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Still blooming in December – so something fresh from the garden to paint…

Nasturtiums

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The aim in both cases was to  add splashes of red and orange (and a few more colours, including indigo and sepia for the greys). The peppers are three times life size, the sketch of flowers are smaller.

 

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Cobalt, Cerulean, French Ultramarine, Indigo, Prussian Blue: all have different origins. Mostly cool and calm but warmer as they reach violet. But as the month progresses other colours will fill the palette.

Still-life-with-freesias

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To Charleston, the home of the Bloomsbury set and Farley Farm, the home of the Surrealists in England, and all in one day. And what a glorious summer day. Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant were the main inhabitants but the house has a fascinating history and is full of circles, squares and triangles. Roland Penrose and Lee miller lived at Farley Farm and the house was a meeting place for leading modern artists of the time including Picasso – more shapes to see and a sculpture garden. (Oh – and there are great places to have a pub lunch nearby.)

CharlestonNow to get ready for tomorrow’s Fair in the Square in Highgate…

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But I guess they can encourage the use of less familiar palette combinations. And I’m loving the hot pressed Waterford papers I’m experimenting with…

Mosaic-vase-with-parrotWill really have to concentrate on getting some paintings ready for the Fair on Pond Square, not long now! In the meantime here’s a set imaginatively entitled ‘The games people play’:

Still-life-games-people-play

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Arlington Square is a community open garden in a quiet conservation area of Islington, N1. It is surrounded by Victoria terraces and is very close to the Regent’s Canal which runs through this part of central London. The garden was originally an unkempt open space used during WW2 for trench shelters and barrage balloon moorings. The council laid it out in the 50s and planted (now mature) trees – including olives, palms , shrubs, lawns and flower beds.  Recently an active residents association has begun to hold regular gardening sessions and host some lively events, such as the summer fete that was held on the 7th September.  Events on the day included a tombola, book and other stalls, and a painting competition. I was delighted to be given a prize for my painting – a very welcome token for CASS Art! There are plans to put the images in a calendar and the painting can be seen at a local pub, the Hanbury Arms till the end of this month.

Arlington Square

Arlington Square

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