Monday, 27 January 2014
Thursday, 23 January 2014
I bought a box of old stained glass windows, some in poor condition, from a local auction house along with a box of oil lamps and glassware, a carpet and a set of bone china. I've got so much stuff to paint now my shelving is over full! I think it will take me a long while to use them all.
This glass panel I set on a table with the natural light from my window flooding in and when the sun came out it projected light and shadow from the uneven surface of the glass onto the wall and there was the perfect set-up!
Sunday, 19 January 2014
This painting took me quite awhile to get the colours and tones right because of changing light conditions. Since moving my in house studio to a room with a north facing window, it has made a big difference. I have also got a new studio easel and a standing lamp with a large shade and a photographic light bulb which is ideal for dull days.
Photographing dark paintings is another challenge again, especially combating glare off the surface and specks that glow on the surface.
Monday, 13 January 2014
We came upon these fluffy and well rounded donkeys, during the summer on one of our walks. We had decided to explore the area we had moved to, choosing random country lanes to see what interesting finds we could make. The donkeys were in a larger group and as we stood at the gate looking at them and other livestock roaming around in the farmyard, these two came up for a close look at us probably hoping for a carrot or an apple or two.
Saturday, 11 January 2014
This was one of a herd of young steers that came to the hedge to inspect us 2 legged specimens, they are such funny, inquisitive creatures and like to see whose visiting them up close. Where I live I am not short of cows to photograph, that and sheep are very abundant here in Ireland.
Friday, 10 January 2014
Thursday, 9 January 2014
I was inspired by Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge on her blog, I'm a bit late as the challenge started at the beginning of the month so I don't know whether I can sign up for it anymore, but I will do it anyway. I haven't painted any animals recently so I'm taking a break from still lives for a while.