Hello everyone. Welcome back to Studio Llewellyn.
As you know, my Etsy shop is now live and my first completed work is available to purchase (exciting stuff!). Today’s post tells the story of my inspiration behind this original oil painting, and gives you an idea of how it came about.
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Back in October 2017, the concept of “Studio Llewellyn” was fresh in my mind, and I was looking for a theme to begin my first collection as an ‘official artist’. Although I was spending time with my sketchbook every day – drafting out little studies of autumn leaves and wishing that we didn’t have to go through winter to get to spring (I’m not a fan of cold weather) – I just wasn’t getting that “Ah-ha!” moment of creative inspiration.
What I did notice, was that on each day I spent in my workspace by the window looking out to the garden, a robin would appear. Just for a brief moment. He would look at me and I would look at him, and then he would disappear off into the allotments behind the back fence. (I assume he goes round checking on all the gardeners too.) Before long, my sketchbook was full of robins, and pine and winter foliage… and then it was November. And it was getting cold.
I wore a woolly hat for two weeks straight, and just when I started to think inspiration would never come… “Ah-ha!”
Artwork specifically for Studio Llewellyn. “Winter Calling” – part of a season-inspired series of four oil paintings that will feature a little bird nested in flowers and foliage. The Spring piece is already underway (check out my Instagram for progress shots) and I’m prepping for Summer. (Literally – the warm weather cannot come soon enough!)
Thanks to the little robin, Studio Llewellyn is off to a flying start. I still see him in the garden, and I like to think he approves of his portrait. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, or requesting a commission like it, visit my shop using the links above.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my life at the Studio. Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time. Happy winter, everyone.