Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Alf's Gardening Shoes

Alf's Gardening Shoes - Oil on canvas board 30 x30 cm 
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

We were having lunch recently with some friends and this pair of shoes was outside the back door! Obviously well used and wonderfully battered and old, I thought they would make a fantastic oil study for a daily painting! I loved the way they are trodden down at the back from being slipped on without un-doing them!!

I am getting more adept at using oils now for fairly detailed work and am really enjoying it. I still like to use acrylics sometimes but seem to be using oils more now. Am off to Brittany soon and hoping to gather lots for potential daily painting material. More seascapes too, hopefully!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More cherries..........!

'Lounging about' (Pear and Cherries) 30 x 30 OIL on canvas board
For Sale £75 (inc worldwide shipping)

I adore painting cherries (and eating them!) These came from a tree in my parent's garden and were the biggest and juiciest they have been this year. Really enjoying be back into the daly painting regime again!

Left the back ground in this painting the original acrylic under-painted colour as I love the contrast of the blue against the white napkin. 

I am interested to look back through this blog to some of my earlier work and see I have developed in style. A lot of people are commenting that my paintings are 'fresh' so maybe that is my painting style now! A fresh contemporary realist? : ))

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Daily Paintings are back!!

New Version
I did a little bit of reworking on this pairing today with the background to make the little white jug stand out more and refined some of the strokes on the jug. 
I feel it works better now.

Old version

'Juicy Cherries and White Jug' Oil 30x30cm canvas board (For Sale £80 unframed)

I have had a good break from my daily painting challenge and managed to get some other things done and felt it was now a good time to start again.

Thought I would start with a quick oil sketch to get my eye in again. I love working with white as it is a real challenge to get the tones right and yet make it still look white. I shall probably add some pure white highlights to this when it is dry in a few days.

I have a blog article half written about the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London a couple of weeks ago. I will hopefully finish it soon.....!