Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Brown Sugar

Little progress made on this painting today. ( I am teaching today so not much time).
The flower needs a lot more work. I like blue hydrangeas so that's what it's going to be. The colour scheme of whites, blues, purples compliments and shows off the skin colour. The back ground is very pale blue but the snap shot I took doesn't show it well. I 'll post the final piece when it's ready.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Brown Sugar

The portrait on the easel at present. A small scale oil on canvas. I am unusually painting this from a photograph I took. I am going to add a flower and maybe earings. This is a portrait I construct while I am painting it, taking as a starting point the face only.
I have already given it a title. "Brown Sugar" after the well known song by the Rolling Stones who celebrated 50 years in music last weekend.
I will post the final piece tomorrow all being well.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Graphite on paper. Portrait of Tim from life which I always prefer doing.

Monday, 12 November 2012


Graphite on paper
It took half an hour for this portrait. So it's quite quick which helps capture an animated and expressive face.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

My red shoes

This is another painting completed this week. Part of a different series of work that involves olive trees and my shoes. All symbolic meaning and derived from my own life experiences.
This is also for sale on www.saatchionline.com 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Self portrait

A pencil self portrait I did a few months ago. There will be more self portraits soon. It felt strange, weird, to me at least, looking at myself so closely and intently. That is why I have avoided the self portrait for a long time. I started sketching myself only because I didn't have another model at times. Now  I am getting into it. Portraying myself should be interesting.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Two paintings in progress today. I am exploring ways of depicting and celebrating the human figure, the female in this case. Experimenting with technigues and mediums. Here I am using oils, palette knife and oil crayons.
I favour the vibrant and semi realistic expressive colour.

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