Thought you might like to see a painting I finished before Christmas. Last year, Helen Betley swam the length of Windermere… butterfly! Her husband asked if I could paint a painting of the swim. I don’t generally do landscape paintings, (as actual paintings, rather than digital drawings) but I do do a lot of figure drawings, and gold leaf, so I suggested this combination as a bold composition, rather than a straight painting of someone swimming. All the leaf is gold, the different colours are different alloys of gold, and it’s all applied piece by piece, with a paintbrush as it’s too delicate to pick up. The rest is pencil and a watercolour wash, and the little folly is really there on the shore of Windermere, but I added the inscription in my drawing, as a detail to commemorate the swim.
All the photographs are of the same painting – the gold leaf changes so much with different light you may think there is more than one version.
This is fabulous! You are incredibly talented! Another fine painting!
Thank you MerChele!
This is a beautiful painting Nancy, and I love how the water colour and mood changes with the angle of the light, just like it does on a lake, and the swimmer is such and accurate likeness!
Thank you so much – you are incredibly talented.
Thank you Helen, very happy to hear that. It was a fun one to do 🙂 x