This is a painting I did of my husband Art, in our old house. Art died 5 years ago yesterday. I'm very lucky to have found a lovely new man, but I still think about Art every day and talk about him all the time, always with a smile and a laugh. The only thing that makes me sad is thinking about him when he was ill and in pain. He was a mad character and had a habit of collecting silly items, some of which are shown in this pic. On the table is a dog which sings and dances 'New York New York' and hanging up is a wire model of a man riding a 3 wheeled bike. On the table is his 'smoking box' full of his smoking paraphernalia. Heaven help me if I ever tried to tidy any of these things away! I was very lucky to have spent 21 years sharing my life with this man, 21 years full of laughs - he was very funny. I still see him in my dreams sometimes - I look forward to that.
I've just finished this portrait of Mutley, who belongs to some friends of ours who recently got married. It was meant to be a surprise wedding present, but I didn't finish it in time so will be presenting it to them tomorrow.
I've been doing quite a lot of oil painting recently and really enjoying it. However I still take a long time to do each one, and that explains the infrequency of my posts lately. (It doesn't seem to matter how small I do them!) This one is of a cat I found on the internet, 6x6 inches.
I've decided to start doing a series of small paintings and hopefully get at least one done a week. This is my first one. It was done from a photo taken when we took our boat up the Oxford canal a couple of years ago and some cows were grazing peacefully in a nearby field. it's oil on canvas, 7" x 5".
We are babysitting this adorable Westie called Mutley for our friends who have gone on holiday. He follows me everywhere, even waits for me outside the bathroom! The weather has been pants here in West London today. I can't believe I'm still wearing a jumper and raincoat in midsummer! I hope it improves by the weekend as we are planning to take the boat up to Brentford to go to Teddington. D is decorating a friend's house today. I am just about to start my new oil painting of a cat.
It's always a challenge doing a self portrait using a mirror. As usual this has gone a bit wrong. I'm not entirely disappointed with it though. There was a programme on TV the other night called 'The Strange and Wonderful World of the Self Portrait', about self portrait painting through the ages, how artists have used it to present themselves and their ideas in different ways. Well I can assure you that this is not really how I want people to see me - I always draw myself 'warts and all', and concentrating on ones own fizzog for any length of time can be quite disconcerting when one gets to a certain age! But I just love drawing faces, and I'm the cheapest model I can get, so I will keep persevering!
I've spent the last few weeks working on this portrait of a horse for my pet portrait course. It's painted in oil on gessoed hardboard 15x12 inches. I'm a bit fed up with oil painting now - it seems to take so long! (but that's just me!). Anyway the next one I do will be in good old pastel.
My name is Angie Wood and I live on a narrowboat on the beautiful Oxford canal.
A long time ago in the eighties I studied Art and Design at Goldsmiths College and went on to be a paste up artist and then a graphic designer. I’ve never stopped painting and drawing though – I painted pet and animal portraits for a while and over the past two years have begun creating small oil paintings of vintage objects, textiles and flowers. I collect items from fleamarkets to paint and my little narrowboat is getting fuller all the time! I’m particularly delighted by colourful patterns on textiles and ceramics and I also love painting reflective surfaces. I’m usually attracted to items from the early part of the twentieth century, which bring back memories of my great aunts’ and grandmother’s cosy houses. My artistic aim is to pay homage to the things I paint by observing them as closely as I can, and to create something beautiful that will hopefully make people as happy as I was when I was making it!