knocking back marks and cleaning up after.







Mostly my sketches were done near the villa amongst the palm trees and unfamiliar plant shapes.
I was also trying to capture the movement of the foliage due to it being rather breezy.

There were many great ideas generated during the time there but one that I 
hope I'll remember, and which affected my work was to
think of the marks I was making as adjectives and each one therefore had a distinct value.

www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk/






Tuesday, 6 May 2014

And the dog came too !


My home with the Open Studios Banner and a visitor at the door.


It's been a week since our Open Studios event and I think I'm still recovering from all the painting and tidying and welcoming and talking.
It was extremely busy and I think most people had a successful time .

Here are a few photos of inside my house though they don't feature the studio which is up a few stairs and was also open for browsing thfough. 















Most works are oil paintings though there are a few gouache too.
I didn't have greeting cards ready nor prints as I ran out of time and realise this was 
something I should have organised.

Ah well, note to self for next year.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Four Days until Open Studios


The opening of our 2nd Open Studios Ayrshire weekend is only 4 days away.

The windows are washed, the garden tidied, the frames have arrived and some more paintings have been brought out and finished off. Some have been binned or painted over but a few have survived after a bit of reworking.
Lots more to do in the way of organising the wall spaces and small paper works to mount and cellophane, a price list to sort and of course labels.


I've finished the largest painting I've ever attempted "Storm over the Carrick Hills"
and also the smallest, three tiny box canvas images of Spring flowers. 



Storm over the Carrick Hills
Oil on Canvas  32x32"



Spring Yellows
Three oil on box canvas  4x4"

Just remembered there's wine to buy and tasty bits to put on plates.
And hopefully the weather will be kind unlike last year when some of our artists were snowed in!




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Tale of Before and After

                       


                                      

     Trees at Burns Cottage
          Oil 12x10"
         After


Sometimes you struggle and struggle trying to use paint to express an idea and it just doesn't work                and you either give up or accept the unsatisfactory image.

The image below never pleased me but I took a photo anyway and posted it online.
Yesterday I took it out of the frame and radically attacked it determined that it was either going to work or be relegated to the bin.

This painting above , though not a true likeness of the scene, pleases me much more.




Before



Friday, 4 April 2014

The Red Corner


Lemons on Red
Oil on Board 20x20"

This is the latest painting combining that wonderful Amaryllis with the cool yellow of lemons. 
I used this other painting below as the resource reworking the idea in a different format and enjoying the mark making and the rich warm and cool reds.




Amaryllis with Red
Oil on Board 30x24"





I've now got a red corner in the back room and it's a great place to sit with the morning coffee.

So, more work ready for Open Studios and also another exhibition in May, one red still life for each.





Tuesday, 1 April 2014

New Studio Furniture


The Studio with new furniture including this very handy drawer unit for storing all sorts of papers.
It's never looked so prim and tidy.




Four Postcards


I chose four paintings to be printed as postcards and I'm very pleased with the quality.

So, Studio looking posh and postcards ready,  all set here for Open Studios in a few weeks.

Just need to finish more paintings !



Friday, 21 March 2014

That Windsor Blue




                                           Oil on board. 24x20"
                   


Last night saw the launch of Open Studios Ayrshire to be held on 26/27 April and it was such a good social occasion meeting artists and matching names to faces to Artwork.

I knew most of the names as I'm on the committee though now it's our second year I'm hoping a newer member will take my place. I'm not the best committee person being a bit dipsy and needing to write everything down and even then getting it wrong anyway.

Everyone is really working hard to get lots if work ready including me with this not yet titled painting using a favourite Windsor Blue and which is  now finished.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Two for Open Studios Ayrshire


Oil on canvas   12x12"




Oil on board  12x10"

Bridget Hunter 2014


Painting to pull together some unfinished works that have lain under a bed waiting for inspiration but the truth is I've been really afraid to tackle them. 
It gets like that sometimes, I just don't know what to do next so I hide them and just hope  !

However the Open Studio event is getting closer and a few other exhibitions so I need to finish some of those .

Both show trees growing behind Burns Cottage garden which is very close to where I live.
There are some Scots Pines and its their shapes that I find fascinating.

I'd like to draw these pine trees in charcoal and look forward to having the time to go out when the weather is a bit warmer.



Saturday, 15 March 2014

A bit of self promotion




 One thing we're not good at , us painting people, is self promotion.

Today I'm feeling fairly chuffed, no, very very chuffed, as I managed to design these 
Fliers and business cards online.

I know they're not colour coordinated but at least they've got images on the reverse.

And I managed to unblock the drain in the washing machine so life is good .

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Amaryllis and Red


Amaryllis and Red
Oil on Canvas  30x24"

Bridget Hunter 2014

I've wanted a painting for the corner of the back room and always had in mind that something predominately red to hang near a favourite blue chair would be good.
In the end I decided to base a painting around two amazingly red Amaryllis I got at Christmas.  

 I've no confidence in arranging a still life so I thought I'd try to limit the number of elements and just enjoy playing about with lots of different tones and shades of red.

I think this has worked better for me and I'm going try this simple type of arrangement again.



Monday, 3 March 2014

Small Works in a Basket















Small oils  on canvas  4x6"

Sometimes I really enjoy making small studies in paint as opposed to the larger landscapes. 
These are usually little subjects found in and out of my house and 
this year I've been painting them on very small canvases 
and popping them into a basket for sale at the Open Studio event.







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