Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Bluebells, Easter Sunday


 

Bluebells, Easter Sunday
original watercolour with salt by Teresa Newham


A chance photo on our usual Easter Sunday walk to the nearby bluebell woods provided the inspiration for this new watercolour, Bluebells, Easter Sunday.  Perhaps it was the angle of the sun, or the way the light fell through those particular trees, but the scene seemed especially mysterious and brooding.


the view which inspired the painting
© Teresa Newham

I started with a sheet of Arches Aquarelle 300lb, some very wet washes of Cobalt Blue, Permanent Sap Green and Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and a lot of sea salt.  Initially I thought I would need at least a Burnt Umber for the trees but I soon realised it would be better to restrict the palette to the three original colours.


wet washes and salt
© Teresa Newham

Once the salt was dry I blocked in the main areas of foliage and bluebells, adding some splashes of green to the background and letting the drips run down the paper to indicate where the trees in the background might be.  Guided by the salt patterns, I began to feel my way into the painting.


early experimental layers
© Teresa Newham

When it was time to paint the trees themselves I referred to the photo again, working from the back to the front of the painting, until the position of the trunks seemed about right. To challenge myself a little further I used a half inch flat brush throughout, enjoying the mark-making which emerged.


using the photo as reference for the trees
© Teresa Newham

Once I'd put the leaves on the trees I stood back to see what else needed doing.  Everything looked a bit bright and floaty but once I'd included some shadows, and the bluebells and overhanging leaves in the foreground, I felt that mysterious atmosphere which prompted me to make the painting in the first place!


adding shadows brought the painting together
© Teresa Newham










Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Events!

 


Art for Ukraine exhibition at The Open Door Community Café, Berkhamsted
© Teresa Newham

Art exhibitions are everywhere! in late March I dropped off a couple of pictures and some cards at the Open Door Community Café in Berkahmsted for their Art for Ukraine exhibition in aid of  the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian appeal; the event was so successful that it was extended into May.


a young Ukrainian refugee contributed her own work
© Teresa Newham

I was able to take a look for myself at their Meet the Artist Session on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend. At that point the exhibition had raised around £1500 but it has now ended. Any unsold pieces will be auctioned or made available online. 


musicians' eye view at Kimpton Art Show
© Teresa Newham

The first Kimpton Art Show since the pandemic was on that weekend, too - it was good to be part of it.  A huge variety of work including ceramics, glass and sculpture led to record sales.  The exhibition forms part of the Kimpton May Festival, and we spent a happy afternoon looking at the art and watching maypole dancing on the green as we ate a traditional cream tea.


every inch of space at the parish church used for the show
© Teresa Newham

I am still showing work at the Workhouse in Dunstable; their latest exhibition, Landscapes and Layers, runs until 4th June. Looking ahead, amongst other events I'll be taking part in Art on the Common in June and visiting Childwickbury Art Show in July so there's plenty going on - it's a great time for artists and art lovers alike!


my work for the Landscapes & Layers exhbition at The Workhouse, Dunstable
© Teresa Newham