Sunday, December 30, 2007
It is nice to get copies of the posters as well as the catalogues from the exhibitions you take part in. I must start a scrap book one of these days. It is almost new-years eve so I will wish you all a prosperous new year.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I may go up during the week with a sketch book.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
These are two small experimental paintings which will help when I come to do a larger painting based on the same principle.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Step one:Blocked in colour with a few marks indicating water movement.
step two: further work on the main sea areas. There is added movement in the water and more tonal values in the sea.
Followed by step three: detailing and moving light on the rocks, light movement in the foreground water, created mainly with the use of semi-transparent layers and brush marks.
The criss-crossing curves and arcs create a simplified rippling effect on the seabed while still showing as water surface without needing to delineate the visuals by adding a shoreline
This will be an interesting excercise in a more finished painting.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
This is my first plate, although it did print well I am not totally happy with the final print. I will cut another block and try it before deciding one way or another.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
It is looking like a day to go wandering around a few galleries and the art supply shop. I may even spend a few hours socialising in the city while I am at it. I haven't done that in quite a while, I have been too busy since getting back from Tunisia, and I didn't have the time before my trip either.
Monday, November 5, 2007
This is the first stage with a basic sketch and blocked in dark areas.
My second stage with a base wash of yellows
As I continue adding more paint I am both defining the shapes and strenghtening the tones and colours of the painting, I have also started to define the wave at the foot of the painting.
Finally I have added final touches to the broken wave and the stream of water over the rock in the foreground. I have also warmed the colours as the depth of water shallows while still keeping the overall blue/green effect in the sea.
Here is a detail of the streaming water over the rock ...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
For my next painting I will try to get more vibration within the sea itself. I like the movement within this one but I feel I can get a deeper look to the movement if I use less brushwork, but more careful blending of colour tones. The similar tones of two colours react when laid down beside each other, giving the effect of a vibration within the painting. This will aid the movement of the water in the seascape.
PS. in the actual painting the rocks sit below the surface of the water, but not quite as well in the photograph. I must look at the painting again to make sure.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I have moved all my work into the new studio, even this piece (from a study I did in Florence) which is seven feet by four and 3/4 ft. It is a little bit too big for the space though.
I also have moved all of my paints, brushes, easels, my painting table, computor etc. into the unit. I have enough space to work, although with the lower ceiling I may have difficulty working on the larger canvases. I have less room to display finished paintings, but no-one will be coming in to look anyway. I have all the works stacked up against one side wall of the studio. I will create a rack for them later. I also moved my bookcase and books in while I was at it, in fact as soon as I connect the studio for electricity it will be ready for me to paint in. I accomplished all this by rigging a temporary platform into the studio. I have removed it again though as I used borrowed materials to do it. I hope to do the permanent job over the next week or two, but I can get into the unit by stepping across the gap in the meantime. I am looking forward to getting stuck in to work soon, but after the last few days I need a break, so I will take a day off tomorrow.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I have all stored in the Conservatory at the moment, meanwhile I have painted the inside of the studio with white emulsion, just to give it a clean fresh look.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here is a not-to-scale plan of our garden, with the proposed position of the studio. The Garden is 65 feet by 26 approximately for scale.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I am still organizing for my new studio, but I hope to have it soon.
Monday, October 8, 2007
I am in the process of moving studio at the moment so I will not be creating much art in the coming weeks, but I will show some ideas and paintings as I pack up all from my current studio.