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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Watercolour Orchids....or Not!

The plan was to paint purple orchids, in watercolour, as a gift for my niece. Well, what happened there then!
I might see how they look in oils tomorrow. 

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Hertford Art Society Life Drawing

This was done on Saturday at Hertford. To see the sepia ink drawing I did please go to my other blog,  here .
Usually I reach for French Ultramarine, Transparent Red Oxide, Raw Sienna and Titanium, red, yellow and white. For this study I decided to be adventurous! Cerulean, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and Flake White. I am struck by how much lighter and fresher the painting is, compared to my usual offering.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WA - Pen + Wash

I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. I discovered pen + wash to be a very good medium for nudes and hardly believe I haven't tried it before. I really like it, and wish I had more control! But that is easily learned with practise.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Where's Them Lads? 16" x 16" Oil

With all the spring exhibitions looming, I have been having a sort out. The day has been spent tiddling up some paintings, one of which was this one, which I hope is now less scrappy!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Got Rhythm 16" x 20" Oil

Another of Carolanns photos. 

WA - Cityscape

I always promised myself that I would post everything, whether success or failure! I had the worst afternoon ever at the WA yesterday, painting wise. Everything was wrong, colours, drawing, size...way too big, soooo....this is how it looks this morning

Well you can't win 'em all....and I WILL paint something good on this canvas!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Pensive 12" x 16" Oil on Paper

I told Carolann the colours I had used yesterday, and admitted that they were the colours I always use, no matter the subject. How stick-in-the-mud awful is that! So today I used different colours....and I like it. 

Monday, 13 February 2012

Vincent 12" x 16" Oil on Paper


A discussion with the wonderful Carolann at the weekend, about portraiture, has got me all fired up to paint some. It has been a while. This is Vincent, from a photograph kindly donated, along with a few others, by Carolann.
I really enjoyed painting this and I think it may be because I don't know the gentleman and  it isn't a commission. Purely for my own pleasure.
Tomorrow another one! Thank you Carolann.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Nude Too 8" x 10" Oil

Nice model, from one of the Hertford sessions. It would be nice if she would sunbathe nude too!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

WA - Ballet Dancers

I don't have my own photographs of dancers so downloaded a reference from the internet. I do hope that Martin von den Driesch would not mind my using his beautiful image for practice.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Nude 8" x 10" Oil

I have been fiddling with several large paintings lately, but today I needed a play.

Friday, 3 February 2012

WA - Mixed Media

I forgot to take my reference photo! I used acrylics, ink, and oil pastels.  I learned that I cannot make it up, and although I had a good idea what I wanted to do, I got very confused and couldn't understand why it didn't work! All became clear when I returned home........I had printed two pics and had been trying to incorporate them both in the same painting!!

I have made far so good.