Monday, 30 August 2010


I made a little more progress on a couple of these pieces the other day. ‘Awake’ has been carved to sharpen up the gold lines. ‘The House’ has been gilded. Finally, I’ve started on the background for ‘Dreams_01’, it’ll need another coat to build up some of the darker areas and I’ve decided leave the figure in black and white rather than colour it, so that’ll need some tidying up and then it’ll be done. :)

Friday, 27 August 2010

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Awake My Soul

‘Dreams 01’ needed a little more drying time today so I’ve started three new pieces.

‘The Walk’, ‘The House’ and ‘Awake My Soul’. Most of the day was spent drawing, but I managed to size and gild ‘Awake’, so I‘ve plenty of pieces at different stages to work on tomorrow :) ‘Awake’ is going to serve as a test piece for gold painted leaves, I want to do several pieces with forest elements so I’m going to experiment a bit on this piece to see what we can do :)

Blogger seems to being a bit of a pain today, so I’ve spread the images over three posts…

The House

Drawing stage...

The Walk

Drawing stage...

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Dreams 01 - Under Painting Stage 02

More work on the “Dreams 01” painting today, I’ve worked in more detail and contrast, there are still some highlights etc to go in, but it needs to dry for a while now :)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Dreams 01 - Under Painting Stage 01

I’ve been doing some work on this first painting from the “Jack and his friends” modelling session today. The aim is to fuse the recent gold experiments with a more ‘finished’ piece of painting. If it all works out I’ll be using the techniques I’m exploring here along with the first gold experiments (the man with a dog one in particular) to produce a series of paintings.
As you can see I’ve applied the gold and am currently working on the under painting. I’ve painted the mid tones and next I need to balance these as I start pushing the highlights and shadows to increase the contrast. As I do this I’ll begin to sharpen the details and then it’ll need to dry before the colour is glazed over the top…then I can start on the gold over painting :)
The painting is (currently) called “Dreams 01” and the model is Mary.

Postcards 2010

I’ve been away on holiday, hence the quiet in here lately. I took lots of photos while away, and only did a few postcards this year, sorry if you didn’t get one, but after walking all over Snowdon all I wanted was a G&T ;)

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Cycles finished

Here are the finished pieces from this weeks studio session. I’ve experimented with the colours of each of these to see how far I can push things and learnt something useful from each, so a productive weeks work :)