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.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Memories Series - Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain
16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

Another in the Memories Series, this one is based on an old photo of myself as a child. I wanted to make the daisies stand out against the photo so tried to keep the tones in the photograph quite subdued and avoid strong contrasts. I had fun making the daisy chain, but must admit it used to seem much easier with smaller fingers! I have quite a few more paintings planned for this series and have been busy sorting through lots of old photographs for ideas. More to come .......

Friday, April 11, 2008

Memories Series - New Painting

12 x 16 inches, oil on canvas

One of the things I'm interested in suggesting in this series is the way our memory creates links between the past and the present. Just like certain smells can instantly transport you back to the past, objects have the same power to evoke another time and place.

Detail of Finished work

Finished Painting

Monday, March 24, 2008

Almost Finished


16 x 20 inches, oil on canvas

I just have to work on bits of detail but other than that the painting is finished.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

More Progress

A little more progess today. I've done more work on the photos, finished all the envelopes and paper in the background and have started to work on the dried flowers - the colour of these may change a little as I continue working.

Friday, March 21, 2008

An Update

Today's Progress

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Still Life Painting

Possibly A New Series

Hydrangeas are still included in this new still life painting but are no longer the main focus. I liked the idea of combining the faded flowers with old photographs and letters in order to create a feeling of nostalgia. I'm intending to paint the majority of the still life in sepia tones and only add a touch more colour in the hydrangeas. I'm not happy with the blue area underneath the bottom right photograph as the colour is too strong, so I will be toning that area down. I can see this painting becoming the first in a new series, there seem to be many possibilities for some interesting compositions using this subject.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Hydrangea Series - mostly leaves

Hydrangea IX

oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

As I've worked through this series I've found myself drawn more and more to the twisted, dried up leaves so decided to devote at least one of the series to a study of the leaves (although a couple of flower bracts crept in). As the series has progressed I've moved increasingly towards a subdued palette and this one is possibly the most muted of all the paintings.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hydrangea Series

Hydrangea VIII

oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

Another small painting in the series. With this one I chose to use a very restricted colour scheme in order to create quite a sombre, subdued mood.

Hydrangea VII

Hydrangea VII - finished painting

oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches