Sat down today for the first time in a long time to do some art. I only had a couple of hours, as I only ever seem to at the moment, long gone is the luxury of having all day dedicated to art. A little sketch of a hydrangea leaf.
I have come home, back to Canterbury, for a nice long weekend. And, with little work to do Medicine wise, it was finally time for me to sit down and paint uninterrupted. I noticed the stunning colours in the Virginia Creeper that’s on my Mum’s drive, and so chose this as my subject. Although drawn by the colours… I have started with a study of an unchanged leaf, just to get to grips with the anatomy and get the feel of my paints again! I’ll keep up updating on both the study, and the final piece when I start!
Oh, and the smudge at the top right corner – the reason this became a study. That’s what happens when you have your paints too close to where you’re working… Accidently lean on paint, then lean on work. The worst feeling in the world, and why I usually ALWAYS lean on tracing paper!
So to update you all on how the assessment day went for the Society of Floral painters… They accepted me, so I am officially a full member! I was very surprised but extremely pleased to get the letter!
They gave me a lot of constructive criticism, but I was grateful for that. I’ve never had my work formally assessed, so it was refreshing to hear how I can improve.
Now to get painting again!
I was thoroughly spoilt this weekend by my Mum. I got these amazing flowers through the post. When re-arranging them I thought the hydrangea on its own was so spectacular, I wanted it separate from the rest of the arrangement so I could admire it properly. So it’s in a separate vase and will be going by my bed.
I have finally got my work back from the framers! Let me know your thoughts! So these are the 3 pieces I will be putting into the Society of Floral Painters exhibition in October. I’m getting really excited about it now…It seems like a long way away still and a long time to wait, but hopefully it’ll fly by!
Just a quick post to update those who are interested on where I am at the moment! I’m back from the most wonderful trip to South Africa, where I got to do a lot less painting than I planned, as family committments overwhelmed! But an amazing trip nonetheless.
When I arrived back, I was greeted by a letter from the Society of Floral Painters, accepting me into their exhibition on the 21st October. This exhibtion is the ‘gateway’ to becoming a full member of the society. They only have openings once every couple of years, so I grasped the opportunity at quite late notice! So we shall see how that goes! I am rather excited about it. Unfortunately I don’t have time to paint anything ‘new’ for the exhibition, so I will be showing my Hydrangea, Bramble and a painting of an Iris.
That’s all for now!
I know only recently I said I would be absent from here, which I am(!), but I have a query, and this community seems like the place where I am most likely to find the answer! I am staying with my Grandmother at the moment in South Africa, and she has just given me a delightful present for my 21st birthday. She has found 4 prints of azaleas by an artist called Win Hooper. She is a Zimbabwean artist, and unfortunately that is all I know and can seem to find out about her! If anyone knows anymore about her then please comment! The only information/photos that I can find are on this website ( http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/66479497/Set_of_4_Win_Hooper_Floral_Prints_Zimbabwe_29cm_37_5cm_Just_Lovely.html )
I can upload a photo of my prints eventually but unfortunately not on this computer!
I can’t wait to see if anyone knows more than I do about her! Thank you!
I am going to be rather distant from my blog (unfortunately) over the next few weeks! I have just arrived in South Africa to stay with my family for a month. Hopefully… it is my plan anyway.. I will have lots to post when I get home, with any work that I have managed to do!! So I will be back on here in 4 weeks time!