January 12, 2016

"It was time to let go"

Here is my latest painting, completely finished (I think... no, I'm certain). It's always hard to declare when a painting is complete. I tend to notice things that are off when I pass by it in the house, or when I see it through my camera lens... "why did I do that stroke? That's got to be fixed".

I decided to call this one "It was time to let go", because this beautiful autumn leaf was falling from my chestnut tree last November and looked like it had been through so much over the year. It had been eaten by caterpillars and survived our dry summer and now it was time... time to let go.

As I was writing the title on the back of the painting I realized that it was also time for me to let go of this painting! I've really enjoyed doing it, especially all those sunny highlights on the bottom leaf - doing that made my heart beat a little faster. And the lovely golden ochre colours were the perfect hues to play with over the last month.

This is a large painting for me, 20 x 24 inches and it's on a thick cradled wood panel. I used my acrylic paints but in a very watercolour style of painting. It is available for sale in my shop.

I hope you like it!

January 07, 2016

I've been working away...

...painting my beautiful chestnut tree leaf in between all the busyness of Christmas. I haven't posted anything in a long time, but I have been painting! This picture is from a couple of weeks ago when I was still building up the layers of ochre, yellow and burnt umber. Painting is a lovely place for me to escape to when daily life is busy and filled up with going to and fro. There were several days in December when I had been out at the malls (dare I say, Walmart) and was very happy to come home to paint all of the bumpy edges and smooth sunny highlights of this humble chestnut leaf.

Now the painting is (almost) finished - I'll post it very soon!