This one has complicated patterns of light and shadow. I tried to paint only the shapes I could see and not worry about the actual subject matter - this warm dark, that cool light and so on - one square inch at a time more or less. By painting the shapes,in the correct size, colour and value, eventually two dogs will emerge. It took a surprisingly long time. I tried not to use the same colours in the shadows as I used in the lights (in order to differentiate them more securely). I tried to keep some mystery, especially in the shadows, and not sweat the detail.
Happy Autumn Equinox. I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Friday, 16 September 2016
Painted in two layers (darks first) using a big, flat bristle brush and a palette knife (apart from their eyes). The combs are painted with W&N Cadmium Red, which I don't use very often: it is quite difficult to manage. If you have ever had the experience of putting something dyed red into the washing machine with white fabrics, you will know what I mean. It doesn't seem possible for so many things to turn red with such a little red to start off with. Same with paint. I had to scrape back a couple of times to recover the situation.
I enjoyed painting these girls. Made me miss my own hens, it is now more than 6 months since I had hens in the garden. I do not miss the associated work, though.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for looking at my paintings.
Friday, 9 September 2016
Oils on linen, this painting of a French bulldog is a rare (for me) experiment with a high key painting. I saw a French puppy of these colours for sale the other day and wished I could have him, hence this painting. The puppy was nearly £2000 ($2650). My painting costs far less...
Saturday, 3 September 2016
A companion piece to yesterday's "Cat on Grey". This is the same cat, demonstrating a different crouching position. I used Cad Yellow Light, Black and White for this painting. Yellow and black make a nice olive green as most of us tend to discover by accident... and a touch of permanent rose for the nose. Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for looking at my paintings.