Bee – A Work In Progress…

The first painting of the new year before things get moving (I’m anticipating a very busy year ahead), currently enjoying some space and the luxury of no stress, last year was a howler and I’m glad to see it’s arse as it disappears from my sight…

Here’s how things are looking so far. Acrylic/oil on panel 10 x 12″

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Exhibition Time…

Soooo…. my exhibition is off to a flying start. So many lovely people all in one place on the opening day, made some sales, some new friends, talked art and life, stayed cool in the air conditioning… It’s been a wonderful couple of days. Will be open all week (Mon-Fri) 10 -5pm if you’re in the neighbourhood come and say Hi…

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Baby Fairy Wren…

I LOVE painting Wrens, I love watching them and I love taking photos of them. Logan has a wide variety of many of Australia’s species. here’s one I’m finishing up at the moment…

Acrylic/oils on canvas panel 10×12″

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The Stream- Update…

I haven’t posted the progress of this one here for a while. Here’s how it’s looking right now. I tried to have it finished for Christmas (it’s a gift for somebody) but I didn’t make that deadline. Still, it’s coming together nicely, shouldn’t be too much longer…

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A Sleeping Beauty – Steps…

I’ve made it a habit to record the steps I take on my latest work, to me, it’s a very healthy habit to get into, maintaining a healthy working process, it keeps you focused.

My apologies for the quality of these photos, they were taken as I worked through the night, I’ve tidied them up as best I can, should be OK enough to see how I went about things…

1step 1) the drawing. I sketched this straight onto the canvas. I wanted this painting to have a looseness about it. It’s my goal to try and loosen up from the ‘tight’ mindset up I’ve created for myself via my illustrative works.

22) The underpainting. Using burnt sienna acrylic here. Again, in a loose fashion, note the differences in tone? The wet paint picked up the dark of the graphite below, messy? Yes, but exactly what I’m going for. very much enjoying slopping the paint about at this point. The drips were deliberate, I loaded the brush with water and splattered the canvas with it whilst the paint was still wet.

33) Still using acrylics here… Adding another colour into the mix. Here I chose cerulean blue. It offsets the warmth of the burnt sienna nicely, toning things down a notch or two. Being a little more careful, (whilst still staying as loose as I can)…

44) Switched to oil paint now. I felt I could only go ‘so’ far with the acrylics. Oils afford me the opportunity to blend and play around with stroke variations and things that I simply couldn’t do with acrylics. Again, things are tightening up more, force of habit…

55) Paying a LOT more attention to lighting and form, and giving more time to the space around the figure, this helps to make the whole thing sing… The pink of the dress has now been elevated due to the inclusion of darks surrounding the form. Here, I’m also playing with directional lines and losing any unnecessary strokes to give the composition some rhythm, a very important element in ALL paintings…

66) Here’s how it’s looking so far, I wanted the area at the top of the painting to be a lot lighter, helps to make sense of the play of highlights across the figure. I’ve blended the directional lines to look more realistic, more convincing, hopefully. Paying particular attention to the folds of the dress- this can only come from good observation. The plan has remained intact throughout… To make a realistic enough painting without becoming too swamped with thoughts of photorealism. It’s still loose enough to show the energy of my thought process and my brushwork throughout. Pretty happy with it so far. Letting the whole thing dry now- before the next session…

Sylvia’s Itch and Scribbling Away In The Corner…

Went to the book launch for my latest illustrated book yesterday, entitled ‘Sylvia’s Itch’, about a pair of Australian sugar gliders. Had a great time catching up with and meeting new people…

I painted this canvas whilst I was there. Managed to scratch something coherent out in the time I spent on it… Can’t wait to get on and finish it. (acrylics)

The book (btw) is available from the lovely Robin Adolphs:
http://www.robinadolphs.com/

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AVAILABLE FOR COMMISSIONS…

Christmas time is (almost) upon us, although the shops’ll have you believe it was already here.

I’m available for one off commissions, so if there’s anything you’d like drawn or painted, let me know. Reasonable rates of course, most things considered (except portraits). PM with your details. I’ll only be available until I’m swamped…

Scratched Away At This Some More….

Moving into the fine details now… having to focus and not only look at the image as a whole, see how it all fits together, but also having to home in on those areas that require attention, and there are still many, many more. I’ll be putting this to one side for a day or two and look at it with fresh eyes.

Update…

I’ve spent 3-4 hours on this one since the last post and a client has just gotten back to me with a change that needs to be made to an illustration sooo (real work’s calling)… here’s where this one stands right now… The model is the wonderful Ida – mizzd-stock.deviantart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a close-up of the owl so far…

Rest Stop…

 

here’s my newest painting (so far). I’ve decided to pull my finger out and paint some canvases, I miss the freeing aspects of painting this way, I sit down for far too long every day, whether it be in front of the computer-working digitally, or scratching away at a pen and ink drawing… Waving ones arms around with a brush loaded with paint is a very fun diversion. I spent 6-7 hours on this one yesterday, I’m hoping to do the same today. Will post progress shots as I go…

The model is the lovely Ida (mizzd-stock.deviantart.com)