Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I am always asked to show a painting from start to finish. Usually this jinxes the painting. This is a bit of a departure for me. Kind of Abstract realism, If that doesn't sound too pretentious!.
Anyway I began with an oil sketch in my sketch book. Then It's straight to work on the board.I used a cool stain ( a do it yourself paynes grey) I don't draw except with a brush and watered down(with gamsol) oil. At this stage I build up a rough tonal painting. I work across the whole painting getting the feel of the flowers and dark -light areas. begin to play around with the rivulets of water on the glass.
These snaps were taken over three sessions. Hopefully you can see the development as I gradually start defining the shapes and adding details.... More to follow as the painting progresses
Saturday, December 10, 2011
. Lousy title.... I must come up with a better one. Anyway I have just finished this painting. I loved the steely light on the water... really fun to paint. The swan was a bugger because It was mostly in shadow and It was a challenge finding colours that worked. I hope I got there in the end.