Okay - breaks over! Not that I wanted to take a break from my blog, but I needed too.
Sometimes it is so hard to fit it all in!
I always find setting up my bears to be so much more difficult than actually painting them.
I learned from the one I destroyed, never to rush this part but to take as much time as I need to get a good composition. If the composition doesn't work, the finished painting won't either.
In any case, though I have had a little break from my blog, I certainly didn't take a break from my studio time :0)
Bear five is now set up and ready to sketch. I am going to keep this one much more simple, like bear number one, 'Ted's Bear'.
I am still playing around with the arrangement for bear six. I'm thinking of going down a slightly more feminine route with this one. What do you think?
Anyway, here is a photo of the next two bears with various possible props...
...Aren't they cute?
I have also been sketching too and of course you can have a peek...
I love sketching older faces. They have so much character!
...I sketched this young woman in pencil, which I rarely use.
At the weekend, I toned my two canvases ready for the bears.
I also toned four 8 x 8 canvases because I am planning to do some small and more colourful paintings between my larger ones. My only problem is that I need some new oil paints, which are expensive!
Through choice, the palette I use for my bears is quite limited because somehow it makes all of the bears feel connected, but when it comes to painting other things, I really want to paint with lots of bright colours for a change, which I just don't have at the moment. So, I am going to be trawling the Internet later on today to see if I can find some on-line deals.
If anyone has any suggestions of UK sites where I might find some good prices, I'd love to hear :0)
Meanwhile as I sit here listening to the thunder and yet more rain bouncing off the roof, I am wondering if we are ever going to get any sunshine at all this year! Usually at this time of the year, I have a little colour - but right now when I take off my clothes, it's like a neon blue light has been switched on! Yes - I am actually so pale that I'm blue!
And as for the long days - well, where are they? There is so much cloud coverage that they are just dull grey evenings!
Here's how spring and summer has been so far on the South Coast of England:
- April - The wettest ever on record
- May - The coldest ever on record
- June - The wettest ever on record
- July - Well, it's not even on record yet, but it seriously has not stopped raining!
I have honestly never known a year like this. So, is this a global thing? Are any of you experiencing extreme weather conditions?
Anyway, I'll leave it there for today. Back again soon :0)