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The influence of Henry Moore.

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Walking though the different galleries at Tate Britain last Friday we came across the work of one of my favourite British artists, Henry Moore.     An artist whose work has influenced me.

So much strength, gentleness and emotion captured in this large bronze of  The Family. 

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From early childhood when I first saw the work of Henry Moore,  I have been drawn to its simplicity of form and how within that form a myriad of emotions are evident.

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I painted this large oil on canvas in 1984.    This painting and the subsequent series were Influenced by Isle au Haut an island in the Penobscot Bay, Maine part of Arcadia National Park, and Henry Moore’s sculpture.

I saw within the boulders and rocks on Isle au Haut the human form.   It felt as if I was surrounded by Henry Moore’s work.   

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My series of work which began in 1984 on Isle au Haut is still in progress.   Over the years it has evolved.

This large watercolour/gouache was inspired by a tragic photograph I saw of a Mother and child who had been killed as innocent victims of the Mexican drug war.

I painted this to restore the Mother and Child’s dignity.   The swan symbolises transformation and the hummingbird guides them from this world to the next.

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A Magical Hummingbird for today.

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Start as I wish to proceed……

I like to start the new year as I plan to proceed…..

I began preliminary work on this large oil painting just before Christmas -(5′ x 4′)   It’s part of the ‘interconnection’ series. 

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As the painting develops, I will post the progress on this blog…..and at the same time show the watercolours I use to formulate ideas. 

It’s also back to a normal with diet and daily exercise:)

Wishing everyone a beautiful Thursday.

A Bientôt

 

The Arrival of Sasha

This is a good time of the year to talk and think about people and animals who are homeless.    

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads, heating, and food in the cupboards often take so much for granted.   

The stories i have told in the last week about Phoebe the Jack Russell and Christeve the Cat finding loving homes, are metaphors for all those in our world who are searching for a place of their own. 

Today’s story is about Sasha finding a loving home, and how often things happen when least expected. 

Watercolour of Sasha.

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In 1989 I painted several murals at the Pennsylvania Animal Hospital in Philadelphia.    It was a huge veterinary clinic, catering for small and large animals.       I worked there for about one month.

Just before the work was completed a lady suggested that I come and look at a little kitten that had been brought in that day.    As she put it….the kitten looked like she had fallen into a paint pot:)      

At the time I was living and working in my West Chester, Pennsylvania studio and already had two beautiful cats in residence.     My initial reaction was that it wouldn’t work to bring home a young kitten…….that was until I saw her………………………..

As I approached the cage the little kitten, who did indeed look like she had fallen into a paint pot….put her paw through the cage and touched me…..the rest was history:)

I remember the moment I took her into the studio….my Tom Cat, whose name was Tushy and this new, tiny kitten immediately bonded!   It was quite remarkable.     

Now named Sasha, the following four photographs show how close she and Tushy the Tom cat became.    He was so patient with her. 

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By the way, every time I set up a still life in the studio…the cats would consider it their new place to hang out…

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As we partake in the season’s festivities, its important to remember all of the refugees and  people around the world who have so little at this time.     By showing gratitude for what we have, is to acknowledge those with so much less. 

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Christeve the Cat finds her home…..

This is the true story of Christeve the Cat who found her home with Janet the Artist in the Magical Town of Crickadoon. 

In this portrait, Christeve looks like the cat who swallowed the canary…….:)

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During a wild storm in The Magical Town of Crickadoon on Christmas Eve 1996, a little cat ran for shelter into a nearby cottage.

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The cottage belonged to Janet the Artist.    After the storm had passed, Janet the Artist looked for the owners of the little cat, and was told that they had moved away two years before, and that the little cat had been homeless ever since. 

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The little cat settled into the cottage immediately and because she had arrived on Christmas EveJanet the Artist named the little cat Christeve. 

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Christeve and Janet the Artist lived very happily together.    Christeve would sit with Janet the Artist  as she painted, and of course Janet the Artist made many paintings of Christeve. 

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Janet the Artist wrote a little book telling the story of how Christeve the Cat found her new home…….The story is all about trust, love and believing in the unseen magic in our world. 

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Here is Christeve the Cat enjoying the comfort and warmth of her new home.      

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A Bientôt

Tutorial 14 – Luscious colour

This quick warm up exercise is all about colour…..wonderful, luscious colour:)

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Here’s what to do.

Frame 1.

I have Applied some glorious violet to the paper….Note that I have left a white area….and then while the paint is still very wet, I have allowed  some Permanent White Gouache to bleed into the wet paint, which provides a lovely fuzzy edge. 

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Frame 2.

 

I add some strong pigment into the wet violet paint and allowing it to bleed and do its own thing…..Any colours can be used. 

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Frame 3. 

I now add some more crimson into the mix. 

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Frame 4.

Note that I am using Daniel Smith watercolours for this particular warm up.    They are more expensive, and in this case prove that you get what you pay for…..superb pigments, however any pigments and colours can be used for this exercise…

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When I am testing new colours and pigments, I allow myself to PLAY….which unto itself makes for a superb warm up exercise. 

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Happy Wednesday and happy painting.

A Bientôt

Mother and Child (2)

This is a follow on from last Friday’s post entitled Mother and Child.

During the first morning session, lulled by the warmth and quiet of the studio, Mother and Child totally relaxed.    This gave me the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time on this one pose. 

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The following frames shows how I built up the painting….again using the basis techniques that i have demonstrated in my tutorials. 

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This image shows me, baby and Mother on their second visit to the studio…just before they left for S. America where they now live.

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I spent time with a friend this weekend who is a world class musician/composer.    We talked about what it is to be an artist….and the dedication needed to pursue a life in the arts.     During the coming week, I plan to talk more about this in my blog. 

Happy Monday:)

A Bientôt