ARTIST OF THE MONTH OCTOBER
INTRODUCING ANDREA WEEDING
Mostly self taught, I have been painting for about fifty years. I have been painting more seriously, in the last twenty years, since contracting post viral chronic fatigue/M.E., because for me it is an important, positive activity, of self expression and a way for me to contribute to society.
As a small child living in a town, I used to draw and paint imaginary sunsets and trees, then when I was eleven years old, my family moved to the countryside, I was able to paint natural landscapes from life, in situ, which is what I still enjoy the most.
My work is mainly figurative, about nature, the fenland landscapes around my home in Bluntisham, the animals who share my life, a cat, two rabbits, birds. And pet portraits of client’s dogs and cats.
In recent years I have painted the Mountains and Lochs of my ancestral home in Scotland. I have also taken on some challenging commissions such as painting a picture of someone’s childhood home in Latvia from a small pencil sketch.
Many things influence my work, apart from beautiful views, such as meditation, music, poetry, literature, dreams, other artists, like, Monet, Wassily Kandinsky and Lucian Freud.
My style of painting is generally loose, yet precise, with bags of colour and attention to light, shadow on surfaces, reflections, and movement. Ambience or mood is another thing which I draw on for my pictures and something which I always try to convey. Portraying the personality of animals is very important to me too.
I also do abstract paintings, with collage, paint, pens, glitter and it helps to generate ideas for my more figurative work. I feel it is a more direct means of personal expression.
I cannot pin my work down to a narrow or single theme as I find this too restricting. In fact I always learn more from painting different things in different ways, such as the family portrait I did this year, the first time I had tackled human portraiture since I was six years old!
Although I often use watercolour, my painting materials do vary. I like to experiment with acrylics, oils and any other materials suitable for the subject I am painting.
I am fascinated with colour and its use, its effect on mood, and the way colours affect each other.
I work by first of all, noticing the mood of the subject, then I try to convey this by drawing and then layering colours to get the required intensity. Understanding how different paints work, such as using acrylics like water-colour, then slapping on some thick paint for natural contrasting texture. Sometimes I write a poem to go with the picture.
I have worked for a Graphic Designer, successfully completed an Art Foundation course and gained a BSc Honours in Horticulture with Garden Design.
Previous exhibitions of my work have always generated enthusiasm. My pictures have been shown in Cambridge, Saffron Walden, at the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition and Bluntisham Watercolour exhibitions.
Thank you for visiting my Artist of the Month show, I hope you enjoy my paintings.
This is only a small selection of Andreas' fantastic work, more to be seen in the gallery.