Monday, 14 December 2015
Saturday, 12 December 2015
This was an interesting exercise. Over the years I have been fortunate to sell a number of paintings. It has not always been clear why people choose one painting over another. This collage of 40 paintings is an attempt to try understand what motivates people to pull out their wallet/purse.
Not all sold paintings are included, partly because there wasn't room and partly because I have not always photographed the painting before parting with it.
Now the difficult bit. Why did these sell, when others that I consider better paintings did not? Answers on a post card please!
Friday, 11 December 2015
Monday, 7 December 2015
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Thursday, 22 October 2015
A big thank you to the very patient Jane Denman, who taught us this technique over the last two weeks. It does seem to make for a more life-like result.
It measures approx 10" by 12" and was painted with Atelier Interactive acrylics on Bockingford paper.
Monday, 5 October 2015
Definitely the smallest picture I have ever painted. It measures 64 mm by 89 mm, and is to be submitted as part of the SAA's attempt at a world record - the most original art works to be displayed under one roof. The only catch is that they will all be this exact size.
Line and wash on Artist Trading Card.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Sunday, 6 September 2015
Well done to Dudley Sawer for organising this. Fifteen artists in one gallery and no prices on any of the work. There was a reasonable flow of prospective purchasers, and those who were just intrigued by the idea. Some buyers found it difficult without any price to guide them, but in the main they got it.
Two of my paintings sold, including The Orchestra shown above. It was painted nearly 7 years ago, and frankly had been forgotten about until this event came along. A pleasing number of greeting cards also sold, generally for more than I would have priced them for!
Friday, 28 August 2015
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
This was another painting that took some time to finish. Originally, it was intended for submission to the Littlehampton Open. Now I am not so sure.
It was painted with Conte hard and soft pastels om Sennelier Pastel Card. It measures approx 12" by 8".
Maybe it will be lifted by framing?
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Finally managed to finish this off yesterday. It is to be submitted to the Littlehampton Open, for which the theme is Fire and Ice.
Painted with St Petersburg White Nights watercolour paints, on Daler Rowney Aquarelle 300 gsm paper. It measures approx 12" by 9".
A real struggle with the composition, bit it seems to work OK now. Acknowledging the influence of Cedric Morris.
Saturday, 25 July 2015
A big thank you to Rick who arranged for 5 of my paintings to go on display at one of the galleries taking part in this event.
The top picture shows Irises and Raindrops on Hosta
The middle picture shows The Wave, Scotch on the Rocks and Saffron
The lower picture shows the six works Rick is exhibiting.
They will be exhibited until 08 August 2015. Let's hope for some sales.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Finally managed to finish this one. It measures approx 9" by 12", and was painted with St Petersburg White Nights watercolour paint on Daler Rowney Aquarelle 300 gsm paper. A little body colour was used for the droplets.
The reference was an excellent photograph from PaintMyPhoto.com.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Back to the trusty Conte pastels last night at Art Club. This one measures approx 1.5" by 11.5" and was painted on Sennelier Pastel Card. The reference was an excellent photograph by Viacheslav on PaintMyPhoto.com. Might be one for the exhibition, but not sure yet.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
An excellent session on reflections at Sky Blue this week. This one exposed my lingering Jaguar envy.
It measures approximately 8.5" by 11.5" and was painted with St Petersburg White Nights watercolour on Winsor and Newton Aquarelle 300 gsm paper. A little body colour was used - naughty boy!
It made Painting of the Week.
Monday, 27 April 2015
I have so many paintings awaiting completion, it was nice to finally finish one this week.
Seascape was the theme at Sky Blue drop in session this week. This was painted from an excellent reference photograph by Valerie Weber on the Paint My Photo website.
It is painted with Atelier Interactive Acrylic paint on Daler Rowney Aquarelle 300 gsm watercolour paper, and measures 12" by 9".
I think it is a keeper, but my "muse" is not convinced.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Still looking at the work of Shirley Trevena - this time the colours purple and green.
Once again this is not a copy of one of her paintings but rather a piece painted using her "style". It measures approx 12" by 9" and was painted with St Petersburg White Nights paints on Daler Rowner Aquarelle paper.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Back to watercolour at the Skyblue drop-in session yesterday. The inspiration for this was the work of Shirley Trevena, although it was more to do with the colours than the composition.
It measures 12" by 9" approx. and was painted with St Petersburg White Nights paint on Daler Rowney Aquafine 300 gsm paper.
It made "Painting of the Week" and Jean likes it, so it can't be all bad.
The SAA have launched a challenge to paint a portrait of a local BBC News or Weather presenter. This is running in conjunction with the BBC programme "Big Painting Challenge".
Painted with Conte pastel on Sennelier pastel card, it measures approx 11" by 12".
Not my best portrait by a long chalk (no pun intended) but I ran out of time. It has been entrusted to Royal Mail, in the hope it arrives by Monday- the closing date.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
This was painted on the theme of "Birds of Prey" at art club.
It measures approx 12" by 12" and was painted with Conte hard and soft pastels on Sennelier Pastel card. The reference was an excellent photograph by Aviya Glass on the Paint my Photo site.
Reminds me of Orville - I probably should not have said that!
Sunday, 22 February 2015
This time we were looking at the work of Soraya French. This was painted with a palette knife using Atelier Interactive acrylics on Daler Rowney Aquafine 300 gsm paper. The reference was an excellent photograph from Paint my Photo. It measures approx 12" by 8".
Friday, 30 January 2015
This pastel painting was a lot of fun. It took two sessions at Art Club to complete. Measuring approx. 12" by 8" the inspiration was an excellent photograph from Franklin on the Paint my Photo site.
Conte hard pastels on Winsor pastel paper (green) were used, and I drew heavily on the demonstration by Joel Wareing at the Club in April 2014.
Friday, 16 January 2015
It was a welcome return to Sky Blue Drop-in morning yesterday. The theme was the work of Clare Harrigan, and her use of the colour blue. This is not a copy of one of her paintings, but rather my own composition, painted in her style. While it may not be to everyone's taste, I am pretty pleased with it.
It measures approx 12" by 8" and was painted with Atelier Interactive acrylics on Daler Rowney Aquafine 300 gsm paper.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Measuring approx 12" by 15" this was painted with Conte pastels on Winsor pastel paper. It was completed over two Club evenings, on the the theme of Stormy Sky.
The reference photograph came from the website "Paint My Photo", and was contributed by Rosie.
The first painting completed in 2015!