Friday, October 31, 2014

Guard with spear

Guard with spear
Tried another character.  It came from the same set of silhouettes as cricket guard.  Not as successful I think - a bit generic. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Landscape study 10 After Shishkin - Small Oak Trees

Decided to do a few landscape studies.  This work is by Shishkin.   Did not spend a tun of time refining this as I just wanted to get the big shapes in  and then work from there.   There does not seem to be a lot of images of this online and the few that are there vary in hues.  This was copied from an image on a website  Elsewhere .  This has a  great collection of paintings of landscapes at good resolution and believable colours. The original is in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.   Someday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ship wrecked

Ship wrecked

Trying some more enviornment stuff.  Put in some birds so I feel there is much progress here. 

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.