2021 - Stay at home... and paint!

Its not been the start to the New Year we had wanted and I hope that you are all well and coping. Ignoring whats going on outside these four walls, I'm feeling well rested and a lot better. Last year my art business saw a lot of growth and development. Between this and everything else going on, I practiced some self-care, took December off and enjoyed watched some Christmas movies and sentimental dramas! By the time Christmas came I was dreaming of painting and started back on Boxing Day with a commission (I'll show you a picture in a future blog). One of my goals this year is to increase the number of commissions I receive, so if you are looking for a special gift for someone, or yourself, please contact me and we can chat about a possible commission.

I followed the commission with painting a Barn Owl from a fantastic photo by a photographer called Dez Green. I was really keen to paint this photo and happily agreed that all profits would be donated to Dez's local Far Ings National Nature Reserve. This painting allowed me to paint onto a black canvas, something I was itching to try. I loved it, it was a lot of fun and I'm going to do another of a stag at night very soon. The canvas did mean that I had to alter the moon in the painting, which in the original photo was a yellow moon, seen through branches. Against the black, the moon drew the eye away from the owl. Sometimes a composition makes a great photo but doesn't work as a painting. All it took was for me to change to moon to a silver sliver (a bit of a tongue twister) and the painting works really well. The painting is drying for a couple of weeks so I get to enjoy it.

I had some great news a few days ago when Puffy the Robin, was bought from the gallery. The lady who bought him has a collection of Robin paintings in memory of a loved one. The reasons why someone buys a piece of art are very varied and I love to hear the stories behind why they chose one of my paintings. This was one of the really emotional, special stories and I felt so touched. Here is a wee reminder of Puffy; he was a favourite of lots of my followers.