Reflections in a Tumbler..

At this time of year my paid work is cut down so i find myself with a little bit more time on my hands with which to create a bit of art work. I started this a couple of weeks ago and put it to one side to keep looking at it to see what else (if anything) needed to be done to class it as finished, so today i darkened a few areas and highlighted a few others and now i am happy enough to class it as done.

Painted using Windsor and Newton Alkyd oil and a few Georgian oil paints, which incidentally i am changing too as i can never put the lids back on the alkyd paint so they dry up too quick in the tube, but i now find i want to do more pastel work until the weather gets better as its quite cold in my cabin, even with heaters on.applesdone

Lemon Reflections in Oil..

Feeling rather chuffed with myself at present, i put two pictures into an open art exhibition gallery last week and i have sold one so far.

This gave me renewed hope that all i do need not be in vain, although i only manage to paint one day a week at the moment, come the christmas period i have several days in which to get more practise in, so needless to say that now all the shopping is finished and my wife has some lovely items waiting to be unwrapped come the big day, I will endeavour to continue with it.

I managed to fit this painting in between shopping , working , going to the plot and visiting people, so again i am really happy with my progress as I try to grow my experience.

This is an image i really liked, loved the reflections in the bowl although in the original the relections are different. I liked the balance of the greens against the yellows , all seem to mingle together to form a beautiful colour combination along with a great composition makes for a pleasing picture. I used Griffin Alkyd Oil as this dries faster than normal oil paint, making it quicker to layer after starting.lemons.jpg

Latest from the easel

I have been to many Galleries and seen lots of exhibitions in them in my time but I have never entered a piece of work into either.

It all started a few weeks ago when I visited my local art shop with built in galleries, they host some really top events throughout the year and they were calling for participants to enter into an open exhibition for novice and professionals alike, I said to Annie, “shall I enter “, “yes of course if you want to she replied”.

With the bit between my teeth I duly bought two A5 boards, feeling really confident I was, usually one for me is daunting enough let alone two. Previously I had seen a couple of still life pictures I admired and set about my painting with these in mind, there is something quite satisfying about trying to recreate metal in oil paint, the different sheens one gets in polished metal, and the reflections too.

Starting off with the first one I painted, cherries in a bowl, started out with a line drawing and an under painting of acrylic to basically map out where things ought to go, after the paint was dry I moved onto the oil.

I completely went over every bit laying down colours as I saw it, before going back over again to put the detail in once the paint had dried.

I did the same to the other painting in the same order, although there was a lot more detail in the reflection this time.

The exhibition runs throughout December and everyone is in with a chance to sell their artwork ,hope mine sells as that would give me the confidence to exhibit more in the future.

Nude on Cushion..

This is an Oil on Linen painting, which incidentally is a new way to paint for me as i usually use either board or canvas.  I only use Alkyd oils at present but i have been concidering using professional quailty paints as i think they just seem to cover better, although the down side is they take longer to dry.

Nude in Oil on linen panel

I haven’t managed to pin down what my favourite subject is as yet, so i guess i will never be proficiant in my art as i dont practise it enough to become so, but as long as i enjoy the time i do it, i will be pleased.

This painting is not actually finished as yet, i still need to add more detail to the hair and refine the fingers, the highlights may get a once over to. I have another started but it will be revisited later in time as i am currently painting for a little competition locally and we may get to sell the paintings done. Thank you for taking the time to view my art, and i hope you give it a like too..