Toasting the Bonfire [November 2022]
Oil Paint on Canvas
Image size: H:15 cm x W:15 cm
Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:15 cm x W:15 cm x D:2cm
Please note that insitu images are purely an indication of how a piece may look
Toasting the Bonfire is an Original Painting by Eleanor Woolley.
The figures are silhouetted by the bonfires intense pink heat. The dark night behind is a lovely violet, and steaks of white disappear into the sky. The artist has used an impasto technique giving the surface a lovely rich texture.
Eleanor Woolley was born in the Channel Island of Jersey, and moved to Gloucestershire where she was drawn to the outdoors, always taking walks in the landscape. Her first true love for painting came from an inspirational Art teacher at Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls where she started painting in Oils at thirteen years old. Here she learnt to paint using classic oil painting techniques, and was drawn to the figure from early life drawing lessons. During this period she was fortunate enough to work under Mary Fedden in her studio and with Portrait Sculptor Peter Lambda with whom she further developed her technique and composition. After gaining her BA Hons in Sculpture at Leeds University Eleanor travelled for some time in Asia before coming home to study Furniture making. Eleanor worked as a Cabinet maker and a Restorer before returning to Fine Art painting.
Eleanor’s inspiration is taken from her surroundings where she has a love for the every day things, often passed by without a second thought.
Eleanor’s paintings are vibrant, often painted Plein air and finished in the studio. Starting with bold outlines, many layers of paint are used to create the depth of colour. Her paintings are spontaneous, using washes of oil to create the desired form. Often finishing with a palette knife producing a pleasing texture.
Her current work is inspired by the landscape of the Cotswolds, and contrasted with long shadows created by figures in urban landscapes.
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