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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Here Comes The Rain - stage 4

In the few hours this morning before I am away from the studio until Wednesday I have put more work into the sky. After painting in the darks of the foreground I have realised that I have to harmonise some of the tones in the sky to these darks so I won't be finishing this until the end of my next visit to the studio.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Here Comes The Rain - stages 1 to 3

This is the second nocturne in the short series, this one concentrating mainly on the sky. The colours are based around mixes of Kings Blue Light, Phthalocyanine Turquoise, Phthalocyanine Blue, Lead Tin Yellow Lemon, Warm White and Permanent Orange to knock back the saturation. The model is the lovely Ruth Netania from some photos I had taken of her a couple of years ago. I have approached this picture with a mind to finishing it in just a couple of sessions although I suspect that it won't be finished until I return to the studio on Wednesday after I leave tomorrow morning.
The first stage was "drawn" up with a small bristle brush and a rag using a mix of Ultramarine Violet and Permanent Orange thinned with Liquin and turpentine.
The second stage was a basic layer of paint to establish the shapes in the clouds to be a general tonal underpainting using Lukas Number 5 Medium in the clouds in the morning session so that it was dry for the afternoon session of stage three when I started to define the tones and shapes more in the sky.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Midnight Bay

This is the first of a series of three nocturne paintings that I am now doing which are a nice counterpoint to the more complex pictures that I have recently been painting. I wanted to keep it within a narrow range of colours between blue and green greys which are based around a green/blue - red/orange colour complementary axis, the orange in this case being mixed into the blue/greens to tone down the saturation. Originally in my mind's eye the foreground figure and rocks were going to be silhouetted but I later realised that it was too big an area to get away with it so I made it semi-silhouette. The model for the figure was as usual, the lovely Naomi Wood. I really enjoyed painting the sky so the next picture will be much more of a sky piece. This will be a painting for possible inclusion in what I take to Illuxcon in October. 
Oil on linen 18" x 24". There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Artists & Illustrators magazine

A friend has notified me that I am a featured artist for April 2017 on the Portfolio Plus page of the website for Artists & Illustrators magazine although I notice that I need to update my pages in Portfolio Plus as a number of the paintings marked available are actually sold.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Midnight Bay - stage 4

I managed to get a couple of hours work done on my return to the studio this afternoon and decided to get the foreground underpainting in. Originally in my mind's eye I saw the foreground as all silhouette but realised that it was too big an area to get away with that so I will have the figure and rocks in semi-silhouette in the final painting.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Midnight Bay - stage 3

Before I go away from the studio (back on Sunday) I have managed to get the sky pretty much how I want it and have painted in the distant rocky coastline. I am trying to keep the colours within a narrow range of green greys and blue greys which is now coming across at this point. It is a deliberately simple painting which I could finish the next time I am in the studio as a nice change from the previous more detailed pictures I have been doing recently.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Midnight Bay - stages 1 & 2

After the relative complexity of recent work I have resolved to paint three simple nocturnes as a change of pace. I am working larger than I normally would paint a picture like this as I am now more used to it and not so intimidated by a larger size like I used to be. It will be a relatively monochromatic picture, the colours and tones being mixes of variations of blue/green and red/oranges.
The first stage was "drawn" up with a small bristle brush and rag using a mix of Ultramarine Violet and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin and turpentine.
The second stage was blocked in with varying mixes of Kings Blue Light, Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Green, Emerald Green, Permanent Orange, Lemon Yellow and Warm White.