Monday, August 9, 2010

Castle Windows

I don't have any progress shots to post today so I thought I'd post a shot from my trip back in April.  My niece spent her first year of Queen's University at Herstmonceux Castle in southern England.  It's closed to the public for tours when school is in session but because she's a student, we were able to walk about mostly at free will.  Needless to say, I took a few hundred photos of the place!  This shot is from a window looking outside into the centre courtyard. 

Even though I'd cleaned up my painting table, the studio room itself was getting messy and cramped so I've been really sorting things out well.  Especially the wall unit that contains a lot of supplies!  That is making it so much nicer to come in here. 

I've also been doing some research on jellyfish.  I'm ready to draw out the painting but was wondering if jellyfish live in an area with sea plants such as kelp.  So I checked it out online, found out they do and will now go ahead with what I'd planned.  I didn't want to put a background of kelp and other plants and then find out it didn't look real because jelly fish didn't live in areas like that.  ;-)  Now, I know.

That's my weekend.  How was your's? 


Teresa Palomar Lois said...

OMG research and preworking a painting? where are we going to end! LOL
Those windows are gorgeous, maybe after the jellyfish you'll take on some architectural painting?

Linda Young said...

I just found your blog too, Deb. Your work is beautiful and sometimes doing research before a painting makes it that much more special. Love the windows in this!

Deb Léger said...

sheesh, just lost the reply I posted!

lol Teresa! Maybe the sky is going to fall next?

I loved the entire castle, especially the OLD walls so definitely there's going to be some architectural paintings. And landscapes.

Deb Léger said...

Thanks Linda! and thanks too for stopping by. The internet gives us such amazing opportunities to meet other artists, doesn't it?