Friday, 29 July 2016

Little Tortie

Little Fluff Pot, oil painting of a tortoiseshell cat
The first of what will probably be 2 or 3 cats - I have a commission to paint one and feel the need to gear-up, as it is a little while since I have painted one. Cats are surprisingly difficult, especially long-haired cats. 
This little sweetie was painted on a gessoed board with a lay-in of quite strong burnt orange and the coat was rendered in 3 separate sessions. I put in the darks first and allowed them to dry completely. After the other 2 sessions I just let the paint tack-up a bit: a little mixing and mingling helped create depth of fur, but it was important the paint wasn't actually slippery to avoid a mucky mess.
Colour palette was: black, Transparent Orange Oxide, Yellow Ochre and white.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A little bit of sunshine

A little bit of sunshine, still life of a yellow jug with birds

When I began this slightly odd still-life, the weather was wet, windy and dreary. When I completed it, the UK was experiencing a rare climactic phenomenon known as " a heatwave", which always gets the press (and everyone else) very excited. Basically, the sun came out. 
And everything glowed for a a few hours, much like my treasured little, yellow jug.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Keeping watch

keeping watch, oil painting of an Australian Shepherd dog

Painted from a photo by Irini Adler, this is a beautiful Australian Shepherd dog, doing what dogs do so well: appearing to be completely relaxed whilst maintaining absolute awareness of everything that is going on.

This was painted very thinly, wet into wet, working from the dog's right eye outwards. That is the way this painting grew - I didn't especially plan to work it that way. The painting was worked on a linen board, which had hosted a failed painting just the day before. I wiped that one off and was left with a board accidentally toned in varying shades of grey.

I remembered someone describing that sort of grey as "sauce": some artists retain their mixtures of all sorts of colours as a sort of bespoke and personal grey. So, I painted this doggy on a background of my own recipe "sauce". Here are the WIP photos:

Friday, 1 July 2016

Mare and foal

oil painting of a mare and foal
An exercise in managing my values. Painted a bit larger at 10" x 12" than I usually do for a 'daily' painting, but tricky even so. I don't think I could have pulled it off any smaller. A limited palette of orange, blue and white. The dark is blue and orange (complementary colours) mixed together with a touch of ivory black for eyes.