Author: ellabella

Last Sleep, oil on traditional gesso board

I have been quietly working away on this beauty and watching it unfold on the board, it has been slow going between other jobs and trying not to rush finish it, but I feel like I am making good progress. This painting is also a lot larger than my usual A5 boards, ‘Last Sleep’ is 16 x 21 inches, below are some progress pictures. The process so far: > Traditional rabbit skin glue on my board, two thin coats, sanded. > Umber wash to tone the board, OMS and umber. > Various amounts of sketching and scaled drawing to get the right composition at this point, it can take a while to get the drawing as I imagined it in my head. I use a wax based pencil Faber-Castell Polychromos or a Pitt Pastel, this way I can erase as much as I need to. When I am happy I seal this layer with a fixing spray. > Umber under painting, sometimes called a grisaille, it will help me to determine the darks lights and mids of this painting, I try to omit all colour at this stage. This is where I am at in the image above so far....

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Sketchbooks

A dear writer friend of mine asked to see some of my sketchbooks, to me they are the usual mumblings of working out paintings, colour palettes, gesso recipes, ideas and thoughts! To her they were a glimpse in to an artists mind, they were precious visual diaries, with scraps of colour here and inky words there. They were the unfinished ideas and pages, blossoms of new ideas and thoughts, all combined in perfect little books spilling out of the edges into her...

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Dreams

Dreams usually inspire my thoughts in someway and it can be a source of brilliant ideas, I recently had a dream about a dormouse visiting me, and we had a wonderful time together in the dream, she was also sleeping in a bed of flowers, o so still while sleeping and I did not want to wake her, but I was also unsure if she was still breathing. I woke up form that dream thinking ‘I must make that into a painting’. The next early evening while out with walking Olls, I found a dormouse in the middle of the road, it looked like they had been hedge cutting and she had fallen into the road, exposed and cold on the concrete, I picked her up along with a bundle of grass and carried her home to get her warm and fed ready for releasing when she was strong enough. I did not have the heart to leave her in the road for a car to squash her or a cat to find her. After following advice we could find on the internet, and realising our mouse was a vole, also making a den in a small box somewhere warm with grass, and feeding her goats milk, she took her last breath in my hands, she was just not strong enough to survive, being so young and tiny. We...

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‘Night-time’

Long over due a post here! In between breaks in gardening and pottering, recent finished painting ‘Night-time’ 4×6″ oil on wooden panel, on traditional gesso. Process and final painting. Super happy with the finished painting and the star details in the...

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