8 March 2019

Pheasants and Hogweed

Phil

I just went outside to get the washing in before it starts to rain.  It is bitterly cold today but there has been enough wind to dry my sheets.  As I picked up the laundry basket I noticed our local pheasant, Phil, strutting around the garden.  He is a regular visitor here but hasn’t come face to face with Rick yet. 

I haven’t really been enjoying the weekly art club, the classroom feels a bit enclosed and the still life arrangement the tutor puts together has been incredibly uninspiring. So yesterday I decided to have a bit of a play at home and create a lovely mess with my paints and a water spray.  It  was fun but it all went a bit wrong so this morning I tried to save the painting by adding some hog weed in the foreground. Flowers and plants have never been my strong point!




24 comments:

  1. That's so beautiful, my kind of painting, keep up the good work.

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  2. You free'd yourself up with the water spray which gives a good effect. My art teacher many years ago, the one who was the Bonnard fan, said her best painting was one she did in Venice and dropped in a canal.

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    1. Do you remember the Cadbury's flake advert with the girl painting in the field?

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  3. You do yourself down here Sue. I would be happy to hang that on my wall (if I had room, which I haven't) - also I think the addition of the hogweed in the front helps it considerably. I love the overall effect.

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    1. Thanks Pat. I was experimenting after looking at some of Ann Blockley's work. Her paintings are amazing.

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  4. Beautiful colors and I love the use of the water spray.

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  5. Not all of us need to be told what to do. Some of us come with our own creativity. If you go back, why not Monet or Picasso that silly group of things . . . . One of my crafty friends would surely add feathers, felt & beads & wear it. And I prefer your experiment!!

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    1. Perhaps I should catch the pheasant and take him to pose for the class.

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  6. The more fun you have, the more you'll like the results. I can send beret if required!

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    1. I don't think I'm eligible to wear a beret yet.

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  7. That is rather clever and I wish I could do it. My limit is 'painting by numbers'- I am green spray washed with envy.

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    1. If you have some watercolour paints and a water spray you should just have a go, no skill required!

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  8. The painting is beautiful...you are very talented. I have done watercolours in the past and I know how hard it is! ( I have only ever copied step by step instructions)

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    1. A 'happy accident' rather than skill I think! I just let the paints do their own thing.

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  9. I like your picture. It seems dreamlike.

    When I attended art classes a couple of years ago, the experience spurred me on to get back into making art. I find I can focus better when I am on my own but the art classes were a helpful springboard.

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  10. I rather like it too. Ditch the art class if you are not enjoying it, life's too short !!

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    1. That's how I feel but I shall finish the term.

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