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Four Stages of a Painting: Fly-By-Night

fly-by-night 2Fly-By-Night, painting in acrylic, neocolor II and conte, to be shown at The Coldstream Gallery in an exhibition entitled “Imagine”.

October 3, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Dear Cara,
    I think I owe you a comment! Think you for all your likes on my blog…I still haven’t worked out how to do that! This is a lovely painting, great to see your work again and I look forward to the show at the Granary in Berwick. Trying to do some painting of my own at the moment, not sure how well it is going. Hope to see you soon.
    Olivia x

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    Comment by olivia145 | October 4, 2014 | Reply

    • You don’t owe me any comments, Olivia, but it is lovely to have one from you all the same. It will be interesting to see what comes out of your new painting. Hope that the move to Belford is proving fruitful, I always liked the space there. I haven’t any new illustration work to go into the Granary, but have some framed illustrations which I have shown before; but I hope to set to work on some new illustrations during this month. Wrote the script to a picture book story basically in an afternoon ages ago, but can’t work out what medium to use for the illustrations. Like your website very much, the drawings are wonderful. See you around, maybe on Saturday? Cara x

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 6, 2014 | Reply

  2. PS I think I meant thank you, can’t paint or spell anymore it seems…!

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    Comment by olivia145 | October 4, 2014 | Reply

  3. Beautiful work Cara – there is a real comfort with the rabbit tucking the little boy under him and seeing the child’s arm stretched out in wonderment. This will get quite a reception on the exhibition.

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    Comment by Mary | October 4, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you, Mary, it is lovely to have your comment. Yes, the boy is being carried safely through the air, I took quite a bit of trouble to make sure he was lodged in there, under crook of the hare’s leg (I believe our hares are like your jack-rabbits?). The outstretched hand wasn’t in the original drawing, but yes, I think it works like that.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 6, 2014 | Reply

  4. Inspired by Marc Chagall I suppose? I love it very much 🙂 from the color palette to the subject and the composition, everything flows perfectly and the overall atmosphere is so dreamy!

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    Comment by rosanechawi | October 4, 2014 | Reply

    • Thank you, Rosane, that’s a lovely comment. Inspired more by a story I am working on, but all the same, Chagall gave us all permission to fly through the painted air. In my most recent painting everything is floating, but it is much the same in some ways. I always used to have dreams that I was flying when I was a child, not as high as this, usually just round the room!

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 6, 2014 | Reply

      • Ohh that’s really nice! The dreams of flying are really interesting, so your rabbit and boy story will be told any time soon?

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        Comment by rosanechawi | October 6, 2014

      • Hi, Rosane. I wrote the story quite a time ago, but have never been happy with the paintings for the story. I am thinking of going back to painting in gouache, as it is more forgiving than watercolour, and I want a medium I can change a bit, and work on, especially working light over dark. If I overwork with watercolours they get really muddy. I used to have these wonderful edding sepia pens that used for illustration, but they don’t make them any more, so that has forced me to think of different media for illustration; which isn’t a bad thing at all. Most of my gouache is old and hardened-up, so when I have finished the painting I am working on at the moment (in acrylic) I will indulge myself by buying some new colours. There’s something delicious about brand-new tubes of paint….

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 6, 2014

      • Cool! I was going to suggest you work with acrylic, as they spread easily, and can be cheaper than gouache, that’s in case you’re working on a large canvas. Gouache is nice too, well the problem with watercolors, is that at every second you better stop and take a good look at your painting to see if you’re going to add a color or leave it this way, because there’s no going back, but it is beautiful, how transparent the color is. I have a set of watsrcolors that are like gouache, they can be pigmentated and thick yet watery and transparent at the same time (depends on how much water you add), give it a try 🙂 watercolor on the long run would be easier to use (u dont need to open up tubes and u can carry them anywhere u go)

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        Comment by rosanechawi | October 6, 2014

      • Hi Rosane. I love watercolour too, and have almost always used if for illustration, but for this particular job want something that gives a different effect. I might even work on slightly tinted paper, we shall see. I want something I can build up. It is fun trying out a medium I haven’t used for quite some time. Even when I was more or less broke I used to get really good paper. Some really cheap materials can work really well, but paper and watercolour are much better the more you expend. I love the colours that you can get in Winsor and Newton gouache, so I am going to treat myself. By the way, have you seen Angela Barrett’s illustrations – she uses mainly gouache, I believe, and I love the effects she gets, she is a classic illustrator, really.

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        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 6, 2014

      • Best of luck Cara! 🙂 I will check Angela Barrett out!

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