New work available at the John Noott Galleries!

Four new paintings have arrived at the  John Noott Galleries in the Cotswolds.

Pomegranate Half: painting process, 20 x 20 inches

Here is my simple set-up.  Because I am tall I get an interesting perspective when looking at my still life set-ups.  That is why most of my painting have a kind of aerial view.  I  pulled the table close to me and I was looking down on my subject.  I propped it up a bit with blu tack.
Here is my simple set-up. Being tall gives me an interesting perspective when looking at my still life set-ups. That is why most of my paintings have a kind of aerial view. I pulled the table close to me and I was looking down on my subject. I propped it up a bit with blu tack.
After I sketched the shape and the pips, I did the underpainting with thin washes of colour.
After I sketched in the shape and the pips, I did the underpainting with thin washes of colour.
Now it is time for the palette knife.  I started with the pomegranate top using a small palette knife.
Now it is time for the palette knife. I started with the pomegranate top using a small palette knife.
Then it is time for the pips.  iI outline the pips in a very dark red.  I used a mix of Alizarin Crimson with a teeny amount of Phthalo Turquoise.
I outline the pips in a very dark red. I used a mix of Alizarin Crimson with a teeny amount of Phthalo Turquoise.
I fill in the pips with Alizarin Crimson (which is very transparent) with a hint of white  so it is every so slightly opaque.
I fill in the pips with Alizarin Crimson (which is very transparent) with a hint of white so it is slightly opaque. 
Pip detail
Pip detail
Using various mixtures of reds, orangey pinks and red orange, I render the pips to look juicy and jewel like.
Using various mixtures of reds, orangey pinks and red oranges, I render the pips to look juicy and jewel like.
finished pip detail
finished pip detail
Now it is time for the juice stained flesh.  I start from the bottom and work my way up to the yellow flesh.
Now it is time for the juice stained flesh. I start from the bottom and work my way up to the yellowish flesh.
painting detail
painting detail
Here is the finished product.  The colours are wonderful!  I am thinking about doing another one, but I am still thinking about what background colour to use.  I hope you enjoyed this demo.
Here is the finished product. The colours are wonderful! I am thinking about doing another one, but I am still thinking about what background colour to use. I hope you enjoyed this demo.

My studio today

For my next large floral still life I might incorporate some ivy.  I also have some lovely mackerel paintings on display in the studio.
For my next large floral still life I might incorporate some ivy. I also have some lovely mackerel paintings on display in the studio.
Here is a 40 x 40 inch cradled panel that was handcrafted by my father-in-law and expertly gessoed by my husband.  I am currently deciding what  to paint on it.
Here is a 40 x 40 inch cradled panel that was handcrafted by my father-in-law and expertly gessoed by my husband. I am currently deciding what to paint on it.
Detail of ivy buds.
Detail of ivy buds.

What’s drying in my studio: First painting of 2015 done!

In the last post I was painting in the eucalyptus leaves.  Above you can see that I have completed most of the bouquet and started to add colour to the vase.
In the last post I was painting in the eucalyptus leaves. Above you can see that I have completed most of the bouquet and started to add colour to the vase.
The bouquet is finished.  I used my small palette knife for most of it and a little brushwork for the stems and berries.  Now, the vase.
The bouquet is finished. I used my small palette knife for most of it and a little brushwork for the stems and berries. Now, the vase.
Vase detail before the highlights.
Vase detail before the highlights.
Finished vase detail
Finished vase detail
close up of vase
close up of vase
I actually finished this 35 x 35 inch painting in one sitting.  I believe it took 10hrs including breaks.  Usually I would be fiddling with the details of various fruit and plates for over three days.  I felt so free and happy doing things a bit differently.  Don't get me wrong, I love the result of fiddling with all the detail in previous works.  I just love pushing around the paint more.  I have been looking for a way to get the freedom I feel when I am painting a landscape in my still life work without deviating too much from my current style.  I think I am well on my way with this one!
Here is the finished piece.  I actually finished this 35 x 35 inch painting in one sitting. I believe it took 10hrs including breaks. Usually I would be fiddling with the details of various fruit and plates for over three days. I felt so free and happy doing things a bit differently. Don’t get me wrong, I love the result of fiddling with all the detail in previous works. I just love pushing around the paint more. I have been looking for a way to get the freedom I feel when painting a landscape in my still life work without deviating too much from my current style.  I think I am well on my way with this one!

In my studio: Starting the first painting of 2015!

I am ready for something a bit different this year.  I bought two new round tables to replace the folding table I was using.  I plan to use fuller bouquets and more flower varieties.  I wish to play around with unusual compositions and focus try other colour palettes.  This year will get more painterly and incorporate my imagination into my paintings.  I love this set up, i fell that I can play around an express my self more.
I am ready for something a bit different this year, having bought two new round tables to replace the folding table I was using. The plan is to use fuller bouquets and more flower varieties. I wish to play around with unusual compositions and focus on trying other colour palettes. This year will see more painterly imagination incorporated into my paintings. I love this set up and feel that I can play around and express myself more.
View of my studio.  I have everything ready to start painting after this post.
View of my studio. I have everything ready to start painting after this post!
Bouquet close up.
Bouquet close up.
It is a gloomy day but in my studio the colours are brightening up the afternoon.
It is a gloomy day but in my studio the colours are brightening up the afternoon.

What’s drying in my studio: Autumn/Winter Still life

Done!  I love the different oranges against the various blues.  I think my next painting will involve reds and golds, I'm still planing it out in my head.  Tonight I will be cooking up a storm as tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  So, Happy Turkey Day to my fellow American expats and those back home celebrating!
Done! I love the different oranges against the various blues. To me, this painting totally captures the feeling of Autumn turning into Winter.  I think my next painting will involve reds and golds, I’m still planning it out in my head. Tonight I will be cooking up a storm as tomorrow is Thanksgiving! So, Happy Turkey Day to my fellow American expats and those back home celebrating!
lily and jug detail
lily and jug detail
detail Persimmons
detail Persimmons