Painting from a sketch II

Another acrylic painting from a sketch of a photograph.

This is a view in Irvine of Duntonknoll, a row of white houses with the Dalry hills in the distance. A simple composition of low horizon and sky filled with summery clouds.

Being a demonstration, it is quickly executed with little time to think and pore over details. So, I wouldn’t think of these as finished paintings but as stepping stones towards that, although they are fairly close to the broad style I am aiming for.


duntonknoll sketch

It ain’t over till it’s over

Margaret Strang portrait 30 may 2016

Playing a risky game going back to a painting I thought I had finished. It needed another session, though, to adjust and correct and give it a once over. You need to reach that point where you have done all you can and know that any more will not improve it.

Sometimes, of course, you can misjudge and lose the work or at least lose the freshness. Here, I think I am satisfied that the final session was worth it.

Now, if I can resist painting a little bit more on the neck, it is finished.

that neck, though….

Dalry Demo

Jamie demo


A demo from this afternoon at Dalry Art Club. This is Jamie who came to visit the studio on Saturday with his family. (Dad “Richard” is painted in a previous post  *here*!)

Cool clean skin tones, quite bluish and great to paint. The natural light comes in from a door to the right. The session lasted an hour and a half and I spent another hour at home to finish. Thanks to all at Dalry and Kilbirnie for the opportunity. 🙂

It’s that woman again

Margaret demo Ayr sketch club

This study was a demonstration for Ayr Sketch Club. An oil portrait of Margaret who is enduring a long spell as my favourite subject for demo’s for the time being. I have one more to go on Wednesday and then Margaret’s face can have a rest. I do plan a finished oil portrait of Margaret one day, but time won’t allow it for a wee while yet.