Just in case you are thinking that I have gone very quiet I thought I would let you know that I’m beavering away in my studio. I haven’t forgotten you! I recently had a great photographer visit my studio to take shots of me working and I have been sorting through these as well as finishing off a series of Autumn pieces. I have a project in hand that I can’t say too much about yet as it’s such early days but will do so in due course.
The photographer decided that the portraits he took of me should have a watercoloury feel, a bit like one of my paintings with washy faded textured areas contrasting a more sharply focused bit – in other words – me! I like the way the colours are a bit pastel and ‘vintage’ especially the photo-shopped pink water jar. Never let it be said that I would ever let my water get so mucky- or that I would use such a ‘pretty ‘ pink!
I had been out the day before foraging for hedgerow material to paint from. There were buckets laden with sprays of blackberries, rosehips ,colourful leaves and sloes with lichen encrusted bark . I find it inspiring to be surrounded by such things even if I am only gathering ideas for colour and texture rather than creating an actual picture of them.
Photographs copyright Steve Russell studios 2016