Afternoon tea with Mike and Dee

October 15, 2018

 I have been working on a painting which when thought of, was to celebrate two special people and the times that we have with them as friends and cousins. I am talking about my  dear friends  Mike and Dee. We meet once sometimes twice a week. Sometimes we go out and about other times we just sit and have afternoon tea and cakes. We talk constantly and in all of the conversations of course we sort out the worlds problems. These are such easy times, no proving, no worrying and I would hope Mike and Dee feel the same ( or there are no more cream cakes!). I know it seems like I'm off on a tangent but most of the ideas I have for paintings are from my life around me and as Mike and Dee are part of me and my life ideas come .

But, My ideas always seem so assured, so straight down the line. As with the idea for "Afternoon tea with Mike and Dee ". I wanted to replicate the good times the laughter and the discussions.

As I set up my still life( I will blog about how I set up my still life soon) and visualized the scene in front of me and the atmosphere I would like to create. I meticulously move objects, lights and anything else that gets in the way of my vision of what is to be. Am I happy with what I have captured? Fairly sure, so lets take some photographs. I prefer to take my own photographs. For still life set ups I take my photographs and check them over on the computer and pick out the one I want.

I seem to be going a long way around to get across the meaning behind this blog but if your willing, Ill carry on.

 I usually have set in my mind what my painting would be like, the feelings it will create, the atmosphere and most of all the title,I know I can be a bit anal at times!.

Now I'm getting to the point, for all the control, organizing, visualizing I have to go through, for all the images in my mind even as I paint on and on and a lot further down the line all this organizing doesn't make this or any other painting I do just what my imagination wanted it to be. Something  takes over, is it the head, the heart or the soul? or is it all three fighting for recognition and one wins over just that little bit to at least say,"well there's not much soul in this painting, methinks this painting was painted with her head or how much heart and soul can one put into a painting. I have obviously not quite figured out yet which part of this body  of mine is working me at which part of a painting . I am a determined kind and paint on regardless taking note of subtle differences that each stroke is appertaining to. The changes come so eloquently, slowly  my subconscious feeling for the piece and the way it draws me in to it's own world leaves me pondering at the end of a trying session. Have I given what was needed , have I tried too hard or not hard enough. These thoughts have the same effect in life, the effect of exhausting me and may be one day I'll be wise enough to just let go and fully enjoy.

The small point I wanted to make was that I always start off with this intensely strong idea on which way this painting will go. To then learn when the painting is finished that  the feelings and emotions I initially wanted to create have dissipated and an inanimate stranger ( the painting) with differing emotion and feelings has appeared . These feelings, emotions have come from somewhere along the line, somewhere amongest the rush of mind, body and soul to draw out totally differing meanings from the intended.

This off course does not take anything away from the fabulous times Mike and I have with Mike and Dee and the fact that I will still look at this painting for it's real intentions of joy and fun. Thank you Mike and Mike and Dee for such good debates and Darjeeling tea and cakes.




some studio Info

I am so excited, Yahoo😍 I'm in talks, at the moment, with a beautiful hotel in Bantry County Cork  for a three or four day workshop next year. I will add more information as I get it.

Now this years big workshop 2018  in Ballybunion  County Kerry was for 4 days and  I  have never had 4 days go so fast on me. It was a fabulous workshop the group were so kind to me they were full of enthusiasm and raring to go . I know a few of the group and they had asked could we have a go at portraits on our next workshop. so, they did and they all did a fantastic job bear in mind that some had NEVER painted in water colour before, how fantastic are they!!!!!😀.

I have put together a little video of their  work for you to check out.


























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