I have entered seven paintings in St Gemma’s Leeds Art Exhibition, which starts on Thursday 23 October 2014 at Leeds Grammar School. There are over 800 pictures for sale. I felt I had to put this in my continuous line blog.
I have entered in the previous 2 years since I started painting again and managed to sell work each time. Its well worth a visit. And its in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice.
Here are three of my paintings as a taster. All are in acrylic on canvas.
I have been a big fan of Usain Bolt and wanted to use my style to try to capture the dynamic speed and flowing movement of this great athlete.
As the race took place under floodlights, I have used a shimmering effect against the dark background.
I was brought up in Ripon, a North Yorkshire small market town. There are three rivers which virtually surround the place – the Laver, the Skell and the Ure in order of increasing size.
I lived near to the Skell, and we sometimes would walk along it upstream to Fountains Abbey. One of the local myths was that there was an ancient tunnel from Ripon Cathedral to Fountains Abbey and we would discuss where the route might be.
Yesterday, on the bus back from Harrogate to Leeds, we approached Harewood Bank and saw the herd of deer in the park and above there were six red kites circling. I have never seen that many at once.
Since they were re-introduced near Harewood they have spread many miles and sometimes float above our house in Gledhow Valley in Leeds.
I had to try to capture this amazing bird with my continuous line and colour sequence.