Irvine Harbour

Irvine Harbour

12″x12″ oil on board

Painted on a yellow ground. The yellow unifies the whole by peeking through the gaps in the picture. The enjoyment is in the challenge of where to place the thick or thin parts. It is something that I am looking for, in the process, these days. Why did I decide to put the palette knife blob in the sky over the brushed paint. I have no idea other than at the time I thought it would add an object to break the plain sweep from left to right. Also, as the painting depicts reflections, I had a blob on the water that needed a thing to reflect from.

Slightly more stylised than the last painting, which is based on realistic representation of nature. Which places it weaker in the “Top Trumps – paintings edition”

View from A Train, Howwood

View from a train Howwood

Back on oils. Back to scrapes, dollops and brush marks.

I much prefer this than acrylic painting, which has it’s advantages, but doesn’t beat the soft, wet feel of oils. My work is disparate and is something I have to get a hold of soon. The paintings will be seen to be improved with consistency. Discarding some styles and subjects will be a positive move in the long run.

I have a series of paintings in mind for this set. View from a train running from Irvine to Glasgow and back again.

Sillars Meadow, Irvine

sillars meadow acrylic

Part of a series of paintings I am starting, showing familiar/not so familiar landscapes in Irvine.

It’s related to lockdown in as far as my daily walks have increased during it. The dogs pads are paying the price, though, of that extra mile or so that we are not used to for the past ten weeks. I now have to seek out more grassy paths and avoid the tarmac as much as I can!

I am painting in acrylic and sticking to a 10″x10″ square format.

The final piece will be seen as a collection I hope. We’ll see how it goes.

Digital drawing #11

trees 4

Another study on the screen for further development in acrylic. The series of paintings I have started is based on walks around the town. The paintings are messier than the digital counterparts. I have yet to find a way through the clean marks the digital brush makes. Nevertheless, I like the small dots and scribbles.

Digital Doodling 3

boat harbour scouller2

I am an impressionist. This is my impression of Glen Scouller’s technique.

Blocks of colour, brushy marks, use of lines and finish off with dots and squiggles.

I have an over reliance on the styles of other painters and it is my main weakness. I enjoy learning about mark making but I lack that same exploration in looking outward, when looking inward at what might be my own marks. Simply put, my work is all over the place at the moment!

“Irvine Harbour”  Autodesk Sketchbook – Microsoft Surfacepro

Digital Doodling 1

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Been back on the surfacepro tablet for some landscape studies.

This is a quick and clean way to explore compositions and map images out before tackling real grown up paint.

Also, it whiles away the hours in this lockdown state we are all in.

“Road Home” digital painting on Microsoft Surface pro on Autodesk Sketchbook

Under The Mall

under the mall

Acrylic on board 10″x10″

I am beginning to get something from my urban wanderings. The task is to find the views that I might pass frequently and see with fresh eyes the beauty revealed. In amongst the overly familiar, a scene presents suddenly as exotic or foreign. I have never easily dismissed the usual as usual but trying hard now to see the small corners and pockets of colour as special places.