A miniature for the Easter Art Show at St Andrew Blackadder. I have always admired the stretched elegance of Egyptian cats, here stylised against a lapis lazuli background. A touch of gold to be added, for that touch of opulence appropriate for such regal felines.
Having done Winter and Spring here we are in "Summer". Probably going to add some more foliage and verdant growth in the foreground.
I haven't made a collage for ages so thought I would have a go at a small view of a birch wood in winter. Crimson red acrylic background to the sky for that heavy angry look and then a pastel background. Three layers of tree trunks drawn and then cut out of paper. It needs a bit more detail added - smaller branches and so on - but it's not far off done I think.
I take so many photographs of the harbour sometimes it's easy to miss an interesting patterning or colour - the photo I was working from here, for instance, was taken on a duller day last August, and it wasn't until I looked very closely I noticed how unusual the patches and swirls of colour in the water were. The patterning reminds me of the silk fabrics of Emilio Pucci. The painting is nearly finished - I feel it needs a little more detail towards the top half, in the boat itself.
Been working on this one on and off for a week or so. I quite like the fact that the water has turned out the colour of rhubarb fool (in fact the harbour walls are fairly pink, in some lights) and the reflections of the granary windows made some interesting patterning - but I'm not yet entirely happy with my signwriting ribbon. Will look at it again with fresh eyes in a day or two...
The St Andrew Blackadder Church Easter Art Exhibition has been a popular event for a good many years, raising valuable funds towards the renovation and upkeep of the stained glass windows and stonework of the church. I am pleased to say that I will be exhibiting several works in the exhibition this year. Details as per the flyer below. A good many local artists are represented.