Friday, 20 November 2015

Catching some rays

oil painting of chestnut horse
A simple head study today. I liked the play of light and shadow on her face. She also has, I thought, a lovely strokeable nose.  
Painted thinly using mainly burnt sienna and Vandyke brown with black and white. I also used some yellow ochre (nose) and some dioxazine purple (shadows). 
Last post for this week, have a lovely weekend and thank you for looking at my paintings.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Study of a bob cat

oil study of a bobcat
This study was painted in 3 passes, allowing each layer to dry in-between. To achieve a polished finish I would need at least one more pass, hence I have labelled this one a 'study'. This is not my favourite painting technique as regular readers will know, but I am at a loss how to achieve a realistic result for a cat any other way. All my cats have needed at least two passes, unless they are painted with a knife, in which case the level of realism is necessarily reduced. 

Perhaps realism is not the be all and end all: an "impression" might suffice. Or even an "expression". Or something altogether more post-modern - a white shape, perhaps, indicative of cat. That would certainly have induced less teeth-grinding frustration.

I was astonished, by the way, to read how widespread and common bobcats are in the US, although nocturnal and furtive so rarely seen by people. On that basis, perhaps a black background with a lighter blur to indicate cat - a smear or two of paint in an indeterminate grey - perhaps that would have been a realistic portrayal of a bobcat?

Friday, 13 November 2015

Portrait of an owl

Another value study, using slightly more colour than yesterday's piece: the palette was black, white, Transparent Oxide Brown and yellow ochre, plus Transparent Oxide Red and Cad Yellow for the eyes.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Portrait of a horse

Essentially, a value study. I used black, white and two shades of brown - Vandyke (which is a cool brown) and Transparent Oxide Brown (which is warm). I used cool and warm browns to help me model the form, as well as value changes.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day,  Veteran's Day, oil painting of soldier with dog
This one is obviously self-explanatory. Painted in raw umber, raw sienna, black and white, apart from the poppy. I also used a tiny piece of poppy-red in the soldier's face to ensure that part of the painting was the focal point. 
Last post for this week. Have a lovely weekend and thank you for looking at my paintings.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Summer days

oil painting of mare and foal in sunshine
Painted to be a complete contrast with with the weather that was actually going on outside my studio viz. grey, grizzly and wet. I crept up on this one slowly, using very dilute ultramarine to mark out the shadows first. With that much turps it dried pretty quickly. Then I went back in with an even weaker dilution of burnt sienna and blocked in the foal's legs, otherwise I could see myself getting in a tiggy-tangle with the legs. Then I painted the mare from her rump forwards and put in the background with a palette knife. The foal came last.