Do you ever sit and listen to the sounds of the night, I am especially lucky as my home is flanked by trees, the owls calling each other in the trees and fields, this thought inspired me to create this piece of work. A full moon, the owl resting on a fence post listening out for a scuffle in the field, the sound of a meal. Acrylic paint, thick and buttery, spread with a knife, ink pencils and opalescent sheen create texture and atmosphere. I hope you like him.
Hes available in the shop (Originals)
Stuart House Exhibition
Just Finished setting up for a 2 week Exhibition at Stuart House in Liskeard
I've gone for a underwater theme showing Mermaids, Sea Horses and Beach Water Baby's
The show opens Tuesday the 29th of may and carry's on until the 2nd of June
Sunday 15th April 2018
Cornish Seal, A Mixed Media seal underwater. Another underwater theme you can Buy him in the originals section of the shop
I decided I wanted to work on a big piece this time and chose a long canvas
with the initial idea of a seabed with weed and a mermaid. Sometimes it just
doesn't work for you and I fiddled and faffed about but just wasn't happy
with the composition, the whole thing was just not right.
The beauty of acrylic paint is that if you don't like what you are doing,
you can quite easily with a bit of white paint start again. I was flicking
through some reference ideas and decided I still wanted to do an underwater
scene and as I had gained much pleasure from a huge watercolour I made of
seals some time ago, the one I can't find since our house move three years
ago, I would have a go at a little Cornish seal.
It was going to be a good day, the sun was shining, yes shining and I could
paint outside! Using a big hake brush and a lot of different blues, greens
and purples I swished paint on that canvas so freely, my goodness the sun
dries the paint up quickly, note to self, get a water spray to keep the
palette from drying out too quickly.
I wanted to get a very organic look to the weed in the corner of the picture
so I pulled a branch of my rosemary bush and dragged and swooshed it through
the paint on my plate and then whipped the canvass with it, I got exactly
what I was hoping for.
I drew out the seal in white pastel pencil, the squirrels and pheasants that
feed on the patio are not impressed with this outdoor painting lark and just
want me to finish! After blocking little seal in, I like to work on the
eyes, that way the creature becomes 'real' to me, detailing is the next step
and I work many times on the piece until I get the result I want.
Little chap done, I now want to get some sea foliage going, I mark out where
I want the plant to go with a white pastel and using PVA glue mixed with
water, start putting tissue paper in and building the plant up in bits and
pieces. I love the way the tissue can be pushed and moulded to where you
choose. While it was wet I added some ink stick to give some definition and
I hope you like him, he is 1200 x 400mm in size.
Here's the Cornish seal as a work in progress you can see where I blocked out the Mermaid that I changed my mind on before continuing with the lower weeds and the whipped paint
now the seal is actually added as I draw in the little seal and detail him then I add the texture of the vertical weed with paper before colouring it
Tuesday 10th April 2018
My cards are now available at Tiger Treats in Looe This is probably the best sweet shop in Cornwall and they are now selling my A5 greetings cards, drop by and see sweets you never knew existed and get some ART
Tiger Treats are here http://www.tigertreatsoflooe.com/
Monday 9th April
How it went.
Well its been a busy week the Art show was great fun and I enjoyed meeting both the Public as well as the other Artists. I especially enjoyed painting in a public space and the involvement of the visitors (thanks Lucy!). Whilst my first real show (no stage fright) I'm already looking forward to the next one
For the next 2 weeks I will still be showing Stuart House (9th April until the 21st of April but this time at a craft sho). All of the work from the last show will be there but I'm adding in my craft work as well. I will be manning (should that be womaning) the show on the 10th and the 17th between 12:30 and 3:30pm come along and seen all the great work by the crafter's and have a cup of tea and a chat with me.
The IT Elf has been busy and lots more of my work is now on the site including A5 card's of most of my paintings, if you buy the in packs of 6 they are much cheaper. If you want a mix just order the Mix pack and list in a separate email the card's you want and the Elf will arrange it all.
Tuesday 27 March
Persephone at Stuart House
Here she is in all her glory at Stuart House finished signed and ready to leave home. Shes up with the story of her birth and has attracted lots of attention from visitors better come and see her before she leaves for a new home
I started painting a new mermaid at the exhibition and had various people arrive and show interest which is always exciting and encouraging.
A lovely lady spent about an hour with me, I was telling her how I got the various effects and we had a wonderful time. My IT Elf had asked me to document this piece from first sketch through each stage of building up the painting. Oops.... We had had such fun and excitement painting and demonstrating that I suddenly realised I hadn't taken one picture. We had quite a laugh about how caught up in things we had been. This is the Lady Lucy, I have called the Mermaid after her, thanks Lucy you made my day.
We didn't quite finish Lucy at Stuart House so I took her home with me to complete her. This is how she came out.... The picture is an uncorrected scan and I will update the blog with an image where you can see the real Lucy. Shes now with the printer to be corrected and there will be cards of her available late next week. If you want to see her in the flesh I will try to get her back on Tuesday and display her at the exhibition at Stuart House where you can buy her if you wish.
I will be at the exhibition all day on Saturday the 31st. If you want to come and talk to me about my work or possibly join in i plan to be staring a new piece... come and join the fun
Monday 26 March 2018
Stuart House Art Exhibition
Well its open...... I decided to bring my unfinished painting Persephone with me (my new Mermaid) and work on her in my display area. If you look at the pictures below you can get a good idea of what the whole show looks like. I will be back at the exhibition again tomorrow between 10:30 and 3:00 pm if you want to talk about any of the artwork or just put the world to rights.
I did manage to finish Persephone (scroll down to see how) and will have her up on display tomorrow come and see her.....
When I decided to paint this piece I wanted to get the wow factor with the hair. I sourced a face with an expression I found interesting. Initially I sketch out the face. I start by painting a rough mixture of sea colours around the face. I like to work energetically and freely wet paint on wet paint, mixing on the canvass. I start to work on the face but only to a basic degree as until the hair is finished I don't know how much or little to do. On the left is a picture reference that had a face that I loved as a starting point from that I Sketched her out in pencil and then roughed the back ground and her hair in Acrylic a good start but the painting is very flat and lifeless
Time to stop and prop the canvass up where I can look at it as I go about the day, I have lots of ideas and try to work on areas that I am not happy with in my mind. Time to make a few adjustments to the face, definitely not happy with the expression, start to add a few contours but don't want to do too much as when the hair is in she will look different again. The hair I put in with different acrylic paints, using a knife, flat and metallic colours until I feel it is enough.
At this point a visitor and her daughter helped me with adding tissue paper to her hair to achieve a better texture
Flat colours first and then the metallic paints. I then start adding tissue papers, they lend themselves to this kind of work as their colours don't run, I rip loads up into strips and add them with a PVA/water mix.I added some glitter, just a bit for now.
Bearing in mind she is a mermaid and she is living at the bottom of the sea, her hair would be full of 'stuff' I have added a bit of coral colour by printing with a Christmas tree sprig, just a few marks to give the impression she has some in her hair. Again I will put her aside and just look at her to see if anything pops into my head to add or change. I decided to use some Inktense sticks to add some shaping to her face and put some tissue paper in her lips and painted it with a diluted wash of coral acrylic whilst the paper was still wet, adding texture. I wet some of the ink stick marks to spread them about a bit, finally I added some glitter to her face to give her a dreamy look.
I'm going to display her tomorrow at Stuart House with a description of how she was made. She will be on sale if your interested. Time willing I will be starting a new piece of art so please visit me and join in
Sunday 25th March 2018
I've just got back from setting up my first real exhibition at Stuart House in Liskeard. We were 2nd there Alan Kingwell was just tidying up as we arrived and his pictures looked Stunning his style is so atmospheric. I'm showing framed prints which we have just had produced by Steve and Ed at KitzKatz and once on the wall the white frames really made the pictures. Another exhibitor Pat Thuysbaert arrived as we were finishing and was also setting up Richard Jenkins work for him. Once I looked at the finished display I think the Arabian Nights were the most striking in this setup. I am also offering a complete selection of cards from this show. Also cards of two mermaids that we are waiting framed prints of, I was a little concerned that one of the mermaids might be a little too risque.....
I'm going the preview both these mermaids next week on my new website (www.suzybm.art) so tell me what you think. The show kicks off tomorrow at 10:30 AM and I will be there all day on the Monday, I am hoping to be there on Tuesday the 27th and Saturday 31st. The opening days for the exhibition have changed over Easter and it will now be open on Good Friday and closed on Easter Monday
I Will with help of the IT Elf post some pictures tomorrow of the whole show so you see the other artists work
Friday 23rd March 2018
This is my first attempt at a blog so please be gentle with me. I intend to use this to show the development and process that I use when producing one of my works. I will talk about what I'm doing and putting up pictures of the work in progress and maybe some video if my IT elf is up to it. I'm working on a new Mermaid right now and will be putting up its progress soon. For anyone who wants to see my work I'm in a collaborative exhibition at Stuart Hose in Liskeard from the 23rd of February you can see the details on my facebook page