A New Departure, painting of yacht at sea, Maxine Dodd

A new departure…

This image evolved from a chance mark made with the palette knife, I could see a red sail clearly and the rest followed. It’s lovely to let the paint take the lead every now and again… you never quite know where you’ll end up, but it’s always an adventure! ūüôā A new departure The picture is currently drying and so still fixed to the support board. ¬†The image size is 20cm x 22 cm / 8in x 8.5in. Once dry it can be mounted or framed ready to send…’ For all enquiries, please ¬†click here and complete the picture enquiry…

Across the blue

Primaries

Hello! Progressing quietly through January with time to experiment -it’s nice to return to a medium or technique not used for a while. This time, I rediscovered acrylic paint and palette knives, thinking about¬†landscape. It’s been so dark and grey here lately, that I felt the need for colour too – variations on the primaries, red, yellow and blue. Have a great weekend – Here are my paintings:   To enquire about the pictures, click here… Copyright Maxine Dodd

Easel by the pond, photograph, Maxine Dodd

Drawing January: Winter and snowdrops

Hello – and a belated Happy New Year! I’ve just come indoors from my first drawing expedition into the garden. I know that’s overstating it, but I do carry so much stuff down from the studio, it feels like I’m going to the North Pole! Weather bright and sunny after a flurry of snow – not like the painted sketches I did last year (or was it the year before?), but certainly, it was¬†chilly! I went down to the pond, where I¬†discovered our first snowdrops. I used large paper and pastel for a change.¬†Here are my drawings and photos from…

Wisteria magic, by Maxine Dodd

Wisteria magic

Hello! Spring is almost over and the season on the brink of changing to summer. One plant that marks this transition is the wisteria, which pours colour and fragrance like fountains in many gardens, including ours. It’s a lovely subject, offering curling lines, twisting branches and of course the colour. I’ve drawn it in pastel, pen and ink with watercolour and now digitally for the first time. Here¬†are my drawings…

Garden Perspectives: JGallery, Moulton, Northamptonshire

Hello! I’m so excited¬†to say that my large oil painting¬†‘Window on our Garden’ has been accepted into the exhibition,‘Garden Perspectives’ at jGallery in Moulton Northamptonshire.¬†The exhibition runs¬†from 15th May until 15th June, please check the website for opening times.¬†Click on the link for details¬†gardeninviteMD¬†and jGallery’s website http://www.jgallery.org.uk. Hope to see you there! Here is my painting…  

Tulips or lollipops?

Hello! Another holiday weekend in the UK and I have to confess that I’m still having a few days of quiet noodling about, not doing very much really! The weather has been lovely and spring is so pretty here that our garden has suddenly lurched into life and ran well past my feeble attempts to keep up. I admit the battle is lost! However, there are some amazing tulips in a tub called ‘Queen of the Night’. Dramatic and strong, coloured like wine, but sometimes looking like lollipops – perhaps I’ve eaten too many!¬†Here¬†are my drawings…

Slow coach!

Hello! I hope that you have had a peaceful and joyful Easter time. I wish to share something different. I’ve been working on this large oil painting on and off for about two years (possibly three, if I think about it!). The¬†inspiration came from watching the birds in our garden from the conservatory. A peaceful contrast to my watercolours, oils allow time to mull over the composition and slow down – really, really slow down! It’s called, ‘Window on our Garden’ and I think¬†that it’s finally there!¬†Here is my finished painting…