Sometimes we get so wound up in what we are doing we forget to look in our back yard! Nature is so busy being beautiful – and yet it doesn’t scream about it!! – It’s just there waiting to be quietly discovered! A new voyage of discovery everyday – if you have time!!
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Bored and uninspired one day, I stood in my kitchen wondering what I could draw? Whilst wondering I absent mindedly started tidying and rearranging things on the ledge. I’m not one for nice pot ornaments, rather have slightly wacky or weird decorative things around! So, as I now had a disarrayed pile of things I had moved and a clean window ledge – The idea struck me. I could use it as a little staging area for a series of still life pictures!!!
The idea for “On a Ledge Series” was born. Above is one – ‘Cactus and Friend’. A still life done in colourful pastel.
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I was really pleased with this pastel drawing not just the perspective but the fantastic shadows and brightness of the day. If only there were more days like that!
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This would seem to be a rather strange subject to want to paint, a set of steps that seem to lead to nowhere. However, I found the aspect of the light and shadows very appealing. It was a painting which took no more than three hours to complete, as it just seemed to work straight away. The whole image just seems to draw you in, to wonder where it goes? At exhibitions, it certainly got the locals talking about where it was in Harwood. A surprising amount of people did actually know too!
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I was having one of those days where I didn’t know what I wanted to paint. So, I put my brain in gear with my paintbrush – I just let my imagination take me to the place you see above. I suppose I created a scene of where I wanted to be. Sometimes letting your imagination loose , shows you what you really want! I created my thoughts and put them on canvas for the world to enjoy too!
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With a beautiful autumn scene captured on camera, I decided to take a new approach. Instead of using my favoured mediums of oil paint or pastel, I dug out of the cupboard a set of coloured inks. Wow! I was really happy with the vibrant landscape creation.
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Sometimes, we just carry on with our business and miss out on the scene around us, just because it is too familiar to everyday life. On a crisp and bright autumn day, I captured this beautiful scene, whilst going ‘along the lane’ to where my Mum lives. The whole image was just perfect to create this pastel drawing. Intense colours, reflective fishing lodge, ducks gently gliding on the pond and all framed by the almost bare trees.
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Of the series of Oil paintings I did of Entwistle Reservoir in Lancashire, this has always been my favourite. When I have had exhibitions in Bolton there are always many people who come up to me and say, “I know exactly where that bend is, I’ve walked it many times!” Who would have thought a simple bend would be so distinctive?! Another reason this is my favourite, is how the light and shadows played out giving the whole picture quite a realistic feel.
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