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A still life collection today inspired in part by the setter’s visit to the Matisse exhibition at the RA. The other group of objects contained Fatsia Japonica cuttings with wonderful glossy palmate leaves. If only the light had remained constant…….


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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.


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….but not at mine. This Highgate home proved to be a lovely environment in which to sketch and with a great opportunity to view objects in situ – ready made still life. More to follow I think.


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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’:


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