Friday, 9 June 2017

Opening time at the Cinema

sketched out plans 
all drawn out and ready to paint

all done
There is an old cinema, The Orion,  in Burgess Hill which has bucked the trend and still shows films, but its future is under threat from a big multi screen that is due to be built nearby.
I have a vivid memory of queueing for this cinema with my sister on a hot day in the school summer holidays, waiting for the doors to open, and hoping we would get in. We would probably have had a box of smarties or fruit pastilles, bought from the nearby sweet shop on the way.
Here is the day, reimagined in pen and watercolour.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A big family gathering for a picnic in the park

planning the painting, mustn't forget anyone


the finished family portrait, just a few changes from the sketch



A family portrait is such a personal gift, and this was one big family! I had lots of photographs to work from and worked out a way to fit everyone in to one big picture in my sketchbook. Once the family were happy with the sketch I went ahead with a larger version on heavy watercolour paper.
This one measures just over 60cm across.
Happy Birthday to the Dad of the family, I hope that this is a good surprise!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

LyndseySmith: Inifinity in the North Laine - steps to a painting...

LyndseySmith: Inifinity in the North Laine - steps to a painting...: initial sketch in A4 Seawhite sketch book drawing out on heavyweight Bockingford paper drawn out in pen, bigger and ready for co...

Inifinity in the North Laine - steps to a painting


initial sketch in A4 Seawhite sketch book
drawing out on heavyweight Bockingford paper
drawn out in pen, bigger and ready for colour

I usually start with the colours of the building



grounding helps, and I decide on a sky and shadows
its the last details that take the longest
Infinity Foods stands on a corner of the North Laine in Brighton, a busy buzzy area that is great for a wander, and something to eat. Exciting shops, always something different. And plenty of seagulls!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

a painting to remember the family home


Before downsizing from the family home, a gift from the children and grandchildren to the parents was this family portrait to remember happy days getting together and playing in the garden. The couple had also recently celebrated a landmark anniversary, and the cake is behind. Rough plan to finished painting, there were a few changes but not much, don't forget the family cat!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

A wedding at Anne of Cleves House


A commissioned Family Portrait recently finished in watercolour, to remember a wedding celebration at Anne of Cleves House in Lewes.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sunshine and Sunflowers in France

first plans in sketch book

drawing out on thick watercolour paper

finished painting

sunshine and sunflowers! detail
Here is the development of a commission from last spring, to bring a little sunshine to the blog (especially as I am working away on snowy paintings at the moment!)
this couple love to walk and cycle on holidays in the Vendee, France. The sunflowers were a joy to paint!