However, as most of you know I am landlocked in a really pretty part of the North and I'm absolutely not complaining about where my little abode is, but you know how it is.
So...a deviation occured. I was all set to work on my newest Spring Garden canvas when I got an inkling to paint a harbour with a fishing boat...no, not just an inkling, a great big enormous urge.
Sometimes, you just have to follow the whim that is leading you and if it feels good, trust that the outcome will be too.
Laying down that dark blue wash was wonderful - how I LOVE painting with these colours! Adding the first layer of turquoise acrylic for the sea...oh my...I've also taken to wearing turquoise quite alot lately too - a tibetan turquoise pendant, and a new scarf; the most beautiful shade of soft jade you ever saw - these things remind me of the sea...
...as do those lovely ocean colours on my palette! It makes me ever so slightly dippy with happiness to see them there together! And, I must confess to never, ever cleaning it. That palette has served me well for several years now and is quite a weight, a build up of leftover paint from countless paintings I've worked on.
I've been working away in my state of usual organised chaos with these cheerful daffodils and tulips alongside me, which have really brightened things up. Nothing like a nice jam jar of spring blooms to remind me that the warmer weather is on it's way!
Well, I suppose you might be wondering if I've got a finished painting to share with you today?
You'd be dead right - I have. Want to see it?
I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of you thought 'Now hang on just a minute...that looks ever such a little bit like a rather nice arty fishing village somewhere in the north of Cornwall....'
Yes, I was inspired to use a few elements of St Ives harbour for this painting, but the whole thing was painted very much from the imagination and is rather a pastiche of old sketches I've done of boats and little houses over the years, entwined with elements of reality.
I had a wonderful time painting this piece; I worked with fairly watery acrylic paint to create layers and lifted parts of it off the paper with tissues to give depth and texture. I also used sandpaper when dry to scuff bits of it up here and there, and my trusty watercolour crayons to add a bit of definition and line. I also dug out an old typewriter style stamp set, to make the number for the boat - love it!! What do you think?
I'm going to be adding this piece to my gallery shop very shortly, and will be doing a signed print run too ~ let me know if you would like to pre-order this print won't you!
*Edited to add, it's now in the gallery shop and up for sale!
Well, I have much to do this afternoon, it being a Small Person Free Zone, so I'm away!
Thank you so much for stopping by, and also - Big Welcome Hello's to all the new Followers and Subscribers, I'm delighted you have taken the time to drop in and see me!
Have a marvellous day, sending you sunshine, salt breezes and turquoise waves....
'til next time,