Sunday, 31 May 2009

Exhibition at the Bath & West Show

I was delighted to discover I sold my Coiled Rope picture at the show this weekend. It is so encouraging to know that others like your work enough to make a purchase. This is a recent piece and I was still rather fond of it so in some ways sad that I won't be seeing it again. Ah well I will just have to find another interesting piece of rope to paint.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Piers WIP2

A little more progress today, I love doing the weathered wood and rusty ironwork.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Piers WIP1

This realistic painting is inspired by a photo I took in Wellington NZ. Because of the zoom effect on the piers, the reflections in the water and the high contrast it does have an abstract quality. Colour pencil on Fabriano Artistico paper 20x13cm.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Girl on a Bicycle Finished

Just about finished, will look at it over the next few days and do a few tweaks.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Coffee and pears WIP3

The foreground is now finished with warmer and stronger shadows to bring it forward.

I have started to lay down the base colours for the whole pear. The warm orangey/red compliments the blues and as if like magic brings it to life.

Coffee and pears WIP2

The coffee cup is just about finished, I am pleased with the way the light from the window has worked and I have started on left hand side of the cloth. I think the pears will need a little more work.

I have never been very confident about sketching from life in the great outdoors, but while Paul was looking after the stall for the local badger group at Dyrham Park yesterday I took the opportunity to sit in a corner and do some quick sketches of the children as they passed through.
Most of them didn't stand still long enough to produce anything worth showing but at least I have now got over the hurdle of sketching in public.

Good News!

These are the pictures accepted for the Bath & West Show
'Floss' coloured pencil on black Stonehenge paper and 'Rope' is coloured pencil on Fisher 400 sanded paper.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Good News!

I have had two coloured pencil pictures accepted in to the Bath & West Show at Shepton Mallet.

Coffee and pears WIP

I wanted to have another go with this pastelbord while it was fresh in my mind so I set up a still life and started this on Tuesday and I've done a little each day after jury service. I blocked in the lighter colours with watercolour pencil washes. The blue background is the same as the citrus picture. The coffee is complete and the pear halves just need some tweaking.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Citrus Still Life Finished

This is now finished and varnished ready for framing. It has been an interesting excercise and I would certainly use the Ampersand Pastelbord again hopefully with better results next time.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Citrus Still Life WIP2

Worked most of the day on this on Sunday. Just one lemon slice and the foreground to finish, plus some tidying up. Still not sure if this is the surface for me but it has been a very interesting excercise and at least I have attempted a subject I wouldn't normally attempt.
Jury service today, rest day tomorrow and I'm told I will not be needed next week so more paintings coming up sooner than expected.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Citrus Still Life WIP1

My new pastelbord arrived from the USA yesterday so I couldn't wait to get started and try it out. I have completed the blue background the lemon slice and glass. The rest is just blocked in. This 17x17cm. It is very different to work on than anything else I have tried in the past. It is normally used for pastel painting and I will need to do a lot of experimenting before I establish a technique that I am happy with.

Girl on a Bicycle WIP3

I spent a lot of time on the bike before returning to the dress and think it looks better for being a warmer colour. I'm still not entirely happy with it nearly went in the recycling but having another look today I think it is worth keeping going. The pedal hub needs work, the photo reference is very dark and it is difficult to see how it all fits together but with a bit of Photoshop manipulation I should be able to work it out. I think I will put this aside now and wait until I have finished jury service before continuing.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Girl on a Bicycle WIP2

I haven't got the 'zing' in the dress that I wanted. I used mauve as the complimentary colour to the yellow for the shadows but this has cooled the overall effect so next I am going to try some warm brown in the shadows and a glaze of warmer yellow on the sunny bits. This is the first high contrast portrait I have attempted and I am being over cautious with the contrast, I need to be brave and just go for it. All is not lost.....yet!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Girl on a Bicycle WIP1

I started this picture a couple of days ago but only just got around to posting it. My inspiration came from a photo I took in Vienna on a bright sunny day that I hope I can capture. I loved her windswept hair, the yellow dress matches the bike she had just hired. The old buildings in the background are in deep shade and the mobile phone in her hand gives her a modern touch.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Cliffs Finished

Size 33x48cm, a big picture for me. Will probably give it a few more tweaks over the next couple of days but it won't need much.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Cliffs - WIP2

I have worked on this for 2 more days and I am pleased with the progress. I have used mainly Derwent Artist pencils and some Polychromos where I didn't have the right colour. It is on Fisher 400 sanded paper and it eats pencils like a very hungry Golden Retriever! It has been good to experiment with colour blending and smoothing without using a brush. Dark colours first and light colours on top with some glazing using a light touch and the side of the pencil. I'm hoping to get it finished before starting jury service next week.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Cliffs - WIP

I took this photo of the cliffs several years ago when visiting Tenby. The figure on the beach shows the scale of the rocks and his yellow jacket matches the flowers on the cliff top. This is going to be a large picture in coloured pencil on sanded paper. Although I have started working in the top right hand corner of the painting I actually turned the paper on the side and worked landscape (this then became the top left corner) as it was easier to get the pencil strokes going in the direction of the strata.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Donkey in graphite Finished!

Six hours to finish. I could do a lot more tweaking but I am reasonably happy with this so will call it a day and start something new.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Donkey in Graphite WIP4

Background: I started with the window and had to change the perspective so I was looking up at the window rather than down in the reference photo. The interior shapes of pots and curtain just seem to evolve while I was shading so I encouraged them along to add interest. I changed the roof tiles to slates and made them look a bit old and the brick wall became wood panels. The broken cart wheel breaks up the panelling and the weeds are emerging slowly. I will probably need to darken the shadows of the wheel and weeds further down the road.
I will probably start the lefthand wall next being careful not to smudge the work on the right. Although I have lightly sketched in the steps of the mounting block I am considering replacing this with a stone water trough or even an old bath. ('you have done this all back to front Pauline!' I hear you professionals say, 'plan first, then background, start at the top left and work to bottom right')....maybe next time!