stories and illustration

Musicians in the Forest

Looking through my files, wondering when I will have time to cull all the imagery on my computer (which will have to be done) I come across this painting, now sold, and from quite a time ago, and I notice two things: firstly, my attraction to wandering musicians, which is the subject of my new story, goes way back; and secondly, I have made a very serious mistake in the shape of the guitar case, which I will now have to carefully rectify in about fifteen illustrations at least. I got so involved with the story I didn’t check the details. I had forgotten about this painting – it is strange how ideas and imagery recur. It’s much more orange than my usual work, which tends towards blue and mauve and deep red, with a fair smattering of brown (sepia being one of my favourite colours) and naples yellow (ditto); but it certainly has the feel of what I am working on now. Glad I came across it, almost by accident, it has proved useful.

September 16, 2019 - Posted by | Art, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. Their outfits are really fun! I quite like the orange. A coincidence, two days ago I scanned a photo of a large group of musicians in a forest in Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. Their outfits are more conventional than those of your merry band. Now I think I’ll have to share it soon. ūüôā

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    Comment by Tokens of Companionship | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  2. Oh please do share the photograph of the musicians in the forest, I’d really like to see that!

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    Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | September 16, 2019 | Reply

  3. A magical moment in the woods. I love the orange ones. They immediately caught my attention.

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    Comment by Liz Gauffreau | October 5, 2019 | Reply

    • I hardly ever use orange and yellow, don’t know why, as they are great colours – the work I am doing at the moment seems to be mostly violets. blues, browns and muddy magenta, with splashes of bright red. But I enjoyed painting this picture, it sold at my last show to a couple in Berwick. When the latest project is finished, which also has musicians in it, I will go back to painting pictures; it will be fun, after working on a smaller scale and to a specific brief, even though it is a brief I have set myself! Very nice to hear from you, Liz.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | October 15, 2019 | Reply

      • I’m glad to hear that the painting will grace someone’s home for them to enjoy every day. Have fun with your new paintings!


        Comment by Liz Gauffreau | October 18, 2019

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