There's an artist from the Netherlands called Andrea Letterie and I absolutely love her work. It's all about flowers, colours, small animals and birds and it's so beautiful. I was channelling her when I did this recent painting...
'Roses and Parrot Lilys on Windowsill' oil on board 10 x 8 inches.
As I said before, I live on a narrowboat and unfortunately they don't have windowsills. I really love paintings of objects on windowsills and views through windows so I was missing very much having one to use in my paintings. So my lovely partner Dale made me one specially for my studio area. This is the first painting I've done featuring my new windowsill.
I've been trying to get back to doing some sketching lately. This is an old one of Molly, my shih tzu. I rarely manage to complete a sketch of her as she moves around such a lot - I could swear she doesn't like me drawing her and moves on purpose, often deliberately hiding her face from me!
I had a few problems with this painting - it's funny how some paintings seem straightforward and others are such a struggle! The lilys took all week to come out and I'd finished painting them by then! Also we moved our boat in the middle of me painting this so the light direction changed completely. Never mind - I don't think it came out too badly.
The above photos show the progress of my recent painting 'Garden Flowers and Pear' from the set up to the finished work. I took a different perspective with this one and painted it standing up and looking down which I think gives a more dynamic result. I do like to be comfortable when I'm painting though so I prefer sitting down really - I'm just so lazy!