|'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!)
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!