I went away on holiday, and it snowed here! I just caught the last day before it melted. Here’s the new set up! I forgot paper towels. Note assistance dog number two exiting stage south. Preparatory sketch and brush roll. I was aiming to keep the details loose, and capture the light in clear blocks […]
Even though this isn’t a brilliant painting, it’s one of my favourites. It’s one were I finally started learning the value of values. 😉 I quickly painted this before scurrying back to the hall as the rain came, and then spent a rainy afternoon fixing the bright colours I’d put in on the hill.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Noah’s a horse with no teeth, who loves his chin tickled and eating. He’s a dedicated eater. And why yes, he knows he is handsome. Hopefully this painting will do him justice. I took a lot of time getting the shadows mapped out and debating where to put place Noah. Currently I’m feeling good about […]
I am really enjoying landscapes in three portraits at the moment… I got a little carried away blending the sky, but I started out with good intentions as I didn’t like how the old paint marks showed through on the previous set I did. I’ve been watching Andrew Tischler on youtube. His under painting is […]
Things I am enjoying about painting today. Working on two paintings from a similar photo at the same time. How awesome the underpainting looks. When there’s light in the painting. Having an brightly saturated orange ground How a satisfying a blocked in painting is, even though it’s only the beginning, My paint palette. I am […]
I’m pretty sure I’ve finished these three. On these I worked really hard on composition, tonal values and and my colours. Any comments and criticisms are welcome. From left to right: bird feeding tree, field shelter and hen house. Am I genius at naming things or what? And now I’m planning for the next ones….