The poppies in the garden this year were glorious. These oriental poppies were painted out in the garden with the bees buzzing around. I thought that the painting would also look good cropped into a panorama format and so used it for my festival banner.
The Pittenweem Arts Festival starts on the 2nd August and running until the 10th August. My web site has a page showing some of the paintings I will be exhibiting. See my Pittenweem Arts Festival 2014 page.
Last year we had great weather, this year it was fantastic. The festival was very busy with people enjoying the beach as well as the artwork.
Every artist gets a blue board with their venue number and I add a painted driftwood sign because my venue is split between the wash house and the shore path (under gazebos).
This year the town was decorated with bicycles for Pittenweem In Bloom. At my venue we had a green bike and it was themed after Mary’s amazing garden.
There was some time to relax and inspired by Vivian Maier I took a self portrant.
Yesterday was a good day for me to set up outside. It was bright but not sunny. I was inspired by a new jug I bought at Crail Pottery. You can see I put my colour studies behind my set up for reference which proved helpful.
Last weekend we got away on a short campervan trip to Forfar. I did lots of sketching outdoors as the weather was so nice. I liked the fact the Daffodils were set against a dark background. This was a 15min sketch.
On Monday with it being such a nice day I set up a still life outside. I enjoyed the challenge of working directly from my subject. The daffodils were picked fresh from my garden for the still life. The shadows were lovely in the sunlight.
My reference for this study painting was from a photo I took in Canada. The way the sunlight was catching these flowers really caught my attention.
This is a small oil pastel painting I did of Monet’s ‘Vase of Flowers’. I am in awe of the beautiful colours he used to paint this piece. I always learn so much from these studies and hopefully some of that spills into my new work.
I took my pot of pansies from the garden into the studio. This allowed me to work away with the advantages of the light not changing much throughout the day. I put them on my window sill which is just at nice level for me to paint while standing at my easel. I worked in watercolour and finished off with using neocolour water soluable wax pastels.
Today the weather was really wet so I used photo reference to do this cheery sunflower.
I was catching up with gardening today. I decided to stop and get my pastels out as the bee’s on the lavender were quite captivating. They really are a fast moving subject but I liked the challenge.