Saturday, 27 April 2013

All Wrapped Up

All my paintings are wrapped up and ready to be delivered to the gallery - it seems oddly empty around here now.

Time to tidy up the studio and get started on a new body of work.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Finding Possibilities in my Sketchbooks

I really shouldn't be starting new paintings, I have enough for my exhibition, but I was going through my old sketchbooks and found two plein air pieces that I thought might be good worked up into full pieces.

The first is an old watercolour, that I continued working on later at the place I was holidaying and I kind of overdid it.  I have no additional photographs of the place (I didn't carry a camera around quite so much in those days and it was before I got into digital photography) so I have to work from this sketch alone.  I wonder if I can do it?  It will be fun trying:

Oh dear, it is quite bad, isn't it?  I am very embarrassed to show this!

The next one is not much better, I worked in pastels on this one and, again, brought it back home and worked on it further.  Likewise, no additional backup photograph, but it is a local scene here and I can go back and refresh my memory, although the bales won't be there, I am sure!

Well, it is worth a try and I will post here my results! 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Summers Storm - Another Work in Progress

I began this 3 foot wide painting just a week or so ago and it has been occupying my painting time ever since.

One of my favourite subjects to paint are hay bales, maybe it was my earlier years when I avidly studied Monet's haystack series, I don't know, but I always enjoy seeing them in a sunlit field.

Here it is with the key elements blocked in, I used the largest brush I have and will continue to do so throughout this painting to keep a loose fresh feel to it.

 Here, I have begun to work into the clouds, they form an important part of the composition and I wanted to be sure to get them right. 

After a couple more sessions, where I brought the landmass down a bit as it was creeping a bit too close to the half-way mark (naughty, naughty) and a lot more work in the field areas.  A few hay bales have been hoisted all over the field. I really should have planned that out better before I started painting!

Here it is, very nearly finished, I have a few adjustments to make, but I want to keep it loose and fresh, so will not fiddle, I promise.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Summer Road Revisited

So in an earlier (much earlier) post of August 2011, I showed the work in progress of a panoramic painting of a road nearby.  I brought it to a conclusion some months later, or so I thought.

It was hugely popular and despite quite a bit of interest and two offers to buy it, I wasn't totally happy and kept on feeling it needed some more work.

Finally, after a lot of contemplation, I knew it needed quite a bit of work, mostly in the sky and also in the very foreground.  I worked some more on it and this is how it looks now:

Much better!  It has now sold even before going on exhibition and goes to its new owner when it comes back from framing.

Monday, 1 April 2013

I Aintn't Dead

This poor blog has been sadly neglected over the last year or so.  Work and life had got in the way of updates, but of course, I am still painting!

I will post more pictures of my paintings over the next few days, but shall leave this up as a taster, a detail of a larger painting: