•February 25, 2014 • 9 Comments
Age old question for painters – when is it finished? When I am using a style I am relatively new to, I haven’t a clue. I am calling an end to this one despite the “unfinished” section bottom right. I like the look of that part. I am unsure about other parts, maybe overplayed bits but it’s not a big thing.
This was so enjoyable to paint. No pressure from it, just spreading some paint about.
•February 24, 2014 • 4 Comments
One sitting to go. It’s not that there is loads of work in it or it’s technically overwhelming. I am just very slow!
I did a little of the background and painted in some of the flowers. I think I will leave the bottom right hand corner and the lemon unfinished.
I’ll definitely finish it tomorrow.
•February 23, 2014 • 2 Comments
Still life painted with a palette knife. I’ll finish one of these one day.
I stained the canvas with Acrylic Permanent Rose and began a white jug and flowers thing. I didn’t get far with that and started painting a new one on top. A blue jug with artificial flowers. Palette knife paintings can sometimes look a bit 60′s so I have to keep that in mind!
I’ll try and complete it tomorrow.
Oh and there’s a lemon in there too, obviously.
•February 21, 2014 • 2 Comments
The second study for “Mary”. I painted this one for a demonstration for New Cunninghame Art Club in Saltcoats last night. It gave me a chance to have another look at it and get closer to knowing the face. Quickly executed, it forces a livelier painting and it opens up opportunities. I am coming to a closer idea in my mind how to tackle the next part. Putting the figure in a space and narrating, somehow, the character. I may literally place her in an unambiguous surrounding or may use an analogous environment perhaps more contemporary. Anyway, still preparing…
•February 11, 2014 • 6 Comments
Completed the first study of Mary. So this is Mary before Annunciation. I might tackle a Mary at the point of Annunciation to see if I can pull it off ( or if Kate can pull it off! ). It might just mean a change of light or a subtle variation in expression.
Next up is a slightly larger one of the same face but with viewer standing further back.
•February 10, 2014 • 4 Comments
So this is the first look at a commission I am starting work on. A painting of Mary. This will take me some months to get to the place I want to in this portrait. The final piece will be fairly large and perhaps have the full figure of Mary showing. Those design decisions will come out in the wash as I work through some ideas.
This Mary stares straight out at the viewer. Plain and simple and trying out the head dress for now. An exciting project and looking forward to some sleepless nights!
•February 3, 2014 • 1 Comment
Three very different subjects. Three artists from different days at the art class in the studio.
The subjects are typical of the particular areas where I have been encouraging development over the last several months; figure in a room, square format landscape with big sky, small scale still life.
These were all completed last week round about the same time (the landscape isn’t quite finished yet) and they are good representatives of the whole group’s work.
The attention to detail in the first one is wonderful. I love the storytelling and the guesswork required to tell it.
In the second it’s the brushwork and the fresh paint that attracts.
The still evening sunset is rendered in softer paint. You can almost feel the cool evening breeze!