After seeing a recent documentary about the wonderful David Hockney, where he was extolling the delights of drawing and painting on an ipad, I splashed out and got one for myself. The best thing about it is the speed of working and the convenience. It means that I can sketch and get colour references from life quickly outside without the bother of having to carry around pencils paints or pastels. I'm just getting used to it at the moment - it's quite freeing having to use your finger to paint and I'm really enjoying using it. This is a sketch done with a clever app called 'Artrage' which mimics the look and feel of oil paint.
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!