I’ve been amusing myself over the past few days with a little bit of painting – one in acrylic, my old favourite, and one in oils. I haven’t painted in oils before, so it was something of an experiment…

Since I have nothing else to write about today, I thought I’d share the results with you:Woman against Orange Background (acrylic)

Tea At Four O’Clock (oils)

14 thoughts on “Daubing

  • May 12, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I like the acrylic (orange/grey) one. The oil doesn’t grab me. What size are they? You should sell these online – maybe get an etsy shop (www.etsy.com)

  • May 12, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Simon, I love love LOVE the orange and black one. And I like the big eyes in the bottom one too.

    I wish I could draw/paint. My stick men are wonky.

  • May 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I love tea at Four O’Clock … interesting that I, a writer, should refer to it by its title and not by its colours … but I think it’s strange and arresting and original.

  • May 12, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Prefer the latter – nice work on the eyes, vase and teacup particularly.

  • May 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I think they are both great, but I particularly like Tea at Four O’Clock – so whimsical!

  • May 13, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for your comments, guys!

    Ruth, the sizes are 14×16 inches (Woman against Orange Background) and 10×14 inches (Tea at Four O’Clock).

    Angela – your words ‘strange, arresting’ were so exactly what I was trying to achieve, that I beamed when I read them! I think I prefer Tea at Four O’Clock, perhaps because it took me much longer and was more of an experiment on my part. Though currently she has no left-hand, as I have amputated it… will add a better one soon!

  • May 13, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I really love the oil one (although they are both brilliant!) It’s so striking, and an unusual portrait of someone drinking tea!

    On an unrelated note, I was so interested to see that you had chosen the letters of Joyce and Ginny as one of your 50 must reads. I actually wrote my Masters dissertation on Joyce, and went to Cambridge to look at the ‘real’ letters, so it’s wonderful to see someone else who appreciates them!

  • May 14, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I didn’t notice the lack of left hand … so went back to look. And on re-looking, it seems to me that she has got a left hand – but perhaps it’s not a left hand that you’re happy with?

  • May 14, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I wasn’t clear, Angela – the left hand has disappeared subsequent to the photo being taken! The one shown wasn’t good, so I painted it out. She’s still handless, actually…

  • May 14, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Hi – probably easier to reply on here, since I have no idea how to respond to an ‘anon’ post! – imagine bloggers in the early years of writing, no one would have a clue who their readers were!

    Anyway, yes – fellow Oxfordian, although I’m a Town rather than Gown member! Your idea for a Masters sounds really interesting and I wish you the best of luck. Writing on Joyce was one of the best things I’ve had to do in a while – she was such an interesting person!

  • June 2, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    worried about that table leg! However, it sent me straight to the teapot – so must be powerful!

  • June 2, 2008 at 10:25 pm


    The table leg was deliberate! In fact, most of the angles are crazy – but the triangle on the floor made them seem less crazy than I’d hoped.

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