Well, hopefully not quite a shambles of a painting, but a shambles as in the tangly, thorny, prickly subject that will once again be the subject of another 'Squirrel Spectacular'. Yes I know, I thought I had managed to escape the blighters too, but I have been asked to paint the brambles once more for a special little something, so paint I must.
Again, flowers, buds and berries will feature in a small but sinuous landscape composition, and I am beginning to have a fondness for the reddish thorns, and gloriously serrated leaves. So many artists seem to have an aversion to leaves, but I really enjoy mixing lots of greens and going for it with a teeny brush. Although, I mustn't get too carried away with the nibble holes.
|Tracings of component parts.|
Generally, I will draw from life, but sometimes I will get the main stems and nodes in, and slightly shift the leaves
about to get a better composition.
|I always keep a master tracing of work that I have completed.|
It's good to keep a record of progress, especially if tackling the same subject.
Elsewhere, I am just coming to terms with the daunting task of painting five more pieces for the SBA exhibition in 2016. Next year feels like a very long way off, but when you have deadlines to meet and lots of projects on the go, it will go by very, very quickly, believe me. So, with no time to waste, it's off to find the right things to do.
Looking at what's coming up in the garden, and subjects in paintings that I have seen recently and liked, I suspect purple clematis will once again take centre stage somewhere. Dark, rich and decadent mixes, with plenty of space for the flowers and buds to revel about in. I really like the idea of that one. With a vine-like subject I might have to go for a bigger canvas size, to get more of the character of the plant into the piece. For now though, I am doodling with lots of thumbnail sketches but yep, that'l be more leaves again then, and plenty of purple. Oh, and not forgetting Archie my Artichoke. It might be his time to shine.
|Pinks and purples and pointy buds.|