Sunday, November 14, 2010

Memories Series


ink and coloured pencil on paper
12 x 16 inches

This is my first piece of work for some time. Hopefully there'll be many more pieces to come.The colour hasn't photographed too well. Below is a scan of the middle section and I would say that the actual appearance is somewhere between the two:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Memories Series

Geranium - Finished Painring

oil on canvas, 16 x12 ins

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Memories Series - New Painting

Geranium - Work in Progress

oil on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

At last I've started a new painting. This one was planned several months ago but I've been unable to paint it until now. Geranium is the sixth painting in my Memories series and like the others is based around old family photos.

I used Windsor & Newton Artisan water mixable oils and started with an underpainting using a very dilute mixture of burnt umber and ultramarine (almost like watercolour in consistency and application). I considered leaving the old photo as black and white rather than my usual sepia colour but then changed my mind and painted over the "black and white" (again a mixture of ultramarine and burnt umber with the addition of varying degrees of white). The "sepia" was still the same mixture of burnt umber and ultamarine but with a much greater proportion of burnt umber. I'm not sure if opting for a sepia photo was the best choice as I quite like the very restricted black and white appearance of the underpainting.

I'm still working on this and will add the finished painting soon.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Memories Series - Buttercups
oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

Life's been pretty difficult lately which is why I've only just managed to finish the new painting. Actually, I should say I'm not positive it's finished, I may just do a little more work on it yet but this is basically it:

Friday, June 13, 2008

Buttercups - Underpainting

oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

Buttercups Gold and Gay - the sound of innocent times....

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Beside The Seaside

oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

I found in this painting that I had to keep adjusting my colour as I was going along as the whole effect was looking far too faded and I wanted to make sure there was a contrast between the old photos and the beach setting. In order to achieve this I ended up choosing a much warmer and brighter colour scheme than I first intended, but I think it works a lot better than the colour scheme I'd originally selected. I think the change of colour is most obvious in the seaweed in the top right of the painting, I decided to provide a balance to the orange in the shells and this also helps the photographs to stand out much more.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memories Series - Seaside Underpainting

Beside The Seaside


oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

As with the other paintings in this series, this still life is based around family photos from the 1950s. The underpainting was completed using a mixture of very diluted oil paint and almost looks like a watercolour painting. I'll add more colour (although still quite muted) and thicker paint in the next layer.