How do you start a painting, what is the inspiration behind them?
My paintings are sparked by a study done on a cycle ride. First scribbling with hard charcoal which is washed off then more scribbles with oil pastels. Then I go in with oil paint trying to respond to what is on the painting. There is no plan or preconceived idea as to the outcome. I noticed regular life sessions improved my life painting so about 2 years ago I decided do “landscape” painting every week. Paintings are on the go for about a week, sometimes longer. Say what you have to say then get out!
If you were to take a friend out for a days painting, where would you go?
I'm happy to paint anywhere outside, all of Cumbria is fabulous and inspiring. I know the Eden Valley the best. It would depend on their particular interest as to where we would venture too. I believe in trying to make a drawing/painting of whatever place and what is in front of me. As I live so far inland I would like to go to the coast, turquoise seas, West and north coast of Scotland. Hot coffee is an absolute necessity. It is easy to get cold painting outside. Generally I only take a snack, followed by tea and a cake at home or any of the fab tea shops all over the county.
Lastly do you have any tips for new artists young or old?
Two quotes for every artists that say it all..
“Be bold, make a mess, don’t worry about being good”
“If you are not in over your head how do you know how tall you are”
If you would like to see more of Caroline, here is her showcase page