Friday, April 30, 2010

White with a splash of Red

'White with a splash of Red!' - Oil on canvas (30x30cm) For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

Haven't managed to paint for a few days as I have had a garden needing planting for a client. I love being a garden designer. It is so rewarding to see a terrible patch of mud and weeds turn into something beautiful which the client uses and enjoys.

Turned back to my white mugs today to try and work out how to paint white with a white background and make the subject matter stand out.  Thought the painting needed a touch of colour so added a shiny red tomato.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


'Tilting'  (Oil on Canvas Board 30 x 30 cm) 
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

I have left this painting 'unfinished'. I liked the freshness of the white canvas around the subject of the boat. I may well do some more work on it another day......

I am enjoying painting in my new 'studio' in the garden while the spring weather is as lovely as this. May be a bit chilly on a cool day. I am not distracted by Twitter!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A daily painting's progress....

This link will take you to my Facebook Group where I have a series of photos showing today's daily paintings being painted!....... Cat Salter Daily Painting Facebook Group

Trio of Fruit


Trio of Fruit - Oil on canvas board 30 x30 cm each - 
(For Sale £75 each of £199 for all three - inc. worldwide shipping)
'Glossy Red Apple', 'Three fruits', 'Pears'

As I have been a bit busy with Garden Design (my other job!) the last few days I have painted three quick oil sketches today to make up. I enjoyed these three, as I set my self up in the Summer House in the garden to paint 'outside' this afternoon! It was very peaceful and I could hear the birds! My new 'Studio'!

I have been asked by someone to show a painting's progress as I paint it so I will put that up on the blog later......

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Whose behind me?

'Little Green Flower Pot' Oil on Canvas board 30 x30 cm
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

I went back to my little green pot for this painting today. I am always interested in the shadows cast by things agains a wall. It is almost as if the pot and flower are being followed! It can be a little confusing to paint as you try to work out which is shadow and which is plant and the shadow has to match exactly the shapes of the leaves making it. I like a challenge!

I have been asked by someone on my Facebook group, if I could do step by step photos of one of my daily paintings so I will try and do that this week.

Tip for cleaning oily paintbrushes: I have found that a square block of pure olive oil based soap is fabulous at getting them really clean and getting deep into the bristles. As it is all natural, it doesn't strip the bristles and leave them brittle. I hate cleaning brushes! One thing I find swapping between oils and acrylics, is that I happily leave my acrylic covered brushes out on the table when I paint, forgetting that it is not oil, and come back and find them rock solid!If anyone has any tips on how to clean rock hard acrylic out of the bristles, I would love to hear them!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mousehole Harbour

'Mousehole Harbour' Oil on canvas board 30 x 30 cm 

I always enjoy going to Mousehole as the harbour is so picturesque, especially when the tide is out and there is sand showing. This is a beautiful little wooden boat that looked so cared for and loved!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


'Together' Oil on canvas board 30 x 30 cm 
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

I have taken a break from the sea today to finish the series of this green teapot and water jug that i started a few weeks ago.  I always wanted to paint the two of them 'together' as they are meant to be! I have enjoyed painting it as much the second time as I did the first.

I will probably go back to the seascapes tomorrow........!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


'Estuary' Oil on canvas board 30 x 30 cm 

I am really enjoying doing this series of seascapes. I love trying to get the effect of the shine on the water and the reflections. The blue is great to work with too. This was Exmouth Estuary in the afternoon and the sunlight was sparkling off the wet sand.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Red Sail

'Red Sail' Oil on canvas board 30 x 30 cm 

I adore boats with this gorgeous rusty red sails. This one was going out early in the morning and the sail was catching the morning light beautifully and contrasting with the blue of the sea and sky.

i am really enjoying painting seascapes. It is a challenge to get the water to look right, but, just like glass, paint the reflections and it usually comes right.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Brixham Harbour - Devon

'Brixham Harbour'  Oil on Canvas (30x30cm) 

Sorry for the lack of daily paintings last week but I was away in Devon on holiday! It has really inspired me and aI saw some wonderful paintings by other artists in galleries! I loved some of the sea paintings I saw and thought I would have a go at few of my own.  This is Brixham Harbour in Devon.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Linen with Plums

'Linen with Plums' (Acrylic on Canvas Board 30 x30cm 
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

I love painting plums! They are such rich crimson and have this gorgeous lavender bloom on the skin! Managed to keep these hidden today so that the children didn't eat them before I had painted them!