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Friday, 29 February 2008

Naranja y el Jarro SOLD

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms oil on canvas board 
I enjoyed painting this jug so much the other day I thought I would paint it again.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

'Ave a Banana' (available)

6" x 8" = 15 x 20.3cms oil on canvas board € 45
Here is my first painting of bananas, technically my second as I painted some this morning for my beginners watercolour class. I want to get them to start using acrylics as I think it is an easier medium for beginners than watercolour.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

'Got a Handle on This' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas board

Back to still-life as you can see, the biggest challenge of this one were all those elipses, thank goodness for mirrors, also a photo shows up flaws as well.
P.S. You can see the Spanish blue sky in the reflection on the green jug, so I think I will go and sit in the sunshine for a while and take in a few rays.

Monday, 25 February 2008

'Obos' (available)

11 3/4" x 9 3/8" - 24 x 30 cms oil on canvas board €65
I came across these interesting stones when I was taking my dog for a walk along the beach, somebody had carefully placed one on top of each other, there were quite a few of them. Fortunately I had my camera with me. I have seen these before, only inland. At one time I found an article on the internet about them calling them Obos, when I looked for information today I couldn't find a thing maybe I have the name wrong.
Anyway I am pleased with this painting and I enjoyed creating it too.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

'Old Spain' (available)

8" X 11" = 20.3 x 28 cms mixed media - water colour, gouache and pastels €45
This cluster of rural houses, housed among other things a goat farm, (there's a lot of those around here). What attracted me to this scene were the poppies growing on a stoney hillside among the almond trees.

Friday, 22 February 2008

'Carob Tree' (available)

8" x 11"= 20.3 x 28 cms mixed media - water colour, pastels on 300grs water colour paper €45
The more I paint the more I realize there is so much more to learn, when I started out I was quite pleased with my painting skills but the more I painted the more I realized that I haven't even scratched the surface yet and I don't know very much. It's a bit like when you are young you think you know everything and the older you get and inevitably wiser, you look back at your youth and wince at your naivety. Still the journey is exciting and a huge challenge and the pleasure I get from creating is what keeps me going I am so glad that I can paint.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

'Mediterranean Blue' (available)

7.5" x 9.5" =19 x 24 cms oil on canvas with painted sides € 59
This is one of my favourite spots along the coast here and have painted it many times, it is a popular spot with the Spanish people as it is away from the touristy beaches. I enjoyed painting this one although photographing it took me almost as long!

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

'Three Odd Ones' SOLD

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms oil on canvas board € 45


After three apples yesterday all I had left in my fruit bowl was these three pears each one a different size and shape which presented a bit of a problem.

I think it has dawned on me that I need to stand to paint if I want to get more impressionistic so that I can stand back and view it better. I normally sit to paint and then when I'm up close I tend to want to perfect every stroke and get 'fiddly' I hope this is the answer.

Monday, 18 February 2008

'Dark Beauties' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on canvas


These three apples were a lot harder to paint than I thought I am quite frustrated because I can't get as impressionistic as I would like I guess I don't know how to, also photographing a dark subject isn't easy either because you get reflection off the wet paint.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

'Going Fishing' (available)

8" x 10" = 20.3 x 25.4cms oil on canvas €49


This scene is very early morning when the fishing boats leave Garrucha harbour to fish the Mediterranean some very small like this one. I was driving towards the harbour one morning to get some reference photos the sky was so atmospheric I pulled over to take some shots but the sky changed so rapidly I could only get a few.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

'Pensionista' SOLD

6" x 6" =15 x 15 cms oil on canvas board 

This old Spanish gentleman taking a break and surveying the village life going on around him was a subject I took a reference photo of with the intention of possibly immortalizing him at a later date. I have to take a break from still lifes now and again and I really enjoyed painting this one, but has taken me a lot longer than my normal small paintings

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

'Liza's Teapot' SOLD

6" x 6" =15 x 15 cms oil on canvas board € 45
I used the same material as yesterday and added my daughters quirky teapot, the lid doesn't fit too well and it splutters out the tea rather than pouring it but it gets used everyday for her morning and evening tea.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

'Colour Reflections'

6" x 8" = 15 x 20.3 cms oil on canvas board
I just loved painting this one, such sunny, happy colours and it was one of those paintings that painted itself, maybe I'm making progress this is my 84th blog painting, so I must have learned something! The material the mandarins are on was a piece of left-over curtain material from my daughters flat.

Friday, 8 February 2008

'Laying in the Spotlight' (available)

6" x 6" = 15 x 15 cms oil on gessoed board 
I enjoyed painting the last one so much that I went ahead and painted another, which makes up for not doing one yesterday.

'Shadow Wings' (available)

7" x 6" = 17.7 x 15 cms oil on gessoed board €39
I really like this one, and it was fun to paint, I didn't get around to doing one yesterday as I started a large one of 3 boats at our local harbour and I run out of time.

Monday, 4 February 2008

'Hang on Tight' SOLD

13" x 9.5" = 33 x 24 cms oil on canvas SOLD
Well I said last week I would paint something different, so it's a change from still life! I enjoyed the challenge of painting a horse and rider although I think I would have liked to paint the subject on a larger canvas.

Friday, 1 February 2008

'Freshly Squeezed' (available)

8" x 10" oil on canvas

Another week over how time flies, I think next week I will be looking for some new things and maybe new themes to paint.
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