Sally Forth

A belated Happy New Year. Here’s hoping that this post finds you safe and well. Like most people I’m looking forward to getting to the the other side of this pandemic. There are reasons to take heart and be optimistic even if it means being in lockdown a while longer. Vaccines are on the way and hopefully in a couple …

au naturel

‘Cut’8″x 8″Oil on Canvas£145FramedClick Here to Purchase I’m becoming a lemon aficionado. I’ve been doing colour studies of lemons in preparation to include them in larger paintings. I’ve been buying quite a few. Unwaxed, and when I am feeling particularly decadent organic unwaxed lemons are so much nicer to paint. Their colour is so much more natural. Lemon Bowl8″x 8″Oil …

Vacant

During Lockdown I spent a lot of time in this chair or with it – at least in the periphery of my vision and I often found myself thinking about my mother who passed away three years ago. Living alone in the stillness during Lockdown I would reflect on the difficult relationship that we had. The pause on normal life …

Take Two

Christs Words in Red 28″x 8″Oil on CanvasFramedSOLD This is a larger version of a picture that I painted some time ago. I painted both of these loosely. I have simplified the subject matter and relied solely on the large abstract shapes to carry the composition. When I did the set up I chose these two books for their colour. …

A Different View

With Toasted Soldiers8″x 8″Oil on CanvasSOLD A few days ago I wrote about the difficulties of drawing complex subjects when the picture plane is some distance from the subject matter. From time to time I do this intentionally by challenging myself to paint subjects which are directly below me while my easel remains vertical. This is good practice as it …

Dandelions in November

November Dandelions7″ x 5″Oil on PanelFramedSOLD I didn’t expect to be posting a small Dandelion painting on the last day of November. I found these on the edge of a field during my morning dog walk a few days ago. Warmer autumns and winters are presenting us with all sorts of surprises in nature. Although the colour of these was …

Hope

For me the most important aspect of painting these complex compositions on panoramic canvases is the initial drafting. Normally I begin a painting by loosely brushing in the subject with a thin wash of burnt sienna. With these pieces however I am neither confident or indeed competent enough to start that way without running into problems later on because of …

Should I Paint . . .tight?

‘No Stripes’ 8″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas £165 Click Here to Purchase . . . or Loose? ‘Tea Pot & Clems‘ 8″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas SOLD I have been painting compositions with Cornishware pottery lately and finding it exhausting as I attempt a high degree of realism. It takes me enormous concentration to render correctly (well as …

No One Trick Pony

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

Sound and Vision

Family8″ x 15″Oil on LinenFramed£290Click Here to Purchase I moved into my studio about this time last year and because I like to listen to music while I work I took with me my CD collection. For some time now I have been trying to create more space in my studio. I have been doing in the studio what I …