Wednesday, 21 June 2017

North Lodge Park

I stumbled across some wildflower beds in North Lodge Park today. I much prefer these to the standard, formal flower beds traditionally associated with town parks. Shame I've never seen a whole area covered or at least a more natural looking spread than a few crescent shaped beds on a lawn. Even so I do love to see an appreciation of the once common meadow and feel thankful for the conservation work being carried out to preserve our native wild life. These little beds of joy had me captivated for some time while I took many photos for future painting reference. I still had a couple of hours to get a study in and chose this spot for the bright primary coloured poppies, cornflowers and daisies amongst the wispy grasses. 

North Lodge Park oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017

Summer's Here!

Another scorching hot day so I head to Cromer beach to catch some Summer frolicking and a cool sea breeze. The tide was fairly low when I set up and was within a foot away by the time I'd finished! Dry sand is a bit of rarity along this stretch of coast so I wanted to capture it's glowing appeal. It was a joy to be in such a pleasant atmosphere and take on the challenge of the structural shapes and movement of life. I caught a group of seagulls upon the roof of the pink building and then some in the sky as they began to leave. As I'm painting I keep a look out for interesting figures etc and add them in as they happen. Should've put sun cream on my legs - they look like crab-sticks!

Summer's Here! oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Alicia and that Buoy

I have an exhibition coming up at The Art House Cafe in Cromer so with a local theme in mind I head to the east side beach where the fishing vehicles rest. This was my third time lucky as I actually finished the painting where the previous two had been wiped. I love the shapes of the boats and the character of the tractors but I struggle to get a good angle with enough interest around the vehicles. It can be a difficult place to paint also as it's busy and people like to look and chat. I find that an enjoyable part of painting out but when I'm counting down the time until I need to pick the kids up and I WILL finish this painting it can be frustrating. Today a guy pulled out a drawing of the pier and asked me to critique it's progress - you never know what's coming! I keep noticing the bright pink buoy on fishing boat Alicia and today I loved how it contrasted with the fresh green foliage of the cliff. I wish I hadn't run out of lemon yellow as I struggled to get the brightness of the buoy.

Alicia and that Buoy oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Past the Golf Course

Wow, what a scorcher! The tide was fairly high here this morning so I head out along the Norfolk Coast Path. I was looking for a vista of the path along the cliff top and settled on this view in which Cromer light house stood to the left. I thought about using artistic licence and moving it in to the painting but felt it would be overbearing. I was using my pochade box which only takes 10 x 12 inch boards so I didn't have the option of a longer scope. I wanted the walkers on the path to be the focal point so I watched them and put them in when I liked their position. To the left I caught the top of a golf buggy as it drove over Cromer Royal Golf Club. I was very near the edge of the cliff so had to be careful not to stand back to view my work! 

Past the Golf Course oil on board 10 x 12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Into the Calm

Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios ended today and I think my first experience went pretty well. I had 153 visitors and sold six paintings, four limited edition prints and all fifty greeting cards I made. I met lots of interesting people, inspired a few and got plenty of compliments and encouragement. It feels good when someone tells you they picked you out of the brochure! It was nice being on an art trail and having other artists point visitors my way.

During open studios I completed a painting from a photograph I'd taken on Overstrand beach. Tensions have been pretty high lately with a general election taking place three days ago so I wanted to paint a scene that would take me away from it all. 

Into the Calm oil on board 48 x 75 cm ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Pool of Colour

I love looking at the flowing pools left by the receding tide here on Overstrand beach. This was painted from a photograph I took on a day when there was so much to capture that I couldn't help getting clicker happy. I thought I was going to find painting this easy but I fussed over and over it until deciding when to stop became unbearable. I'm looking forward to having more time to paint after open studios because I know I need the practice. This piece should be dry just in time for the start of open studios this Saturday!  This isn't a great photo as there are reflections of light in the brushwork of the foreground.

Pool of Colour oil on board 48cm sq ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Bluebells, Overstrand

My friend showed me this walk on Paston Way when we were out with our dogs. She told me it would be full of bluebells and I've been waiting to paint it in it's prime.  It was cloudy and the ground looked very flat in the shade but I was taken by the variety of fresh greens glowing in the distance. I think I gave too much attention to the trees and lost sight of what I'd gone to capture.  If you know this walk off Mundesley Road you'll see the footpath to Northrepps to the left of the painting. I managed to take some photos on a brighter day so I'm going to make a studio painting.

Bluebells, Overstrand oil on board 12 x 24inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Air Smells Sweet on Hungry Hill

Energized by the forecast of full sun all day I head back out to Northrepps to capture the glowing yellow field again.  Hungry Hill is a long and windy county lane, lined with cow parsley that was tall, fresh, green and almost ready to burst into bloom.  The field of rape was on my right and I stopped at passing places to check out the view.  Birds were singing and a sweet fragrance filled the air - it was a delight!  I add interest to the composition by choosing the buildings as a focal point as they make a nice backdrop to the flowers. I had a job peeling stuck bugs off my work and couldn't help feel sorry for them. I thought about leaving them as a feature but perhaps that's an experience of the outdoors I ought not to share. I used Michael Harding oil paints for the first time which was an improvement over the water based oils I've been using. My box easel enabled me to use a larger board which was exciting too.

The Air Smells Sweet on Hungry Hill oil on board 12 x 24 inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Fabulous Start to Open Studios!

Last night the Cromer Art Trail held a Private Viewing of  our Taster Exhibition for Open Studios at The Garden House.  I had a lovely time mingling with the artists and guests including the Cromer Mayor in his chains of office and a lovely lady who runs a local art group, who invited me to demonstrate.  My highlight of the evening was selling my latest and largest-to-date studio painting Candy, Cromer Beach. It was sold to a couple who live on Cliff Drive which is visible along the top of the painting.  I recently gave up part-time employment (again) which has been a bit of a worry and this is just the encouragement I needed! 

Candy, Cromer Beach. oil on board 48 x 75 cm.  SOLD!
The exhibition continues until next Sunday!
During the exhibition Cromer Art Trail Artists Demonstrations are taking place in the gallery and this Friday I'll be demonstrating plein-air painting on nearby Cromer Pier.  I'll be there come rain or shine so come and watch and please don't be afraid to distract me if you'd like to chat. These are free to view and Joy and Gita are very talented so why not make a day of it?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My First Limited Edition Prints!

I'm taking part in Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios next month and have joined the Cromer Art Trail. This will be my first Open Studios experience, when I'll have my home open to the public. Joining an Art Trail is beneficial for many reasons and one I've already gained from is to learn.  The group, including well-established artists have a wealth of knowledge between them and through their advice I've learned how to produce prints of my paintings.  My high quality, fade resistant prints are locally made and my mount board and cello bags come from Jackson's Art Supplies.  I invested in a Logan 440-1 mount cutter so I can save money by making my own mounts.  I'm feeling quite pleased with myself for completing my first framed and bagged prints ready for sale.  Framed prints will be on show at The Garden House Gallery Cromer Art Trail Taster Exhibition, which starts Friday 28th April. During Open Studios they'll be spread among our Art Trail recommended venues for refreshments (see link) and my bagged prints will be available from home.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bring me Sunshine! Northrepps from Hungry Hill

I was in my element painting in the fields of Norfolk today!  I came across this spot in Sidestrand, Norfolk a couple of weeks ago whilst walking my dog and couldn't wait to escape there with my pochade box.  This was my first attempt at painting a field of rape and it was an absolute joy.  When an exhausted middle aged couple cycled slowly past me on Hungry Hill, the man asked if I'd caught them in the painting, I replied "No, you were too quick!" 

Bring me Sunshine, Northrepps from Hungry Hill
oil, 10 x 12 inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Candy, Cromer Beach

Relieved to have finished this studio piece just in time for the Caper Art and Craft "Boats and Bits" exhibition which runs from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd April at the Garden House Gallery in Cromer.  It's a group exhibition by a selection of members of Caper Art and Craft, so it will be interesting to see how the theme "boats and bits" gets interpreted.  As you can see, I couldn't have taken it more literally, but that's me!  Cromer beach is full of boats which are pulled into the sea by tractors to catch the famous Cromer crab.  

Candy, Cromer Beach, oil on board approx 50 x 75 cm.  ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Orange Falls, Overstrand

I thought I'd have another go at painting the slumping cliffs here in Overstrand.  Since the recent tidal surge layers of fresh clay have been exposed and the water that constantly trickles down the cliff  leaves bright orange streaks.  Today was especially challenging; when the sun broke through the clouds, it was directly in front of me which made it hard to see the shaded cliff.  Dogs often roam around my feet whilst painting on the beach, but today I received close attention from one, both on it's way out and back!  It jumped up onto my palette dumping sand into my paint, and sniffed around my brush-water and paints as I held onto my pochade box, just hoping it wouldn't consume anything.  I was painting for three and a half hours which is a long session for a paint out, but felt I could have carried on when my time ran out.

Orange Falls, Overstrand, oil on board 10" x 12" ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

New Studio Paintings

I've just completed the second studio piece, painted from photographs, taken on a family beach walk.  It was a Winter's day and I was taken by the silhouettes against the brilliant colours and reflections.  When I'm completely wowed by my surroundings I like to take plenty of photos. I use these to produce studio paintings when I'm not up to bracing the elements to paint out.  I find it hard to resist copying a photo religiously, but I'm learning to create a path through the painting, towards the focal point where there is greater contrast and finer detail.

I think they make a good pair...

Winter Stroll, Cromer oil on board 48 cm x 48 cm. ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Walking the Dogs, Cromer oil on board 48 cm x 48 cm. ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

After the Surge, Overstrand.

The recent tidal surge has exposed luscious fresh clay along the cliff bottom and the fresh water running through it creates capturing effects.  I was painting for almost three hours and by the end of it my fingers were almost numb.

After the Surge, Overstrand. oil on board 10x12 inch ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Through Northrepps

Inspired by frost and fog I went to paint out at Felbrigg Hall Woods.  The fog held out but no frost, and as the trees were dripping wet I took photos which I may use for studio pieces (a few shown below).  On the way home I was admiring a stretch of road which always captures me so I parked up and painted there instead.

Through Northrepps 10x12 inches oil on board. ©Tanya Pawsey 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Into Warren Woods, Cromer

First time painting out in months and loved it! Whilst walking along the Coast Path I was captured by the sun-light shining through the trees onto the grass bedore me; as well as the bright orange berries and yellow branches against the smouldering backdrop.  I used my new field easel for the first time today which enables me to paint on bigger boards.  It weighs a ton but it's worth carrying.  

Into Warren Woods, Cromer oil on board  12 x 17 inches ©Tanya Pawsey 2017