Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hell's bells...a contemporary still life and landscape painting

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'Hell's bells' - acrylic on canvas 30 x 40cm

When is a still life not a still life? When it's also got a little bit of a landscape in it. I'm not really sure what category this one falls into as it's the first time I've stretched out the scene to include the land around the close up of the river rocks that I normally just paint. I really enjoyed the challenge of this one though and trying to create a softer, slightly blurred effect for the background while making sure the focus was on the foreground.

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Hell's bells is a phrase used to express anger or surprise as in 'Hell's bells, why can't people take their rubbish off the beach with them!!' a slightly gentler version of something I might have uttered once or twice recently as the tourist season ramps up and our beaches once again become dumping grounds for those that apparently love the great outdoors while simultaneously having zero respect for nature by dropping all their rubbish at their arses. 

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Anyway, as you can no doubt tell, litter on our beaches normally makes me spitting mad but on this occasion it also inspired a painting.  I saw the lid of the Bell's whisky bottle at the edge of the river going down to Sandside beach and decided to strategically place it for a reference photo opportunity.

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This is the resulting painting which as I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to finish in time to add it to the other paintings I've submitted to the Mission Hall Gallery which is opening its doors to the public on 1 June. We're having a small private viewing on Saturday 3 June and then an official opening in a few weeks time once the new gallery owners get all their bits and bobs in order. 



They are hoping to attract the very people I mostly whinge about - the tourists who drive past our cottage like bats out of hell (there's a bit of a hellish theme here this week) and who leave their rubbish around the beaches or chuck it out of their car windows instead of just keeping it in the fricking car until they get to a public bin - WHY DO PEOPLE DO THAT!!!  

Anyway, I am sure that like everything else, it's only a small minority of tourists who have that little respect for the places they are visiting and that mostly they are here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquil laid back way of life and perhaps even stop at an art gallery along the way and take home a colourful reminder of their time up here!😉

Here are the five paintings waiting for bubble wrap before I took them to the gallery. The one with the marbles sold a couple of weeks ago and has already gone to its forever home so I decided to include the beachscape as it's of the beach in the village where the gallery is located.

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Anyway, it was quite good having a deadline to work to as it certainly put paid to my usual procrastination apart from when my art shed was literally too hot to work in last Friday and so I'd no choice but to sit in the garden instead, listening to the soothing sounds of bird song and motorbike engines as they raced by one after the other!


10 comments:

  1. OK I am with you on all hellish items. Trash and dog poop on our beach and on the sidewalks in our Old Town. Our town provieds doggie bags for free and tourist don't use them. EEERRGGGGG. OK enough of that. LOL I am so amazed with your art. The colors you use are so bright and bold and seem natural. I love your art.

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  2. Wonderful painting, congrats on your sales. Here the tourists get out of their bus/boat and drop their litter almost straightaway. I tell them in no uncertain terms to pick it up and point them to a bin - it works! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Every time I look at your art I smile. I absolutely love your use of color, whom ever purchases these will be Lucky, Lucky, Lucky indeed. Visiting from PPF. Oh and I thought that yes its so serendipitous that you bought just the right color paint for "Fetch", you gotta love when random lovely things happen like that. When things like that happen to me I think I must be on the right path or it wouldn't have occurred. :o)

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  4. so wonderful the Work. i love it!

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  5. absolutely gorgeous paintings Nic! I hate especially when I see adults just tossing into the street or wherever -and with children in tow-really what are they teaching them?
    Hope your work all sells -which I am confident it will:)

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  6. Gorgeous colors in your paintings, Nic. I'm with you on the littering.

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  7. Hells bells is something I haven't heard for several years....but remember saying back in the day!! I think my mom said it on occasion!! Love your glorious painting...really beautiful and vibrant!! We have huge fines in the thousands of dollars for littering in Beautiful B.C. Of course it still happens but even Oprah was shocked at how clean Vancouver is!! I remember as a kid being warned of the huge fine if we dared to throw anything out a car window!! Others would call on you if you did!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  8. Lovely paintings, so beautiful colors!
    Happy PPF and upcoming week xx

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  9. I love this! Colors are gorgeous!

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  10. Oh wow, they all look stunning together! And I just LOVE the latest one! I can't imagine that they won't sell... who wouldn't stop to look at these colourful treasures!

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