Catching Up.. again!

This last month has been so thrilling for us Brits.  For someone who likes just a small amount of sport I was surprisingly enthralled by the Olympics.  I wasn’t fortunate enough to have been able to attend, but I listened to it avidly on the radio whilst I painted with the odd mad dash to switch the TV on when it all became too exciting to hold a paintbrush steady!
Above is a photo of a gathering at Kettles Yard and the church next door to ring in the Olympics.  It seems such a long time ago, and now it’s all over I feel strangely bereft.  Still, we have the Paralympics to look forward to.
I have been posting a lot on my Facebook Painter and Printmaker site, (please ‘like’ if you haven’t already!) which seems easier somehow and I will try not to be too repetitive.  
Since my first year is now over I have been catching up on my painting and am back at Dad’s for a while.  His house is beginning to look like a studio!  (Hello Dad!).  I have been down to the marsh and back to Wicken Fen again trying to decide on what to do next year.  There is so much to inspire that I find it hard to settle upon one thing.  

Frampton Marsh

Wicken Fen continues to capture my imagination and I spent a very misty, then hot day there (11 hours in total) sketching and painting.

Early mist, Wicken Fen

I have been working on a number of oil paintings to send back to the US and here are a couple.
Autumn Cottonwoods 12 x 12 Oil/Panel
Distant Spire 10 x 12 Oil/Linen
I have been thinking about my blog and have been wondering if there is anything else that I can post that might be of interest to you all.  I would welcome suggestions so please don’t hesitate to send me a message!  That’s it for now.  I have to go for my morning run!

Remembering how to paint!

I haven’t painted since September, so as soon as I could keep my eyes open I laid out a painting and below is the finished result.    I have a couple of commissions to do before I return to the UK and really needed to get back into it quickly!

It felt so good to be painting again and I feel that I benefit hugely from taking a break.  I also find that painting something familiar is a good plan when starting out after a hiatus from painting and this scene is fondly remembered as Barry and I lived in Abiquiu for seven years.  We were lucky enough to live next door to Rick and Lori Bock, whose property goes down to the Rio Chama and I would spend many happy times wandering down to the river, lying on their benches and watching the bald eagles and ospreys as they flew higher and higher into the sky.  On the rare occasion that we had a rising mist in the bosque, I was out there with my camera, for as many of you know, I love to paint mist!

Autumn Mist, Abiquiu,  12 x 12,  Oil/linen

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very wonderful 2012 with lots of sales for you painters!

I have added a different pdf link for the Goya article as it was such a huge file and was taking too long to download for some. 

Happy New Year!