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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Elen - stage 10

Pretty much finished the foreground branches barring a few possible tweaks tomorrow and after sorting out the rocks nearest the figure I began on Elen herself. I am going with warm shadows and cool highlights for the figure and need to work out the correct values for the flesh colour in relation to the landscape around her. I want her to be very much part of the foreground so there will be very little in the way of any background colour on the figure apart from maybe some sunlight on the top of her left thigh.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Pavilion Bus Shelter sold

Asgard Arts have just sold one of my Brighton paintings "Pavilion Bus Shelter" to a lady in Cheshire. I had been struck by the contrast between the two very different architectural styles of the Indian pavilion and the Art Deco bus shelter for a while and resolved one evening to go down to The Steine and photograph it for reference. When I got there there was a small gang of louts in the shelter who started shouting and threatening me when I started to photograph it from across the road. I ignored them and pretended I was a foreign tourist who obviously didn't understand what they were saying and carried on, after a couple of minutes it seemed to work and they ignored me so it must have worked!
Oil on board 12" x 12".

Monday, 13 February 2017

Elen - stage 9

Still working on the foreground landscape detail and apart from a few things to finish on the rocks nearest to the figure I am ready to paint in the foreground branches before going on to the figure hopefully next time I am in the studio - Friday. Still very hard to photograph this picture, it always looks too contrasty.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Elen - stage 8

This session I continued to work on the foreground as well as sorting out the top right of the picture. The painting is trying to to suggest the complexity of Nature that is her domain so there will be many rocks and branches etc but the composition is very simple being based on two unevenly sized blocks of the complementary colours, yellow and violet.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Elen - stage 7


Spent most of this session generally working over the foreground and figure.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Helikon Gallery





I am pleased to report that my two paintings, "Cold Constantinople" and "Fireflies" that were  exhibited at the Abend Gallery show "Inner Visions" are included in an extended run that has transferred to the Helikon Gallery also in Denver Colorado. The show runs from February 1 to March 11 2017 and has been curated again by Patrick and Jeannie Wilshire, Directors of IX Arts.

 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Elen - stage 6

As you can see the painting is based around a yellow/ violet complementary colour axis although the intention this time is to have the top in highly saturated colour and the bottom two thirds (yes it is also composed with The Rule Of Thirds in mind) in more neutral tones. Looks like I have decided to have a waterfall instead of snow but plenty of decisions still to be made on the foreground details.