Saturday, 23 October 2010

Geological abstracts

I've now finished my two geological abstracts. They were great fun to paint and took me away from the colours I tend to use. The first makes me think of a wild autumn wind, and is based on a microscope slide of a rock from the Ross of Mull in Scotland. The second painting is of a garnet-containing rock in Central Europe, and gives the feeling of spiralling into a gemstone. I've posted them both on etsy now, plus detailed views of parts of the pictures.
These are available at

Monday, 18 October 2010

Work in progress

Here's a view of two abstract oil paintings I'm working on just now. The left-hand one should be ready to add to my etsy shop soon. I'm not quite sure where the right-hand one is going yet. (Or perhaps I should just treat the drawing board as an abstract painting?)

They're both autumnal tinted pictures based on tiny parts of images from my collection of photos of rock and mineral microscope slides. These provide inspiration for all sorts of paintings and have great colour combinations.

(I've just realized that if you click on one of my blog images a large-size version pops up.)

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Hi from Joyce!

This is my first post for my new blog, so here are a few representative paintings from my etsy shop.
First, my latest item, an end of summer view of trees in the park at Chatsworth (in the Peak District), a place I regularly visit through the year. These odd-shaped trees have had their lowermost branches nibbled by sheep to make a horizontal edge, and have an unreal, toytown feel. The painting is in acrylics with accents in oil pastels, and is on textured acrylic paper.

Here are a few of my older paintings just to give a flavour of what I'm up to.
An acrylic sketch (on paper) of some cooking apples (Bramleys) in a box made of thin wood strips.

A winter view of Bradford valley, near the village of Youlgreave in the Peak District. Amazing colours on the closed buds of trees in late afternoon light. This one is an oil painting on canvas.

An abstract based on golden lichen on an old limestone wall. This is an oil painting on a deep canvas, and is one of a pair on the subject of lichen - gorgeous stuff.

You can see my paintings of landscapes, gardens, flowers, sea and sky, etc. at my etsy shop, azuredayart (