Thursday, 22 September 2016

First Day of Autumn

oil painting of First Day of Autumn, two dogs in autumn sunlight, basset hounds in the sun
This one has complicated patterns of light and shadow. I tried to paint only the shapes I could see and not worry about the actual subject matter - this warm dark, that cool light and so on - one square inch at a time more or less. By painting the shapes,in the correct size, colour and value, eventually two dogs will emerge. It took a surprisingly long time. I tried not to use the same colours in the shadows as I used in the lights (in order to differentiate them more securely). I tried to keep some mystery, especially in the shadows, and not sweat the detail. 
Happy Autumn Equinox. I hope the sun is shining where you are.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Three Hatted Ladies

Three Hatted Ladies, an oil painting of 3 hens

Painted in two layers (darks first) using a big, flat bristle brush and a palette knife (apart from their eyes). The combs are painted with W&N Cadmium Red, which I don't use very often: it is quite difficult to manage. If you have ever had the experience of putting something dyed red into the washing machine with white fabrics, you will know what I mean. It doesn't seem possible for so many things to turn red with such a little red to start off with. Same with paint. I had to scrape back a couple of times to recover the situation. 
I enjoyed painting these girls. Made me miss my own hens, it is now more than 6 months since I had hens in the garden. I do not miss the associated work, though.
Have a lovely weekend and thank you for looking at my paintings.

Friday, 9 September 2016

A French Bull dog

oil painting of French Bull Dog
Oils on linen, this painting of a French bulldog is a rare (for me) experiment with a high key painting.  I saw a French puppy of these colours for sale the other day and wished I could have him, hence this painting. The puppy was nearly £2000 ($2650). My painting costs far less...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Cat on Green

oil painting of a cat, crouching on a plain background
A companion piece to yesterday's "Cat on Grey". This is the same cat, demonstrating a different crouching position. I used Cad Yellow Light, Black and White for this painting. Yellow and black make a nice olive green as most of us tend to discover by accident... and a touch of permanent rose for the nose. Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for looking at my paintings.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Cat On Grey

oil painting of a black and white cat, crouching

Painted with just two colours plus black and white. Bet you can't guess which two colours??

These two: Permanent Rose and Viridian. They make a surprisingly wonderful range of greys:

permanent rose and viridian to make grey