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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.
11 3/4" x 9 3/8" - 24 x 30 cms oil on canvas board €65
I cameacross 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.