Thursday, 17 October 2013

The End of the Summer...

'The end of the summer' - acrylic pointillism on mini box canvas (5 x 5 inches)

So,  everywhere I look these days I see fields of gold with round bales of hay scattered all about them. It's a very clear indicator that we've come to the end of the summer and the farmers are preparing for the long, cold winter ahead getting the hay stacked to feed their animals when they can't find the grass for the snow. 

Despite the slight tinge of sadness they evoke that summer is really over (when sometimes we weren't quite sure it had even begun!), I love the way the hay bales look stacked in symmetrical rows as far as the eye can see. I was driving along the one road that serves the whole of the north coast one day a couple of weeks ago and the sky was grey but with one gap in the clouds where the sun was shining straight down onto a field of hay bales, emphasising the wonderful golden colours in the field and I decided I had to try and paint it.



Even though we are surrounded by these wonderful, golden fields, I hadn't managed to get a reference photo to work from so I went to my usual wonderful source of all things photographic - Paint My Photo and I found this photo which I liked by Val D. I did use a lot of artistic licence as I wanted to create a more whimsical feel to the scene by making the field more of a round hillock and I wanted a blue sky so I made that up as I went along!

As with most of my art it looks better if you stand back and squint!
So, as there's an exhibition coming up at Caithness Horizons in Thurso in December which I plan to submit some pieces to I decided to try some landscapes without any animals in them (gasp!) showing different scenes reflecting the local countryside at different times of the year. I had an idea in mind of how I wanted them to look but, try as I may, my paint brush just wasn't translating what was in my head. I was just about ready to ditch this piece and had already painted over the canvas in black to start over when I thought I'd give it one more try. Almost without thinking about it, I started adding little dots of colour and it ended up being a pointillist piece - it seems that no matter how I try to move away from that style it keeps popping back up. It seems, that when all else fails, this is my 'go to' painting style!

Just to put the size in context!
I'm nearly finished the second one now and I hope to get 5 done in time to submit them by 25 November as well as finish another 4 bird houses for the Christmas fair on 7 December. This is when I miss those long summer days with plenty of daylight  (even if it was raining at least it was light!) Now there seem to be less hours in the day for painting because the light fades so much more quickly. 

Anyway, in other news this week, I was driving to the animal shelter on Wednesday when I saw a sea gull sitting in the middle of the road. He didn't seem able to move although he didn't appear to be injured but I knew he'd get squished by cars so I wrapped him in an old towel I keep in the car for the dogs and took him to the shelter.  We set him in an empty run but unfortunately he must've had internal injuries because when I went back to check on him a while later he had died, poor guy. 

In other blog news, here is the logo I mentioned last week that started life as a paw print design for a tattoo. I decided to recreate it but add the rainbow paint spatters to it and I really like how it's turned out.  I'll be adding that to my stationary and whatnot.



Also, if you missed my earlier blog post this week you can catch up here: (I'll warn you, it's a bit of a rant!)

                                         There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness:



I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday and will try to do the rounds in between bird houses and pointillism landscapes!

25 comments:

  1. It's come up well, I think it works.
    Merle............

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  2. I really like your end of summer pointillism. The colors are vibrant and work well together.

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  3. oooohhh, gorgeous! Fall is just wonderful! :)

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  4. Ahh Pointy Pix!!! Oh my, I've been away so long from posting on PPF but as soon as I came here I recognised you unique style I have always admired :) Great post Nic & love your new logo too :)

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  5. Great logo. Busy gal as always. Love your interpretation of Fall. It's almost like a Van Gogh. Love it!
    gloria

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  6. Wonderful work with your painting and logo! Patsy

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  7. The field painting is really cute and atmospheric , nice round shapes and fall colors! Great logo!

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  8. very eye catching and interesting. what a fun style
    -Kat-

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  9. There is something so warm and joyful about a hayfield all tidied up and ready for winter. I think you are all kinds of brilliant.

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  10. We definitely can't deny our own "go to" style with our art. You said that very well! The best art is when the artist lets her own expressive personality show in her work, and you've done that beautifully with this piece. I like how it's mounted too! The seagull story is sad, and very touching. You connected with that being at a pivotal moment in it's life. One of those moments you never forget. I like the logo! That's a really good idea to have one of those! You've got me thinking about it now...

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  11. Went back to see the last post and comment Nic. I love your scenic pointillism art-all those glorious colors are utterly fantastic!!! Nice paw print tattoo. Sorry about the sea gull. You gave him some loving in the end.

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  12. Love Autumn but not Winter- and hate it when the clocks go back! Love this piece showing the bales of hay.

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  13. Wow Nic!!! I love your new direction of landscapes and I also love your pointilist technique, it suits the subject so well. I also didn't realise the scale so thanks for including the photo. Hope the exhibition goes well and all your work gets a chance to be shown as it really is wonderful.

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  14. A lovely post! Have a nice comming week!

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  15. The logo is supercool! I really love the haybale painting too. Gorgeous colors and love the pointillism style. Happy PPF!!

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  16. Your fields of gold is gorgeous!!
    Unlike you, we had an beautiful summer - long too... but this was after several very short and disappointing ones, so well deserved. It's still very mild now, but wet and windy. I read the other day that we are in for the coldest winter in 100 years!! Lets hope they're wrong!! :0)

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  17. When I backed off the computer screen and viewed your hayfield with bales, it all came together just like Monet's do. Beautiful!

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  18. LOVE this piece - I really like the depth and how much smaller it is than I had thought - Congrats on being featured on Paint Party Friday this week!

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  19. Love when you do this style. You really do have a kitsch for it. I love this time of year. Unfortunately I do know what you mean about the short days. Something about it though I love. Like starting to be tucked into my winter cocoon. Beautiful painting. Love the colors. You have captured the season.

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  20. Pretty painting Nik, I love your style! I'm always a little sad in the fall, but our trees are so beautiful right now and I'm really enjoying that part of fall. xo

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  21. Oooh, looks like lots of things to catch up on since I've been away for a while. I love your pointillism style. I very much like your paw print logo and your bales of hay.

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  22. Oooh, looks like lots of things to catch up on since I've been away for a while. I love your pointillism style. I very much like your paw print logo and your bales of hay.

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