Something different (for me, at any rate). Got a bit tired of one of my larger canvasses last week, so decided to jazz it up somewhat. I don’t do this ‘pointilist’ type of work normally, so it was something strange to begin with but after a while I enjoyed the freedom.
‘What do you see?’
Acrylics on pre-textured stretched canvas.
120cm x 100cm x 4cm
I have been working with water-soluble oil pastels most of the rest of the time and hope to have something half-way decent to post up here soon!
We are settling into our new home and I’m beginning to find more space and time to paint. This week I completed two pieces, this is the first to get up on a wall:
Image cropped :
Acrylics, sand texture, gels and inks on stretched canvas.
Size: 70cm x 60cm x 2cm (approx) or 27½” x 23½” x 1″
There are many things influencing my outlook on life at the moment – some very positive (like moving to our own house very soon – yay, no more renting!) and others not quite as positive (like waiting to find out if we will be able to permanently care for my baby granddaughter – we will only know the answer to that one at end of July). My youngest son is also now seriously making plans to move over to the UK to be with us all – so that thought is very much at top of mind all the time and I was thinking about that a lot when I started painting this abstract. It was great to get back to canvas and something larger than the work I’ve been doing lately.
I used a lot of layers in this work, using inks mixed with structure gel and acrylics mixed with gloss gels and other medium. It was a cathartic experience, no matter what happens in life, family are the most important – at least they are to me. And sometimes family comprise people who are not your blood relatives. I hold them all close to my heart, they give me light …
Acrylics, inks, gels, structure gel on stretched canvas.
69cm x 59cm or 27″ x 23″
View of the work on one of my easels:
Texture close ups (lots of texture!):
This work is available to purchase.
The brief I was given from my client was to paint her a picture of her field, which lies behind her offices and home in a rural area of South Norfolk. She wanted a representation of the field in winter and depending on how that went, would probably ask me to do another painting of the field in summer. The field or meadow doesn’t have any major features in it, other than a small coppice of trees and a separate area for her rescued chickens. I knew that she didn’t want me to include the chickens in the finished painting, so I couldn’t mess about with that idea, which was actually what I wanted to do! Chickens make excellent subjects for paintings!
I did have a few issues with the process of painting the required picture and had several different ideas of how to approach it. So, I decided to present her with three versions last Friday and let her decide which one or ones she wanted to keep.
The first one is a realism approach taken from a photograph. I wanted to capture the wintery light and bare branches, the grass was still quite luminous and deeply green. This is on stretched canvas – 19″ x 16″. Acrylics over inks.
The second painting was more like the kind of style I enjoy doing, especially when it comes to depictions of trees. Also on stretched canvas, same size (19″ x 16″) but portrait style. I used an acrylic ink underpainting, topping it off with oil pastels and oil paints.
The third painting was totally abstract and processed using gels, inks and acrylic paint on an artist canvas board. This is about twice the size of the stretched canvas paintings. I forgot to take a photo with my Canon before I took them to the client, and only have this mobile phone photo.
My client was so thrilled with all the paintings that she’s decided she wants all of them! She is going to get them professionaly framed and then I will return to her home and take photos of these paintings in frames. I am overjoyed that she really liked all the work, her husband especially liked the middle painting. She has also decided to feature the paintings in prominent areas of her home – originally she was only going to place the paintings against a wall in one of the corridors leading into her house.
These are the first in a series of flower studies.
All on A3 double gesso-ed acrylic paper.
‘Cosmos – mixed’
Oils blended with glazing medium on acrylic inks background.
‘Daisies in sunlight’
Acrylics on acrylic ink background.
Oil pastels and paints – blended with glazing medium on acrylic ink background.
Oil pastels blended with glazing medium
I’ve titled this one, ‘On her way’ – it is inspired by the devastating mental health struggles my youngest daughter is currently experiencing after the birth of her baby almost three months ago. These last few months have been extremely traumatic for all of us but last night, when I went to visit her with her older sister, it was like she was back to her old self again. There is still a lot more work needs to be done but it was the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel I saw last night, as she walked away from us down the corridor to her room. She seemed to be surrounded by a golden glow and that’s what I wanted to get across in this painting.
“On her way”
Acrylics, inks, soft pastels on Daler Rowney system 3 acid free acrylic paper.
16 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (not for sale)
Yesht, so I have managed to eventually get myself sorted out with a bit of space to paint in. I tried it out today because the rest of the family have gone away for the weekend, so I could make as much mess as I liked and actually get to concentrate on something for a whole day. Wonderful. I made a little video of the process I use to make paintings on stretched canvas (that are considered abstract) … I don’t work like this all the time.
Anyway, hope you enjoy and I’d appreciate comments on my video if you have the time (or inclination) … be brutal, I can take it. [Yeah, right] This is the finished product:
‘Sea and Sand’
21 ½” x 18″ x ½” [55cm x 46cm x 1.5cm]
Acrylics and inks on stretched canvas.
20″ x 16″
Acrylics, inks, gels on heavy textured and sculpted surface (my own texture paste), displacement chemical (Surgical Spirits), Montana copper metallic spray paint on stretched canvas.
Again, I haven’t sealed this yet with a binder or clear gel. My daughter likes this one so much, I don’t think I will be allowed to do anymore work on it 🙂
Close ups of texture:
Acrylics, inks, thick bonding agent (sort of like grout), gels on A3 acid free paper.
Some close ups of texture:
I may have finished this series of abstract on paper paintings for now, as I would like to get back to using a more robust support, like canvas or board. This particular piece has not yet cured, so it is still a bit rippled and wrinkly, it will settle down eventually and be completely flat. However, I need to start preparing a body of work that I hope to exhibit and hopefully sell 🙂 in the spring/summer (not sure where yet).
I would just like to say thank you to everyone who visits this blog and ‘likes’ or comments on my work, it is very much appreciated and if I don’t automatically go to your blog and like your work it’s not because I’m a cow, it’s perhaps because I got a bit busy and didn’t have time. I look at all the blogs by the authors who visit this site and all of them are spectacular. I feel really privileged to have such a strong, experienced and talented ‘peer group’ of people who regularly make the effort to pop by here and look at my work – thank you all very much!
“Sparklers with a fire stick”
Acrylics, inks, gel, metallic effect medium on mixed-media paper.
10 ¾ “ x 7 ½ “
Close ups of texture:
About the title:
I was going through old dvd’s I have of stored family photos and came across a picture I’d taken when on holiday in the Southern Drakensberg with my family for a long weekend over Easter back in 2008. We made a fire outside whilst we were braaing (you guys in the UK call it a barbeque). My son placed a few twigs in the red embers, waited until they were glowing and then began making circular patterns, zigzags and drawing words in the darkness (as we would do with sparklers on Guy Fawkes night back in the day when people were responsible and there was no need for stupid draconian health & safety regulations for everything). I digress. Anyway, that moment inspired this painting. (even though I promised I’d lay off the gilt paper for a bit, couldn’t help myself) 🙂
My phone made a bleep at around midnight last night and of course I was awake, so had to check it. The message was from a gallery in New York who wanted to know if I would be interested in exploring representation through them. I am not going to break out the champagne just yet as I need to know more and what is involved – but it is a personal victory and I’m proud that I have received some recognition from a major gallery.
14″ x 11″ x 3/4″
Multi-media – featuring scraps of silver fabric, acrylics, glues and effect paints on stretched canvas.
Been having something of a hiatus of late … too boring to go into the reasons why. Anyway, I got stuck into the oils AND acrylics today and the result is this one:
“View from Seletwane, Drakensberg”
30cm x 30cm x 3.5cm deep
Acrylics and oils combined (yes, they do mix)
Silk fabric scraps (collage), pastes and gels on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.
Photo taken with smart phone – better quality image will be uploaded when I have a bit more time.
Well I started some lickle pieces this weekend …
And these are the results of some of them:
“The Old Barn”
Acrylics, collage, pre-treated silk fabric, metallic painted silk fabric scraps, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.
11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½”
“Hedgerow and cloud”
Acrylics, collage, mixed media, cotton wool shreds, shredded paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.
11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½”
Acrylics, collage, mixed media, pre-treated silk fabric, metallic painted silk fabric scraps, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.
11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½
Acrylics, collage, mixed media, pre-treated silk fabric, glue and paper on stretched canvas – gallery wrap style.
11 ¾” x 11¾” x 1½