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Friday, 23 March 2018

The Longest Day sold

"The Longest Day', a painting from 2013 has just sold through Asgard Arts. A lone lifeguard watches a storm approach from the sea; there is a lateral connection here to the film of the same name...
Based on the beach at Hove where I live in the UK.
Oil on board 18" x 36".

Sunday, 18 March 2018


I decided to stick with this title even though there is a video game coming out soon with the same name. I wanted to paint something less complicated than the previous picture and decided to use a similar colour palette but use it on a portrait of a vampire to keep going the current gothic theme of my work. I wanted her quite pale and desaturated against a textured background and although I am posting this as though finished I might paint a scumble glaze over the whole picture to knock it back a bit more tomorrow morning.. I will decide over my morning coffee! Naomi Wood was the model.
16" x 20" oil on linen.
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Vampyr - stage 6

In the couple of hours painting I was able to get in today before being away from the studio, back on Saturday, I have worked on the face and some of the hair. Still trying to hold back from putting in too much contrast and may well paint a semi-transparent glaze over it to knock it back if needed at the end, I want this to be subtle...

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Vampyr - stage 5

I have painted the second glaze/scumble over the background and painted the first layer of a desaturated blue made up of a mix of Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and Zinc White over the figure as well as a first pass on the hair. I want the figure to be soft and ethereal, the focus being the black eyes so even the red hair has to be knocked back later on when the figure is established. Looking at it now I realise that the shadows in the figure should be kept light -  something to remember for tomorrow morning's session before I leave the studio for a few days.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Vampyr - stage 4

In the couple of hours I had this morning before being away from the studio back on Monday, I have painted another glaze of Burnt Umber over the figure and mixed the Umber with Burnt Sienna and painted over the hair. I then had time to put in the first scumbled glaze on the background. As this had to be semi-opaque I used a mix of Zinc White, Burnt Umber and Manganese Violet. Still trying to remember that I want the whole painting in the tonal mid-range saving the brightest highlight for the reflection in the black eyes.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Vampyr - stages 1 to 3

Stage 1

Working title only at the moment as there is a video game coming out with the same name...I have just discovered. After the complexity of "A Secret Garden" I wanted to paint something with a darker mood like that but a simpler image. I decided on a portrait of a vampire using similar colours to the last painting - cold desaturated blues for the face and body, desaturated violets for the background and red hair (relatively desaturated) everything painted with semi opaque scumbles and glazes. It will be kept tonally in the dark to mid range with the brightest white just for the light reflections in the black eyes. The lovely Naomi Wood is the model.

I have used a relatively warm Burnt Umber for the underpainting as cold blues and violets will be on top. 
Stage 1 is the basic "drawing" with a thin bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Umber and Vandyke Brown thinned with Liquin and turpentine.
Stages 2 and 3 are wash-ins using thicker versions of the same paint mix but with some Burnt Sienna in the hair. Some Lukas Number 5 Medium and Liquin Impasto was used to quicken the drying time so I could apply two coats in the same day.

Stage 2

Stage 3

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Sultan's Favourite sold

"The Sultan's Favourite" has just sold through Asgard Arts.
Oil on canvas 39 1/2" x 15 3/4".

Saturday, 17 February 2018

A Secret Garden

The origins for this painting came from a photo I had taken of my parent's garden at night in the winter with a fresh fall of snow on the ground. The photo shown below had an atmosphere and lighting that I liked and from this grew an idea of an overgrown garden in the fuzzy moonlight with the moon being the only bright area in the picture, everything else being dark and desaturated. In my mind I saw the setting as a garden on a slope leading up to a ruined house on the top silhouetted against the moonlit sky. It was composed roughly around the Rule Of Thirds with the sky occupying the top third and the terrace the figure walks on as the bottom third. It was difficult to compose as apart from the moon there is no dominating feature so it relies on the central grouping of the pond, terrace and steps to hold the composition together. I roughed in these features first and then made the rest up as I went along offsetting one element against another asymmetrically for variety of shape and tone. It operates within a very limited tonal range, the colouring based around a kind of violet/brown base, cold bluish highlights from the moonlight against warmer brown violets of the garden, this colour scheme being alleviated by the introduction of some greens albeit quite desaturated. I wanted the garden to look jumbled and overgrown so the painting had to look like that with the eye wandering around the picture at different elements, the only compositional place to start being the moon in the sky, even the figure is kept back as I did not want her to be the first focus of the painting.
The model was the lovely Naomi Wood, the reference photo coming from an earlier session for another painting.
This is a painting that should be heading for IX in October this year.
Oil on linen 30" x 20". There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Monday, 12 February 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 14

This is as much as I could get done in this morning's session before leaving the studio, back on Thursday. I have worked some more on the figure and then made a start on the bullrushes in the left corner. The figure will be knocked back a bit when I return to hopefully finish the painting on Friday...

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 13

Fortunately on my return to the studio the weather has been very bright so I have been able to get quite a lot done today and yesterday. I have now finished, barring a few tweaks, the right hand side of the foreground and have got the left hand side ready for painting in the bullrushes tomorrow morning. I have worked also on the figure but she is not finished yet. I am hoping to finish the painting on my next sessions in the studio on Thursday and Friday as I have to go away for a few days tomorrow, These photographs, however much I play around in Photoshop, still look too harsh and conrasty and when I have finished it I will post in Facebook etc from a scan and not from the camera.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A Secret garden - stage 12

In the couple of hours work I managed to do this morning I roughed in the figure (she will be darker than this) and put some more work into the stonework before I had to clear up, next painting session on Saturday.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 11

While away from the studio I decided that I didn't want the figure to be glowing but instead semi-silhouetted in the moonlight and merging more into the garden. To this end I strengthened the lines on the figure yesterday and then ran a wash over it today to knock it back. I also decided to change the foreground bullrushes to a later part of the season when the spikes become cottony-like, this will be seen at the end of the painting.
The colours are arranged in a warm/cold axis with cold bluish moonlight and warmer desaturated brown/blue/violets for the garden and sky.
Most of today's session was spent painting the stonework of the steps and foreground terrace.

Friday, 2 February 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 10

This is as far as I have got with the painting as of this morning. I will now be away from the studio coming back on Monday when I intend to make a start on the foreground and steps.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 9

This is another painting that is hard to photograph! I have painted in a large part of the overgrown trees and plants and have now started on the underpainting for the stonework but due to difficult photography conditions this afternoon I can't show the true progress on the painting until tomorrow, this was far I had got until lunchtime today.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 8

This morning I was able to get some work done on the mid-ground trees and shrubs before I leave the studio for a few days back on Wednesday. Introducing much darker tones now.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

A Secret Garden - stage 7

Only managed to get in an hour yesterday and four this morning before bad light stopped me painting during which time I have worked on the kiosk and steps in the mid-ground as well as darkening the areas where the foliage is going to go. Hoping to get a decent painting session tomorrow before being away for a few days from the studio.

Nightmare On Kensington Street sold

"Nightmare On Kensington Street" has just sold through Asgard Arts. This was painted a few years ago for my series of paintings of Brighton where I live in the UK. The whole street  in the North Laine area of Brighton consists of the backs of buildings that have been covered in graffiti art with this one still in place today.
Oil on board 18 1/2" x 18 1/2".

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A Secret Garden - stages 5 & 6

Stage 5
On my return to the studio I roughly painted in some trees in the nearer garden as I want it to look to have been abandoned long enough for good size trees to have grown there. I then finished off painting the background sky and trees before moving on in stage 6 when I have started to block in some glazes over the stonework of the steps and urns etc so that that I can work on the greenery next time I am here on Friday as I need to get a lot of dark tones in so that I can work out the specific lighting that I have in mind in the moonlight.

Stage 6

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Infected By Art
Pleased to see that I have a painting accepted for the annual publication Infected By Art Volume 6. The painting accepted is "Midnight Keep" painted for last year's IX in Reading PA.

Midnight Keep

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A Secret Garden - stages 3 & 4

Stage 3
Initial thoughts about the colour while I was away from the studio were to use mixes of red/browns and green with blues for the moon, moonlight and figure but after trying this out yesterday afternoon on my return (stage 3) I had second thoughts as I looked at it over my morning coffee. I really want to avoid painting it in variations of blues this time and anyway I want the whole picture to be pretty desaturated so I resolved to use mixes of Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Manganese Violet and Ultramarine Blue all mixed with varying amounts of Zinc and Warm White.

Stage 4

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Secret Garden - stages 1 & 2

Stage 1
Influenced by a combination of a photo I had taken recently of my parent's garden at night and the paintings of Charles Robinson this will be a moody night painting of an old abandoned garden next to a ruined country house. I want everything to look overgrown and crumbling with just a naked girl walking through illuminated by the moonlight. This was quite a complicated picture to draw up as it will very much hold together or not by it's tonal design and has no dominant feature to hang the painting on for compositional impact - it will all be about the lighting.
Stage 1 was "drawn" up using Van Dyke Brown mixed with Liquin and turpentine and applyed by a small bristle brush.
Stage 2 was put in with a rag and 1/2" brush using the same paint mixture thinned with more turpentine.

Stage 2

Friday, 12 January 2018

Riva Del Ferro sold

One of my Venice paintings, "Riva Del Ferro", from some years ago has just sold through Asgard Arts. The location is on the Grand Canal very near to the Rialto.
18 1/2" x 18 1/2" oil on board.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ruth Rouge

This painting started out as an experimental landscape trying out some textural ideas using combs and paint shapers but when I got to a certain point I just didn't see it going anywhere as I was unable to control the effects in the way I wanted. I began to take the paint off the board with a kitchen towel and liked the textures it was producing so I decided to run the paint over the whole board and then move it around with a kitchen roll which produced some interesting shapes and textures that would be ideal to use as a background for a portrait...hence "Ruth Rouge"which is linked by colour to an older painting "Naomi Rouge". The model is the beautiful Ruth Netania of whom I had a good set of reference photos taken a few years ago to choose from.
I tried to keep back the lightest highlights until the end when I just painted in a few "wet" highlights on the nose etc as I wanted the figure to stay back in space and be nearer to the background. There is something a bit Deco about the feel of the picture, probably due to the background looking like the Bakelite used a lot in those days and Ruth's propensity for 1930s/40s (?) hairstyles and clothes.
Oil on board 18 1/2" x 18 1/2".
There is a step-by-step progress through this painting in previous posts on this blog.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ruth Rouge - stages 5 & 6

Stage 5
On my return to the studio I started to warm up the highlights after some deliberation while away but was unable to photograph it at the end of the day due to the poor light.
Stage 6 shows how far I have been able to get before once again being away from the studio until Saturday when I hope to finish it. I am holding back on the light areas as I am planning on painting in a few carefully placed juicy highlights right at the end.

Stage 6