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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