Pig In The Middle

Pig In The Middle
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Just read your blog Thea and I can see all the points you were talking about in this lovely still life. Certainly NOT bin fodder. I'm probably a bit odd ( don't all agree at once LOL ) but my favourite bit is that litttle lemon that seems to trying to make it's escape out of the painting. I want to grab it and put it back.

He he, nice one Val, and now you have said that I had a look at that lemon!, Thea you are so good that I feel there is virtually nothing you could paint that would not work, this one has, Thea, written all over it! It is quite a busy still life with lots in it, probably enough for two separate paintings, which you have probably thought yourself as well, you did an excellent touch up job on it, and the colours are just gorgeous, I am still bouncing around on a high after your lovely comment that you think I should start doing commissions, thanks so much for that, I have replied to it in bit more detail on your other Charles Reid posting, bye for now, and can't wait to see your next one! xx

To have produced this painting in presumably an afternoon (plus a bit more time spent after returning home!) is excellent and I'm looking forward to seeing your own still life arrangement later on. To be honest, I feel that it would have worked better without the green bottle, but the colours and fruits are gorgeous! Going on the course has obviously inspired you.

Thank you Val, Ros, Louise and Kirstie for such nice comments on my 'attempt'! Val, I love letting one of the objects go outside the frame of the painting as I think it adds a note of spontaneity to the composition - glad it amused you. Ros, lovely of you to pay me the compliment, but I assure you there are loads of things I just can't paint successfully! Perhaps this course may change that - hoping anyway. Louise, it was the green bottle I had a problem with, perhaps I thought it shouldn't be there either - don't know, but something about it bothered me. Kirstie, lovely thing to say but if you saw Charles Reid paint you would see that I am totally amateur and somewhat inept. I have a long way to go but will enjoy the journey (as they say on X Factor lol!).

Thank you very much, Valerie.

Course it wouldn't, Kirstie, don't be daft - your paintings are excellent and you would get four big fat YES's on BGT!!

It is beautiful Thea!

I think 'Old Charles' would be very proud of his star pupil!

Thank you very much Petra and Debs. I have to honestly say that this isn't my best still life and I can't pretend it is. It is meant as a record of an amazing week and I am happy with it from that point of view. Debs, lovely thing to say but quite honestly I definitely was not the star pupil. Far from it really as there were some excellent artists on the course whom I couldn't hold a candle to. I did try hard so perhaps that might have earned me some brownie points with dear Charles.

Back from hols, missed your work. Just so lovely and refreshing. Nice one Thea.

I don't know about X-Factor, but it certainly has Wow-Factor. Wow!

Thank you very much Peter and Kim for such nice comments. Not a patch of Charles's I'm afraid but I am learning.

It's a really lovely painting Thea but I think that I agree with Louise about that green bottle. It's perhaps it's position in the picture because the right hand side forms a straigth line with the bowl and makes it look stiff. Anyway you enjoyed the course and learnt a lot and that is the main thing!!

Beautiful flowers and the vase is especially good too. The fruit look good too and I must confess that I like the bottle too, although it is its rich green colour that attracted me to it .

Really enjoy your work, especially where there is minimal background (ie your entry into the lamb comp). Agree, that the wine bottle is defunct in this still, still it is wonderfully executed. You have real lightness of touch which brings spontaneity to your work

Really enjoy your work, especially where there is minimal background (ie your entry into the lamb comp). Agree, that the wine bottle is defunct in this still, still it is wonderfully executed. You have real lightness of touch which brings spontaneity to your work

This is a lovely fresh painting Thea ,a beautiful fluidity about it ,i also think you have a lovely gallery

This is a lovely fresh painting Thea ,a beautiful fluidity about it ,i also think you have a lovely gallery

This is beautiful work Thea

Super painting thea ,love it

i think its a very good painting with a lovely fluid style

so sorry thea about all the comments internet problems said my comments werent been sent but there they are

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01/04/2015
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This is the still life I did on the Charles Reid course I attended last week. I am usually ok with still life but I think I got a bit over-whelmed with all the information from Charles's two still life demos and lost my way a bit. I have done a little more work on it since returning home, trying to correct some of the bad decisions I made and I think it is a bit better. There is just so much to learn and remember! However, at least I didn't shove it straight into the bin, which is normally what I do with anything produced on a course, so that has to be an improvement. Watercolour on Langton 200lbs.

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Thea Cable

I am a watercolourist first and foremost as I love the qualities of the medium, its riskiness and unpredictability. I started painting about 8 years ago and it has now become an integral part of my life. Hopefully, I will continue to paint into my dotage as I am given to understand that you can…

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