Everything usually starts with an idea (no surprise there) and I mull it over for a while, sometimes weeks, sometimes months and picture it in my head.
Incidentally my Scottish Nanny often berated me with, 'There's too much nonsense going on in that curly-mopped head of yours!'
And she was right. I'm known for my vivid imagination and ability to embroider and embellish stories. Just ask my family!
The trouble is, I have so many of these 'pictures' whizzing around my brain and most of the time there is absolutely no connection between them! You'd think I'd scribble all of them down. I do sometimes, but not with this particular little poppet.
Goosey has been a constant in my paintings for about a year now and I just felt well, he needed someone or something, as a friend and companion.
And along came Tilly.
Apologies for the really bad lighting of the photos. I was working in the shed in the evening and only had my phone with me to take pics.
I've been learning to paint for about a year now and I'm trying out a number of different surfaces. So far I've used different types of paper, mount board off-cuts, canvas, (bouncy) wood (too many ridges) and MDF. (I'm sounding a bit too much like Goldilocks!)
This one is on MDF and I really like the cold, hardness of the material and the smoothness of the surface. It just feels substantial and um, well, we have quite a lot of it in the garage (that's the hoarder side of me) that I've been 'saving' for something and OH was threatening to bin it as it's been there for months, so of course I had to show willing and take a few bits down to the shed.
"See, I'm using it!" I shouted over my shoulder.
I sketched out the main bits with a bog standard pencil. There's always lots of rubbing out at this stage which I know is probably not the done thing. Surprisingly enough though she came out of the pencil quite quickly!
I'm not too fussy about all the rules of composition, (perhaps that's where I've been going wrong?) Oh well... Anyway, I do like to think about the Rule of Thirds. 'Think' being the operative word.
Having trained for three years as a potter,the composition of a painting certainly wasn't on the curriculum so I'm learning on the job, so to speak.
If you are a professional artist looking in on this blog it's at this point in the proceedings that I want you to step in and point out where I'm going wrong and perhaps give me a few hints and tips. I'm open to a bit of advice and have broad shoulders. So fire away in the comments please.
Originally I imagined Goosey had made her a crown of holly leaves and berries (hence her hands placing it on her head) and then I thought, what would she really like??
A Star! (And if you saw the very first painting of Tilly, you might have noticed a bright star in the sky,which in this picture is no longer there.)
So you see, the paintings tend to evolve and change direction on a whim.
And as for colours and subject matter - I DO love winter and Christmas and frosty-topped, pristine, snow and midnight-blue skies and twinkly stars and shiny, bright, milky moons...there's no hope, is there?
PS If after reading this you haven't glazed over, feel free to leave a comment.
It's pretty quiet over here. I'd appreciate someone to talk to.
*whistles and twiddles thumbs*