I have been working on some smaller items for my website http://www.whitebgallery.com and also for the Shop in the Square, Wolverhampton, where I have some of my artwork. I have use found objects and small flowers and collaged images to finish off the pieces. The Anne Boleyn shadow box was commissioned by a customer.
This is the progress on my new oil painting. I have started to put the coloured oil glazes on top of the original bird painting by thinning it down with linseed oil and turpentine, each layer I add more of the oil, which is called the fat over lean method. This allows the underneath colours to shine through.
I have been working on a new oil painting which will be part of a series of six. Each painting will represent a wife of Henry VIII. These paintings are for my aunt who bought me an observers book of birds when I was about 9 and a Henry VIII puzzle, showing all of his six wives. I have been interested in these two subjects my whole life, so these are to thank her for making part of my life so interesting. Each painting will have a stained glass window glazed over the top, which I haven’t yet started, but will be similar to the one shown.
I often get asked what do I do all day. Well here is a typical day so people can get an idea of being an artist, and I can tell you a lot of it doesn’t involve making artwork.
8.15 get my son off to school and do a bit of housework, sort the dogs out.
8.50 am Start designing badges and mirrors as I am going to have some work at a new shop in Shrewsbury and I want to have some smaller items to sell. I also had to mend my SD card as it had formatted itself and I have a lot of designs on there that I didn’t want to lose.
10.00 am I caught up on some housework as I work from my studio based at my home. I like to break up the day so it doesn’t become monotonous
11.15 am Pick up an artwork from a local community centre that has been sold to deliver to a customer later on this evening.
12.10 am Work on some small shadow boxes for Shrewsbury. I am waiting for some small flowers to be delivered from ebay so hopefully will be able to finish these off today.
13.15 pm Upload some artwork onto social media sites, Instagram, twitter and facebook with the link to my new website, which has a store to make it easier to purchase my work. I add about four images as I don’t want loads of work all in one go. I will add more later on in the day.
13.50 pm Print off new badge designs and make them into badges, mirrors and fridge magnets, I am using natural history motifs such as butterflies, moths and birds.
3.00 pm As my work will be shown in Shrewsbury and the town is know for its most famous resident Charles Darwin I have decided to create work based on natural history, although this is something that I always use in my artwork. I am working on some small wall hangings which will show butterflies, bird eggs, birds etc.
4.30 pm start the evening meal and tidy up the mess I have created. Check emails and social media for any messages.
5.30 pm Take dogs for a walk and finish off the evening meal. Have a look in the skip down the road and acquire a big mirror.
6.15 pm Make and print receipt off for customer and deliver artwork. Put some more images on social media.
7.17 pm Now time to watch tv and relax with the hubby and the dogs
If you wish to view my new gallery and studio please follow the link to my new website to book an appointment. Come and share a Pimms or a nice cup of tea and a cake and relax in my back garden. Curated by Joan Lee. Technical adviser, Ian Longsden. Mural by Illustrator Phil Lynch. Go to http://www.whitebgallery.com to make an appointment
I have started a new website. I will still use this blog to add information about what projects I am working. The new website includes a store making it easier to purchase items. Hope you like it. http://www.whitebgallery.com