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This painting was completed yesterday and marks the 20th painting for The Silent Landscape show in May.
Its entitled, The Orange Field. Its mixed media on 50.7 x 50.7cm (20″ X 20″) gallery wrap deep edge canvas 3.5cm (1.5″)

© Deborah Eileen Burrow 2009

Now its time to photograph, document, prepare the sides of the all canvases, varnish, apply hanging wire, create info sheets, order postcard prints, and post the invites for the private view. Phew!
Its only 4 weeks to go now too, so there’s still lots of other stuff to do too….

In a couple of weeks I’ll put the whole body of work on here so you can see them all together.
Back soon 🙂


New works in progress. 🙂

For a challenge I have 2 paintings on the go – “Poplars 2” and a rework of another canvas (see myspace blog for the frustrations I experienced with this) I’ve entitled, “Trees of Winter”.

Poplars and Trees of Winter photos of work in progress:

NB the photo is one I took today in one of our local parks – I just loved the way the pale tree trunks of the birch and the pale bushes stood out against the darker, denser tree line.

Well, as I have mentioned, I was scheduled for major surgery in November.  I’ve had it and I’m now recovering well.  I will have a total of 12 weeks off, during which I will be preparing for the Silent Landscape exhibition.  At the moment I’m a bit sore, so working in the studio is out of the question, so I’ve been practising with watercolours on my lap in front of the tv!  Here are some of the results:




These have been fun to work on, and the paper I’m using has been really good.  I like the way the paint behaves on this paper – really conducive to this style of simple painting.  I’ve also be doing some ink drawings:



These have also been fun.  I have experimented with the different pen markings to create separate tonal effects.

As for preparation for the next painting – that has also gone well.  I’m not happy with the Early Snowfall painting still, so I’ve put it to one side for now.  The next painting is based on the sketch, “Coastal Cornfield”, which can be found as a mini-painting at my etsy store.  Here is the prep:


As you can see, I will be approaching this painting is a slightly different way to the previous 2 paintings for The Silent Landscape exhibition.  I’m hoping this painting will be as successful as, “Autumn Birches”, which has such vibrancy and freedom about it.  That is the true me 🙂

So, that leaves me with Potatoes! Well, in the cold weather we have been having, and the recuperation state I am in, I have a love for Baked Spuds with lashings of butter and cheese.  My excuse for this?  I need the energy to heal and the heat to warm me up, and the comfort of cheese just makes my day better!!! Having said that, I have lost 5lbs since the surgery, so I’m not doing anything wrong 🙂

Thats it for today.  I’m now off to write Christmas Cards (and put a large spud in the oven…)

Woohoo!!! We have a title!  Natasha Newton and I are pleased to announce the title of our forthcoming exhibition – “The Silent Landscape”.  We are just finalizing the date as I write this – we should have confirmation soon.

I finished my prep for the first painting – I tend not to spend too much time on the prep because I like to paint intuitively and a little organically.  But I’ve decided to sketch it out to help keep the palette simple and work to a composition idea.  So here it is…prep for “Autumn Birches”

Its very exciting to get started.  With the title under our belts, I feel inspired to get cracking!!

Its great to get focussed on this exhibition.  I’ve been mulling over the idea of going full-time as a professional artist, and I think this project will help me make some sensible decisions.  The conclusion I’ve come to is not be hasty to go full steam ahead.  Talking with other arists has been really helpful.  I can see that it has its risks but also amazing things happen.   Anyway, I’m off sick at the moment with health problems, and I’m having surgery in 4 weeks time.  It will be February until I’m recovered, so I have lots of time to paint.  When I return to work (I’m a self-employed vocal coach) I will probably reduce the workload, and after the exhibition I will make a decision.  So you see, this exhibition is a big turning point in my life.  Things may never be the same again!!

So I shall paint for my life!!

Til next time…

There’s so much to do!!!!

But one step at a time, Natasha and I can confidently get it all done 🙂

Today my new deep, deep edge canvases arrived.  I’m starting with 4 of them –  30x30cm canvases –  and I’m currently sketching and planning the ideas.

Here’s the new canvas delivery:

And here is a sneak preview of my first painting idea – a very rough sketch of autumn birches:

The next stage is to do a proper sketch and decide on a definite palette, textural effects and composition.

Whilst this is all going on, Natasha and I are trying to decide on a theme title for our exhibition.  Thats proving to be quite a challenge!!! 😀

Once we have a date confirmed we’ll both announce it to you via our blogs.  You can find a link to Natasha’s blog in the Blog Roll in the left hand column.

Ok, I’ll be back soon 🙂