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:
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Acrylics, sand texture, gels and inks on stretched canvas.
Size: 70cm x 60cm x 2cm (approx) or 27½” x 23½” x 1″
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.
A few more soft pastel paintings … I’m now using Rembrandt materials, although some of these were done with the other pastels I already had.
This is sold
These are each about 11″ x 10″
Yes, I’ve been absent from WordPress for quite a while … the whole of November has been a bit of a bugger up on my side – mainly because I’ve been in and out of hospital. I’m on the mend now and getting stronger all the time but it’s been a very long, stressful and frustrating process, don’t recommend it.
I was doodling about with inks recently, just to see if I could still do something artistic while I was feeling so down. So here are the results … one (the daisies) was a request from a friend of my daughters, I hope she likes it.
“Inky summer sky and field” 14″ x 10″ Inks on A3 mixed media paper 250gsm
“Daisies” 10″x 8″x ½” Inks on Streched Canvas
I’m very pleased to write here that I’m going to be exhibiting five works in a local show, which is to be held towards the end of October. I understand up to a hundred artists take part in this exhibition, so this is a brilliant chance for me to meet and mingle with fellow painterly types and make some connections (I hope). I’ve had very positive comment from the curator of the show on my work. I’m going to be showing the following pieces:
One large work:
And four smaller paintings:
I was moving things around over the weekend and ‘accidentally’ stacked my latest large painting the wrong way up. When I stood back and looked at it, I realised that it is far more dynamic this way up and has more sense of presence. There is something almost cathedral in the illusion of space. To me it feels like I am standing on a snow covered street looking up the road – either side at very tall buildings. What do others think?
15 ½” 10 ½”
Acrylics, inks, found objects (threads), aluminium foil and gels on acrylic paper.
Close ups of texture:
The rape seed fields are now turning a glorious golden / electric yellow – I took this picture whilst out on my own last week, when I went to go and find some bluebells in our local woods.
Bluebells at Tyrrel’s Wood
47″ x 39″ x 1 ½”
Acrylics, metallic paints and inks, on stretched deep wrap canvas.
Ground has been highly textured over a period of months, resulting in a very robust, cured surface that is quite hard. I used caulk, modelling paste and other gels to get the texture. It’s currently hanging in my bedroom (swamping my room as well because it’s quite a large painting), ‘cos I don’t have anywhere else to put it!
Close ups of texture detail
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!
“Little bit of blue”
12″ x 12″ x 3/4″ deep stretched canvas
Acrylics – no texture medium, just varying thicknesses of paint, including metallic (gold).
Close up of texture of paint below.
Available for sale – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
this painting is now sold!
Thanks for stopping by.
Hi everyone, hope your 2015 has started very well. I am going to try and post one painting a month from now on … ‘try’ being the operative word.
This one I finished today and am pleased with it, so will sign it later. For some reason, I seem to be veering towards pink in this work, a complete change for me. I was thinking about the sea, flotsam and jetsam on the beach, when I was making this picture – hence the title.
Hope you like – I would really appreciate some comments if you have time, or the inclination!
47″ x 39″
Mixed media (including pastes and heavy gels) on stretched box canvas (ready to hang)
This picture taken indoors with reflected sunlight. The picture below is taken outdoors in natural light
Close ups of texture
Both pieces are 8″ x 10″ x 1½ deep” (or 20.5cm x 25.5cm x 3.5cm)
Acrylic/metallic/oil paint, substrate of concrete and contractor’s caulk on stretched canvas.
Acrylics, metallic paints, alcohol and metallic inks, contractors’ caulk, modelling pastes, the artist’s own structural substrate and various heavy gels and glazes. This work was also sculpted on the surface in some parts before painting.
20″ x 16″ (55cm x 40cm)
Some close ups of textural detail