Last week I was on an expressive portrait painting course run in Portishead tutored by Andrew James R.P, NEAC. I attended both 3 day courses so I could get a good stab at it.
Andy demonstrated his method of looking and building up images through abstract shapes of light and dark and warm and cool then we would attempt to do the same . We started with charcoal drawings then a monochrome in oils then a colour attempt. It was hard work and very intensive but he is a great teacher.
Of the 29 oils painted this year, 8 of them were at Holt Farm and mostly done in 2 sittings. Since 2014 I have painted 21 oils altogether at Holt Farm but there are still many more views I want to paint there. The constantly changing flower displays at the Yeo Valley Organic garden give new subjects on every visit . The only problem is not blocking paths for other visitors. I was lurking by hedge corners for all of these.
I normally avoid rough paper as I prefer hot pressed paper for sketching (Sennelier is my favourite) but took a pad of Handmade paper from Wookey Hole Papermill with me for a change. I really enjoyed using it. Today Wookey Hole Mill is part of the Wookey Hole Caves tourist attraction but makes a small amount of paper in demonstrations. The Moulin de Larroque water colour paper was a much thicker loose sheet and also lovely to use.
Spent a week from 7-14th September on a painting trip to the Dordogne, France near Bergerac, with fellow artists Jane, Anne and Stuart. Both these oils were done just down the road from our holiday house in St Julien de Crempse which is about 17 Kilometers north of Bergerac.
The Brisons from Priest's Cove, Cape Cornwall. Carolyn Lamb. 2 Sept 2019. Watercolour on 140lb Rough paper. Finally got to the last page of an American sketch book I started on holiday in California in 1998! The size is only 7 1/4" x 5 ". I haven't used it much as I prefer smoother hot pressed paper. I painted an oil of this view of fishermens huts in 2016.
I have only posted up ten out of 25 of this years oil paintings, so here are three at once. Completed the Dahlia Pool on Thursday (second day of painting). It is the 7th picture I have done this year at the lovely Yeo Valley Organic garden at Holt Farm, Blagdon. On Friday I visited the decommissioned Nuclear Power station at Oldbury where the former surrounding cooling ponds have been turn into a nature reserve. And on Saturday painting with Clifton Arts Club at the lovely Doynton House. Once more attracted by a pool.
Skeleton Barn, Oxshott. Carolyn Lamb 2014. Oil. Preview for the Clevedon Art Open was on Friday and this is the work of mine on display. I have painted this listed 17th C barn at Stokesheath Farm, Oxshott many times but in November 2014 it was stripped of roof and sides. The scaffolding was going up as I painted this picture prior to redevelopment. It was then covered with tarpaulin and a wooden fence built around the site but nothing has happened since.
Accepted for the Clifton Arts club open exhibition are these 4 paintings: Tide Out , Severn Beach. 2018. Oil. 8x8" ; Summerhouse with Sunflowers. 2018 Oil. 12 x 12"; Macarthurs Warehouse, Bristol Docks. 2016. Oil. 10x12"; Mini Garden, Holt Farm , Blagdon 2018. Oil. 8x8". I like to leave my oils to dry properly before framing up so these are all painted last year or earlier. These are framed for sale at my normal prices.
CLIFTON ARTS CLUB 110th OPEN EXHIBITION. 3rd -18th August 2019
At the Undercroft, Victoria Methodist Church, 1 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 1NU.
Open Daily (Mon-Sun) 11.30 -17.30 except Sun 18th Aug 11.30 - 13.30. www.cliftonartsclub.co.uk
Join us forthe Private View on 2nd August 2019, 5.00pm to 8.30 pm.
Second Severn bridge from Black Rock Jetty, Portskewett. Carolyn Lamb. 2019. Oil. 8x8". Painting yesterday at Black Rock , Portskewett. It is half way between both bridges on the Welsh side. I actually started this in June 2016 but this was my first chance to return return to finish it off. The jetty in the foreground was where ferry boats from New Passage on the Bristol side landed in the times before the Severn bridges were built.
Hollyhock Pathway, Rock House, Elberton. Carolyn Lamb. 2019. Oil. 8x8". Painting on Saturday with Clifton Art Club at the lovely gardens of Rock House, Elberton. Last time I painted the entrance gate from outside, but this visit was attracted by the lovely display of hollyhocks along the path to the front door. Finished it at 7pm.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november