PAINT 7 Seven: winter Solstice

By Sally Pudney on 20th December 2022

My seventh and last group of lettering art pieces will be released tomorrow, Wednesday, 21st December, which is the Winter Solstice. This is the moment in the year when we in the northern hemisphere are tilted furthest from the sun, giving us the shortest hours of daylight, and the longest night.

This time my choice of quotation from e e cummings was “o the star-hushed silence’ – thinking about the long dark nights at this season of the year.

The colours associated with the Winter Solstice in the Celtic tradition are red, green and gold. I used the red and gold, but couldn’t fit the green into my plan!

This is what I used.

So, red, yellow, gold and silver in Sennelier oil pastel, and Carbon Black and Indanthrene Blue acrylic paint.

First I used the oil pastel to cover the cradled gesso panels. I used the colours quite randomly, but made sure I had a solid covering with no gaps. I left the panels for a couple of weeks to dry off, as oil pastel is quite sticky when it is first used.

When the surface no longer felt tacky I coated over the oil pastel with the acrylic paint, beginning at the top with Carbon Black, and gradually introducing the Indanthrene Blue and reducing the Carbon Black as I worked my way down.

I allowed this to partially dry, and then took the paint off to form the letter shapes in little shimmering scratchy marks using the sharp cut corner of an old bank card – a very useful tool! – so that the ‘star’ colours beneath were revealed.

The pieces are framed in simple white wood tray frames and are strung on the back for hanging – although they will also stand up on a shelf if you choose.

The gesso panel is 15cm (6inches) square, and measures 18cm square in the frame.

This has been a fun different project through this year. I still have at least one of each of the seven releases, if you have been waiting to see them all before you choose! You can find all seven on the PAINT 7 page – see menu bar above.

It will soon be time for me to announce my painting projects for 2023, which I will do on 1st January, although if you subscribe to my newsletter you will be able to read all about them on New Year’s Eve.
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PAINT 7 Autumn Equinox

By Sally Pudney on 20th September 2022

My sixth group of lettering arts pieces will be released tomorrow, 21st September, for the Autumn Equinox.

This time my choice of quotation from e e cummings was “the skies are wild with leaves that dance.
The colours associated with the Autumn Equinox are brown, orange, red, yellow, gold and green – so lots to choose from! I selected these acrylic paints to work with –
So I had Light red, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Vandyke Brown, Violet Oxide ( rather oddly named as it is a deep reddish brown) and Iridescent Bright Gold, plus a green acrylic ink pen.

I designed a layout for the works, with a strong diagonal stress to suggest the leaves whirling in the wind.

Next I painted all seven of my little gesso panels with gold, and used some small leaf shaped lino cuts to print leaf patterns on the gold background.

You can see in the bottom right image above how the gold gleams when it catches the light.
Here are the little lino cuts –

Once the paint was dry I traced down the lettering design, and went over it using the green acrylic ink pen.

This is the result!

I framed them, as usual, in a simple white wood tray frame which will stand up by itself –

– although it is also strung on the back for hanging.

There are seven near identification paintings, but they are all originals with small differences.

See my PAINT 7 page above for more details.

Anglian Arts Project at the Sentinel Gallery

By Sally Pudney on 20th September 2022

A huge thank you to all those of you who came to our exhibition last week in Wivenhoe. We had a lovely week, with lots of nice visitors and good sales despite it being a time of national mourning for Her Late Majesty the Queen.

It was particularly nice for me to meet so many of my newsletter subscribers in real life – many of them I only knew as an email address, and now I can put a face to it!

If you were unable to come here are a few photos to give you a flavour of the show.

We are hoping to return to the Sentinel Gallery again next September, but in the meantime we have TWO shows lined up for next May, and I will be holding a Christmas Open Studio event for three days in December. Watch this space . . . . .

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