Its been a frustrating business, finishing my series of paintings from my Prospect Cottage stay!! Christmas of course, was an enforced break, with lots to do before hand. Also my brother who lives in Spain, had asked me to find him a country home near me, to buy. Luckily, I have now found him a beautiful rural idyll, just up the road from me. However, all this took up so much of my time, which I found extremely frustrating, as I was itching to complete the Dungeness series. Finally though, I completed the last of the nine paintings today. When they are all dry, I will be putting them on my website. Meanwhile here is one of them. Painted from my memories of looking out of the kitchen window, at Prospect Cottage, this one is titled “Big Skies and Cottages, Dungeness”. It is oil on board and measures 30 x 24 ins.
It’s really difficult to know where to begin to describe my stay at Prospect Cottage. Suffice to say it was an incredible and inspiring experience!
Unsurprisingly, Derek Jarman’s presence was palpable in and outside the cottage. This had a profound and humbling effect on me.
I was treated to a whole spectrum of different weather conditions producing constantly exciting light. From soft to dramatic and everything in between.
I have started painting and to be honest am not at all sure how the Dungeness paintings are going to work out, that is yet to unfold ………
Below are a few of the photos I took, the sea and the gulls were early light, the second one is the taken from the kitchen. There is a story to the last one. I am a person that would never go out in my dressing gown, let alone with no make up on!! It was just after dawn and the light was so fantastic, I had to throw caution to the wind, and whizzed outside hoping no one would see me. I was taking this photo from the front of the cottage, when I noticed a man in the distance. He had a camera with a zoom lens which to my utter horror and mortification was pointing at me!
As a special favour from my friend Keith Collins, I am incredibly excited and privileged to be going to stay and paint for a few days at Prospect Cottage (Derek Jarman’s former Dungeness getaway). I have visited Dungeness on quite a few occasions but to be staying there is a different matter, let alone at Prospect Cottage. It means that for a short while, I will be able to see it in all its different lights at various times of day and, I am hoping, different weather conditions. I’m wondering what the sunrise may be like, if I get to see one. How will the light play on this oddly beautiful landscape?
To be staying in Derek Jarman’s cottage, surrounded by his extraordinary garden, obviously has a huge impact. I expect his presence will be tangible and I wonder what effect, if any, this might have on the work I intend to produce from this trip.
I painted the oil on canvas below a couple of years ago, from my memories of a trip to Dungeness. It is called “Warm September Day, Dungeness” 16″ x 20″.
Dungeness , which has always drawn me to it, with its unique and haunting atmosphere, I’m sure will not fail to inspire me!! I am going very soon and will be posting again about my trip, so watch this space ………
The weather has been absolutely awful this year, no spring and when the rest of the country had lovely warm sunny weather, we did not. You do pay the penalty of cooler weather living on the coast but its mid June now and we still have not had any warm weather :(. Consequently, my paintings have taken ages to dry, finally “Misty Sunrise” (below) is dry and now for sale on my website.
It was such a delight to wake up this morning and find a good covering of snow. I was really excited and dropped all other plans, so I could immediately try and capture something of what, so inspired me. The result is the painting below.
Huge apologies to all my followers for not having blogged for so long !! I’m afraid life rather overtook me in 2012, with various family dramas and other things. I continued my semi abstract journey last year and in the last couple of months I began experimenting with pure abstract. Also in the latter part of the year, I started adding bronze powder to some of my oil paintings. Below are a couple of examples of work from 2012, if you would like to see more check out my new website www.nikkiwheeler.com Happy new year to everyone 🙂
“Blue Green Sea” Oil on Board 15″ x 18″
“Golden Sunset ” Oil on Canvas (with bronze powder) 12″ x 9″
I painted this from memories and feelings, after walking through the National Trust wood, in our village. Its small, but beautiful at every time of year and particularly of course when its covered in bluebells. I was worried this could turn into a kitsch painting because of the subject matter, it took ages to do and consumed a lot of paint!!
Oil on Canvas 24″ x 30″