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I’m determined to catch up with real time (those of you following me on Instagram will already know we’re just back from Amsterdam) but first I want to finish showing the work inspired by a lovely, sunny holiday to Spain last year.
Another tick on the bucket list was a visit to La Mezquite, the local name for the great Mosque even though it’s officially a Cathedral now so is sometimes also referred to as The Cathedral of Cordoba.
It is enchanting, so atmospheric and mesmerising.
The structure itself is awesome and mind-boggling (try drawing that!) but the history of it’s development is the same.
Originally the site of a Roman temple and then a Visigoth church (nomadic Germanic peoples) it was later built on and extended by generations of Muslim leaders. In the 1200’s it was converted to a Cathedral with no building changes and then in 1520’s after lots of arguing it got it’s Spanish Cathedral makeover.
When it was a Mosque is was a simple rectangle and was built onto to accommodate a growing population by adding further aisles which gives the amazing views of stripy, painted arches and aisles.
I did do some drawing on site and have so far painted the piece above but there’s lots more inspiration on my To Do list – it’s hard to keep up!
One last Spanish post soon – hope you’re enjoying my travels and art x
Back in time again to our visit to Granada last Summer and I wanted to show you the wonderful Alhambra.
Set high up on a hill overlooking all of Granada is this exquisite place.
It’s made up of several buildings which have become the Alhambra but its first building dates back to C9th.
Improvements were made and destructions too by various rulers along the way and then in C18th it was abandoned with restoration beginning in C19th.
Despite all that chequered history, it’s amazing that so much of its beauty remains.
And it is simply really beautiful with craftsmanship of the highest degree and wonderful gardens and it’s kept a mood of the past about it too.
Most of my painting from Spain has centred on this building partly because visiting it been on my wish-list so I was determined to make the most of it and partly because it appeals to the designer in me (all those patterns) and the painter in me (all that scenery and foliage).
I’ve saved all the tiles for a special blog-post of their own!
This collage sums up the mood of this place for me – old textured building materials, light and shade, the smell of oranges and perfumed flowers and the welcome cool of a trickling water fountain.
Thanks for all the comments and likes on the last piece – I made a Flip-a-gram over on Instagram if you fancy a look head over (link at the side).
I have a thing for rooftops – love the patchwork look to them.
I also really love the process of painting overlapping geometric shapes and breaking them up with the swipe of a paintbrush to depict a tree.
It was hard to find colour in this scene and after I’d painted it quite brightly I decided to give this a chalky white wash.
I can see a pattern repeat crying out to be made from some of these little sections.
Thanks for visiting today x
Here’s my last Marrakesh mixed-media painting for the time being. I’ve loads more I want to paint from this trip but I need to move onto other things in the short-term but I hope to revisit this project again sometime.
This shows the building up of layers of collage and paint based on this photo below.
I didn’t notice before but the front right person looks just like my dad! Even more so once I’d painted him!
Marrakesh Market – all the colour and hustle and bustle of that crazy place.
I knew when I snapped this shot that a) I’d got lucky and b) it was perfect to paint.
It needed something better in the front left foreground so I ‘imported’ some of these lovely cushions and lanterns.
I began with some block collage laid down to paint over – a piece of Arabic writing I picked up whilst in Marrakesh and a chocolate wrapper in the style of some of the tiles I’d seen there.
After washing in some colours I drew in the structure.
And continued to layer it up with paint – making textures, scratching into paint and printing too.
I love how their body language translates this couples kind of nonchalance and conversation as they strolled along.
It’s a challenge to paint so differently to normal but I love all the layers of print and texture showing through and it seems the perfect way to capture Marrakesh.
Who knew that painting over tinfoil could be such fun!
That’s what sketch book play is all about isn’t it? Those unexpected successes.
I’m really happy with this little piece – I think it captures the feeling of a night in the Djemaa El-Fna (the main square in Marrakesh)
It can be a bit of a stressful place with lots of locals out to get your money through one scam or another but it looks nice and twinkly!
Here’s wishing you a happy Bank Holiday weekend 🙂
It feels like soooo long since I’ve immersed myself in a big old painting – I have been painting but more for design as opposed to this kind of ‘get lost for a few days’ type affair.
And as always after a break in the flow, it’s hard to get back in the groove – I feel like I peck at it, or circle around and around getting a little closer each time. But I knew that was coming so I didn’t fret much about what the end result was going to be and I just got on with airing out the skills again.
The thing I find hardest is re-building the concentration required for a painting piece – I can think of a hundred little jobs that need doing just before I start, or during, and I have to actively ignore myself so I stay put. It helps to have an audio book on so I just finished Mad About The Boy which was a fun distraction.
I picked up an old canvas that I had collaged a hundred years ago and then left gathering dust. I didn’t really have a plan (and that shows in places) but I started layering up shapes and colours, popped some little birds in and sort of went to and fro with paper and paint until it felt finished and focussed. Not sure about it over-all but I love some little bits of it and I can feel my flabby painting muscles getting back in shape.
PS I took so many process photos that I thought I’d make a Flipagram – come on over to @claire_leggett on Instagram and see 🙂
It’s Moseley Arts market again tomorrow – was the last one really only four weeks ago?
Time seems to have condensed itself recently, don’t know if the days just feel shorter because of it getting dark earlier or whether my expectations for what can be done in a day are too great!
I have been in my painting cave this week re-stocking these hand painted notebooks. They are a labour of love, I’m not gonna lie, but the emphasis is defiantly on love.
The painting of these really gets my creative juices flowing for other projects and I just love doing them. Plus I added a ‘belly wrap’ (get me) which just finishes them off nicely.
9-3pm Alcester Road, Mosley, tomorrow 🙂
Here’s the other mixed media piece that I began when I was having fun with fluorescent acrylics the other day.
I’ve grown to love the little sparkles of gold or silver that show through once all the painting is complete. I’ve saved this tissue paper wrapping (coral with silver leaves) for years – do you do that too? have something you never want to use? But those fluorescents put me in the kind of mood to just use it anyway!
I’m not rating this as one of my all time fave’s but you might like it 😉