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.
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.
I am really loving the light at the moment, there’s a fabulous clarity to it. And all with the wonderful hint of spring in the air, despite the cold! The painting below is oil on board and is inspired by the current weather conditions.
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″
The beach at my village is covered in wild flowers at this time of year, truly sumptous!! Below are a couple of snaps I took this afternoon to give you an idea of what its like.
This image is oil on canvas and is evoked by a walk at the beach. That day the sun was kind enough to poke through, after what has been the gloom of this month. It has really been April showers, though definitely more showers than anything else and plenty of grey, grey, grey!
Another abstract snow painting this time on oil on canvas, painted just after my post “Emotional Snow Painting”.