It has been a while since I posted on here. Summer visitors have been a pleasurable distraction. But some kind man lent me a couple of dog skulls which inspired me. A few sketches and an early morning walk looking at a post in a field of wheat, covered in snails and I thought, I could paint the skull on top of the post….so I did.
I am now continuing with my art course so won’t be posting on here much for a while. But thanks for dropping by and catch you soon!
The cork oaks have recently been harvested, or stripped of their cork. This always, to my eye, leaves them looking rather naked and vulnerable…. I imagined dressing them again. What would they wear? This cheeky cork oak tree has managed to get laced into a rather lovely red basque. The knickers wouldn’t go on and have been discarded on the woodland floor in disgust.
If you are interested in the whole (real!) process of the cork harvesting in Andalucia, my good friend and eloquent writer, Grandolfo, wrote about it here: https://grandoldfarts.com/2015/01/29/how-did-that-cork-get-in-your-bottle/
A2 canvas board. Acrylic and ink pen.
After a wonderful early evening concert held in the cloisters at the convento in Los Angeles, just down the hill from Jimena, I imagined a dead goat (I know, I am strange like that :-)) attracting down the griffin vultures we have here, looking for a tasty meal. I wanted to juxtapose the beauty of the church with the image of death, but showing the wonderful recycling that the vultures do here! I have no idea if they have ever in reality landed on the church roof…..This is an A1 canvas (a bit puckered in the corner – I must try and fix that!) with mixed media – mostly acrylics and felt pens for the detailed bits.
Acrylic on almost A2 canvas block. Study of a very tiny flower that is currently blooming down by the riverside here in Jimena de la Frontera. A bit like a ‘forget-me-not’ but don’t know what they are called. I wanted to try doing a huge version of something really tiny! I had to use a magnifying glass some of the time… I did an abstract background based on some seedpods that I had found before. I was thinking of Georgia O’Keeffe’s wonderful, huge flower studies (however I am not in any way comparing this to her amazing work! 🙂 )
Real flower to show size
Acrylic on A2 canvas block. Early morning red sky and mist pockets between the hills out to Gibraltar. Yes, I am fascinated by the storks 🙂 – just one more stork painting to finish…
At the north end of Jimena de la Frontera is a lovely wooded area, with some wooden platforms/viewing points that afford amazing views down into the river valley or back over the town. I snapped a photo of the stone steps leading up into the woods and worked from that using a pot of black ink and a couple of brushes. New year, new things to try! 🙂
I was going to call this post ‘The case of the missing gecko’, because I found a beautiful, tiny gecko up on the terrace; it was undamaged but dead and on its back. I was excited to have the chance to draw something like this and took it up to my room on a piece of paper. As I had promised to watch a program with the man that evening, I decided I would start on it first thing in the morning. By the morning it had gone….now, I know you all think it was the cat what done it, but I can assure you he didn’t go upstairs that morning, so I would like to think the gecko somehow revived itself and left! It is very disappointing when you have drawn something in your mind to then find you cannot draw it after all….so, I made do with the snails, or caracoles, that have attached themselves to the gate at the bottom of the yard. They are alive, I believe 🙂