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Saturday, 31 October 2009

1289 'Fluffy' SOLD



6" x 6" oil on canvas (sides painted)

Another Irish cow, one of a bunch of steers grazing in a lusciously green pasture enjoying the cud. This one had such lovely fluffy, soft ears hence his name.
I realized after living in Ireland for a few months why it is called the Emerald Isle... it rains a lot!! The rain comes off the Atlantic Ocean to the west and then carries on to England if there's any left.
I will be back in Ireland in the new year and hope to get more cow pics to paint.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

1288 'Patch' SOLD


6" x 6" oil on cavas (sides painted)

Another cow, this time with a curly forehead and a brown patch on his head. He is also wearing some interesting spectacles.

Monday, 26 October 2009

1287 'Freckles' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas (sides are painted)

Here's an Irish cow or rather a young steer who placidly watched us taking pictures of him and his field companions. I love his cool hair-do and the freckles on his nose not to mention those eye lashes.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

1286 'By Candle Light'


8" x 10" oil on masonite
+ shipping
As you all probably know that dark paintings are hard to photograph, this is my best shot!
My daughter had taken some interesting pics of herself with her cell phone, by candle light, which I thought would make a different kind of painting experience for me. It was quite different to paint monochromatic and I learnt a lot. I realized that I need to hone my drawing skills as I often use a grid to help transfer an image and without it I have difficulties getting the proportions right.
I am re-posting this painting as I wasn't happy with it and have fiddled with it no end and have got to a point where enough is enough!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

1285 'Chimneys'


12" x 12" mixed media on board

I enjoyed painting the DSFDF challenge so much I decided to paint some more rooftops, this time London rooftops with all the varied chimneys and chimney pots. I used again some textured molding paste as a base and painted with acrylics onto that.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

1284 'Hot Momma' SOLD


6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Dominique Eichi sent me some ref photos of her cute new shoes, they still look pristine. Thankyou Dominique! Well I am sure you can imagine they were quite a bit of work to paint , I kept getting lost in the pattern, I think I might take a break from shoes for a bit.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

1283 'Untied' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on 3/4" gallery wrapped canvas

Another set of shoes, this time there looks like there's a story behind them.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

1282 'Cross Tied' SOLD

6" x 6" on gallery wrapped canvas

The title is one suggested for my last shoe painting by Gwen Bell and I thought that I would use it for this one, thanks Gwen!
Another set of shoes on my daughter's feet, I'm really enjoying painting these and they are nice in the 6 x 6 format, I am looking for some new shoes and feet to paint, if you happen to have some cute shoes or boots could anybody let me have a ref photo to paint from a similar pose to these, I would be very grateful!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

1281 'City Rooftops'

12" x 12" mixed media on board

This is this months painting for DSFDF of San Francisco rooftops.

I painted this with acrylics on a board that I had first prepared with molding paste to give it some texture. I decided to heighten the colours as the original ref. photo was rather bland. I played around with the photo, cropping it in loads of different ways until I came up with this composition. I enjoyed (for once) how quickly acrylic paint dries so that I could put layer upon layer until I had the effect that I liked.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

1280 'Kickin' Back' SOLD

6" x 6" oil on gallery wrapped canvas
These tootsies belong to Katy my daughter and I have been searching for a subject to paint for The Six by Six Gallery in New York, I bought a submission package and since then have been quite daunted as to what to paint. I am really happy with the painting whew!
Thanks for all the suggestions.. picked one although it was a hard choice!

Friday, 9 October 2009

1279 'Kayak Point'


9" x 12" acrylic on masonite

Kayak point in Washington is where we went for a days outing at the beginning of the school holidays, and although overcast and slightly drizzley, we enjoyed a pleasant day wandering along the beach. The beach was strewn with drift wood, beautiful shapes and silvery colours, seaweedy rocks and little pools where crabs hid.

For this painting I used only a painting knife and although sometimes I was itching to use a brush, I managed to accomplish it without. The far distant Island is not as blue as in the photograph but I couldn't seem to adjust the colour without turning the rest of the painting either pink or green!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

1278 'No Frills'

5 3/4" x 11" mixed media on Masonite

Lots of texture, copper and tin foil, studs and tiles and experiments and definitely no frills!

1277 'Coming Unravelled"

8" x 5" mixed media on Masonite

This is composed of burlap threads and a small piece on the left hand corner and a mixture of black acrylic paint and various metalic paints a rather experimental piece as have been most of my abstracts thus far!

Monday, 5 October 2009

1276 'Colour Play'


12" x 16" mixed media on 3/4" thick birch plywood

I had a sheet of birch ply cut for me to use for abstracts a surface to which I can hammer in nails and generally abuse! After sanding and 4 coats of gesso they were ready, it was a really nice surface to work on and apart from the weight an excellent substitute for boards and canvas.
I have painted the sides black so it will be optional to frame, I have used many different metalic paints and inks on a textured surface, using different techniques from dripping to dry brushing I finished it off with 3 small mosaic tiles towards the center, it was fun to do if very messy!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

1275 'Camouflage'


8" x 8" mixed media on canvas board

Another painting similar to the last one, this time using different colours and slightly more textured. The collage in the middle is a moth that Katy took a pic of in the Seattle Science Museum last week end along with a bunch of other beautiful butterfly and moth pics. I used a number of metalic paints, which don't really show up on this photo, to enhance the painting.

Seattle Art Museum


Katy and I went to the Seattle Art Museum yesterday to see a rememberance exhibition of the work of Andrew Wyeth. His paintings were either in water color or tempera and the detail was breathtaking, they were painted mainly in subtle shades of browns and greys. Unfortunately there were many people viewing the exhibition so that it was impossible to take our time to really take them in. None the less his paintings were worth seeing as they were so beautiful and brilliantly executed.
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