I did this painting on a blue sennelier pastel card using a limited palette which suited the Scottish landscape. I had made a monotone study before hand and used this as refrence for the tones I wanted for the scene.
I am taking part in the East Neuk Open Studios 2021 and will be exhibiting in my Studio at 18 West Shore, Pittenweem.
The studio will be open from 10:30 to 16:30 over the weekend of 26th – 27th June.
The official website has more details: www.eastneukopenstudios.org/artists/gina-wright/
This farm shop punnet of strawberries looked so wonderful I just had to do a ink and watermedia sketch. I have my sketch book which has a nice midtone colour which helps speed up the process. White was done with a pitt artist brush pen. A nice treat to eat them after the sketch was finished.
Eduardo Alessandro Studios are celebrating their gallery reopening on Monday 26th April with a mixed show.
Spring Into Summer runs from 26th April 2021 to 26th June 2021
The farewell sendoff to the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A in Dundee includes an article about one of my paintings on their website. This was a great exhibition, the next stop after Dundee is Australia.
Wishing you and your loved ones a lovely Christmas.
The painting was inspired after a walk in the countryside. The little wren darted in and out of the snow covered grasses. I was cold standing watching the wren and I wondered how it didn’t feel the cold like I did.
I thought I would post yesterdays work in the studio. I like to do a study before considering any larger work. Sometimes that study could be just in monotone however I wanted to test colours out on my favourite orange Mi-Teintes pastel paper. Here is a photo of my sunset study with a tray of pastels I selected for this painting. A swatch of paper I used for testing the pastels. The grey colours you see in the bottom right corner of the tray are so important to the work and desirable to have in any pastel collection. I use either a pastel pencil or charcoal for drawing a loose sketch to begin with as this can easily be corrected without damaging the paper. Now I am inspired and ready to start the larger painting.
This pastel painting has had an interesting journey. It has spent the last year on the Isle of May where my original inspiration for the painting took place. Last year there was an exhibition on the Island of work by local artists. Stormy weather hampered the return of the paintings and they were there over winter. Then this year other factors meant that they weren’t able to be retrieved until this autumn. I am looking forward to be reunited with my painting.
One of my favourite pieces of art work is Dürer’s Hare. It is the kind of artwork that remains with you and is timeless. It is hard to believe it was done in 1502. There is something dynamic and alive about it. I often find myself wanting to do studies of art work I admire. I did the sketch above using graphite pencils. One thing I appreciated about the painting, having done a study of it, was the way he captured the fur giving volume and shape to the animal. I have observed that my cat often sits in a position quite similar to that of the hare.