Hello! I missed you yesterday! My self-imposed three-day-a-week blogging feels strange. I'm so used to popping by at the end of the day to say hello, that yesterday, Thursday, felt like something was missing.
Still, I did do some painting, when normally I'd be chatting to you, so my new Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogging regime does have its benefits, I get more painting done. Plus, I was able to sneak some time to look at other people's blogs, which was blissful.
In my post on Wednesday, I talked about doing a painting of the Snowdrops my father-in-Law gave me, but that is still being worked on, and I'd rather show it to you when it's finished.
Everyone's talking about snowdrops on their blogs. I can feel the excitement and hope in everyone's pictures and writing. We all sense that once the brave little snowdrops start to push themselves up into the cold air, then that's the beginning of the end of winter. I don't know about you, but I like to kid myself that spring is just round the corner, once I see snowdrops.
Snowdrop painting reveal will have to wait till next week, when I'll designate it to either the Monday, the Wednesday, or the Friday post! Now I've decided on these new set days for blogging, I just know I'm going to find it tough not to blog on other days too. That's my contrary nature. I'll announce I'm going to do something, then want to do the complete opposite. I really annoy myself over this character trait I have.
Anyway, no snowdrop painting, but I do have some other paintings I've been working on, to show you.
Notice anything different about these new paintings? Maybe you don't, so I'll just tell you about my slightly different approach to my latest paintings. They are still lives, but with something more, something to draw the eye past the still lives. The idea is that you are looking out through a window, to a simple scene outside, and the idea behind doing this, is that they become something more than simple still lives.
The painting in the top photo is called "on top of the hill", and the picture above is called "the birds are having a bath".
This one above isn't quite finished, I'm not happy with the green at the top, and I think I need to crop it on the left. And I'm debating with myself about putting in shadows, because it will change the feel of the painting if I do put shadows in.
I think I probably will put in shadows, it will make the picture come alive more.
With these paintings, I'm using watercolour, gouache and emulsion paint. But something is whispering to me at the back of my mind. That little niggling thing is saying I should try oil paints. I've always stuck to using watercolours, and I've tried acrylics in the past. I feel very at home with watercolours. But I think that the introduction of the emulsion and gouche paint into these paintings might mean I'm ready to move on to oils. I did a painting for my parents in oils once, and almost pulled my hair out with frustration at the slowness of the drying time. Well, since doing that oil painting, I've discovered you can buy mediums to speed up the drying time of oils.
I think there need to be two more birds joining the group of three already there. I think that will finish it off.
Now, just incase you're wondering, these paintings weren't done in the last week. I've been working on them since Christmas, and there have been a few rejected paintings along the way. It's always irritating when a painting doesn't work. Whilst it feels like time wasted, it isn't, it's learning time.
Whilst working on these paintings, I've been doing some abstracts along the way too. Would you like to see those?
I thought I'd show them to you on Monday. I'm really, really enjoying doing the abstracts...........
Well, dear readers, we've come to the end of another week, which means we've arrived at the beginning of another weekend! Yippee! Have a lovely weekend, and I look forward to saying hello again on Monday. Love Vanessa xxx