Hello, World!

‘Paddle Steamer’ began – as my work often does – with the idea of capturing one aspect of a particular creature; in this case, the beautiful sheen on a Drake’s slender neck. I just LOVED its emerald-green.
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From there, it was an easy step to imagine a delicate crested helmet with jewelled accents. And some streamers. And the balloon!
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After more thought, the Drake became a ‘Paddle Steamer’ of-sorts, with a paying customer on his back: a seasick Toad, who’s having to hold-on to his Fez amidst the spray.
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Then again, the Drake wouldn’t have gone out in the first place, if the Toad hadn’t been so persuasive: there's a lesson in there somewhere!
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Oh, and just to make life interesting, I added a Sturgeon as well, who’s churning up the swell.
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Best of all? That shaft of sunlight breaking through the stormclouds came out far better than I hoped it would…

Ciao!
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Hello, World!

‘FOXY LADY’ took flippin' ages to come together…

It was one of those works that I had in my head for a LONG time, before it finally gelled and I’m grateful that the end result turned-out so well.

Foxy' is actually a stylised Vixen, smooshed into a pastiche of a classical royal portrait: think Queen Elizabeth I...

Incidentally, the jewels in her crown were actually Rhinestones, set in-place. Our photographer laboured for a while to get the ‘right’ amount of sparkle out of them, without overpowering the image: I’d have to say he was successful!
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To see more of this one, visit: https://tinyurl.com/nfc5c62y

BTW - If you're in North Wilts, or Ramsbury this coming weekend and you fancy seeing my teeny Studio, well you're in luck as it's the final weekend of this year's OpenStudio programme! Check me out on the #marlboroughopenstudios website for directions here: https://tinyurl.com/2exx5rse !

We're open both Saturday & Sunday from 10 - 5ish...

Ciao!
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Hello, World:

If you had to entrust the most valuable keys in the Kingdom to a trustworthy Guardian, I think you could do a lot worse than pick the Toucan!

Ably assisted by a little Guard-Mouse, they can see danger long before it arrives, from their perch high above the clouds.

Such as today’s would-be thief, who’s trying to float up on some balloons, but who hadn’t reckoned on the Mouse’s pointy spear!

‘POP!’ goes the Weasel?

Or does it? What do you think?
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To see more of this one, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yy97hbm5

BTW - If you're in North Wilts, or Ramsbury this coming weekend and you fancy seeing my pizza-oven of a Studio, well you're in luck as it's the final weekend of this year's OpenStudio programme! Check me out on the #marlboroughopenstudios website for directions here: https://tinyurl.com/2exx5rse ! We're open both Saturday & Sunday from 10 - 5ish...

Ciao!
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Hello, World!

I welcomed a few visitors yesterday, as part of this year's #marlboroughopenstudios (gosh, it was HOT!) and more than one intrepid soul asked me where my inspiration came from.

Well, this is one possible answer: my Dryad. For want of a better description, Dryads are a sort of mythological 'tree-fairy'; guardian-spirits of the woods (and right now, our forests need all the friends they can get!). She’s looking dubiously at a worm, that’s just eaten its way out of a Golden Pear…

I think if it were me, I'd be doing more than giving the worm a long, hard stare, but hey!

Although nothing more than a little sketch, this turned out to be an important work, as it gave me 'permission' to think beyond the contemporary wildlife I'd been doing up to that point. Beyond the subject, the background tones & textures were also big steps in a new direction.

Every journey starts with a single step: and this is one of them....

Ciao!
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Hello, World!

Day #1... (Well, strictly speaking, it's about day #5, but I had to wait for the underpainting to dry!)...

If you're in or around North Wilts ( #ramsbury ) this coming Sunday and fancy a visit to my studio, you're more than welcome! Check me out on the #marlboroughopenstudios website for directions!

Ciao!
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Hello, World:

Well, it's finally here: so why don't we take 'A Leap of Faith' together?

This one's about... Well, it's about leaping into the unknown, when you can’t see the other side...

About trusting in a safe landing. And that delirious giddiness when you commit to something greater than yourself. Some might call it 'belief'!

Oh, and it's about Bumble-Bees: especially armoured Bumble-Bees!

This one took forever to come together, but I'm so pleased with the end result. When you think about it, the decision to move into this fantastical, magical realm with my art practice, was yet another 'Leap of Faith'!

OK: that's it for today! My studio is currently OPEN, so if you're in or around North Wilts, or #ramsbury today, check me out on the #marlboroughopenstudios website for directions!

Ciao!
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Hello, World:

I've a 'Special Delivery' for you, today! A ‘Dryad’, along with her ‘Spirit Animal’ - a Red Fox - are relaxing in a grassy glade. Furthermore, the Fox has removed his beautiful golden helmet, showing us its fine detailing.

The Dryad herself (a Wood Nymph, in case you’re wondering), wears Celtic-inspired wrist & armbands. Coupled with a delicate headpiece, the jewellery offsets her red hair. Little wonder that the bushy-tailed Fox is her companion! Out of sight in this cropped image, is an American Partridge, carrying a sealed scroll: that's the 'special delivery'; I might show that one separately sometime.

OK: that's it for today! My studio is currently OPEN, so if you're in or around #marlborough or #ramsbury today, check me out on the #marlboroughopenstudios website for directions...

Ciao!

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Hello, World!

I missed the First of the new month yesterday, so let's say a belated 'Hello!' to 'Miss July'!

Some time ago, I painted a portrait for each month, with a mish-mash Zodiacal (is that even a word?) & Birthstone theme. July’s girl wears a striking Ruby brooch on the neckline of her simple, elegant dress that matches her deep, smokey eyes.

A stone of Vitality, Ruby is said to offer protection from unwelcome influences, as well as bestowing passion and love into the life of its wearer.

In addition, alongside the deep-red Rose atop her head, there’s also a Goldfish (because...) and it too, has a Ruby in its mouth!

Something different for anyone with a birthday coming up!?

OK, that's it for now: my studio opens on Sunday 4th, as part of the #MarlboroughOpenStudios programme, so if you're in the area and have a programme, we're #45 in #Ramsbury: look forward to seeing you from 10.30!

Ciao!
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I’ve been asked for a close-up-ish of ‘Harvest For the King’, so happy to oblige!

Questions: WHY are the apples floating? Or has the tree just shrugged them off? And what’s with the Magpie? And his Bag? Who are they collecting them for? The Stag’s rider? Who might THAT be? Answers on a postcard to the usual address...

OK: see you next time (or sooner if you're planning to visit my studio in July!).
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Hello, World... Thought I'd share something else with you today while I wait for paint to dry!

Another important step-forward, away from traditional 'Wildlife' work, Whisperer's also a slice of pure whimsy: and not taking myself too seriously was another BIG lesson to learn!

Sometimes, a work can just exist for its own sake: ‘The Whisperer’ is one such. After all, do we NEED to know why a White Rabbit sits atop our Dryad’s head? Of course not!

I was pleased with a few key details in this one, particularly the delicate lacy ruff on the Dryad’s gown; an effect found whilst experimenting. Oh, and I also like the tones used for the background and how they work to give her vibrant red-orange hair ‘pop’.

OK - see you next time!
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Hello, World... Thought I'd share something else with you today while I wait for paint to dry!

'The Pilgrims' is an important part of my story, for it marked a point of transition in my work. From 'traditional' Wildlife to Fantasy (or 'Magic Realism').

It also generated themes that would feature prominently in subsequent work, notably streamers, balloons & jewels. Oh, and having glow-worms for lanterns!

The colours also fascinated me: that combination of the shifting purple-haze in the sky, with the stark tones of the snow-field.

OK - see you next time!

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Hello, World

Another glimpse of my new work, 'Leap of Faith'. More coming soon as paint dries!

Ann
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Hello, World

Another glimpse of my new work, 'Leap of Faith'. More coming soon!

Until next time, Fair Thee Well, Denizens of the Internet! 🤔😜
Ann
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Err... I've been busy! The new work is called 'Leap of Faith' and I will be showing a lot more of this one in coming days, so let's start with a little friend...

Find me on Facebook @AnnRichmondStudio to see video!

Until next time, Fair Thee Well, Denizens of the Internet! 🤔😜
Ann
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