Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Tale of Before and After



     Trees at Burns Cottage
          Oil 12x10"

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.


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.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A Studio Sale

Spring Yellows  
Oil on Board  10x10" *

I recently held a 3 day Studio Sale with 2 friends, a painter and a leadglass maker.
Despite the awful weather we were delighted with the support we got from family, friends and passers-by who came to browse, drink coffee and blether and buy !

It's strange to see these photos of my house transformed into a gallery but it seems to work quite well.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cyclamen with a Samba Look


Oil on board 6"x6"
Bridget Hunter 2013

I just love the Samba sway of these miniature cyclamen .

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Painting for Myself

Cyclamen in Miniature

Oil on Board 6x8"
Bridget Hunter 2013

I enjoy doing small studies and these cyclamen form a wonderful umbrella above the blue/green leaves.
The overall shape has proved fascinating to such an extent that I think I've now painted the plant 4 times, from different angles and on different shaped boards, though all quite small.

I'm now painting for me, myself and enjoying just looking and recording and using paint for it's qualities as "a visual language" to express an idea.

The painting "The Coastguard's Garden 1" is trying to show what it was like to be in a partly neglected garden behind a wall but where sea breezes were causing ripples of movement.

And I like adding the "1" in the title to show it's the first of a group of paintings, a series, which is another new way of working for me.
It's wonderful to feel free to paint what I want 
rather than be under pressure to produce.

The Coastguard's Garden 1

Oil on Board 20x20"
Bridget Hunter 2013

Monday, 23 September 2013

September Hydrangeas

September Hydrangeas

Oil on board 12x12"
Bridget Hunter 2013

It's been a good summer, long hot days, many a book read in the shade and grandchildren fun at the beach.
But there's been a time of thinking about my art too and conclusions that I've reached.
Trying to paint 6 works within a time scale for exhibitions is not for me. 
I was unhappy with the paintings, and the pressure meant I wasn't able to enjoy the actual painting process.

So I've decided to cut back and enjoy putting paint onto canvas as a hobby, as I used to.

(All I can say is thankgoodness for my pension.)

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Recent Paintings

I've not been blogging for quite a while. I've been getting paintings ready for a couple of exhibitions and it was all a bit of a rush. Here are 3 now hanging in The Gaiety Theatre for the next month.

Friday, 24 May 2013

A Front Cover

I can't believe my painting's on the front cover of The MacLaurin Gallery magazine . It seems unreal, that it's someone else. It's because of a new venture, a wall featuring local artists.

             This, however, does feel real - three of my four granddaughters and their doting Grandma!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Harvest Golds at Greenan

Harvest Golds at Greenan

Oil on canvas  30 x 30 cm
Bridget Hunter 2013

A favourite sketching place near the ruins of Greenan Castle, Ayr.

It's been hectic trying to get all 6 paintings finished. And there's been lots of paint scraped off which is really such a waste of materials.

So, I'm trying to change the frantic way I paint and take time to stop and think and place more considered marks.

I think I might need to pin a notice above the easel as a reminder though. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

At the edge of Alloway

"At the edge of Alloway"

Oil on board 50 x 50 cm
Bridget Hunter 2013

Working on 6 paintings for a new venture at The McLaurin Gallery, Ayr featuring artists from the South West of Scotland. 
I think it's to be called The Showcase Wall but watch this space!

Anyway, no matter the name, I've to deliver on Tuesday 30th April which means 5 more to finish for next week. No pressure at all then !!!!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Gold with Hill Farm

Another finished. Well I live in hope! Best get it into the frame before I start adding.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Through the Gate

Oil on board   51 x 51 cm 
Bridget Hunter 2013

There's been more paint scraped off this one than put on in the fight to get it finished. I'm taking it up in my little car with a second work to submit for selection to The Paisley Art Institute for their annual exhibition. 
Needless to say there's painty rags and brushes needing washed everywhere as I try to get the other painting to a finished state.

This hobby is taking over my life but would be lost without it.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Same shell, three sketches

Sometimes it's a treat to lay the bigger brushes aside and do some careful observation with a bit of watercolour and a small brush.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Hills were Blue

"The Hills were Blue'
Oil 24x24"

I've been busy working away on 6 new paintings for The McLaurin Gallery Ayr for a new venture called a Showcase Wall featuring local artists.

It was very flattering to be asked to participate but
it's way too intense for a wee woman who just enjoys painting.
 Back to the easel!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The first ever Open Studios Ayrshire.

Part of the kitchen

Back of the living room

The hall

What a weekend - the first ever open Ayrshire Open Studios. I've a tiny house and over the 3 days  approx 100 people came for a 'look see' and much to my amazement bought and bought. I ran out of printed greetings cards the second day and couldn't make any more as the printer gave up the ghost 

The upstairs "studio" looking unusually tidy.

The visitors were wonderful to brave the bitterly cold weather to support all 36 artists involved in this new venture.

Because of the snowdrifts closing roads though a few artists living further inland only got a few intrepid visitors on the last day which was such a shame after their preparations. To think that last year at this time we were rubbing on sunscreen.

Watercolour cards I rushed to make because my printer stopped working!

This was the first but already we've a list of many more participants for next year so hopefully it will become a noteable event in the Ayrshire calendar.

Thankyou to the people who supported us.
And thankyou to some wonderful friends who came to help.

Monday, 18 March 2013

"Lilies in Purple"

Lilies in Purple

Oil on Board  18x14"
Bridget Hunter 2013

The inspiration

Framed but tweaked with a leaf crossing flower at rght. It was only after I saw the photo that I thought it needed this.

I had some friends over for lunch and was given beautiful flowers and a stock of wine. How wonderful. These lilies just cried out to be painted. Do we painters always see still life in everything, eyeing up shapely pears and ripe colored mangoes while getting suspicious looks from shoppers?
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