too hot, but painting anyway…

Sea lavender and marsh pools

Sea lavender and marsh pools © Mari French 2016

It didn’t take long for last week’s sketching inspiration at Thornham Saltmarsh (see my previous post Seeing purple) to find its way to my easel.

I really didn’t feel like going into the studio today, it was so hot (around 28 to 30c). I’m no good with heat (before those who live in really hot countries object!). The studio is in a hayloft, basically the roof space above an old stables, rustic, interesting, but baking today. Anyway, bearing in mind one famous artist’s wise advice (possibly Louise Bourgeois) to make yourself go into the studio even when you really don’t want to, in I went.

Glad I did now. Just painted for a couple of hours before lunch, but once I’d decided on this palette of sludgy purple and bronze, the rest followed. It may need a bit more work yet, but I’m feeling positive about it and enjoying this slightly different colour combination. The piece is painted in acrylics, with oil pastel and Inktense pencil scribbled into it.

 

Sea lavender and coal barn, Thornham Saltmarsh. © Mari French 2016

Sea lavender and coal barn, Thornham Saltmarsh. © Mari French 2016

 

 

 

getting the blues …

not really… I’m on a roll just now; having a slight change of palette has proved an exciting boost to my winter Saltmarsh paintings.

Tried out Sevres blue, which I bought ages ago but haven’t really used so far, with a dash of raw umber and white, (all acrylics) and my favourite inktense sticks over that. I’m excited by the results, it seems to give that amazing fresh clarity of light you often get at the coast.

I’m considering entering these for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour competition

 

Untitled. Mari French 2015

Untitled. Mari French 2015

  
Untitled. Mari French 2015

Untitled. Mari French 2015

 

loosening up…

Broken Boundary, acrylic/ink on canvas board. Mari French. 2015

Broken Boundary, acrylic/ink on canvas board. Mari French. 2015

 

I was recently invited to write a guest piece for Chris Sturm’s engaging blog ‘Planet Chroma’. This was my first time as a guest blogger and I decided to write a piece about techniques I use for loosening up in my painting practice, which I get asked about a lot.

Planet Chroma is a blog for painters, full of interesting and practical information on use of pigments, materials, colour mixing etc. You can read my post on the link below and do check out a few of Chris’s own posts while you’re there.

Planet Chroma blog