This was inspired from a photo I took at the bead market. I loved the positions of the ladies along with the peeling posters behind their heads. It is a combination of my new and old styles. The posters were painted with a paint knife, the background is in roller and dry brush. I am experimenting with fabric manipulation. When I compare the two ladies I actually prefer the one without the details. There is something calming about her. No features makes you focus on her clothes and surroundings. I am happy with the colours, beads and touch of fabric.
This is my new favourite. There is something very appealing about the colour scheme and realism in the dresses. This time I tried painting the fabric designs outside the figures. I like how the white creates a focal point, movement and contrast. One of the strands of beads is threaded onto wire which made it very easy to shape into an interesting design. I like how the other two strands hang.
This was inspired from the bead seller at the festival I went to. She was actually leaning against a red wall but I found the orange and yellow background to be not as successful so I changed the background to a red black which created more contrast. Somehow the painting used more greens than reds. The fabric is one of my favourite prints in Ghana.
I am very happy with this piece. It was actually the second one of my female/market series. I particularly like the dress, and the colour combinations. It was the detail in this dress that made me change my style slightly.
This shows you what my studio is looking like right now. It is definitely a more unified theme.
I actually really like this by itself as well. It is really fun creating the coloured backgrounds.
Here is a different one. The pink circular pattern is a new discovery I squeezed some paint out over the canvas than then gently rolled rollers over it. I was going to blend the colour in but actually loved the effect so kept it. I really like the stencil design too because it reminds me of Adinkra symbols and fabric design. I didn’t think this one needed the fabric or the beads.
This was an older one which I reworked with my new style. Recently I have been creating texture with my paint alone but this one has the actual and implied texture. I do prefer these colours and the touch of beads.
I actually painted this today and as you can see it is very different to all the others. I loved this mural when I first saw it in James Town. As I had a photo of the man painting it I though it would make a great painting in its own right. Greg says I paint too many women so here is a man! (Haha) Even though the woman is still there and quite a bit bigger. I actually have 3 “men” paintings planned one with a tro tro and another with a tree. I would love to capture the amazingly colourful African men as their fabrics are just as gorgeous as the women’s. However, I do love the curves, babies and strength of the women in their daily lives.
I am really happy with this piece and am thinking I will do a few more following this theme and concept. I really love the fabrics here in Ghana and am always looking for interesting ways to incorporate them into my work.
This piece was inspired from a photo I took at a festival a few weeks ago. I painted the lady but wasn’t sure what to do with the rest. I finally decided to put a piece of wire into a folded piece of fabric and made a mini sculpture. This painting would be much harder to transport because of the fabric sticking out so I don’t think I can do too many of them even though I do love it.
I really like how my work is changing each time I paint. I definitely have my favourite themes and styles though. Boats and markets have the colour, texture, beauty which I am keen to capture from this fascinating country. This time I tried to keep a limited complimentary colour scheme which I think works very well if I do say so myself. I have also introduced a patterned roller to create texture and pattern. It reminds me of the fabric designs. I think I will use this again next time.
Overall I really am very happy with how my paintings have developed here. Leaving Ghana does make me sad yet determined to paint and capture as much as I can. I hope you like it.
This is the painting I created today. I have decided that I still love the textures and dark backgrounds which contrast with the bright colours. I have had this canvas for a very long time because I never knew what to paint on it and what to do with the white space. Now that it is complete I actually really like the space however, I am undecided as whether to leave it or not. I was originally thinking of putting a mirror in it or a weaving fabric, yarn and beads. This would take a lot more time.
Overall I am very happy with the colour scheme and love the addition of the textured roller because it reminds me of the fabric designs here in Ghana. I still really enjoy capturing daily life and having a single focal point. The movement has been created by using the edge of the roller. I really liked the effect because it reminded me of the ipad art that I was playing with a little while ago. I have also been playing with the “unfinished” look which appears in her skirt. I hope you like it.
These are my first three paintings since being back in Ghana.
This was inspired by the last three paintings I painted for my art exhibition in June. I wanted to try softer colours, less fabric and have the mesh ribbon popping off of the canvas. I will try a few more of these later. I do still really like combining the fabric with the textures. I need to collect more fabric offcuts so that I have greater colour schemes.
I actually painted this when I wasn’t feeling well. I painted mostly with a paint knife which was really fun and kept my image loose and fresh. When I was feeling better I came back and added some small details such as the tones. Overall I am really happy with this piece. I love all those layers of paint on the boats, walls and gates. I also like the mix of implied texture with actual textures. The circle design is inspired from Klimt and the Adinkra symbol which means “greatness”.
This one was a very quick fun one just to get me loosed up. My relaxing circular design is gentle on the eye yet creates subtle movement. I would like to paint more trees in the future because I have admired their stunning shapes since the first day I arrived in Ghana. I was trying to keep the paint loose and free by dabbing on the greens and blues without worrying too much about small details. I am happy with the colour scheme. I’d like to try this again on a bigger canvas and play with the white space a little more.
Hi there everyone. I am sorry I haven’t written for a very long time but it always is hard getting back into my art after such a long break. We have been back in Ghana now for 9 weeks. How time flies! Despite all the amazing artistic inspirations from our trip to Europe I still had a slow start with my painting. Due to socializing with new staff, working hard on my plans, marking and organizing trips for kids and staff finding time to get back into the studio has been tough. It has certainly been a busy start to the school year. Finally I have some pieces to share with you. I will start with the ones I created today.
This one is a slightly new technique inspired from my ipad art. Last weekend my husband and I went to the beach to relax for the long weekend. During this time I uploaded photos onto my ipad and turned them into paintings from the Art Rage app. I really enjoyed this process because it allowed me to loosen up and I played with using the eraser to bring back whites.
I really loved the space created by the eraser so decided to try and introduce more white into my paintings. This was my first attempt. Previously I was laying on the textures and painting over the whole canvas in blue-black which created a fabulous contrast between the bright colours. Now I am trying the opposite by laying on the bright colours then when they are dry coming back and blocking in white as if I was using an eraser just like on the ipad. I do like this effect and would like to push it further. I am still enjoying the textures in my art as they really do seem to bring it to life.
This is different again mainly because I wanted to capture my favourite gate and tree. They are actually from two separate places on the street near my house. The gate has greater contrast in real life than what I have achieved in this painting. I think this would look really good on a bigger canvas. This one is only 40 by 40cms. I was still playing with the white in this piece. In the next one I’d like the space to be larger and more dramatic. I am also considering using trash/found objects in my art because that is something I have been keen to play with since being here in Ghana. I am thinking about incorporating bottle caps, recycled fabric and crushed painted cans. I have two paintings planned that I want to complete first. Then I am going to do some serious experimenting! Fun Fun so stay tuned. My goal is to create one or two paintings per week which will mean one or two posts per week.
These are the last two paintings that have been sold before my summer. So in total I have sold 21 paintings, given 3 gifts and kept 3 paintings for myself “artist’s collection” which means this was an absolute record for me. I still have people asking about three of them quite regularly but if I sell them it won’t be until after the break. I am really happy with my new style so am looking forward to developing it further after the break. I have had many requests for boats, trees and sunsets so we shall see what inspires me in August.
Whatever style/theme I use will definitely have the textures as I am loving the depth and visual interest they create not to mention playing with colour which is an absolute joy for me.