The more eagle eyed among you might notice that my dogs have snuck into a pet portrait commission. You may also notice a fourth animal. This was done as the client is a family friend and and our dogs often played together. They also really liked my masters show pieces based on Africa and camouflage, […]
Tag: dog portrait
I always encourage my students to keep their old work, as the comparison can give quite a confidence boost. This work is seven years old, and it is good to compare to now. These are the farriers two pets. They kept the cat in so I could take her photo. I feel that although my […]
When searching for photos of a more resent work, I came across these two commissions from 2011. They did make me cringe, but they were the best I could do at the time, and were a stepping stone to the best I can do now. Holly. She was so scared of the dark her dad […]
I used to have a camera that had no video capabilities. I tried to remember to take sequential photos of my paintings. I would always forget after a certain point. But here are the ones I found of my painting of Sam and Aya. It was painted in the spare room, using the square method […]
King of the castle
She’s finished! Took me quite a while as she got put on hold for commissions and when I was sick. I also had an attack of I’m going to mess this up and put off this final finishing touches. There was also the emotional component as Aya is sadly no longer with us. She was […]
Varnishing with Gamvar
The best part of finishing an oil painting is the varnishing. All the juicy colour fades as the oil paint cures, but a swipe of varnish brings it back to life. I’m using Gamvar here, as I just have to wait for the painting to be touch dry before you can apply. Six months is […]
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas/Festive season and a great new year. I have a confession though, I haven’t been drawing everyday. Head cold arrived on the first of December and hasn’t really let go. I feel exhausted doing things like getting out of bed and lying on the couch. As a result the […]
Putting the daisies in! Wow do I need to take photos in daylight or get another lamp. D: the colours are much brighter in real life.
I love using a complimentary coloured ground. Here’s the first block in, and that’s were I wasn’t sure where to go so I moved onto another one. On this one I’d already done an initial block in so was tightening up the composition and the values. Got to this point and went to… Doing more […]
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