I have just been ‘dismantling’ the studio and house after 8 days of opening our doors for the Hampshire Open Studios event. ‘Quietly steady’ is how I would describe it – 127 people in total. A really worthwhile experience (although I may do fewer days next year!), with two pieces off to new homes and a commission to be developed. All of which means I can get back to the paints and easel again!
I am itching to paint a series of landscapes that have been disturbing my sleep recently. Further inspiration from our recent Devon and Dorset walks, I’m going to be using a calmer palette, with yellows and some lilac (not too much, not my favourite colour) as well as softer blues to capture the wonderful long distant views.
Although a sea-inspired painting, ‘Blustery Walk Along the Shore’ (to be found in Landscapes and Seascapes on the website) is a transitional piece, using a much looser painting technique and softer colours. I love this style of painting but I have to work hard a stepping back and not over-working the paint, to keep it as loose as this. Watch this space!