Monday, 22 January 2018

A big step

What a rainy wet weekend we had, the light was so flat, however I used what daylight I could to begin painting again. After setting everything up, and getting everything out I was tempted to complete a half finished painting which I had begun last April, but thought that perhaps a fresh start would be better, so I chose a photo from my iPad which I had taken in the New Year after a fall of snow.
I decided to limit myself to just 5 colours. Shadow, Bluebell, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna and White.
I began by blocking in the dark areas using a dilute mix of Shadow and Bluebell.
I spent the first half hour or so finding my feet a bit, and I must admit to dithering! I couldn't quite decide on the depth of colour and should, in hindsight have just used one colour and scrabbled it on quickly rather than faff about too much. Anyway this was the start. 

It began to get quite dark so I decided to leave it till the next day and begin another one in artificial light. My overhead lights are pretty good, so I prepared a couple of canvas boards by coating them with two layers of Pale Raw Umber as my mid tone base.

Then I became much bolder applying the paint with more confidence and this was my second painting. Same two colours but applied quite differently. I don't chose to paint in artificial light  as I always find it affects the colours too much, but I was just keen to get going while I felt like painting and I really enjoyed getting stuck in to it again.

When I looked at this the next morning it did seem rather bold, so I decided to work only in daylight and only paint in artificial light to prepare my boards. I'm used to painting demos indoors of course, but a demo is very different from painting an actual painting, in the sense that a demo is designed to teach techniques, rather than merely to complete a painting in front of an audience.

This was the first painting once I had worked on it the following day. Its 10 x 12 inches.

Below is my second painting in late afternoon light.
Maggie my little schnauzer is curled up on her bed, she is always with me. Occasionally she will push her little nose against me if she wants something, or brings me a squeaky toy if I have been painting for too long!

Terry and I had different studios and we would always comment on each others work. I missed him standing next to me with his coffee in hand, looking intently at my painting before offering advice, a little bit of dark here, or some light there. That voice by my side when he popped in and out throughout the day. I feel so blessed to have had him in my life for the time we were together. 
So these are my first two paintings. 
Thank you for your emails and comments which have encouraged me so much. Now that I have made a start I am sure to continue. 


Gilly C. said...

Well - WHAT a start! I love the light glowing inside the greenhouse, and the snow shades in both paintings. I hope Terry's voice doesn't ever leave your side, hard though it may be.

Unknown said...

Beautiful work. I can feel the joy in your words as you ease your way back into painting. Take things one step at a time. I lost my wife to major health issues after 24 years of marriage, and have an idea of what you’re going through.
Terry will always be there, looking over your shoulder. You just have to listen closely, and remember him with a smile.

brigitteblanchard said...

Fiona, je suis de tout cœur avec vous...vos toiles sont magnifiques!!j'aime beaucoup "la lumière et la neige ainsi que son ciel" de la seconde.
Je vous souhaite de continuer de peindre et d'instruire.
Je suivais votre mari Terry sur YouTube, j'ai été très triste d'apprendre cette terrible nouvelle.
Je vous souhaite beaucoup de Courage, tendresse à Maggie !!

Unknown said...

Wonderful to see you painting again and such beautiful paintings too, the colours are amazing. I too struggle in artificial light when doing pastel pet portraits, often I have to re-work what I have done the night before as the colours ars so wrong.
I am sure that Terry will always be looking over your shoulder offering advice and I hope you continue to enjoy painting. You have been a source of inspiration to me and I hope you continue to be so. Take care. Laine x

ferrelli said...

These are wonderful! Thank you for showing your progress through the painting, it helps the viewer SO much! It looks like you are on your way!

WriteItPro said...

Lovely to see you painting once again Fiona. Great two paintings too, well there will be no stopping you now :)


Unknown said...

So good to see you painting again Fiona. You and Terry had such different styles and I love them both. Keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

Well done to you. Lovely to see you painting again.

Trish said...

Loved Terry after watching and painting along with him for a year, now seeing your work it's wonderful. Keep well and chin up, love your children paddling it, just reminds me of my childhood Patricia

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I like very much your watercolor paintings, I follow your blog, I bought one of your books about painting flowers.
Reading the comments, I understood what happened, and I wanted to express to you my sympathy.
I wish you courage.
And I wish another beautiful paints.