I have found that I still have a few of my Florentine hand-made frames by the wonderful Pier Luigi, which fit my very small oil paintings perfectly.
Since I now have quite a few large paintings for my exhibition, it will be nice to show these since they will cost a lot less than the large canvases!
Everything is a bit frantic and chaotic here as I now deal with the exhibition publicity, framing and the last touches to the large paintings … and of course, here is the question; “Will it all fit into our car?!!”… oh dear, we might well have to find a trailer or send stuff by a carrier; I think I had better do a practise car-loading next week.
FLYING Paintings from France and Italy
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QX 25-29 October 2016
Opens daily 10.00pm
Another not very small painting! 🙂 I’m in the last stages of putting my exhibition together and finishing the larger paintings that I had to abandon with all the hospital buiness.
THE BLUE LAKE Oil on canvas 60cmsx50cms
This is a lake that I know well from the several flights I have had in this direction; always tantalising on hot summer days especially since (with more laws to do with public safety) the owners decided to ban swimming there.
This particular flight was in late spring, with the sharp greens of wheat fields, not yet beginning to ripen.
AMIATA FLIGHT Oil on canvas 100cmsx70cms
Yes, I know, this could hardly be cosidered a small painting, but as I get nearer and nearer my date of departure for London and my exhibition I am trying to finish the large paintings that I abandoned when I was whizzed off to hospital in June. Not what I had planned at all!
When we were living in Tuscany, my husband had set up Ballooning in Tuscany and our main living was from taking very nice people on hot-air balloon rides. Since I was always following with a jeep and trailer I got to know the roads and country tracks like the back of my hand, so that when I flew, it was always very beautiful for me see the well-known landscape from the air. I would always take a tiny sketchbook up with me, as well as my camera, just in case something really caught my eye that I would like to paint or draw afterwards. It was obviously impossible to take my paints and canvas up with me! 🙂
If any of you out there, would like to come to my London exhibition at the end of October you would be very welcome.
Paintings from France and Italy
54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London W1
Nearest tube. Green Park
Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 10.00am-6.30pm
Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29 10.00am-8.00pm
There’s nothing like a long bout of ill health to make you feel amazingly perky and energetic at the end of it.
All painting and blogging came to an abrupt end towards the last week of June, when I raced around the local supermarket and got my left foot trapped in a new cabinet thing which sent me flying to the floor while frantically trying to keep my right hand in the air as I thought, “Oh no! My painting!!!”
I lay on the floor with a friend saying “Don’t move!” while slightly amazed shoppers edged around me. Very quickly I was picked up and carried off by four handsome firemen to the local hospital, where my leg was operated on the following morning and there I stayed for 8 days while being wonderfully looked after in a private room.
So, no week long holiday, painting in Provence with favourite friends, no more working in my studio which is up a flight of steep twisty stairs and all in all, a rather painfully long 6 weeks to follow. But now all is well and I’m back on stream … thank goodness! And the “new cabinet thing” was apparently hastily removed from the shop 🙂
In this last week, since I was still a bit wobbly, I decided to concentrate on framing my small paintings for my London exhibition in October 24th-29th. The frames are really nice and made locally by a great intiative for teaching handicapped youngsters a trade, which in this case is woodwork and they are overseen by a delightful older artisan. They’re in plain wood, then I paint and varnish them to suit the painting. All of this I’m now doing in the spare bedroom so I can keep my studio free for painting … it seems I’m really taking over the whole house!
From Mirabel Bridge, Oil on canvas 40cmsx40cms
Not such a very small painting, but I realise it’s quite a long time since I made a post here.
In the heat of this summer, I continuously enjoyed painting and drawing down at the river and although a I found a great place to paint, I felt that I wanted to find another viewpoint and went a little further away, to a bridge over the river at Mirabel. I was attracted to this view of the river since I am fairly obsessed with views from above, as if I were flying.
At the end of this hot, perfect summer’s day, a large flock of sheep suddenly appeared hurrying down to the water’s edge to quench their thirst. It seemed to me to be exactly what the river scene had been missing and I hurriedly took a few photos before they vanished!
I had a half-started painting, some scrappy sketches and a few fuzzy photos to finish this one and it’s really not been very easy.
UNSTABLE WEATHER Oil on canvas 40cmsx50cms
Another painting, from a slightly different angle, which I developed from the oil sketches I made in Civita Castellana, Italy. This was a fabulous painting experience, working in these fields in the company of a flock of sheep, which repeatedly returned to the shade of the two trees despite the efforts of the shepherd to move them away.
Although the weather was warm, it was a bit stormy during the time I was there.
MOUNT SORACTE Oil on board 30cmsx20cms
This is the last of my little paintings of Monte Soratte (which I now realise, in English, is called Mount Soracte). The foreground was terribly busy since I’d put in nearly every flower when I painted it, so I’ve just simplified that and it seems to work much better.
This is another angle on that amazing mountain which turns out to be a very long mass of travertine and quite different from the usual, more compact view that I have usually painted.
We were painting in a sublimely lovely area; just us and nature, apart from a sudden frenzy as wild boys and their sheep dogs came hurling by on their bicycles; wonderful 🙂
SHEEP TREE Oil on canvas 40cmsx50cms
In early May, I had three very enjoyable consecutive mornings painting in fields near Civita Castellana, Italy and the sheep came everyday to shelter under these two trees making a really lovely addition to my painting and kept me company. I have developed this larger painting from the three small studies I made on board at the time.
SHEEP TREE 1 Oil on board 20cmsx25cms
SHEEP TREE 2 Oil on board 20cmsx24cms
SHEEP TREE 3 Oil on board 20cmsx24cms
THE OLD MILL
Oil on linen canvas 30cms x 30cms
Here in France, there are beautiful views over the golden hills that I have been wanting to paint, but I’ve been finding that it’s far too hot and when the flies came buzzing in I rushed down to the nearby river. It’s beautifully fresh there without another soul, except for an occasional fisherman and there is the wonderful possibilty of jumping into the cool waters and float downstream when it all gets too much!
I now have a happy routine of setting off down there with my hot dog, throwing her into the water after a quick walk and she settles down nicely beside me. I am finding it quite a challenge since the light changes not only on the landscape, but moves rapidly over the water at a rate I can hardly keep up with. However, until cooler days, I am hoping for more river painting.
It’s very difficult to remember that we had a week of snow here 10 days ago, as the weather has been so gently warm and sunny this last week. An old neighbour said to me, when I remarked on this, “Don’t be too sure. There’s more cold and snow to come yet!” I suppose he’s right, especially with the present dotty nature of our poor climate, that so few politicians seem to worry about.
Anyway, here’s another small painting I did in the snowy days. I could have been painting outside now, but I then started a rather involved large still-life in my studio while the weather was a bit miserable.
Oil on board 20cms x 25cms