One of the very first paintings that I admired, was a Vermeer, The Milkmaid. The colours, light and shadow and the simplicity of a domestic scene, wonderful. My interest in art continued and I discovered chiaroscuro, particularly the works of Caravaggio and Rembrandt since then. My little painting today is a watercolour study of a woman knitting sitting in a chair. The palette is muted and little detail. 8x10 ins.
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Where is that taxi? Two ladies waiting anxiously for a taxi to come by. When I am out and about I am always on the lookout for interesting subjects and people. This little watercolour study 10x9 ins on the reverse side of a piece of Waterford Saunders watercolour paper. I tend to use heavier pigment washes, with less water when it comes to this type of paper. The reason being, that the painting can be done in one go without any further washes.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Shade. A couple sheltering from the hot sun. A muted palette despite the bright light. I just wanted to depict the shadows cast by the umbrella with light catching some area, keeping it simple. The figure of the woman is mostly one colour, thalo blue and ultramarine. Oil impasto using a palette knife on cotton canvas board 18x24 cm, approx 7x9ins.
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
Using mixed media is a great way to experiment and stimulate the creative process. I use acrylic with watercolour on occasions to creat an effect or see where I can go with a piece. One can use pastels with watercolour and acrylic as well. Some artists start a painting with thin layers of acrylic underpainting and then use oil paint for the subsequent layers. It all depends on what suits, but do not be afraid to try new things. The painting below is acrylic with some watercolour washes on top 7x10 ins.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Back to basics with watercolour. I always keep my watercolour palette handy when I need to do a quick sketch or just for the fun of painting. Watercolour makes a welcome break from oil painting at times. It's good to mix it up IMO. This little sketch was based on a scene along a river walk, where a group of people were enjoying a get together and the sunshine. Two of the group stood out, one lady with a bright hat and other with a big hair do. I loved the contrast and the colours. Watercolour on paper sketch 9x6 ins.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
A study of two people sitting in the shade on a hot beach. The colours are muted in keeping with the light. If I was to use this study for a full painting, I would extend the scene to give more contrast between light and shade, plus perhaps add some highlights on the figures. Oil impasto using a palette knife on paper 7x10 ins.