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Varnish Or Not To Varnish A Painting?

During the drying process, an oil painting can sometimes lose it’s vibrancy a bit. It’s called ‘sinking’ and it occurs when the oil from the surface of the painting is absorbed by the layer underneath, therefore leaving the painting looking a bit dull. The darker the colour the more obvious it becomes. Often some areas sink in more than others, depending on properties of each individual paint and their different drying rates – and they vary quite a bit. Can this be fixed? Absolutely! Details “Varnish Or Not To Varnish A Painting?”

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New Painting: Soft Light – Keston

I don’t know if you have ever heard of Keston, but it was a real surprise to me. I had no idea a place like that existed so close to London. There is a beautiful large area of forest, little streams, ponds and an ice-cream van selling a delicious lemon ice by one of the ponds! 🙂 The forest has a “moorish” feel to it in places, with heather and Gorse bushes.  Details “New Painting: Soft Light – Keston”

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New Painting: Green Street, Bath

This is one of my paintings from my series of Bath pictures. It was a cloudy, wet day (as usual in the UK 🙂 ) but there was something about the colour harmony of this scene and warmth of the shops lights that attracted my attention. I really like the colourful touch of the bunting at the far end of this street and the pointy church steeple really makes this picture. A guy with a scarf striding quickly through and others looking through the shop windows. As I usually do, I wanted to give the viewers a lot to look at without overpowering with too much detail. I deliberately kept the brushwork loose in the foreground.  Details “New Painting: Green Street, Bath”

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New Painting: St Ives – Boat I.

I am always amazed by the unique atmosphere of St Ives and it’s colours. This was a small preparatory study for a larger painting (with more boats) that will become available soon as well. I was pleased with it as it was so I decided to offer it framed. What I was aiming here for was looser brush strokes and capturing the right colours, as I remembered them from when I was there last Summer. It was a short visit but wonderful and I definitely want to go back. I always seem to get cloudy weather and the tide is out each time I visit, but that allows me to walk around and enjoy this harbour beach and get close to the boats, so not a bad thing in the end! I am not usually keen on very touristy places but this one is a big exception, somehow I don’t mind it there! And I am planning to do more of small studies in the future as well as larger paintings.

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New Painting: Autumn Light In Savernake

Savernake forest near Marlborough is a large, ancient forest and a truly beautiful and inspiring place. I love painting it as it has a very special atmosphere, particularly in Autumn, when the leaves turn all sorts of colours and you hear them rustling under your feet as you walk and admire the ancient, majestic trees. I strayed away from one of the main paths to find this part of the forest, with some quirky and crooked tree trunks. Flooding the forest with the late afternoon Autumn light, the sun was casting bright patches of light, filtering through the leaves and making the colours even more intense. It was so peaceful.

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New Painting: Rainy Day In Bath

This painting is from my series of Bath pictures. It was a very rainy, working day. I am not used to seeing Bath with so few people around! No buskers and street entertainers like on a weekend. I loved the light and the subdued, but in no way gloomy colours of this place on that day. All the reflections on the pavement and colourful umbrellas “floating” past in the air. The contrast of these colours and the red postman with his trolley, delivering letters like he does every day, no matter what the weather is. People rushing by to get to a sheltered place. Bright shop windows and coffee shops inviting you in for a cup of something nice and warm. The sound of car tires on the wet streets and quiet tapping of the rain drops.  Details “New Painting: Rainy Day In Bath”

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New painting: River Lyn

I was quite excited about discovering this river in Devon, it was exactly what I wanted to paint. I loved the stones, the dark colour of the water coming down from Exmoor, cascading in lots of small waterfalls, shaping and crafting the stones little by little. All so peaceful and quiet. It’s one of these places that photos just don’t do the justice. And this is where painting can really help to create the atmosphere, the moment. The rich colours that are present which no camera can truly capture. Details “New painting: River Lyn”

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More of Exmoor

Being able to visit Exmoor multiple times last year, in different seasons and atmosphere, it inspires me even more. It was great coming back to this theme over the winter, exploring the different moods and colours this place offers in different season. My style changed a bit since my first paintings and I started using a palette knife to emphasize the textures, the roughness and colours. I really enjoyed working on these paintings and would like to keep this series going. Details “More of Exmoor”

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Sketching outside

Yesterday I went on a walk and discovered an amazing place to go painting that is not far away from us. I had no idea it was so pretty and atmospheric there! Just went out to get some fresh air not expecting to find this 🙂

This afternoon I was on my own .. an ideal chance to grab an easel and rush to this place! The clouds weren’t so interesting today, it was all pretty much grey, but I didn’t mind to much. I am still amazed how green the grass is in England, even in January. So fresh! And it was not cold today. Details “Sketching outside”

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In a snowy mood …

For some reason I’ve been in a snowy mood for weeks now, not really interested in painting much else. Which is funny cause I would certainly not describe myself as a winter kind of person. I don’t much like winter in fact. I DO like snow… for couple weeks when it’s white and fresh and pretty and fluffy – and then give me Spring already! But as an artist, I am finding a lot of cool things about painting snow and I guess I miss it a certain amount too, living here in the UK.

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Painting Exmoor

Couple months ago my husband took me to Exmoor as a surprise. It was a part of a longer trip to a seaside. I fell asleep on the way and woke up just as we started going up the first hill. I didn’t know what to expect. I opened my eyes and as far as I could see there were colourful hills, such a beautiful landscape. Painter’s dream really. And combine this with the nearby sea and cliffs. Such an atmospheric place! Details “Painting Exmoor”

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Plein air painting

So today I did something I was hoping to do for a very long time – painting outside and not from a photo. I went down to the river and set up my portable easel, which I got for my birthday just over a week ago. It was an interesting walk down to the river, with the very heavy easel on my shoulder, brushes and pallet knives rattling away on the inside of the box, holding a cup of coffee in one of my hands. The shop assistant in Sainsburys where I stopped to buy some lunch did look amused.  Details “Plein air painting”