Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Smoke and Steam

This is the image that I messed up in a big way in class, when experimenting with altering the surface of the support by adding tissue paper etc.. It really deserved to be painted better - so here it is.

The smoke should not have a hard edge like that, and the lighting is a little too subdued, but the composition and perspective work really well - IMHO.

Monday, 10 December 2007


The brief was to take a photograph and incorporate it in a still life. A photocopy of the photograph was then to be stuck on the paper and the rest of the still life painted around it. This was started in last weeks homework and finished off during class last week and homework this week.

I was very worried about the bottom left of the composition, but working on the texture and folds of the cloth, seem to have solved the "gap".

Half sheet of Arches in St Petersburg White Nights paints.

One of my better pieces this term - I think!

Saturday, 1 December 2007


The work from class last Wednesday was terrible. Using tissue paper and newspaper to change the painting surface. More like Blue Peter, and I was very bad at it.

To cheer myself up, this was painted in response to the reference photograph in the December Invitation to Paint on Wet Canvas. More my style, and as Jean would say "a proper picture".