Painting, painting, painting!

Artist Leigh Glover keeps you in the picture with his blog.

Kensington & Fulham Open Studios 2014

I am looking forward to exhibiting alongside two other local artists Tania Beaumont and Louise Richards.

We shall be at Tania Beaumont’s home and studio.

15 Rugby Mansions, Bishops Kings Road, West Kensington, W14 8XD (stairs, no lift).

Fri 17 (6-9pm) – Sat 18 & Sun 19 October (11-6pm)

I shall be sharing my new Flourishing Garden paintings.  I shall also be showing drawings and painting studies that will give an insight into my process of making these pictures.  Hopefully my oil painting of foxgloves, work in progress below, will be finished to hang also…………..

Digitalis in progress

 

Other artists taking part in the open studios can be seen  www.kfopenstudios.co.uk

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas, complete

Camellia 2014

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas 126 x 89 cm, Leigh Glover 2014

The spring flowering camellia had a fantastic show this year in our garden in Sussex.  It is part of my ongoing Flourishing Gardens series.  In the photos below I share how I create oil paintings like this.

I begin by observing and drawing the camellia.

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I then explore the colour possibilities by mixing oils to find the best representation I can of the natural flower amidst the foliage.  I then plan the composition but make sure it is not too rigid as I need to leave a little room for inspiration and creativity whilst painting the picture.

The finished oil painting is for sale (please contact leighglover@me.com) and can be seen on the  Flourishing Gardens  page.

It can be bought as a digital print or the image licensed for commercial reproduction through the Bridgeman Art Library.

 

Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern is in sight!

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I have been slowly progressing with this watercolour on Millennium Bridge.  The Tate Modern is now in sight with crowds crossing the Millennium Bridge to the south bank.

The next stage is to look left towards St Paul’s Cathedral.  I have had some wonderful comments from the public and a group of school children calling my work “Sick!”.  Which I hope I can take to mean “Wicked!” or “Cool!” otherwise I am done for!  (It is hard to keep up with the lingo!)

 

 

Bonsoir Cannes, ipad commission

I was commissioned to draw these three sunsets from the client’s balcony in Cannes, France.  I used my iPad and enjoyed playing with colour!  They have been a delight to work on.

Taking on new landscape commissions contact leighglover@me.com.

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Millenium Bridge watercolour is growing!

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My watercolour from the middle of the Millennium Bridge is growing and growing.  It was inspiring to hear the radio programme ‘Playing the Skyline’ on Radio 4 with two musicians Courtney Pine and Anna Meredith composing music with this scene is mind.  A great idea which has spurred me on through a near miss on the bicycle commute, constant drizzle making a mess of my paper and one day, after a long cycle ride there, realising I had forgotten my paints!

Millennium Bridge, London, watercolour on paper

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Introducing my watercolour from Millennium Bridge, London.

I was walking over the Millennium Bridge from the Bankside Gallery one evening and I felt I must paint this scene.

The picture is already 1.5 metres long and growing every time I visit the bridge.  I envisage the scene ending at St Paul’s Cathedral on the left and Tate Modern on the right but let us see how it develops.  It is becoming a bit of a challenge!

 

Work in progress, Magnolia Tree

In the studio I am currently working on the Magnolia Tree.  It is part of Flourishing Gardens series.

Magnolia Tree, work in progress

Magnolia Tree, work in progress, July 2014