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 .......