Monday, August 16, 2010

Baby Boy

Watercolour on Paper.

A small commission for a friend. Fun to do. Waiting for a verdict before I decide on a background. I find watercolour quite frightening as it feels as if I have little to no control over this medium. As a result I am not as experimental as I would like to be. Terrified of creating a disaster. Would love to be much splashier. Of course not having the environment to splash around in either doesn't help me to be freer with the paint.

Monday, July 19, 2010

On the Horizon

Continuing my self-portrait exploration.

Its not what I intended but its a step on the way. I need to think more about the concept before I start instead of just diving in. I'd really like to say more about me, the person I am, my dreams, possibly with a quirk of humour hidden among the messages. Still maybe this says more than I thought ............

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Self-portrait exploration

pencil on paper

The self portrait is an exercise that so many artists seem to undertake and much as has been written about the self-portrait. It is said of good portraits that they speak about the sitter in some way. I read recently that there is a bond between artist and his subject yet in many instances they have only just met and at best the artist will only know the person superficially. Yet with the self-portrait, the artist is depicting the one person that he/she knows above all others.

I seem to have spent an excessive amount of time staring at myself in the mirror over the last week. There have been moments when I have been reduced to giggles over features that have been the subject of family legend to moments of wondering whether it would be possible to have other parts of my face surgically altered. Mainly this has been no more than an exercise in drawing from life. Not perfect - more practice required!

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Pastel on paper

A small part of our household goods arrived last week including my pastels, some paints, panels and paper. Great delight to be reunited with them, followed by a more than a little trepidation and procrastination. There is only so much alternative living (where you do the alternative rather than doing what you are supposed to be doing) you can do before you have to bite the bullet and get down to it.

Egg studies - to get my feet wet with colour. The deceptively simple shape of eggs provides complex possibilities for colour, shadows and light, reflections, warm and cool tones.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Eyes have It

Charcoal on Rives

It's been a while since I posted on this blog but 7 months of living in a hotel room was a little stifling of artistic inspiration. We are settled for the next three years in Frankfurt, Germany. Great sigh of relief to be back in Europe and out of harm's way. Still limited in art materials as all my "stuff" is still on route from Pakitan via Bangladesh! Long story! Still I do have charcoal and paper.

I have a couple of ideas brewing for major projects and as I let those take form I am doodling and these eyes are a product of those doodles.

One of the joys of being back in civilisation is finding a wonderful art store and have been told of another that is supposed to be even better. On a short drive out from the city, the landscape already looked promising in terms of subject matter. The brilliant acid yellows of the rape seed flowers were

Friday, January 01, 2010

New Photo Blog

I decided to set myself a project for the new year - though I wasn't really sure what form it would take. The New Year dawned early for me, in time to catch the new dawn and with it came my idea of doing a photo a day blog and at the end of the year I will compile all the photos into a book.

Please stop by to visit my new blog A Photo A Day
all artwork is copyright of Anita Murphy 2006/2007/2008/2009