Hello there! I hope you all had a good Christmas and are enjoying the holiday period? I've been in Paris since the evening of 18th December and - despite my best attempts - I've had a pretty lazy week or so since I arrived. I've set up a nice little workspace on a fold-out table here in a corner of the apartment and I have actually managed to work on some new art here and there. But that's all it has been; just here and there. I think I worked so hard and for such long hours leading up to my solo show in the Autumn, and then I had work for another gallery and commissioned paintings to finish on top of that, that I've really needed (and relished) time to myself to just relax, read blogs and magazines, and do some research; sketching/making notes for the new paintings I want to start in 2013. I've come to realise that sometimes the 'down time' is as important creatively as the act of actually painting.
I'll tell you a bit more about our Christmas in Paris in the next blog post (we went to the Champs Elysees on Christmas Day for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and I took quite a few photos) and about the new art materials I bought yesterday at BHV (mainly clay - I'm going to work on some small sculptured pieces!). But for now, I wanted to post an image of the largest painting I made for the Ground & Sky exhibition at Snape Maltings Gallery, which I've mentioned on twitter but didn't get around to sharing on the blog at the time:
Nest Number Ten (SOLD)
© Natasha Newton 2012
If you'd like to see a much larger version of this image than I am able to post on the blog, please go here. Quite honesty, I'd recommend it - in reality the painting is a massive 100x100cm (39.5x39.5") and it's impossible to convey how it really looks via a computer screen, but the larger image is better than this tiny one. I've also cropped the image a little to focus on the nest itself- the real painting has more background space around the nest.
Anyway, the good news is that this piece has sold, and is going to be hung in a home in the mountains of Chamonix! I'm kind of envious of it... ;)
I'll be back with the Paris photo-blog soon and hopefully some more new work to show you too, if everything goes to plan...