Fruit bowl

It’s Friday!! Nearly Easter so I shall be heading north next week for a family visit, taking some friends, walking, scoffing and a bit of painting thrown in if I have my way.
I’ve been working on gallery work but last week I had a great workshop with a lovely group over three days! Exhausting but fun and they did some great work. Here’s my effort which I made as a demo for them. I’ve been working on my next little one and taking progress shots so hoping to give you a bit of an insight into how I work but in the meantime, here’s a little fruit cocktail for you. Have a wonderful Easter!

9436 fruit bowl

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Cornishware and lemons

Ooooh, I have been enjoying this weather but it sends me into a panic with everything I want to paint coming on thick and fast. I’ll show you what I’ve been doing below but firstly, here’s a little one to take you into the weekend. I’m in summer mode I think.

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So anyway, I’ve had a bit of a pash this week for Magnolia Stellata, a somewhat gorgeous example of which is growing in my neighbours garden. After a couple of days of coveting over the fence, I had permission to scrump. So I’ve done these two and since Jobbers is away, I’ve managed to finish these two, one of which is a monster, in the week! I have to admit to a bit of a pash for these Fired Earth tiles too and I found this lovely old toolbox in a local bric-a-brac shop. Now you know where my money goes.

Yes, ok, so the last one is Ranunculus but I slipped it in there for good measure.

Anyway, that’s my week done. Off to Waitrose for some weekend goodies since everyone’s coming home. Happy Mother’s Day all you heroine’s of the bedtime stories.

Garlic

Well, I’ve just about recovered from Surrey Art Fair which was great fun with good sales but boy…….exhausting! Loved being in a little ‘enclave’ with painting pals. We did a lot of giggling and sharing of all things chocolate and were able to watch each others’ stands when the obligatory wee was required. I stayed in a sweet little airbnb up the road which I had to myself so at close of day didn’t need to speak………not that I could!
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’ve just been out to buy painting subjects for the weekend from the wholesaler so that’s me – holed-up for the next two days whilst you all enjoy some R&R. Not sure I thought it through properly so I’ve got a job on my hands to paint them before they die. Still, Jobbers is away so the house is empty bar me so I can make a rare old mess in the kitchen prepping panels and eating when I like. Bliss.
So, before I hit you with my flower bomb, here’s some good old garlic – always a great subject, panders to my obsession with whites and doesn’t wilt. Have a lovely weekend.

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Cherry blossom

I’ve been a little bit captivated of late by Monty Don in Japan. I’d love to see the cherry blossom but having to make do with a gorgeous tree in our village which heralds the very beginnings of spring each year. The owners kindly let me pinch a bit so I did this little oil sketch and then worked on a larger one for Surrey Contemporary Art Fair which is next weekend (let me know if you’d like a complimentary ticket).
Anyway, happy International Women’s Day to all you lovely people, regardless of gender (or not?)

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Tete-a-tete

Morning! I’m told that today is the last of the warm sunshine for a while but it’s given us a little taster of what’s to come. I had a great day painting in the sun in London on Sunday and look forward to a few more trips soon. I’ll be heading off to France in April with some painting buddies and hope to get lots done and chew the cud over some moules frites! In the meantime, here’s a little springtime cheer for you.

tete-a-tete

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Painting outside the Tate

Not quite finished!

Snowdrops 2

Oh this glorious sunshine is doing the soul some good!  The snowdrops in my garden a fairly twinkling.  I couldn’t resist doing another one.  Bubba has been out sunbathing in the garden for the first time this year. It must have been exhausting as he’s sparko in his basket now.  It’s a dog’s life.
Incidentally, I’m painting up a storm ready for the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair on March 15th-17th where I’ll be standing waiting for you in my best bib and tucker (well……..I’ll do my best). I have free tickets if you’d like them.

9416, snowdrops 2

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Hellebores

Ooooh, I’m loving this spring weather and these little chaps are popping up all over.  There jewel-like colours always inspire me to paint them.  Meanwhile, it’s Friday chaps and the weather is looking fine.  What’s not to like!  Have a lovely one.

9414 hellebores

20x20cm oil on board £150

 

 

 

Snowdrops 1

It’s that time of year. Everything coming thick and fast and me in a rare old panic. Love Snowdrops though don’t you? Waiting for the warmer weather tomorrow………what a treat!

9415, snowdrops 1

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Cherries

It’s getting flippin’ cold and, since I’m not a great fan of the chill, I’m holed up in my studio.  Things seem to be bursting forth in the garden all out of sync.  Daffs before Snowdrops – what on earth is going on?  At this time of year I get a bit manic trying to paint anything and everything…….not enough time.  Also, I’m busy trying to get two collections together eeek!  One for the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea in March (c/o John Noott Gallery) and one for little old me to take to the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair in ………….yep, March.  So much for planning things out.  Anyway, it’ll all come out in the wash as my ole Granny used to say.  I bought some cherries to include in a couple of large paintings so did this study beforehand to get me in the mood.  I have to say, it’s taken a while to get my mojo back after the Christmas break but think I’m getting there finally – fair leapt out of bed this morning!

 

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Happy New Year!

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Albeit a little late . . . .

After a long sojourn across the pond with family for the festivities, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Pop the kettle on and put your feet up and let’s have a catch up.

It was great fun in the US where I spent most of the time chasing my gorgeous granddaughter Freya round in circles – her favourite game! At 2 1/2 she’s a ball of energy. At considerably older – I’m not! Since being back I’ve been working on my new website. Hope you like it! https://pennygerman.com/ but let me know if you spot anything iffy.

One of my (many!) NY resolutions (apart from the obvious weight-loss, teetotaling nonsense which generally lasts no more than a week) is to do more small oil sketches, so you should be hearing from me more often with some paintings to peruse. I’ve missed these little fellas but was caught up with gallery and exhibition work all of last year. I still am but am resolved to get some more small oil sketches done as they are a great discipline and keep me connected to you all. I also miss the cyclical nature of seasonal subject matter so will be following mother nature through the year as she definitely feeds into my creativity.

It’s important for me to always paint with passion and doing ‘dailies’ was beginning to feel like a chore……..just getting one done to blog or a commission. ’Authenticity’ is a bit of a buzzword among artists at the moment and I’m on it! It’s the most important route to producing good work, staying true to oneself and constantly evolving.

So, I intend to paint small ones when and where I can and offer these up via my blog along with plein-air work and, since many of you paint, my working process. I’ll also have offers from the studio. Thought that might grab your attention :). Sometimes, I need a clear-out in the studio so I shall be offering you the chance to buy larger works at a much-reduced price. In the meantime, the small oil sketches will have to see an increase, more in line with what I sell for elsewhere. I hope you will understand that I have to eat! There are so many huge costs and outlays in an art business, people often look at the finished painting price and don’t realise the hidden costs involved they just imagine it’s time alone and a few bob on materials. Hmmm.

If you’re not already subscribed to my blog, hop on over to https://pennygerman.com/blog/ and sign up to see offers and small paintings as they are finished. Here’s one to get the ball rolling

If you’re interested in workshops, I’m pleased to say I’ll be holding a three-day (optional days) still life boot-camp! This will take place from 1st to 3rd April at Yardley Arts Centre, in Northamptonshire. It’s a fabulous venue and my course is designed to introduce you to oils. If you’re already familiar with oils don’t worry you can just do the second and third day if you prefer but it will really be a good grounding. Hop on over to the link above and see the details.

So, I look forward to keeping up with you in 2019. It’s always nice to hear what you’re up to (painting or otherwise) so do feel free to respond to my emails. Other ways of keeping up with me are Instagram: @pennygerman, Facebook: Penny German Art or Pinterest: Penny German ARBSA. I also do a less frequent newsletter and you can sign up via my new website here https://pennygerman.com/