Tuesday, 4 April 2017
My only claim is that the painting is far better than the photograph ... nevertheless, I don't really care as this one is all about me having fun.
The pose is made up from lots of different photographs. The tights are based on Freddie Mercury's (Queen). The sleeves from an imagine I remember from a pack (deck) of cards. The hat and mask are from memory of items I vaguely remember.
| Turbulent Air John Simlett|
Acrylic on Cotton Canvas
39 x 19 inches
(100 x 50 cms)
I had this imagine in my mind of the air on stage being still until this dancer changed it into turbulence. Where he has been the air is turbulent whilst the unsuspecting air on his left is still calm.
The problem with a large painting, is that so much detail vanishes in the photograph, and many shades of red aren't really visible.
Friday, 17 March 2017
Still not where I want to be with oils yet , but still ... I think I'm getting there. I painted on a Burnt Sierra ground to warm up her finish - which is why she looked like a redhead for a time.
When I have been painting 'blondes' in the past I have tended to use a light-coloured background and then found myself having to warm up a pale face.
| 'Giselle' John Simlett|
Oil on Stretched Cotton Canvas
31 x 23.5 inches
(79 x 60 cms)
Giselle is one of those rare creatures that has naturally blonde hair and deep brown eyes (Italian great grandmother), and I think that allows the Burnt Sierra to glow through.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
One of my poems was accepted into an International Poetry Competition today - the result published in May.
Not sure how it will come out here, it's okay in 'Word' but gets temperamental when posted elsewhere.
I like flags.
sail is Flapping
not for sale In the wind.
you may find Makes one think
that you need it Of flying far off like
rather badly in a Some Albatross set free
wind or in a gale From land and those grassy ties
I and without it find That shore can bring, although I do
do others quickly up your tail Like being a landlocked Shipwright it's part
boatbuilding it's my
such a large part of my life. I love the smell of the wood as I cut and plane it.
Listen to the music of the parts that go to make a boat, each such poetry:
tumblehome and transom; hog and hogson; apron and the thwart
gutter and garboard strakes of planking: clinker & hard chine
but alas, without a keel,
where would we be?
capsized and upside
Monday, 6 March 2017
Saturday, 4 March 2017
I haven't any paintings to show at the moment, but I have so many painting projects in the planning stage that I'm very excited .... however ... we went to a place called Parrog today (5 miles away) ... so ... look out for seascapes in the future.
Parrog is a small village which is part of the town of Newport, Pembrokeshire. Now when I tell you that Newport has a population of only 1200, you can imagine that Parrog is tiny.
We went to Parrog to join the Newport Boat Club:
|Newport Boat Club, Parrog, Pembrokeshire, Wales.|
It was a wet and windy day and all the boats are laid-up for winter. Here's a more popular seasonal picture:
You can see the potential for paintings already can't you?
We joined the club - a cosy little place we will be using a lot once I've finished building Seagull
|Seagull - The Wooden Maine Lobster Boat I'm building|
I had a look around for launching slips and there are lots of them. This one looked the most likely one, for two reasons:
Firstly, it's adjacent to the Boat Club Car Park and secondly, it is next to the lovely little restaurant which you can see on the left, in yellow. Best Crab Bake Pat has ever tasted.
My daughter and her dog Blodwyn sniffed-out a second slip behind the Boat Club:
Looks like lots of fun ahead ... I like the idea of painting from a boat!
Thursday, 2 March 2017
No, I'm not Sandra's Press Agent, but I do owe her a debt-of-gratitude.
When I first started blogging in 2012, Sandra was the first person to 'comment' and generally support me until I got the hang of things.
The blogging buddies I met along the way were all painters, and really good ones at that. In those days I was a Pen & Ink artist (To See My Drawings Click Here). To me all you painters were magicians ... I was spellbound.
Eventually, I thought I might have a try at painting but had no idea how to go about it. Sandra, plus others, explained about fat on lean, colour (color) theory, linen versus cotton canvases etc...
Well Sandra vanished from blogland, but has reemerged elsewhere:
http://www.sandrabusbyart.com/blog/ CLICK HERE
The point to all this is not for you to join a fan-club, but for you to look at her latest posting: a video on palettes (See it HERE).
Her video has inspired me and given me an Eureka moment! I was using a glass computer table as a storage for paints & brushes. It was covered in over a year's worth of paint. Following Sandra's technique I had it looking brand new in a couple of minutes. I now have the biggest glass palette in the whole universe(ish).
Here it is in place:
This inspired me to clean my studio out ... I do this every two years, if it needs it or not :)
|The Painting Area|
|The Refuelling point!!|
When I'm not painting I'm a writer/editor ...
... for which I need plenty of reference data.
Similarly I need Art reference, which is tucked behind the easel. I mix my mediums here too.
And finally a little area for planning my boat-building:
This turned into a marathon posting, although not as long as the 'cleaning up the studio' marathon!