This certainly isn't a self portrait saying 'Look how beautiful I am!' I did it by looking in the mirror, and you can see the dogged concentration in my face! I'm pleased with it though.
Oil on board 8 x 6 inches
I have to confess I'm no longer completing a painting every day. I find that if I give myself the whole week I can work in more depth, learn more, and get a more pleasing result. Also I'm not rushing any more. Slow and steady wins the race. Another confession is that I'm very behind on this blog and these were done a few months ago. I will try to catch up with myself over the next few days. I mixed some bought flowers with wild flowers/weeds that I picked from the marina where I live to do these two paintings. 8 x 6 inches oil on board.
I've finished my 'dark period for now, but I may go back to it! I'm not particularly pleased with this painting. It's on a blue ground for a change, and I did a preparatory drawing. I've experimented with a new signature on this one too! It's oil on board 6 x 6 inches.
Just thought I'd share the process I go through at the moment to paint a still life. If I don't make a careful drawing to start with I often find things go awry, so I first look at my set up through the small framed acetate sheet shown below (measuring 4 x 3 inches), to work out the composition. Then I draw a grid in my sketchbook to the same size as my board (8 x 6 inches) and draw in a grid to the same proportions as my acetate frame (2 inch squares). Then I look at the set up through the acetate grid, holding it as still as possible, observing important edges and measurements through the grid and marking them down on the sketchbook grid. Then I continue with the sketchbook drawing until I feel the drawing is correct. (The drawing for this painting is shown below.) Then I draw the grid on my board (bear with, bear with...!!) and use the sketchbook drawing to make an accurate drawing on the board in chalk pastel. Such is my cautious process at this time, hopefully one day I'll be able to throw caution to the wind!!!
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!