Monday, December 01, 2008

Ray Mill in fog

This painting has been sold

Oil on plywood 8" x 8"

I was flicking through some old art magazines the other day and found an article on that marvellous living English artist, Ken Howard. Apparently when Ken was at art school he considered his weakest area to be that of colour. One of his tutors at the time, Ruskin Spear, contemplating one of Ken's efforts said "You'd better get yourself a tube of raw umber, 'Oward". I like that story and its just like Ken to be amused by it. By the way a small effort of Ken's now would set you back about £15,000 on average.
So, with that in mind (only joking) I have gone full circle with this painting to the colours I started using 3 years ago - Indian red; Paynes grey; Raw umber - and very enjoyable it was too. Love that fog! We had two days of it.
Sorry about the white-ish spots in the sky. It's just camera glare. Not on the real painting.

14 Comments:

Blogger Theresa Evans said...

Very atmospheric Sheila! And very painterly too. I love the way you've created the moody, dank cold with colour. That's exactly how it feels when it's foggy in Stalybridge!

3:35 PM  
Blogger Simon Jones said...

Hi Sheila
another scorcher! You seem to be able to get that floaty otherworld feeling into your work. Am doped on lemsip currently so .......apparently Andrew Motion poet laureate always drinks a lemsip to put him in the mood for detached poetic insights, not that I am advocating drugs kids.....

5:26 PM  
Blogger vivien said...

beautifully moody and atmospheric :>)

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Theresa, thanks, I am really chuffed by the "painterly" comment and glad you can confirm what fog feels like here.
Simon, hi, fog feels kind of "other worldly" doesn't it. Must try the lemsip though: it sounds full of (northern) promise. Hope you feel better soon.
Vivien, thank you. Have just checked out your blog. Love the water colour of Hunstanton cliffs (hope I spelt that right). Good luck with the Watermarks!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Liza Hirst said...

Very beautiful. You very well captured the mood and I can imagine how difficult it was!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Don Gray said...

You really nailed it, Sheila! Nice painting.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow, Sheila! Really lovely, ditto what Theresa & Vivien said.

10:43 AM  
Blogger marjorie wilson said...

Oh I do love this one Sheila. The headlights are excellent. One has a real feeling of that fog enveloping everything.And yes Ken Howard was one artist we were advised to study along with Trevor Chamberlain. Much of my work at that time was based on their styles.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Olha Pryymak said...

beautiful! Perfectly captured mood
I also often struggle with photographing artwork for the web, sigh

1:20 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thanks Liza, Don, Diane, Marjorie and Olha. I really appreciate your kind comments.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Diana Moses Botkin said...

Makes me want to do more foggy mood paintings! What an interesting painting.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thanks Diana - do you get fog in your part of the world at all?

7:44 AM  
Blogger Mary Sheehan Winn said...

love these latest atmospheric paintings, Sheila.
Those colors you mention are lovely together. Think I'll try them.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Mary, thanks for your visit and your kind comments. I also use a sort of "violet grey" from Holbein's duo range, but they are water mixable oils. Don't know if they do it in "normal" oils. By the way, I love the water mixable oils; as well as Holbein Duo I also use Winsor and Newton Artisan.

12:58 PM  

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