Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cricket guard

Cricket guard

I did a set of silhouettes just to try some stuff.  I did these fast and loose.  This character was based off one. worked in grey scale first then dropped in colour then worked on some details.  Other than the rendering it went quite quickly. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reflection Study 2

Did this study just after the previous reflection study.  I did these studies to help with another image but I got distracted and only remembered that I still had to go back and apply some this learning a few weeks later. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014



Trying out some other techniques. 
A really complicated home heating system.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reflection Study 1

Reflection Study 1

Did a quick study to look at reflections.  Think this was done in an hour or so.

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Tried out a different method - using channels to add colour.  Results of that experiment. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oils workshop - still life pt 6

Still Life Final

Worked on the final piece for the last two days of the workshop.  It was interesting to try some new approaches and push the image as far as possible. It was the first time I used black on the palette.  I used the smallest brushes I think I have ever used.  Used the most number of paints on a palette ever.  Lots of stuff I had taken on board as hard and fast rules to work by are not.  
I think everyone learned a lot and pushed their work to the next level with Matts guidance.  
Hope there is another workshop next year. 

Final work

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oils workshop - still life pt 5


Finally onto the final painting. An underpainting of raw umber and turps was applied adding pigment and rubbing out to give highlights.  This was a fast process but helped by obliterating the white canvas but keeping the drawing. 

Some more street art. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oils workshop - still life pt 4

Colour Study -Demonstration
On day 3 we got onto a colour study.  Matt did a demonstration of colour for the group. I was fortunate that he did the demo using the set up I was painting. It was great to have an opportunity to watch someone very skilled go through this process and be able ask questions.  This is Matts study finished.  This he referred to as a poster study.    Trying to the colours right without fussing over detail.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oils workshop - still life pt 3

Value Study
The next stage was making a value study on a small canvas (5"x7").  Used lamp black. Yes lamp black.  The first time I have used black when working in oils.   

Matt did a demo first so we could all see the process.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oils workshop - still life pt 2

Transferred Drawing
After drawing the set up in pencil it was photocopied 3 times.  Size was reduced to fit two small canvases and size was adjusted for the final canvas.  To transfer the image to the canvases the reverse of the photocopied image was covered in a raw umber.  The outline and key information was transferred using a pen on the side carrying the image.  This is what I ended up with. 

The photo below is a shot of one of the Harland and Wolff cargo cranes I took from my hotel room one morning.  There are two, Samson and Goliath.   Shipyard is most famous for building the Titanic.

The second photo is of the black taxi terminal in town with some eye catching murals.