English streetscapes highlighted

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A couple of English streetscapes to highlight this time.

British domestic architecture

There is something fascinating about the sameness of British domestic architecture in the suburbs. It is easily seen from intercity buses and trains. The wider view shows the sameness stretching down streets, up hillsides and around towns. It seems unimaginative, especially when compared with the Australian range of architectural fads and trends. But the English version grew from such different beginnings – wars, austerity, industrialism, high density living.

It is a long time since I first saw those streets in northern England. I was astonished and confronted by the sight, but began to relax with the predictability of it all. Visually, these English streets present the artist with rhythms of form and colour which make pleasing compositions. Repetition can do that.

Even newer housing estates develop along similar lines.

Long summer days

Not sure about you, but early mornings are almost unknown to me these days. But sometimes it is important to get up early, especially when I am on a painting mission..

In the UK summer the daylight creeps in through the curtains at about 4am. That allows plenty of time for turning over and finding a bit more sleep….But it does make it easier to leap out of bed. That light is energising and brings with it lots of inspiration.

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Warwickshire morning; $150

And then there are the long balmy evenings! This next one was painted before a latish barbecue dinner, between 6 and 9 pm.

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Evening in Warwickshire; $150

The pen is shown with this painting to give you an idea of the scale.

These two paintings are lively outcomes of a lovely stay in Stratford-upon-Avon last year.

Another one to show you soon.

Small outdoor landscapes on sale

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Small outdoor landscapes to love are in the spotlight for you until mid-July. They offer little patches of colour and light to make your space sparkle. Have you seen these glimpses of Adelaide and summer-time in England?

My home “curator” has hung a line of them on our salon-hung living room wall and they look really dense and lively with colour and contrasts.

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This one “Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge” is one of my favourites. The dark tones are in ultramarine and prussian blues which I still feel drawn to. I was inspired by the lovely contrast between the local whitewashed buildings and the greenery.

It is neat and petite, 12.5×17.5cm without the frame but really packs a punch. Full-priced at $150, Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge is on sale now for 10% off – just $135.

To paint this work I stood on a footpath near the bridge edged with the dry-stone wall. The road was quite busy at the time as people were off to work on this early summer morning. I met the breakfast chef as he arrived cheerfully for duty (on foot). After a couple of hours work I returned to our cottage for a breakfast cooked by Martin, our host and chef. What a nice start to the day before our cruise on Lake Windermere.

Have you visited the Lakes District?

Mid-month madness – landscapes sale

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Landscapes sale! Somehow July always gets the gig for this feature. It’s mid-way through the year and summer feels so far away. It just isn’t as easy to be outdoors painting landscapes right now. OK, call me faint-hearted.

This year I am starting a little earlier. Mid-year, mid-June. That’s why I am calling it mid-month madness.
Perhaps it’s the winter solstice that sends me a bit crazy? Anyway…
The website is set up for you to find a little painting to love.

From Tuesday 19th June to midnight Monday 16th July I am giving you a chance to start your art collection. Modestly.
If you have already started a collection, you have a perfect opportunity to add to it. Modestly.

So, what are these landscapes?

These little beauties have not been openly exhibited before.
Take a peek here.

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Harton hedge. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed.

They have been seen in calendars and an Open Studio weekend, but all in all they have not seen much daylight. Except as they were being created – these are outdoor paintings after all. Most of them were painted on a recent trip to the UK and yes, there was sunlight.
They mark my change last year to a much more colourful palette. There is a certain joy about these. And a directness.

That’s a good start.
Now, all they need are….

New homes to settle in!

New homes can be old places of course. They can be flats or rooms or even a desk.

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Whitewater Hotel, Cumbria. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed

One of the special features that makes these paintings easy to live with is their size.
They start at 10x15cm. The next size is 12.5×17.5cm. Still easy to live with.
They don’t dominate your space, but they do make it more interesting.
The image above of Whitewater Hotel is shown framed. The length of the pen is actually the height of the painting.
Hence propping on the desk IS a possibility.

So, their small size is a big plus!

Are they affordable?

You may already know that my prices are reasonable. My high end items reach over $1,000 but not much more. They measure up to 100cms in any direction.

And these littlies? They are normally $120 and upwards but – and this is where the madness comes in – during this landscape sale they will be selling at 10% off that price.

Very small prices.

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Marion’s Florist, South Shields; 12.5×17.5cm, acrylic, framed.

It’s a great way to start your collection (or add to it). Or it might even be time to put a gift away for your “special someone”.

Any hidden extras?

Only good ones!
At the moment I am only selling within Australia and the postage is FREE.
The paintings are framed and ready to hang. Look again at the Whitewater Hotel painting above. This very neat wooden frame is shown. It has a simple profile, is box-style and finished in a charcoal colour. And they are all covered by my guarantee.

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Dramatic cafe paintings, quick and lively sketches.

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Dramatic cafe paintings this time. This might be the last batch for a while.

My selection today is driven by DRAMA!

So, what creates (painted) drama?

There are lots of  ways with composition and techniques. We can work with strong lines or shapes (and their combination), clear colour and vibrating colour contrasts or large differences in tonal value.

In my recent work on small landscapes and café paintings, I have been conscious of using tonal contrasts for dramatic effect.

“The Reader”

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10x10cm; acrylic on linen panel. $90, framed

This fellow looks a bit different from the original “sitter”. He sat and read a newspaper for almost an hour. As it happens, I was working on another group when he arrived so I was glad he stayed. It was around Valentine’s Day and there were heart-shaped decorations suspended from the ceiling. From the mezzanine, our reader had a large “heart” above him. It made a strange image, but somehow unfair to my reader. About a month later, he re-appeared to sit and read the newspaper. A regular! He liked the painting but perhaps his wife thought I had lopped off too many years, or inches because she said the boys would not see it as a good likeness.

“In the spotlight”

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10x10cm; acrylic on canvas panel. $90, framed.

Their body language suggested that these three were involved in a job interview. The person in black seemed to be the interviewee, looking fairly relaxed under pressure. The figures are lightly brushed in and there is just a hint of the tiled floor on the left.

Drama

Both of these paintings are dramatic because of their contrasts between the background and the figures.

The first one on a deep blue ground shows highlights of a related paler blue which contrasts with the rusty brown.
The second draws its drama from the black background and the lighter figures of the two women. Again there are colour contrasts which add life to the composition.

“In tune”

Here’s one with a different sort of drama. Pale background and darker figures against the light.

10x10cm, acrylic on linen panel. $90 framed.

There are many ways to achieve drama in painting. I believe it is important not to overdo any one technique. The by-word is variety!