It seems I have been a bit remiss with blog posts, so here are three updates in one. Daylight is of course restricted at this time of year which means that evening working is out of the question! However I have been working on some boats, a slightly different view of North Berwick from the harbour wall - which is destined for the St Andrew Blackadder art show at Easter, and a rather large collage of a spring woodland which if I am being completely honest I am finding rather hard going. Or at least I assume that's why I keep stopping working on it to concentrate on something else!
Pet Portraits? No - Pot Portraits! This one is entitled 'Pot Luck' and will be featured in one of the shows I have coming up, either at the St Andrew Blackadder Easter Art Show, or the St Mary's Kirk art show in May.
Having been busy with a commission recently - which was unusual as it was a pen and ink drawing of an unbuilt project - there hasn't been much time for anything else. However I have just finished another work featuring my favourite birch trees, this time in summer hues. Only winter left to go now!
There's been a distinct change in the air over the last week and it's dark when I get up now. The autumnal vibe has clearly influenced this collage of birch trees - a much bigger version of the four little ones I did earlier in the year. I feel it needs something leafy in the foreground, but apart from that, near finished now.
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.
Hard not to be inspired by all the lovely autumnal colours around at the moment. This is a "sort of" beech, if it's botanical accuracy you want, this is not the artwork you're looking for.
There's always one leaf on the tree defiantly hanging on to the previous season. Flying in the face of fashion.