Category Archives: new artworks on paper

Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming

modern sea landscape by sue wellington
‘Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming’ watercolor on fabriano rough 300gsm paper 44 x 29cm (17.3 x 11.4)
close up childhood dreaming landscape watercolor and gouache by sue wellington
‘Earth Changes 6: Childhood Dreaming’ close up watercolor on fabriano rough 300gsm paper 44 x 29cm (17.3 x 11.4)

a symbol of all that mattered…

pine landscape gouache on paper by sue wellington
Landscape in Blue and Orange gouache, acrylic and watercolor on Hahnemuhle Paper rough 200gsm 17 x 24cm (6.7 x 9.4in)

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a whirlwind.

The only time I really feel calm and centered is when I’m painting or drawing.

The sensations and experiences you have in life get transmuted into one image. Just one.

A symbol of all that mattered to you at that point in time. A calm center within the storm.

Pine Cone Splash: new watercolor

I love the rough delicacy of pine cones but not under your feet!

pine cone watercolor on paper by susan wellington
Susan Wellington ‘Pine Cone Splash’ watercolor on 200 gsm rough paper 17 x 24cm

At the moment the weather’s getting warmer. Perhaps bare feet are in order? But be careful as those tough, woody pine cones litter the ground everywhere.  But for their purpose they are truly delicate. The way those hard cones open when they dry out and the delicate triangular shaped seeds fall out to be scattered by the wind is genius.

I’m building up a collection of different shapes and sizes of pine cones in my studio. Memories of my walks in the forest. To me they’re like precious woody jewels.

Just finished ‘A promise’ landscape watercolor

Finished this watercolor yesterday. It’s inspired by an island in Stockholm called Djurgården, which was the old royal hunting grounds.

trees and water landscape watercolor by susan wellington
‘The Promise’ watercolor on 200gsm Hahnemuhle paper. 17 x 24cm

Now, it’s the big tourist island in Stockholm as the zoo and lots of museums and cafes are there. Though with all that, it’s mainly open woodland surrounded by water, and you really feel like you’re in the country when you’re walking around it.

In the watercolor it’s winter time. The landscape on the island is mainly oaks, beech, elm and maple and you see the trees silhouetted in the distance, here and there, on low hills surrounded by water.

I don’t find winter trees melancholy at all. Walking along you’re enveloped by their branches reaching out and up in delicate and not so delicate arrangements. Letting the sun warm you. The promise of things to come.

New ways of selling Art with a capital A

Sea waves and birch tree in gouache landscape by Susan Wellington

Here’s an interesting article about the pro’s and cons of Amazon’s new artstore which opened in August.  The Work of Art in the Age of Amazon : The New Yorker.

It’s really just another avenue to sell art for the galleries participating in the main. So it hardly undermines them which has been suggested by a few articles. And an easy way for people who never step into an art gallery to easily access it. There’s some really good original art for sale on it by relatively unknown artists (outside the US anyway). Though here’s an opposing view. In its first week, they offered original lithographs by Dalí, Matisse, and Miró, etchings by Rembrandt, and paintings by Monet.

It’s only American galleries at the moment so I suppose they’ll wait and see how that goes before expanding.  In the end most people would rather see art before they buy. And talk to someone who knows something about the art and the artist. Especially if it’s really expensive. Though it has changed a little. It seems the biggest sellers at the moment are giclee prints rather than original art which is no surprise.