I'm trying to use pastels as much as possible to draw things from life, so that I get a bit quicker. The hardest bit is finding the right colours when I have so many. I think the answer may be to decide at the beginning what colours I am likely to need, and to put them out separately.
This is another seascape from a photo taken on our holiday in Crete. It is done on Sennelier la carte board, which I didn't like at first, but I'm getting used to it now and getting to like it more and more.
Here are some studies of Molly. Sometimes I just don't know what to draw, and I think I must be in my comfort zone drawing the dogs and my boyfriend. However, I think I could draw them all day and every day and never get any of them quite right!
This is a drawing of our moorings. We were very lucky to buy the boat with the mooring, as it's almost impossible to find good residential moorings near London. I intended to add watercolour to this, and I'm very glad I scanned it first as when I started adding the paint I discovered that the ink I'm using is water soluble! So this is now the only decent version I have of this sketch!
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!