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Sunday, 17 November 2019

Mustang Cafe - stages 1, 2 and 3

Stage 1
Getting back into painting after a few weeks away going to IX in America and and having a bit of a think about things when I got back.
I'm going to put some time into work aimed at the the US gallery market i.e. my Roadside Apocalypse series. I have often liked the tonal underpainting stage of what I do and have decided to work this look up instead of painting colour over it as usual. I will either keep it completely monochrome as it is so far or introduce a tiny amount of colour when it comes to the thicker paint on the buildings. The main thing is to keep it moody! The location is a small town in Texas.
Everything so far is a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and applied with a small flat brush and a rag.
Stage 2

Stage 3

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Mehtap sold

Very soon after I got back from IX I sold "Mehtap" via Facebook to a buyer in Colorado. He was incidentally very happy with how I had packed and shipped it! Luckily I had brought it back in my luggage as it was relatively small and was able to send it off before the rest of my boxes came back from the USA.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Piccadilly Circus 6.00 pm sold

Just before going to IX this month I heard from the Abend Gallery in Denver CO that "Piccadilly Circus 6.00 pm" had sold. This was painted a number of years ago in my looser style that I employ for plein air paintings although this one was painted in the studio. 
Oil on board 12" x 12".

Saturday, 19 October 2019


Mehtap is Turkish for Moonlight although I think it has other connotations as well. This is the last painting finished that I am taking to IX although at the rate things are going this and another small one that I am bringing over in my hand luggage could be my whole show. The three boxes of paintings that I sent ahead by FedEx on Tuesday are still stuck in Customs as I write this on Saturday and as it's the weekend nothing will be done about it until Monday when I am already in the USA. Fedex have all the paperwork now I think so desperately hoping they get cleared on Monday...
I wanted to keep this all blues pretty much but mixed the colours out of a blue/green - red/orange complementary so there some variations of colour. It's nice to go back to an Orientalist picture every so often but when I get back from the USA I will probably start again on my Roadside Apocalypse paintings including starting to approach some US galleries with them...
Oil on linen 16" x 12".
There is a short step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Mehtap - stage 4

Have had a few distractions recently (getting all my paintings ready, boxed and shipped to IX) so have only been able to return to working on "Mehtap" today. Basically I have been doing the fiddly work on the mosque which I will finish tomorrow along with hopefully a lot of the rock outcrop and palm trees as well.
If the painting works out I will be bringing it along to IX in my luggage as it's quite long as it's dry of course!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Mehtap - stage 3

Finished off the sky, put in the distant riverbank and buildings and gave the rest of the painting a wash of tonal colour which immediately made apparent that I needed to sort out the dark areas. I have put in some more bushes but still see that I need to paint in some palm trees to the left of the mosque and also need to join some of the dark palm trees to form some larger shapes, looking a bit bitty at the moment.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Mehtap - stage 2

First colour pass on the moonlit sky using a mix of the following colours: Phthalocyanine Blue, Emerald Green, Permanent Orange, Zinc White, Warm White and Lead Tin Yellow Lemon - all Michael Harding paints.
I then added another layer of tonal underpainting including redrawing it so that the mosque now sits on a rock outcrop as the walls were too tall and the building out of scale with the setting; the downside of painting from the imagination, things like this can happen so you have to make it look believable.