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I'm a nature obsessed artist who lives in an little house in a little vilage in the Highlands of Scotland.I wander around a lot in the wilds and spend time just looking at things like birds and moths and trees and rocks. The rest of the time I'm drawing or painting, making odd things out of old stuff and drinking giant cups of peppermint tea. Imogen Greene is my pen name. I like the way it sounds and it just kind of suits what I do.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ready, I think....

Well, I think I am ready for the exhibition next week on Wednesday the 1st. Ten new framed illustrations, half a dozen unframed pieces, and my first ever greetings card. Labels are printed, paintings are packed and I'm looking forward to the opening day.

 Everyone is welcome anytime between 2pm and 6pm
at Explore Abernethy, Nethy Bridge Community Centre 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Work, work, work.....

© Imogen Greene 2012

 some of the new work © Imogen Greene 2012

The new collection is just about ready for it's showing on the 1st August and I am really, really ready for my holiday to start.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Mammals for Explore Abernethy

© Imogen Greene 2012

I worked on this illustration over the weekend for the exhibition at Explore Abernethy. They are all  mammals that can be seen locally; badger, fox, red squirrel, otter and pine marten. I'm about to start on a bird one in a similar style. Feels like I'm on a roll now!
 Below is the final butterfly version too, I made a few very small adjustments that are probably barely noticeable, sometimes I could make changes forever but I think it's time to stop.....maybe just one more....... Nooooo! Time to put that paintbrush down and step away from the palette.

© Imogen Greene 2012  

Friday, 13 July 2012

Butterfly Collection complete

Butterfly Collection  © Imogen Greene 2012

I thought I was done but now I've photographed it I can see a couple of adjustments that I should make.
So back to the studio once again, 
I may be some time...... 

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Painting update...

Just a short progress report on the butterfly paintings.
 Top image is last night and the next one is earlier this afternoon. 
It's not going exactly as planned,  but slow progress is being made.
I was hoping to get them finished today, mmmm,
 but will probably be tomorrow as my concentration level is lacking somewhat.
Funny how sometimes work flows and other times it's a struggle.
Ah well, back to the studio now. 

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

In the studio today

This is what I started work on today..... a collection of butterflies. I'm going to try and remember to photograph it at various stages along the way but if I get in the groove I'm likely to get carried away with it and forget. I've chosen nine butterflies that we see locally; scotch argus, green veined white, ringlet, red admiral, common blue, peacock, fritillary, orange tip and small tortoiseshell.
 I also managed to confirm the exhibition date today, August 1st at the Explore Abernethy Trust Centre in Nethy Bridge which is not far from where I live.The Trust does a marvellous job of promoting and looking after the natural heritage of the local area with trails to explore, a ranger service and lots of events like bat counts and stargazing. I have just under two weeks to have everything ready as I'm on holiday after that up until the day before the exhibition, eeeek! Best get back to it then!  

Friday, 6 July 2012

Three Feathers Painting

Three Feathers © Imogen Greene2011
Quite some time ago I posted a photo of three feathers and promised a peek at the painting when it was done, TA DAH! This painting is destined for a small exhibition which is coming up soon. I'm hoping to finalise the date tomorrow. I have six paintings ready and six more to go. I'd like to get some cards printed for it too but I'm having trouble with getting the white balance right on my photos, they all seem to come out very dull and I've tried experimenting with the settings for ever and nothing seems to work. Something else I need to work on as soon as I have time, perhaps a new camera would help too!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Owl and talismans

Short eared owl

On Sunday we went hill walking which was uneventful and very wet but we saw this beautiful short eared owl on the way home. We watched it for quarter of an hour gliding above the fields quite close by. The markings are so striking, even more so in flight.

Work in the studio has taken a back seat lately, but things are starting to move along again. I've spent the morning making prototype drawstring pouches for my animal talisman pottery shards. They're not quite perfected yet but a few more tweaks and we're there I think.