The sun is out yeehah! I have been busy getting things together for Patchings Arts Festival next weekend in Nottinghamshire. I hope this weather remains settled because I am in a marquee right next to the entrance with paintings balanced precariously on easels. A gust of wind would not be helpful. Another go at the apple blossom.
Sometimes the onslaught of spring flowers is just too much and I have to get back to my old friends from the larder for a bit of “dead life”. The rain is relentless here and it’s half-term of course. I seem to remember revising for my o’levels on the beach in a heat wave. Poor Floss, I think I’d better get some chocolate in to compensate.
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I did keep a couple of magnolias back as I am really busy this week with preparations for shows including more prints, cards and finding equipment. No post tomorrow as I am off to London to see the royal society of portrait painters exhibition before it closes on Friday. Wednesday tip….mmm let’s see. How about storing paint that you’ve squeezed out and not used. Well, first of all you can freeze it. I’ve never done it but have it on good authority that it works.
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A déjà vu this one but it was requested. I’ve since put a couple of berries on the table to balance things up. I’ve had a bit of a bonkers day today. I left my newly-bought wholemeal loaf on the counter in the butcher’s, the same thing happened in the chemist where I left some document pockets I’d just bought and then came home to find the meringues I’d made the day before still in the bottom oven. I need help.
What a beautiful day it was yesterday. I got loads done including planting out sweet peas (risky but how long can it go on), marking out new veggie patch and filling crates with poo ready for planting. Here’s a painting that went home to a new owner from the spirit of summer fair.
These were painted this morning for a friend who is unwell and having to face some truly horrible treatment. I hope you will feel well enough this weekend to get out and walk amongst the bluebells as rumour has it that they are your favourite flowers. It will be coming through the post to you, when it’s dry, with lots of love.
I am off to Birmingham this evening to watch Eddie Izzard, can’t wait. I will be at the Spirit of Summer fair at Olympia tomorrow on the stand of Charlotte Supple Interiors. If you’re going, please come and say hello.
Guess what. More magnolia. Today’s Wednesday tip is, if you are unsure of your tonal values, it pays to do a quick under painting first with turps-diluted burnt sienna in various strengths. Then you can work up the painting on top.
Another one snaffled from a friend’s garden. Last night I went to see Birdsong at the theatre…….excellent. It’s on tour so if you get a chance, I recommend it. I’ve been prepping boards this morning which is quite time-consuming, four coats each! All this is because, I had ear-marked today to embark on my foray into plein-air painting………..i.e. going out and painting some landscapes to make a change from Magnolias. However, the weather was against me. Note to self, watch the weather forecast.
You were warned, we have magnolias up the wazoo this week. I will have some paintings at Spirit of Summer at Olympia this week on Charlotte Supple Interior’s stall. Well worth a visit as she always has lovely things and is a very talented interior designer.