The February storms have passed and these first few days of March have been amazing for the early buds and blossoms of the hedgerow and woods. While walking the tiny country lanes I find that everywhere has come alive with the first flowers of Spring. Snowdrops are fading now to create the space for daffodils and celandines and the first of the cherry blossom are in company of singing birds calling their mate home for the evening.
The soft Spring light after the rains has inspired new paintings of nature as it returns to new life.
The fresh greens and softness of creamy pinks against the dark branches of trees.
Beautiful calm, sunny days with whispers of mist over the water.
The Wren King by Amanda Clark (c)
The First Signs of Spring by Amanda Clark (c).
A Message of Spring by Amanda Clark (c).
The First Song by Amanda Clark (c).
Prints of these 'Heart' paintings will be in my etsy shop very soon.
During the last week or so, while the rain and wind storms were raging outside my window, I decided to paint a few new originals for art prints to sell in my etsy shop. Staying cosy and warm, I dreamed of Spring and the sunnier days to come but it is soon Valentine's Day and thought these prints would be perfect to do for this time of year.
'The Moon and the Stars'
All of these art prints have touches of gold leaf in the details, which I feel, make the colours sing and adds to the beauty of the prints.
During the last couple of months of the very wet and soggy British Winter, I have been creating new paintings for a wonderful art gallery, 'Obsidian'. This is a very special art exhibition of some of my favourite artists in the UK. Ed Org with his wonderful fantasy art and books. Jesa Marshall, beautiful jewellery! Julien Hatswell, Amazing art, sculptures and clocks. Sue Burne, stunning glass engraver. Also Sue Rawley, magical pewter boxes and mirrors.
If you are around Stoke Mandeville from the 14th February, please pop in and our work on display.
These are a few of the paintings I will be showing along with these artists.
The Waiting by Amanda Clark
The Hare and Moon by Amanda Clark
The Watcher by Amanda Clark
All of my images are copyrighted so please ask first for any use. Thank you.
In the next blog, I will be showing my new tiny original paintings of butterflies.
Having a few months to sort out for wholesale selling to shops and galleries, I've missed writing for my blog page so I'm sharing a few images of my 'Winter Wonderland' paintings for now and hope to share a story or two soon.
These are also available in my etsy shop as prints and look out for the greeting cards too!
A Winter's Dream' by Amanda Clark.
'Moon Stones' by Amanda Clark.
'Shaman Flight' by Amanda Clark
'Yule' by Amanda Clark.
There are many other wintery paintings, prints and greeting cards being re listed in my shop in time for a magical Xmas.
These next couple of months I will be exhibiting in the wonderful 'Old Chapel Gallery'. There are beautiful pieces of art here. Please if you are near, pop in and have a look around. http://www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk/.
The last couple of weeks have been beautifully sunny and very warm, sometimes reaching up to the mid 30s. Summer is here at last and the garden is looking amazing this year with all the flowers and our honey bees are doing their magic travelling from colour to colour. After finishing a few commissions this last month, I have had a look back at some of the sketches I have kept in my art draw and decided to draw with pencil and pen and ink to create small pieces of art.
First I'll show the older sketches.
A sketch for each month for 'Earth Pathways Diary' 2012.
This morning I went for a wander through the woodland behind my house, 6am and everything gleaming in the summer dew. A few photos of the woods and garden before I show you the newer sketches.
The few new.
There is a folklore tale that inspired me to draw 'The Keeper of Special Things'.
To cut a long story short, and once upon a time, a young princess was lured into a Kings ancient greek kingdom by the most beautiful bright and shiny jewels of crystal and gold. Not so long after, when her father found out he was so angry at her he changed her into a jackdaw. This is why the jackdaw loves bright and shiny things....but look at where she is now and what she has found. I might make this into a story to write soon.