First Sally Ladbrooke:
Here are the original herring, which I started last week, which although a bit of a hackneyed subject were so pretty.
Mine have put on a bit of weight! Probably because I just couldn’t resist the temptation to add another layer. I stuck some newspaper onto a sheet of cartridge first, then used oil pastel and acrylic ink, and then more pastel, and more ink, especially that red ink!
Thanks for the tips on using newspaper as a base, wallpaper paste made it crinkled (This follows discussion on Zoom), PVA doesn’t stick evenly, -next time I’ll try the spray adhesive, or Pritt Stick.
'Having not contributed for a while I thought I should pull my finger out. Whilst I haven’t been inspired very much I have finished off a painting from a photo from the distant past. This is somewhere in the country side in Norfolk.
The other one is a lockdown walk and is of Westhorpe church from the fields at the rear.
Now that I have picked up the brushes again I hope to keep at it.'
26th november 2020
As usual files available to download for printing below.
And Maggie-Anne has drawn a black labrador in shadow as a Christmas gift for friends who have just acquired two lab pups.
She continues, 'Sadly I lost my beautiful gentle Dottie dog in September but the picture reminds me of her too'.
Two very different animal images using darkness to very effectively.
'I am now going to work on a silk screen print using a hand cut stencils. I am working out the image using water colour. I want something simple on the lines of Morandi but also very fixed on a surface which is a wooden box. I did an acrylic painting of jugs using a sponge to dye the calico a while ago which does not work. The objects appear as if they are floating in space but I like the colours.'
I hadn't noticed the floating until I read the description. I think it looks sufficiently abstract that it doesn't matter anyway.
First Avril, who said,
'Yesterday I received my copy of the Artist and saw an article by Shirley Trevena and this inspired me to try something different. I realised it is very much like Diana’s work.
I started off having great fun not worrying about perspective and tried to be free, but towards the end I think I lost my way. Never mind it is better to have a go than not learn as you go along.
I think the items should blend into each other a bit better and overlap, Shirley looks at the items at different angles and I copied this week's blue still life.
'The still life was more challenging than I first thought with all the different blues and tones. Took much concentration but thanks, Harriet, for setting up those photos for us to use. I liked the fabric pattern too.
I just fell in love with these Turkeys. They live on a local farm which is on one of my local walks. They are always so excited to see people and rush towards the boundary fence with guttural globs of bubbling sound, fluffing out their chests and sooty black feathers and staring with their weird faces. This is my second attempt at painting them and capturing their character.'
Have a good week, and enjoy the end of lockdown!