|Art by Wendy Cook||
This is where I am working at the moment, in full view of the public and other artists, yikes. It is in Regent Court Shopping Centre, Livery Street, Leamington Spa. Enjoying the environment, it is peaceful and open. Getting loads of stuff done too so, if you are around in Leamington Spa do pop in. Here is a little film of a walk around it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oZ7GUA7ETs
This one is called Coffee Pot and is a work in progress but all I have to do is finish the painting the browns on that cream bit that is there.
This one is called Pepsi Cans and is also a work in progress. This has now had 2 layers of paint added. Both of these paintings are being worked on in the new studio.
This is the latest one and it is a work in progress. I started it on 14 September and today I have been blocking in all the colour. It is oil on canvas and is 80 x 60cm. I still have some work to do on it yet.
This is " I am Woman II", oil on canvas and 90 x 70cm. This is one of the first portraits that I have done that I have been quite happy with 'ish.
"I am Woman I" oil on canvas, 90 x 60cm
Well it's finished, or once again, I shouldn't try and do anymore. This is Winnie the Labradoodle, she is a beautiful dog with a lovely character (I've met her) and she looks like she is laughing all of the time. That is what I have tried to capture in this portrayal. I have also done it in a Pop Art style as it is going to be a gift for a young person from the person who commissioned it from me.
I have not used many colours at all in this, raw umber, burnt umber, titanium white, alzarin crimson and a small amount of lamp black. You cannot feel any texture on the painting (it's as flat as a print) but you can, hopefully, see it
My latest offering and the one that I started work on in Gallery 150 on Friday. I also was in Torquay from Friday evening until Monday evening so it hasn't taken as long as it might first seem. I like the berries but I dont like anything else on it.
I started as I always do with the raw umber and titanium white underpainting until I thought that the depth was right. Now I have added the first layer of colour. I have used cadium red (hue) which is a very bright red, almost orange really. I was going to use one of the crimsons but that didn't look quite right.
What's the nicest thing about working in the gallery? It's meeting the people that come through the door, I already met lots of new people since I started doing this a couple of weeks ago. Today was really busy right from when the doors were first opened.
I didn't get very much done today, only managing to put another layer on the one side. Some people see other things in this painting that I haven't. Some see a footballer with his arm outstretched, others see a profile and others see the continent of Africa (or America it was one or the other). I think that's brilliant I like it when that happens. Hope you all had a good day today, it's been a very hot one here.
I have added another two layers of red and one of green today. In the background you can see the peppar that I am using for the painting and, yes, it is orange. I decided that I preferred the red one so have just changed the colour. I will put on another 2 or 3 layers of colour until I get the depth that I need and will then start adding white for the highlights, which is my favourite part of any painting. I have now found an image that I would like to use in my next one so will be starting that later today. I have also got to add some more to that portrait that I started as most of that is now dry. If I do any to that I will update again later. Hope you all had a good day today.
This painting is taking forever, mainly because of it's drying time. I have used titanium beige on the face and it's really thick. In fact I squeezed it straight out of the tube and on to the canvas. I have also put another layer of the green on and edged the black in white to give it the appearance of coming away from the wall. The numbers will not go on until the very last but they will be there albeit falling all over the place. The only other thing I did today was paint a canvas white, why? Sheer frustration again!