You will be glad to know that I have been painting away on several pieces. Firstly, I was working on a large painting of a Sacred Lotus since before Christmas. It has been a number of years since I have painted such a large botanical piece, there were challenges along the way and the majority were overcome.
The intention has been to submit it as a non-member for the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition, which will take place in April at the Westminster Central Hall in London. So, with a well wrapped painting, my husband and I made our way up to London for the submission on the 18th February. It was a very well organised process and everyone was so happy, friendly and helpful.
One lovely surprise was to meet up with a Botanical Artist firend Shevaun Docherty, who I had 'met' on a Facebook botanical artist's forum/group. We had never met in person before and it was great to get a brief glimpse of her artwork before it was submitted and I look forward to seeing her work in the exhibition. If you would like to see an example of her work go to: http://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/13th-may-2012-whos-made-mark-this-week.html
My self-confidence can struggle at times, especially with my artwork, so I wasn't holding out much hope of the painting being accepted. Over 1,000 paintings were submitted by members and non-members and approximately 600- 700 are hung after the assessment. The suspense of the following week was difficult, but I kept myself busy with more painting and teaching.
This last Wednesday the envelope dropped through the door and I recognised my writing on the address. In what seemed like an age I opened the envelope and slowly unfolded the form, to discover that my painting had been accepted ! Needless, to say I was absolutely thrilled and the weeks of hard work had paid off. Here it is: (apologies for the grey background, the painting is actually on Fabriano Artistico HP Natural White).
Alongside painting this I have also returned back to using acrylics. I am really enjoying using this medium, particularly on the natural linen canvas and boards.
I am getting together a few pieces of 'marine themed' artwork to display at Emsworth Museum in conjunction with the Hants & IOW Wildlife Trust, and will also be creating a couple of new pieces.
One of which is completed and is a small 10cm x 10cm study of a crab's leg:
The other larger piece that I am working on is going to be called 'Shoreline Window' and is of a
close-up view of seaweed, shells and stones. As the painting develops you will see the variety of colours that will be added. At the moment I am painting the areas of seaweed:
For information about the exhibition see below:
My next blog posting will be about the courses and workshops that I teach. All of the students have been producing some wonderful work, which I look forward to showing you.
Happy painting !