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stories and illustration

Shadow of the Geranium

 

shadow of the geranium 2

“Shadow of the Geranium” feels like the title of a South American magical realist novel. Maybe I should have it as the title of a book I mean to write some time with Brighton in the 60s as its setting, though I am not quite sure how I will weave in the geranium. The scent of the leaves reminds me of the terrace outside my Granny’s house in Chailey, Sussex. These geraniums are in the window-boxes outside out kitchen window, and sometimes the afternoon sun strikes the net curtains in a particular way.

shadow of the geranium

 

 

August 24, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ivy Shadow

zivyshadow

April 14, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

February Field 1

February Field 1

February 6, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mallards

mallards

March 31, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Signs

Signs

January 25, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 3

hands and light 3

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 2

hands and light 2

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands and Light 1

hands and light 1

December 16, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Stages and a Lighting Effect

3 stages and a lighting effectI started off painting this very roughly, and then took a photograph in the afternoon, when (by chance, not design) the light from the window lay over the canvas.  When I looked at the photograph I liked the effect of the window and its shadow, so decided to incorporate this effect in the final picture. I am used to painting illustrations flat on the table, but with this larger painting I propped up the canvas on a chair with two sturdy arms.  I am going to get a piece of wood and balance it on the chair to use as an easel.  The studio is small, and though I have an ornate, gold painted metal easel, this is used to hold many sheets of watercolour paper and big books of expensive artistico fabriano paper which I use for illustration. I also have a table easel which I think I bought in Lidl, or Aldi maybe: but for larger bits of canvas, the chair and the bit of wood will do very well.  It is fun to do something larger and freer after the small pages of illustration: though in a sense this is still an illustration, as it is a painting based on a poem which I wrote many years ago. I have incorporated the words of the poem in the painting.  I admire very much the use that some artists make of words, I haven’t explored this enough, and need to widen the range of my lettering. However, it is fun to realise that there are ways of expanding one’s range. I went to an exhibition of illustration at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed (where some of my illustrations were on show among those of other people) and was very interested in one or two paintings which had incorporated words beautifully in their work. Rather a delightful exhibition, connected with Berwick’s first Book Festival, which takes place next weekend, and which it is hoped will be a yearly fixture. The picture above (final version) I delivered today to the Berwick Watchtower Gallery, for their Open Exhibition, which also opens next weekend.

 

October 11, 2014 Posted by | Painting, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Studio III

Owl 3

October 11, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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