Hi again and thanks for joining me. Here’s what I’ve been up to this February ….
Last month I had a stab at a couple of still-lives at my Brettenham art class on Friday morning with the very wonderful Ed Cooper. You always learn so much from his lessons. We did a session on tone and texture. It hadn’t occurred to me that I should consider the light and shade on even the pimples of an apple or the dimples on a satsuma – and observe how a highlight appears more dispersed and fragmented on a rough textured object than on something smooth. All things I must put into practice when it comes to my next still-life which I look forward to having another stab at in due course – but for the time being – surprise surprise, it’s all about dogs again.
I spend my evenings drooling over photographs of hounds on Facebook, thinking they are quite the most beautiful art form, so I am going to do a series of them in oil on board to exhibit at Suffolk Living, Felixstowe in September. The wall-space is now booked…!
In my last blog I talked about the extraordinary little dog I met at a shop in Ipswich; the Wild Man of Orford as I called him. I’m pleased to say I’ve finished his portrait now and popped it into the gallery. He’s the first in line. He lent himself to pastels beautifully and I’m quite pleased with the result – I think the checkerboard chair sets him off to good effect. I will pop back to the shop with it next week to gauge the owner’s opinion/approval.
So here below is a picture of a Galgo, (Spanish Greyhound) who was rescued by a charity in Spain called Galgos del Sol. Such beautiful dogs. I’d rehome them all if I had a large enough house! I will add her to my card collection for now – Presley is her name – and auction some cards for this very worthy charity. Please see Facebook link ‘GDS Needle Nose Helping Dogs Like Me Auction’ for details.
In doing this portrait, I realised that oil is the most joyous medium and actually now, my favourite. There was no grid-work used for this portrait and no preliminary drawing, yet everything seemed to fall into place – the most liberating experience ever!
I urge you all to have a go!