Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Summer's Here!

Oh wait, no, it's gone again. But boy was it nice whilst it lasted.

Yes, the sun made a timely appearance last week - just when weeks of seemingly nonstop rainfall were on the verge of breaking the spirit of many good men - bringing with it a proper taste of summer. Or at least the type of summer most of us long for in Britain.

Knowing deep down that there was no way it would last, I made the most of it, leaving my canvas and paintbrush inside and venturing out, camera in hand for lots of  long walks around the Warwick and Solihull countryside.

The following photos were taken in the footpaths of Berkswell Village, where the wheat fields were in full bloom. I took most of the shots between 8pm and 9pm when the sun was setting, using a tripod and some long exposures (some longer than others, with the aid of a built in ND filter). This has brought out the natural light really well, with some interesting colours and shadows.

I'm really happy with the way they've turned out. To see more of the set visit my Art By Luke Bennett Flickr page. As always, for more original artwork, fine art prints and photographs, or to commission a portrait or pet portrait, visit my website, artbylukebennett.com.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Reeeead Alllll Abouuuut It!

I managed to get myself into the local paper - The Solihull News - last week after suggesting a story about me seeking self employment as an artist, post redundancy. Given the media's obsession with these Harsh Economic Times™ and the country still In The Grip of Recession©, they gladly accepted my story. Which was nice.
The more exposure I can get, the better, and with any luck there will be plenty of new people in the Solihull area alerted to my services by the article. Those service being pet portraits, human portraits, original artwork, prints and more, in Solihull, Warwickshire, Birmingham and beyond. Ahem.