Extract from my sketchbook. This is an oil pastel sketch made soon after the tulip petals had fallen. As you can see, it is drawn over two pages. I chose not to crop the image but show the authenticity of the decision making experience when drawing from life outside. I guess I could have picked the tulip stem and take it indoors but then where is the fun in that? Colour and speed of recording would have been altered by the fact of a more relaxed drawing experience.
The past few days have been taken up with making frames, cutting mounts, buying glass and putting it all together, making sure labels have the correct information. A short notice opportunity for exhibiting artwork at Dedham Vale Vineyard 30th November – 1st December, made me put aside creativity and focus on the presentation. It’s a distraction but in truth for me, it makes sense financially, time wise and patience, to do my framing a few at a time. To have work ready for small exhibitions is a bonus and also it gathers work long term for a solo exhibition Spring 2014, (lots of space, great! or could that be aargh! lots of space – more work to be done). Getting an idea as to how the paintings will look as a group instead of stored in the plan chest drawer is a reality check worth doing sooner than later.
Grey sky, gloomy light, rain, conspired to increase the vibrancy of the autumn leaf colour – a beautiful day if you do not have to work in the fields.
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