Monday, 29 May 2017

Fetch...a contemporary still life


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'Fetch' - acrylic on canvas 20 x 20cm

I mentioned in my last post a couple of weeks ago that I've been invited to exhibit with a newly opening local gallery and wanted to create some new work to submit that would go along with my other river rock paintings.

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This is one that I'd taken the reference photo for a while back, one day when the dogs were chasing their ball on the beach - until they lost interest approximately 1 minute and 37 seconds in and ran off to sniff seaweed instead so that I ended up carrying the ball the rest of the walk. I set it down at the river rocks thinking it would make a good composition as all the previous painting in this series have had one random object in them - my wellies, a feather & marbles.

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I had coincidentally ordered a new tube of lemon yellow paint around the same time as I was painting this and hadn't realised that it was actually fluorescent as I wouldn't have ordered it.  However, it turned out to be quite serendipitous as it was exactly the right colour for the tennis ball! The computer screen doesn't show it to the full effect but it really is very bright!


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As soon as I finished this one last week, I started a slightly larger one which I'd also already taken the reference photo for and I spent the last week trying not to bake in my art shed (which turns into an oven at the first sign of the sun) as we experienced a few very, very lovely days. I managed to get that one finished yesterday and thankfully because acrylic dries so quickly, I got it varnished and bubble wrapped up with the rest of the paintings and off to the gallery for it opening on 1 June. 

A little size perspective

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8 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how things work out? Great painting. And good luck in your new gallery.

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  2. it's a brilliant piece Nic and how wonderful that that yellow was just the color you needed for this:)

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  3. Absolutely fantastic, the yellow ball makes it pop. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  4. so very fantastic, A magnificent work of art!!!!!
    Happy Day
    Elke

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  5. Your painting is beautiful, congrats on exhibiting at the gallery.

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  6. I really love this new style of the beautiful rocks and then POW there is something that grabs the eye. Wonderful.

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  7. I really love the colours in these paintings. So beautiful. And you're right: the fluo yellow is perfect for the tennis ball. Great work, and good luck with the exhibition!

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  8. Love the painting & especially the contrast between the tennis ball & the blue pebbles. Gorgeous. Wishing you well on your exhibition at the gallery! Happy Sunday Nicola! xo

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