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Made it!

Wow, that was a marathon adventure and like all good runners, towards then end I had to slow down rather than just stop and call it quits.

But like all things, its when you’re stretched and challenged that growth occurs.

The daily (or technically I should say sustained) practice of showing up to paint has indeed kept me creative and accountable for doing so.

And I have found that my muscle memory and my hand eye co-ordination has improved and that I’m as surprised as anyone when I can capture a plant in a few strokes of a brush and with a limited colour range.

In short, practice makes you better at looking and capturing.

Which shouldn’t surprise me really.

We know if we exercise that our muscles become stronger but probably don’t talk much in those terms of the process of practising creatively.

And we should, because it does work the same way.

I have thoroughly enjoyed naming the plants in my garden – many of which I have inherited from the previous owners or Mother Nature.

And I have a unexpected sense of satisfaction to have two books full of catalogued plant names.

But I am glad it’s finished now and as the season winds down I won’t have the challenge of finding something new to include.

With hindsight 100 was a lot and maybe 75 would have suited me just enough.

So when I calculated that there were only enough pages in the book for 96 I took that as a divine compromise 😉

I have been falling and leaping my way through this #100dayproject of Painting Something From My Garden Everday.

It’s not quite been everyday in a daily sense – more like nothing some days and three things another.

But for the most part it’s become a regular practice and I’ve kept up…just.

Some days I accepted a less than polished finished piece in favour of doing something rather than nothing.

I’ve also embraced my garden weeds and found them to be pretty and deserving of a place in the final book.

I’ve developed a mix of approaches to method and media.

On some rainy days I was forced to complete the work inside and I found the results were far better than when I’m painting irl.

However the feeling of, the experience of painting outside is far greater and brought a greater deal of well-being that gets lost as soon as it becomes studio work.

And I have enjoyed playing again with coloured pencils, pastels and collages solutions to painting white flowers on white paper.

That’s about it for now as things reach the final stretch – thank you for reading.

I am a third of the way through my #100daysproject of painting 100 things growing in my garden.

Any sustained effort on a project has highs and lows; I have had days of lag and disinterest, days where time is just too short and I fall behind and days of joy and peace found painting in quiet spots.

Mostly it’s been a good discipline. A bit too time consuming on some days.

But I’m loving having a little book recording my garden growing.

And above all it’s forced me to identify and name all the plants I’m recording which has been very enlightening and informative.

On with the next!

On June 1st I decided I’d commit to doing a 100days project. There were a few reasons for this:

For Christmas I got given a seed advent calendar which has been a lot of fun but also a lot of work – 25 different kinds of annuals to grow has kept me on my toes in the greenhouse. But it also means I have a lot of lovely plants to enjoy.

I had also enjoyed my residency at Winterbourne H&G so much that I had decided to try and document my own garden in a similar matter. However as is often the case when things are at home, it seems harder to paint and draw in my own garden. I have found time to do some studies and textile work but it doesn’t document the changes as I’d hoped because I can’t keep up the frequency of work needed.

Lastly, I’m back working at MAC (hurrah) and when I’m focussing on delivery I often find my own creativity takes a backseat.

So for all those reasons I started 100days of drawing/painting something in my own garden.

It doesn’t need to be finished or good and it can be quick or slow and I’m also finding I automatically apply several styles to my work but I’m not over-thinking it – just doing it, noticing and letting it be whatever it is.

Here’s the first six days.

Here come the bright colours:

Crown Ducal

Crown Ducal is a classic Claire Leggett painting; pattern on pattern on watercolour paper. Measuring 20cm square it is unmounted and unframed. £40 plus £1.24 P&P UK and £3.48 eleswhere in the world.

© Claire Leggett    Apricots

© Claire Leggett Apricots

A sweet little watercolour original from 2012, Apricots is 17.5cm x 22.5cm unmounted and unframed. £38 plus £1.24 P&P UK and £3.48 eleswhere in the world.

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And Dahlias a watercolour original on paper measuring 28cm x 31cm MATTED. £42 plus £3.20 P&P UK and £7.45 eleswhere in the world. SOLD

 

 

 

Here’s the first preview of three of the eighteen pieces going in my 50% sale which will open on Friday 16th Aug at 6pm GMT for first come, first served BACS payments.

Purple Orchid © Claire Leggett

Purple Orchid © Claire Leggett

Painted back in September 2011 this original watercolour measures 14″ x 8″ is unmounted and unframed and will be selling for £45.00 – P&P UK £3.20 USA etc £7.45.

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A recent piece, Dorset Spring measures 41cm  x 53cm, is an original watercolour, unmounted, unframed and will be selling at £122 – P&P UK £5.65, USA etc £7.45.

© Claire Leggett   Roses

© Claire Leggett Roses

From June 2012 the story of Roses is here. It measures 20″  x 15.5″ is an original watercolour, unmounted, unframed and will be selling at £105 – P&P UK £5.65, USA etc £7.45.

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More preview pieces to follow…

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In a moment of summer madness, I have decided to have a studio de-stock.

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That is I am going to sell eighteen original watercolours and acrylics at vastly reduced rates in order to make some room for all the new stuff I’m working on and thinking about.

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This is your advanced warning of the sale which will open Friday 14th Aug at 6pm GMT.

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I’m going to post a quick feature of each painting that’s going in the sale over the next couple of days so you can see some larger photos and decide if there’s anything you fancy and then I’ll open the sale on Friday 16th Aug at 6pm GMT.

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It will be first come, first served, to make a BACS payment once I’ve emailed the payment details to you (fuller details will follow with each specific picture posting).

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So watch the blog, Facebook or Instagram (links in top side bar) if you fancy a Claire Leggett painting at a snip! ✂ ✂ ✂

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Everything has a season so they say and this year has not been my season for the garden (poor neglected thing).

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However some past efforts continue to pay dividends – thank you Roses, that white weed thingy, the cow-parsley plant, my patio pots and of course the Alchemilla Mollis.
Achemilla Mollis in cup_claire_leggett in progress

I snipped a few things I could find the other day  – all pleasingly lime green, green and yellow (thank you garden for self-theming the colours) and popped them into my 25 pence bargain jug for an afternoons play with the paints.

Achemilla Mollis in cup_claire_leggett

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.

 

Marrakesh Market_ painting_claire_leggett_stage by stage

This shows the building up of layers of collage and paint based on this photo below.

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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 © Claire Leggett

Marrakesh Market – all the colour and hustle and bustle of that crazy place.

 

crown ducal striping

This is the vintage teacup that I began as my demo on patterned watercolours last Saturday with The Spotted Dog art group.

crown ducal in progress

As usual it’s a brightly coloured painting – a typical Claire Leggett painting! but maybe a little more so because it wasn’t an especially well lit room and I may have over compensated with my choice of orange hue!

Crown Ducal

I’ll let you be the judge of that – I have spent a couple of hours finishing it off in my studio and am happy enough to say “ta daaah….”

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