A dramatic watercolour sky to start with this week’s post!
Many years ago, (the photo tells me that it was back in 2009!) we spent a few days exploring The Witterings in West Sussex, near Chichester.
On one of the days we ended up at the beach at West Wittering, which is an enormous expanse of beach. We were treated to the most amazing and dramatic of skies as this glowering pitch black band of storm clouds rolled in. It really was one of those skies that I wouldn’t have believed had I not seen it with my own eyes.
It’s long been on my mind to try to paint it one day and, follow the fun I’ve had recently working on some skies, that day finally came!
Often, I find that seeing my paintings on a screen improves them, because of the bright back-lighting of the screen. This is one of those rare occasions when I actually think that the painting looks better in real life than on the screen!
Keeping my fingers crossed that people will have now received their artworks from this year’s Heart Research UK Anonymous Art Project and that this won’t be spoiling the surprise for anyone!
Just as a reminder from last week’s post, this year’s auction was the most successful yet for Heart Research UK, raising over £53,500. For my part, my contributions raised a total of £374, which is wonderful.
This means that over the past three years my contributions have raised £1,164.65 to support the amazing and important work of Heart Research UK.
The deadline for submissions for this year’s auction came at time of particularly low creative ebb and confidence. I just couldn’t summon up the wherewithal to paint anything new and I was on the brink of pulling out altogether.
It was only thinking about how difficult it must be for the charity sector to raise the money needed to support such a massive range of important, life changing causes, that I realised the least I could do was make a little bit of an effort and pull my finger out!
The criteria for the auction is that all works should be two dimensional and A5. I cut an A5 window out of a piece of card and set about going through some of my recent paintings, which were all quarter imperial size, and looking to see if I could come up with any interesting crops that I could submit.
I’ve shown below the full size image and the crop for the three images I submitted this year:
I did quite enjoy this process, and I actually think that some of the crops are an improvement on the original image. You can see below the final scores on the door for each image.
I can only hope that the people that won these images are happy with them! I’d love to hear from anyone that has won one. It would be nice to be able to thank them in person!
In other exciting news
In a moment of light-headed frivolity, I decided to book onto an online workshop with Alvaro Castagnet!
As many of you may recall, 2020 started off with me excitedly booking on to a weekend Masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet that was due to take place in the UK in May. I think this was at the back of my mind when I decided to book this course – a little consolation treat to myself to round the year off!
I’ve seen quite a lot of artists turning to delivering online courses and tuition in the absence of being able to deliver physical workshops and I’ve been tempted to try quite a few but just never really made that final commitment.
I’m really excited at the prospect of this paint along with Alvaro session. I do have quite a few logistical things to sort out to do with setting up my easel where I can see the screen and be out of the way of family etc but nothing that I can’t overcome in the next week or two. One of the nice things is that I don’t actually have to wait that long until the 12th December – I’m terribly impatient at the best of times!
I’ve already seen the image that we’ll be working from and, I’m tempted to do a version of it before the workshop. I thought it would be nice to compare and contrast how I tackle it without any guidance, versus the version I do on the day!
Naturally, I’ll be sharing my experiences here on the blog sometime after the event. Who knows, maybe I’ll even ‘see’ some of you there!?