Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Presents!

So, I can finally reveal my latest studio paintings!  The first, a Christmas present to my wonderful husband, to save him from having to face a blank wall of magnolia in the office.  This was painted from a photograph I took in Sidestrand.

For Colin, oil on board, ©Tanya Pawsey 2015
The second, a surprise, commissioned pet portrait for the mother of a dear friend of mine.
Barney, oil on board, ©Tanya Pawsey 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

Overstrand #1

Walked down to the beach at low tide today and was taken by the beautiful colours whilst looking out to sea.  A good thing about painting out in Winter is that it's so quiet, just me and a few dog walkers and I was only approached by one.  Again, I limited myself to ninety minutes of painting time.

Overstrand #1 oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Plein Air Paintings From Overstrand Cliff.

Certainly felt a nip in the air today but had to get out of the studio.  I spent almost four hours in one spot on the edge of a cliff and surprisingly didn't get cold until the last half an hour.  I limited myself to one and a half hours for each of these paintings - I think this is the only way to improve.  I used my lovely new Haidee-Jo Summers Plein Air Set of brushes today which I thoroughly recommend. 

I love the view towards Sidestrand. If you look closely you can see the little footpath with a blue rope hand rail which takes you down to the beach.

Footpath to Sidestrand #1 oil on board, 10"x 12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015

When I first moved to Overstrand I couldn't understand why this giant buoy hadn't been removed and considered it and eyesore.  I've definitely warmed to it and now think of it as a landmark.
Beach Buoy oil on board, 10"x 12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015
In a previous post I mentioned that I could do with a weight for my tripod and I've found one!  It's a sand bag for tripods, used for filming.  I filled it with stones from a footpath next to me and attached it to my tripod with a carabiner clip.  It was fairly windy today and my set up felt pretty secure, but considering it was a long way down I couldn't help but hold on!  

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Paintings For Sale!

It's taken me a while to get round to setting this up and I'm figuring it out as I go along, but my paintings will now be available to view and buy from my online gallery at Daily Paintworks.  To enter this gallery click on the widget from my blog.  My latest paintings will be available through auction or 'buy now' options.  Once auctions have ended my work will remain in the gallery as 'buy now' purchases. 

Friday, 25 September 2015

Plein-air Painting of Sidestrand Beach

I made the most of low tide this morning and walked down to Sidestrand beach.   Every time I've been there, there has been a large area of wet sand and little streams which run from under the wall of breakers.  I love how these catch sunlight and reflections, so this is where I was heading.  It was a glorious sunny morning and the sunlight shone brightly, however by the time I came to paint the reflections the sky had become overcast and the contrasting tones had dulled.  I spent two and a half hours on this so I suppose I shall have to be quicker next time! I can see myself returning to this spot many times so I'm bound to capture it glowing soon.  I really wanted to stand back from my painting to appraise but dare not as the wind was so strong that I didn't let go of my easel. I must find a way to weigh it down, I'm thinking sand bags........

Sidestrand 1, oil on board 10"x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Getting Back into It

It's been great fun yet extremely frustrating getting outdoors to paint again - I can't believe it's been eight months since I last did it!  In fact I've not done so much as a sketch all Summer, so just drawing in the composition has been tough. I've wiped clean four beach landscapes so far but they're getting better, the fourth, painted two days ago is shown below.  This was painted in two hours from Overstrand promenade looking towards Sidestrand.

Towards Sidestrand, oil on board 10"x12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015
Due to the landscape rapidly changing as the tides highs and lows I decided to give myself a break and paint something a little more static.  Today I finished this painting which I started yesterday, painting two hours per day, a little too long in my opinion but I'm bound to get quicker.  This is one of the crab and lobster catching boats parked on Overstrand Promenade - I'm sure they're going to feature in many paintings.

Jayne Marie 1, oil on board 10"x12" © Tanya Pawsey 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Time and Space - Yippee!

I've given up part-time employment and moved to Overstrand where I'm hiring a studio at the Belfry Arts Centre - things are looking up!  @BelfryArts

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Bundle of Joy

I finished this double portrait of my children today, which I copied from an old photo.  I found it quite difficult to get the subtle colour changes of their front lit faces right.  For the previous portrait I painted of my son, I set the pose of the photo with a painting in mind and created contrast in tone caused by the shadows.  Also this painting is tighter than the last so I think it's time to get into painting from life.

Bundle of Joy, oil on paper 11"x 14", © Tanya Pawsey 2015

Friday, 6 February 2015

Oil Painting: You Are My Sonshine...

Today I finished this portrait of my son, Jack, working from a photo.  In the past I've agonized and obsessed over painting portraits from photos, so for the last few months I've attempted to loosen up and complete a simplified, sketchy piece.  It hasn't gone well.  I find it so hard to simplify from a photo and all of my previous efforts have ended up in the bin.  Well, my husband really liked this and encouraged me to complete it so I went against by new belief that 'if a painting is going bad bin it and start again' and kept going.  I feel it's overworked, but although I'm unhappy with the paint application I'm glad with the result considering this took me a few days rather than a few weeks (as previous portraits from photos have done).  I like it because I've caught a good likeness and it warms my heart to see my son smile.  At least I can say I'm learning.  I must start to give myself a time limit so that I concentrate more on my organization and application.  I really like the blue highlights on the back of his head caused by the evening light through the window behind him.  He's sitting on my bed facing the en-suite door from which the warm light of the bulb is flooding out.  It's not a great photo - I couldn't avoid glare from the sun and the clip is visible in the right hand corner.

You Are My Sonshine..., oil on paper 11x14"

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Oil Sketch of a Rose

I want to get faster at painting, so have decided to sketch objects in paint.  This was meant to be a quick sketch but I ended up spending nearly two hours on this.  I wiped out and re-painted the rose head a few times.  I used raw umber, titanium white, pthalo blue, permanent rose and cadmium yellow pale hue.  I scratched into the paint with the end of my brush.

Rose, oil on paper 10 x 7"

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Oil Painting: Frozen Winter Veg

I'm back!  I've been busy getting myself a job and working.  The hours I'm needed have eased off for the moment so it's time to get back into painting - yes!  It's been months since I last painted outdoors and to be honest I've been afraid to paint plein-air in Winter, but today I dragged myself out to experience it for the first time.  I wrapped up in jeans, water-proof trousers, a long sleeved T shirt, fleece jumper, long duck down coat, cap, wooly hat, leather gloves, two pairs of socks and wellies!  I'm glad to say that I wasn't as cold as I'd expected, it was only my feet that suffered - I must buy some snow boots!  I painted this on my neighbour's allotment in Dereham.  It was a sunny frosty day and I was taken by the stalks of sprouts and cabbages.

Frozen Winter Veg, oil on canvas 10 x 12"