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Life Drawings Inspired by Diebenkorn

The Diebenkorn-inspired life drawing session by the School of Painting, St Ives was simply delightful. Led by Gary Long, I learned about the 1960s San Francisco Bay Area figurative movement (who included Diebenkorn) and their style of life drawing. Gary Long taught me in a week-long […]

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Life Drawings inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites

A recent online life drawing from the School of Painting, St Ives focused on the style of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Led by Hilary Jean Gibson, it was wonderful to learn and practice a few of the different poses and styles of this period. […]

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Life Drawings Inspired by Matisse

I tuned in to a life drawing session from the School of Painting, St Ives last weekend. The theme for this time was Matisse’s use of patterns to create space and form. Alice Mumford encouraged us to draw in ink, using a […]

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30 Day Creative Gathering: All The Paintings

So here we are! The first 30 Day Creative Gathering of 2021 has ended. Here are my new Shop Front mixed media paintings created over the last thirty days. It actually feels strange not to be painting now as I’ve […]

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winter birds

The tin-can clink of blackbirds’ calls punctuate the quiet of dusk. Plumes of crows boiled up into the sky this afternoon, sharp, black, paper-cut silhouettes, scattered over a blinding white sky. Everything looks drained of colour, bleached out, as if […]

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Lanterns Door

Come in, come in! Mind my lanterns. Look at them burning so brightly, aren’t they pretty? Makes you want to sing doesn’t it? Good job you’re here. Gather round. How about a spot of Good King Wenceslas? Lanterns Door (mixed […]

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It’s Christmas Door

It’s Christmas! I’m all ready and waiting for the big day. Notice my red decorations and twinkly lights 😊. Now when’s Santa arriving so I can get them to polish my handles? It’s Christmas Door (mixed media painting on canvas […]

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Not Too Flashy Door

‘Ok, you can decorate me’ she huffs. ‘Just don’t make me too flashy like her down the road’. So she’s been subtly festooned and secretly quite likes her berries and ribbons (she won’t let you know it though!). Not Too […]

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Frothy Red Surround Door

Sitting snuggly under her frothy red surround, she peers out from her new fringe to see if her neighbours have a garland as glamorous as she. Frothy Red Surround Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, 20x20cm/8″x8″) Click here to […]

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A tiny bird.

It’s funny how being faced with an interview or CV update makes you look at yourself and the ‘story’ of your life objectively. A friend of mine insisted that I am eligible for an application I wouldn’t have believed myself […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 28: Confetti Door

She’s sitting pretty at the top of the steps, enjoying the petal confetti whirling around her in the breeze. Confetti Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, 20x20cm/8″x8″) Shop: https://www.lynneforrester.com/store/p551/Confetti_Door.html Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/lynneforrester

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 27: Eclectic Door

A little mossy around the edges and in the skirting of her petticoats. Her soul shines through in an eclectic mix of billowing layers. Eclectic Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, 20x20cm/8″x8″) Shop: https://www.lynneforrester.com/store/p550/Eclectic_Door.html Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/lynneforrester

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 26: Resolute Door

Staunchly set under a heavy-thatched fringe, she’s gleamingly resolute in her standing. She may be a little dishevelled (it’s been a long night) but can hold her own with any the others. Resolute Door (mixed media on canvas board, 20x20cm/8″x8″) […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 25: Quizzical Door

She yawns and raises a quizzical eyebrow to observe the frost that’s settled around her, and snuggles herself back into her deep nook. Time for the outside elements to stay outside today. Quizzical Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 24: Ghost Door

Sometimes she feels like she’s barely there at all but she’s held in existence by those around her. No matter how ghostly her sense, sparks of previous colourful personality pop through in sharp edges and shades. Ghost Door (mixed media […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 23: Bedraggled Door

Bedraggled amongst her branches, leaves draped wetly so that she dries out secondarily to all of those around her. Sometimes she just has to gather her gumption and apply depths of patience that she didn’t know she had. Bedraggled Door […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 22: Chilli Door

Festooned in chilli garlands, she’s resplendent in her colourful corridor. She doesn’t need to be seen by millions, just joining her cheery decorative companions in their merriment (and she might mischievously drop a surprise present on the heads of people […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 21: Soaring Door

She may appear still but she has all the moves. Her fizzling vibrations expand out into the air, scintillating and giving colour at every turn. She takes a deep breath and her voice soars – what song do you hear […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 20: Queen Bee Door

She feels like the queen bee of doors, she even has her own permanent red carpet!   Queen Bee Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, 20x20cm/8″x8″) Shop: https://www.lynneforrester.com/store/p542/Queen_Bee_Door.html

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 19: Wise Door

This lady is a wise one. She possesses the kind of wisdom that ripens with age and integrity – and it’s catching to those discerning folk around her. Her colours seep into her surroundings., marking out her territory and creating […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 18: Quiet Door

She’s sitting proudly in her subtle shades, in amongst her less than subtle neighbours. Exuding a much envied quiet confidence, she knows who she is and is comfy in her own skin. Quiet Door (mixed media painting on canvas board, […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 17: Sunny Surround Door

She’s positively aglow and feeling in full vibrancy. She adores the trailing plants against her sunny surround. It’s natural for her to flow into the trance of appreciating all around her and being appreciated in return before she gently retreats […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 16: Sleepy Door

She sleepily twitches the latch and settles back into her nook, cosseted by the cushion of green lushness. Like a dog snoozing with one ear cocked, those bright hues so roughly hidden give away her true alertness. Sleepy Door (mixed […]

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30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 14: Meditative Door

Recharging in those quiet times, this small, much-used hotel entrance gives love in her welcome by the bucket load to her weary travellers. She doesn’t receive much love back as she’s repeatedly slammed to and fro. She tries to keep […]

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