UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL…Open Studio 1st and 2nd December 10-5pm

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL! – Open Studio 1st and 2nd December …I’ve been really enjoying the paint with my recent self portraits but I’ve been working without my glasses (as I would generally outside) so it’s interesting for me to now zoom in close and see how the paint is sitting. Fancy a close up look too? Head over this weekend 10-5pm to a very informal ‘Works In Progress’ Open Studio 🎨….lots to show and share from the Autumn…find out about my newest work…seasonal shopping opportunity🎄…and a chance to find out about my exciting plans for 2019!….and have a coffee☕️! ….What’s not to like? #HampshireOpenStudio #Hampshire #OpenStudio #pleinair @britpleinair
#details #allaprima #face #eye #chin #neck #workingfromlife
#oilpainting #selfportrait #portrait #observationalart #artoninstagram

Self Portrait #4

I’m really not this serious!….any tips on how to make a self portrait look less grim gratefully received! So dull here today I had a daylight bulb and stood right next to the window.

#oilpainting #selfportrait #observationalart #artoninstagram

Eucalyptus trees and rocks.

Reworking and enlarging this from September in Spain. Thinking about brightening the paint and working more gesturally …..“The great outcrop of rocks on this amazing #surfersbeach – from the other direction … simple yet complex colours…and hazy spray afternoon light with the typical and tall eucalyptus tree shapes on the shore. Interesting to paint the sand markings of footprints and pitch lines.”

#asturias #sanvicentedelabarquera #oil #pleinair @britpleinair #oilpainting #allaprima #Spain #beach #rocks #marine @Jacksons_art @WinsorAndNewton #galifornia

Gift Painting in Oil Workshop Day at St Barbe Art Gallery and Museum in Lymington.

*SPACES!!* Do you have a really challenging person to buy for at Christmas? Are you a bit artistic (-or a lot!) and fancy making a unique gift for them instead?

GIFT MAKING OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP DAY @StBarbe Gallery and Museum Lymington Monday 3rd December.

Bring along an item that you associate with your recipient (perfume bottle/soft toy/ornament/bottle of favourite tipple/usual mug/key ring/sports item etc ….you know them best …put your thinking cap on!) and we will make an observational oil painting of the item as a gift they can keep forever. Obviously it could also be used as a birthday or other gift. No experience of oil paint required. The full days workshop will include some tuition and individual support AND all materials. PLEASE BOOK via St Barbe Art Gallery and Museum on 01590676969 😉🎨 NB real items please…not a photograph 👍

Winter Open Studio #WIP Works in Progress 2018

This time next week I shall be setting up for a very informal ‘Works In Progress’ Open Studio Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 10-5pm 🎨….lots to show and share from the Autumn…find out about my newest work…seasonal shopping opportunity🎄…and a chance to find out about my exciting plans for 2019!….and have a coffee☕️! ….What’s not to like? If you can’t make that some of my work from Jane Austen’s House Museum and Hampshire Cultural Trust will be in Winchester Museum from December 5th (more on that another time)…..or contact me for a PV at my studio another time if you can’t make the weekend 🙏 Hope to see you soon!

#Spain #galicia #asturias #galifornia #pleinair @briteinair #Hampshire #fareham @skyartsartistoftheyear #sketchbooks #inktober #wninktober @moleskine @hantsculture @janeaustenshousemuseum

Self portrait #3

Oh my goodness how addictive is this self portrait lark!! Mr Weller has a lot to answer for! Also appears very difficult to get a clear and accurate photograph…anyway here’s my latest effort 😉 PS Thank you for all the tips and comments along the way with these too ❤️ #oilpaint #portrait #selfportrait #artoninstagram #observation #observationalpainting @michaelweller

Self portraits #2

More self portraits….all very difficult….all seem very different….lots of scraping off….very addictive….and yes before anyone mentions it the last is definitely William Shakespeare!

https://instagram.com/p/BqZdcznAvSx/

#oilpaint #selfportrait #observation #observationalart

Enlarging…

Trying to think a lot more about how I’d put the paint on and use colour if this was one of my watercolours. #rocks #beach #walkonthebeach #Asturia #sanvicentedelabarquera #northernspain #pleinair @britpleinair #landscape

Autumn sunset in the New Forest

One from the other evening….you know when the light just starts to taper off and the sun appears extra bright when it catches things and really peps up the colours at Autumn time?? #Autumn #Fall #pleinair @britpleinair #Hampshire #thenewforest #sunset #oilpainting #artistsoninstagram

Norley Wood in the New Forest, on Beaulieu Heath.

And the light went….so time to stop. Next time…but rain forecast tomorrow ☹️I’m working flat….as I would in ink or watercolour…and trying to be looser…aahhh!!! #oilpainting #pleinair @britpleinair #newforest #Hampshire #Autumn #trees #heath #beaulieuheath

Chelsea Art Society Open Exhibition 2018

Just delivered these three to the Chelsea Art Society’s 71st Open Exhibition 🤞🤞🤞- a first attempt at this one for me. Two untypical flower submissions from me; Sunflowers 40x40cms, Lavender in deep shade 40x40cms, from the unusually hot Summer months …and Blue Tent; Cantabria from our Northern Spain trip. 20x30cms Lots of lovely things being deposited whilst I was there at The Old Town Hall on #kingsroad and a few familiar faces! 😉 GOOD LUCK all my fellow non-members! #chelseaartsociety @chelseaartsociety

#sunflowers #lavender #flowers #Spain #Cantabria #camping #tent #summer2018 #pleinair @britpleinair @place_to_paint

#RiasBaixas #Spain #rocks #pleinair

Campsite right on the beach…which also has rocks!

Really friendly site and lovely Spanish family next door. I don’t recall painting such a brightly coloured sea before…but that is UK living I suppose! I need to rephotograph (it so damn sunny here!) but my Instagram Story has the full development x

Siesta …and more painting this afternoon I hope!

#spain #RiasBaixas @campingmuineira.es #Ablabrinio #Galicia #plienair @britpleinair #oilpaint #allaprima @Jacksons_online #linenboard @WinsorandNewton #oils

Sunset on West Street in Fareham

“Looking up Fareham West Street in the Evening Light” (oil on board, 20x20cms)- what a beautiful Summer we have had! – remember I am open until 9pm tomorrow 🍾🥂 so why not plan ahead and make a night of it? Fareham has several great independent, quality restaurants just a few hundred meters from my door. Antonio’s, Lauros, Villa Romana, Truffles.

http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk #Fareham

I’m open August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙! 11-13 East Street, PO16 0BW

Really hope you can pop by!

☕️🖼🖼🖼🖼🖼👩🏻‍🎨🎨🚽🙏

http://www.kimwhitby.com

#ink #painting #allaprima #sunset #landscapeartistoftheyear #oilpainting #pleinair @britpleinair

Open Studios is Open!

A warm welcome an invitation to my Open Studio starting now! I am part of #hampshireopenstudios for the 4th year since my MA; it’s a FREE county wide annual event so please tell all your friends. Come and meet me – maybe see me work or any of the other 249!!!! artists taking part at

http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk #Fareham

I’m open August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙! 11-13 East Street, PO16 0BW

Really hope you can pop by!

☕️🖼🖼🖼🖼🖼👩🏻‍🎨🎨🚽🙏

http://www.kimwhitby.com

Over the M27 #Fareham #Hampshire

Over the M27 on the footpath and very soon you are in beautiful rural #Hampshire. I was after the downwards facing fan of stubble in the far field, and the upwards facing fan of nettle plants…..but this is how it came out.

Tried out my new @CassArt titanium white too…seems v good!

Want to see it for real? –

http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk #Fareham August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙?

#Fareham #pleinair #oilpaint #artoninstagram @britpleinair @place_to_paint

#framing #sunflowers #hampshireopenstudios #oilpainting #allaprima

Framing today …I wasn’t sure about this one but now it’s framed there are bits I see much clearer. Why not come along to see it ??? during http://www.hampshireopenstudios.org.uk #Fareham August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙? #sunflowers #hampshireopenstudios #oilpainting #allaprima #artoninstagram

Hot hot hot ….again here today. Amazing colours in the #sun on the #crops. #pleinair #oilpaint #allaprima #sunlight #Fareham @britpleinair

Hot hot hot ….again here today. Amazing colours in the #sun on the #crops. #pleinair #oilpaint #allaprima #sunlight #Fareham @britpleinair

#hampshireopenstudios #Fareham August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙!

Working from life #pleinair #oilpaint #cornflowers #markmaking #allaprima #sunlight #Fareham @britpleinair

Working from life trying to capture accurately the essence of shapes, colours and tones; I have lately been rather taken with some flowering pot plants at home. Here are our cornflowers in pots at the sunny front of our house. #pleinair #oilpaint #cornflowers #allaprima #markmaking #sunlight #Fareham @britpleinair #artoninstagram

Yesterday I hung the #bunting for #hampshireopenstudios for the first time. August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙!

@cobandpen #Wallington #Fareham #cottages tall #chimneys. @britpleinair #pleinair #oilpaint #artoninstagram #pub #allaprima

And here is the result of #MyStory this am the @cobandpen #Wallington #Fareham where there is also a striking row of #cottages with great tall #chimneys. @britpleinair #pleinair #oilpaint #artoninstagram #pub #allaprima

Really difficult to get an on-site photo of this as I was working into the #sun. #trees #cricket-pitch #Fareham

Really difficult to get an on-site photo of this as I was working into the #sun. #trees #cricket-pitch #Fareham #oilpaint #pleinair @britpleinair #Farehamcreek #Hampshire #artoninstagram

Three things that start with F and none of them are #football … #flowers and #flags in #Fareham at #TheGoldenLion #pub #publichouse early this morning #HighStreet #Hampshire #plienair #britpleinair #allaprima #oilpaint #art #townscape #artist

#detail

#detail

Three things that start with F and none of them are #football … #flowers and #flags in #Fareham at the #GoldenLion #pub #publichouse early this morning #HighStreet #Hampshire #plienair #britpleinair #allaprima #oilpaint #art #townscape #artist

Too hot #30degrees to do much but sit in the shade and look at the #lavender #Fareham #pleinair #britpleinair #Hampshire #oilpaint #oil #garden #sunlightandshadow

Too hot #30degrees to do much but sit in the shade and look at the #lavender

#Fareham #pleinair #britpleinair #Hampshire #oilpaint #oil #garden #sunlightandshadow

If you fancy working outside too join me on July 16th (a few places left maybe??😬) www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

En plein air drawing and painting group with Kim Whitby

Using St Barbe as a base, Kim Whitby will take you out and about in Lymington to draw or paint in the open air. Participants will work on individual projects with tutor guidance and are to bring their own easels and sketching materials.

Price: £35 per session. Limited places available

(with 1 hour break for lunch – not included)

To book please call 01590 676969

#pleinair #StBarbeMuseumAndArtGallery 16th July outdoor drawing and painting course. #Lymington #NewForest

Out and about earlier today.

If you fancy joining me, or like the idea of working outdoors but have never tried? Maybe you’d like to work outside in s Grouo?Or would like to meet some new arty friends I am running a day at

http://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/ on 16th July and we have a couple of spaces left! Book now!

#Fareham #pleinair #britpleinair #Hampshire #barn #farm #sunlightandshadow

www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

En plein air drawing and painting group with Kim Whitby

Using St Barbe as a base, Kim Whitby will take you out and about in Lymington to draw or paint in the open air. Participants will work on individual projects with tutor guidance and are to bring their own easels and sketching materials.

Price: £35 per session. Limited places available

(with 1 hour break for lunch – not included)

To book please call 01590 676969

#pleinair #Wicor #WicorMarineYatchHaven #Hampshire #Fareham #britpleinair #sunlight #boats #sailing

This morning in #Wicor with #OilPaint a rusty box rather caught my eye #pleinair #WicorMarineYatchHaven #Hampshire #Fareham #britpleinair #sunlight #boats #sailing

#snowing #snow in #Tignes #tignesaddict @tignes_ski #ES9092 Extreme #watercolour #night #nocturne #oil #sketching

Still #snowing #snow in #Tignes #tignesaddict @tignes_ski #ES9092 Extreme #watercolour #sketching #yesterday morning. Warm enough to not #freeze but slow to dry! My afternoon efforts were disrupted by snow clearing vehicles but managed a quick #oil #nocturne of #night #tobogganists. Looking better weather today 🤞

On the easel #pomegranate #WIP #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper #flyer for my #OpenStudio #Fareham #Hampshire #details


On the easel #pomegranate #WIP #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper and the #flyer for my #OpenStudio #Fareham #Hampshire 25th and 26th November 10-5pm see kimwhitby.com for details. And #details from recent pictures I might use for something….

Another #pomegranate #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper #show #OpenStudio #Fareham  #BigBrush 

Pomegranate, oil on linen, ©️KW 2017
Another #pomegranate #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper which will be on #show at my #OpenStudio #Fareham 25th and 26th November see kimwhitby.com for details. It’s a little larger than my more recent oils #BigBrush and a little larger than life size too. 

#pomegranate #StillLife #Oil #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper #OpenStudio #Fareham #BigBrush 

Pomegranates and Copper Dish 41×30.5 Oil on Linen, POA
A #pomegranate #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper 41×35.5cms which will be on #show at my #OpenStudio #Fareham 25th and 26th November see kimwhitby.com for details. It’s a little larger than my more recent oils #BigBrush 

Teaching at ArtSway November 13th. #Painting #OilPaint #teaching #New Forest #Hampshire #Artsway #Sway

Good morning all!
Some of you have joined me for my introduction to painting using oil paint, either privately, in Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth or in Aschcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.
I have been asked to offer this Workshop, and a general taster session in ArtSway (Sway, New Forest) for Inspire And Create, on November 13th.
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great beginnings in oil
If you would like to join us, or know someone else who would like to try oil painting, please share or look at the links to Inspire And Create’s website below….Inspire and Create offer predominantly craft workshops but they have been asked to offer more art teaching and this is where maybe I come in…..
You may book through them online of telephone them directly.
07740409446
Art Sway,
Station Road,
Sway,
Hampshire
SO41 6BA
Here are a few photos of participants achievements in previous Introductions to Oil Painting courses with me, to inspire you too!!
Didn’t they do well!!
Best wishes and many thanks,
Kim

More #StillLife #oilpaint #welshcakes #Wales #ScrapedOffThreeTimes! @TanYCastell1 @burleighpottery #celophane #bag

More #StillLife #oilpaint #welshcakes Although this one has almost done my head in!! #ScrapedOffThreeTimes! @TanYCastell1 @burleighpottery Am I odd enjoying painting the #celophane #bag ?

It’s been #StillLife #watercolour and #oilpaint here this week with plenty of #’s to add…#welshcakes @TanYCastell1 #honey #jam #BaraMenyn #Wales #bread #butter @LeCreusetUK @BurleighPottery #England

It’s been #StillLife #watercolour and #oilpaint here this week with plenty of #’s to add…#welshcakes @TanYCastell1 #honey #jam #BaraMenyn #bread #butter @LeCreuset @burleighpottery Inspired by great artists @Adam_Ralston and @MichaelW450 😉

Good morning all! Another day of @hampshire_open_studios in #Fareham Many thanks to visitors yesterday and of course buyers especially 😍

Good morning all! Another day of @hampshire_open_studios in #Fareham Many thanks to visitors yesterday and of course buyers especially 😍. So sorry if I missed you in the afternoon as I slipped out early to see #stereophonics and @feederofficial and @jakebugg 😱at #victorius. All excellent artists in musical terms not sure if they draw too or not? I’m here all day today and tomorrow. See you soon I hope x

#DaylightPhoto #white #pink #OilPaint #Stocks #Scent #Flowers #AllaPrima #Night #evening #DaylightBulb

20x30cms Oil on board – available at #HampshireOpenStudios #AugustBankHoliday 

Another evening painting of stocks but there were only mixed colours to be had in the shops; so this time pink and white!

#pleinair #oilpaint #Fareham #Hampshire #boat #FarehamCreek #yellowboats #VeryWindy #britpleinair #Viaduct

#pleinair #oilpaint #Fareham #Hampshire #boat #FarehamCreek #yellowboats #VeryWindy #britpleinair I took shelter under a tree and it wasn’t too bad. Arrived back with white paint on my face!

#Exmouth @britpleinair #PleinAir #watercolour #Sun #Devon I need to work here again. What great #chimneys ! #TheBeachHouseExmouth



From last week in #hot #Exmouth @britpleinair #PleinAir #watercolour #Sun #Devon I need to work here again. What great #chimneys ! #TheBeachHouseExmouth Some passers by suggested I tagged #pebblebedvineyard Video – The Beach House Exmouth | Devon | The Beach House Exmouth http://www.thebeachhouseexmouth.co.uk via @pebblebedwines

@hantsopenstudios  #Hampshire #OpenStudios #August #Chawton @HantsCulture  @JaneAustenHouse #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear 

 #Hampshire #OpenStudios #August I collected my brochures today for @hampshire_open_studios I am really pleased to be taking part in this event for my third year…although my openings will be limited to the Bank Holiday weekend…I am really looking forward to meeting you and showing you all my stuff! Things from #Chawton @JaneAustenHouse earlier this year and #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear 2016- last year our Summer was really hectic with lots of secret filming #LAOTY at the same time as HOS!! So I am taking things at a slower pace this year….and even having a little holiday with my husband too! 🏛☀️See you in August 😉

#DaylightPhoto #detail #updated #OilPaint #Stocks #Scent #Flowers #AllaPrima #Night #evening #DaylightBulb

#DaylightPhoto #detail #updated #OilPaint #Stocks #Scent #Flowers #AllaPrima #Night #evening #DaylightBulb I wish I could paint the scent for you…my favourite type of flower – white and scented! Thanks Justine. Don’t usually paint by daylight bulb….might be terrible in daylight and with my glasses on 😬😱 – Phew – it’s not too bad – thought the colour might be ropey!

#commission #ink #pleinair #britpleinair #JaneAusten #Final #last #end #ThrowbackThursday #WeeklyBlog @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture @RKBurt #SaundersWaterford @st_cuthberts_mill #LastPost #review #selection

Well – this really is the end of the commission posts. Here are some small versions of the six selected peices- I will let you know if the intended merchandising is realized incorporating them!

Watercolour of Jane Austen’s writing table top – actual size. 60X60cms Kim Whitby © 2017

Watercolour of The Copper at Jane Austen’s House Museum 76x102cms Kim Whitby ©2017

Ink on paper View into Jane Austen’s  Breakfast Room and Writing Table 75x55cms Kim Whitby © 2017

Oil on canvas, View into Jane Austen’s Breakfast Room with Kettle and Writing Table, Kim Whitby © 2017 40x30cms

Watercolour, Snow drops at Chawton; Jane Austen’s House Museum, Kim Whitby © 2017 20x30cms


Ink on Paper, Winter Sun at Jane Austen’s House Museum, Kim Whitby © 2017 150x55cms approx 

All that remains to say is what a special and unique experience it was to work and create in such an influential place….Jane Austen has been my favourite writer since my A levels many years ago. So you can imagine what a great honour it was to be invited to work there. 

Many thanks to Hampshire Cultural Trust, Jane Austen’s House Museum and all the lovely staff and volunteers at Chawton. ❤️

I will be opening my studio as part of Hampshire Open Studios in Fareham on August 26,27,28th if you would like to see some of the peices and sketchbooks in real life. All welcome

See my News and Events page for full details. 

#Fareham #PleinAir #britpleinair #OilPaint #FarehamLowerQuay #TrafalgarYachtServices #FarehamRedBrick #Summer #Sun #boats #yacht #sailing #Hampshire 

The sea went out!

It’s not hot anymore – just normal Summer!

Lovely Georgian buildings in this old part of Fareham. 

#Fareham #PleinAir #britpleinair #OilPaint #GeorgianArchitecture #FarehamRedBrick #Summer #Sun #EastStreet #Australia #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear #Hampshire

#Fareham #PleinAir #britpleinair #OilPaint #GeorgianArchitecture #FarehamRedBrick #Summer #Sun #EastStreet I began the top one Thursday when the wind was surprisingly chilly – I had intended to finish it but decided to start again….I finished it at the end but the composition is not quite right. #Australia – Hello guys! I see lots of activity on my website stats from down there – I’m guessing #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear is going out there??

#IntroductionToPainting #OilPaint #painting #FabulousWork @aspexportsmouth #teaching @Aspex_TakePart #Portsmouth #Hampshire


Here are my students finished pieces from ‘An Introduction To Painting’ yesterday after only 4 hours! The best picture of the day? Their faces when they stood back and saw how well they had all done! #Portsmouth #Hampshire

#camping #watercolour #artlessons #painting #hmsdaedalus @aspexportsmouth #oil #Portsmouth 


#camping #watercolour #artlessons #painting #hmsdaedalus @aspexportsmouth Looking forward to teaching an introduction to painting in #oil #Portsmouth on Sunday 4th 12-3pm. Found this link on @VisualArtsSW Thanks guys Hope it links!!kim-whitby-hms-daedalus.php

@thatsSolentTV @HantsCulture @aspexportsmouth @JaneAustenHouse #HMSDaedalus #portsmouthguildhall #exhibition #teaching 

Visited Thats Solent TV newsroom yesterday to talk about my HMS Daedalus exhibition in Portsmouth Guildhall cafe with Aspex Gallery and the taught painting session I will do for Aspex in June, and the work I did at Jane Austen House Museum with Hampshire Cultural Trust. Thanks for having me guys 😊

#commission #JaneAusten #ThrowbackThursday #WeeklyBlog @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture @RKBurt #OilPaint 

Tuesday 7th February… So here I am in action…in the sun!

Whoops – looks like Darren the decorator has inadvertently ‘bombed’ my photo sanding the window inside! ….I’ve edited him out! 


Lovely flowery table covering protection for the path too…(which I inherited from Mum – used to be on her kitchen table.) I have to make sure the oils don’t leave any drips on the historic path!!


Blocking in….A fabulously sunny day at last. ..and by lunchtime actually quite warm. I was in only one jumper at one point!!!! 

I am working outside today (good colours and tonal contrast) on the views looking into Jane’s writing room (the dining room) where I can see her table and the hearth where she made the breakfast tea. It is strange to know that she sat here in the sun too; watching the world she knew well and writing about it. Very special to look back into where much of her art was created and make some about that myself. 

At home in Wales the older rural houses were built and positioned on sites which caught the maximum sun light. This breakfast room has lovely sun and heat from the sun. It can’t be an accident this room was for mornings.

Today I am also waiting for an order of very large paper to arrive from RK Burt!

#commission #JaneAusten #ThrowbackThursday #WeeklyBlog @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture #Whistler #DonkeyCarriage #OilPaint

Friday 3rd February. 

Earlier start – terrible wet forecast- pessimistic about achieving a full day as I need to work outdoors in oil colour……window cleaners are here too!

The Donkey carriage has been unsettling me. It is sited in a barn – not unrealistic in the way it would have been stored but as it is no longer used or moveable it had little compositional scope. Having drawn it a few times – I am now interested in a watercolour focussing on it’s wheel. (I’ve a few reasons for this…) However – today in oil I am opting for a very simple composition inspired by Whistler’s Mother…except for me the carriage is pointing the wrong way. I’d rather it was right to left. The carriage is sitting on a blank wall. The white wall picks up other reflected colours….but this barn is so dark. I am using a view which is more level and side on than this photo suggests.

 APOLOGIES FOR NOT POSTING YESTERDAY – we are still in the throes of a house move 😱

 

#commission #JaneAusten #ThrowbackThursday #WeeklyBlog @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture #watercolour #writing table #OilPaint

Wednesday 1st February!
Wet wet wet!


Where is the sun to help with some good colours and tones? Never mind – table top beckons…

I have three watercolour table tops on the go. Today I wanted to put more, deeper, and some brighter washes with wax resist on to them. It took longer than expected but drying washes takes time. I’m interested in the wax on the surface – also think I need some Gum Arabic in a few washes too. Can’t decide about including or omitting the ink bottle and quill.


Next I worked on the Donkey Cart again. I’ve been doing a measured drawing (sightsize) to work out how it is constructed. It’s a fairly standard (and to me boring ) composition that I have been working on, but working it through; looking at its relationships, mathematical elements, and patterns have given me an idea of where to go with it next. As it has some provenance to connect it directly to Jane Austen (as with the table) I would like to make it part of my final work.
More art materials required too – a significant shopping list of items became necessary today.


A sketch on board – colour far too ….wrong! Can’t think what I mean – but I know it’s wrong.

During the afternoon it dried up enough to begin some of the planned oil pieces (see thumbnail sketches beneath) which I hope to do; looking back into Jane’s working room through the window and including the hearth and kettle. This was a room where the family had breakfast and would make tea. Breakfast was frequently a chore which fell to Jane, and including both the practical and occupational aspect of the room seems appropriate.
I see the weather forecast for Friday is very poor. (wet) – Oil paint (outdoors only in this special and historic setting) will be a challenge.


I use the front and back covers of my Moleskin watercolour sketch books for pencil thumbnails….working out drawings for compositional stuff!!

#Hampshire #panoramic @aspexportsmouth @portsmouthGhall #OilPaint #HMSDaedalus @AberArtSchool

How lucky am I? Being invited to exhibit in a venue with a wall long enough for my 9.5 metre panoramic painting of HMS Daedalus? It hasn’t been exhibited in Hampshire before, or since my first MA exhibition in Aberystwyth School of Art. It is now on view at the Aspex exhibition space at the Guildhall cafe in Portsmouth and can be seen until June 2nd. 

#commission #JaneAusten #PleinAir @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture #OilPaint


#commission #JaneAusten #PleinAir @JaneAustenHouse #Hampshire @HantsCulture #OilPaint The best day of last week’s outdoor work – then it got COLD! Excited to be able to share this work one day…. I have been looking in, through the window Austen looked out through, as she wrote. Her small writing table clearly in view. How special is that?

#Teaching #FirstOilPainting #colour @AscroftArts #Saturday A few places left!

Two students tried oil paint with me for the first time in Monday and did brilliantly. 

A few places are still available if you fancy trying oils when -I teach for Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham this Saturday!! Phone or see their website for more details. tel:01329 20223100

#PleinAir #OilPaint #StCatherine’sHill #Winchester #Hampshire #cold

Looking out from St Catherine’s Hill and the water meadows near Winchester yesterday. 

I think ‘medium cold’ would be my assessment if the weather. More blue needed – I think I can hear Marc Dalessio’s voice in my head! The small detail at the top of this post on my website is the more successful part of the longer picture.  I think. Should have just done the trees perhaps. 

#OilPain #chilli #StillLife #sun

This is the brother of a chilli we ate last night in the pizza I made. It was hot! 
Had a bit of time to paint today but it ended up getting a bit too tight. I think I’d like a few very small linen canvases (note to self)- but this linen surface is lovely to work on. 

I’ve lots of watercolour, oil and ink in production in Jane Austen’s House Museum where I am busy during the week….can’t wait to be able to share some with you. 

#sunset #frost #PleinAir #OilPaint #Hampshire #AlverValley @JacksonsArtTalk 

Two firsts today – finally got an opportunity to use my new painting box outside, and use the first of my first stretched linen canvases, sealed by my first ever rabbit skin glue mixture!
Another impossibly pretty sunset in this frosty run of weather – had a fun hour trying to catch the colours before the light left. 

#Autumn #Rosehips #Goodbye #AlverValley #Hampshire #OilPaint #PleinAir 

Two pieces from the Autumn heading off to a new home today. As ever it is both good and a little sad to see things leave; these two particularly, as they helped me developing my understanding about how I should pay more attention to things that just happen to catch my eye. 
Although made in the Autumn – the red makes a good profile image for the coming season!

#LandscapeArtistOfTheYear #PleinAir #Hampshire #OilPaint #AlverValley @SkyArts #Hello #StoryVaultFilms @nationaltrust #frost #KeepMakingArt

Look what arrived yesterday! 3 DVD’s of memories. Hope you all got some too A Richard Allen, Gregor Henderson Art, Phillip Edwards, Titus Agbara, Anna Perlin, Howard Weaver, and that you are all busy making more art!
I’ve been trying to speed paint frost, this chilly but pretty morning in the Alver Valley. Amazing how many different colours there are in frosty vegetation! 

#OilPaint #AlverValley #LeeOnSolent #PleinAir #BrightSun #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear @SkyArts


Another stunningly bright day here, with a fabulous blue sky, so I will post this from a similar day earlier this year, and remind you the final of Landscape Artist of the Year is tomorrow at 8pm on @SkyArts. (Or NowTV or TalkTalk) – ps …..I’m a finalist! 😊

#6DaysToGo #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear #wildcard #rosehips #Autumn 

Been fiddling round with more of those rose hips….outside and in. 

In other news …..there are now only six days to go until my wildcard heat at Stowe! 

Here’s a little poem to help you all remember – can’t think where I got the idea from….

“Remember, remember the 15th of November,

When the last Landscape heat is on Sky!” 

– perhaps I’ll stick with the visual arts….

#beetroot #dark #OilPaint @LidlUK #PurpleAndRed #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear

It’s an exciting art Tuesday – remember to set your watches for the next Heat episode of Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year at 8pm!(also on NowTV and TalkTalk)

I’ve been fiddling about with some beetroot. I originally liked the shapes but got very distracted and interested in painting the bright jewel like stems which contrasted so much with the red elastic band! – bought from my favourite grocery shop….