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Seascape oils

Here are a couple of oil paintings I’ve been working on recently, I’ve included some of the prep work so you can see the idea taking shape. It was a late night thought that began as a very rough sketch on my iPhone before bed…

Then ended up being worked into watercolours, sketched in pastel and pencil and finally went into oils… Here you can see the oil painting taking shape, the third pic is the final piece.

This is the second piece I made, I really wanted to work with a darker colour palette and get a really brooding image. I used several source images as well as working from my pastel sketches which had a real depth of colour in the blacks and blues. I really liked the piece at stage 2 with the lighter blues, but decided to tighten it up a bit and go for the moody pinks, as well as lowering the level of the sea to emphasise the weight of that stormy sky.

 

Norfolk cliffs

I’ve been working up some of my sketches into more finished pieces, also loving catching up on the SkyArts Portrait Artist of the Year series and learning loads from watching their techniques – especially loving the drip paintings as you can see…

The first sketch was done in situ using pen and coloured chalk pencils, then I worked the cliffs up in watercolour and finally added a dark black/blue layer using a thick watercolour mix and drawing with a stick. I’m really pleased with the vitality of the finished piece.

I got the idea from watching Nick Lord use drips to add texture to his large scale pieces

queenie

Image credit: Nick Lord “Queenie” http://www.degreeart.com/sites/default/files/product_images/nick_lord/queenie.jpg

I tried out the stick technique on a couple of old watercolours I did after a trip to Salamanca last year, that have been waiting for stage 2

 

malaysia sketches

Holiday sketches

We’ve just come back from a couple of weeks in France where I spent carefree Summers back in the day painting with my Dad. This time we had 2 busy children with us, so it was quick sketches in the evenings after busy days out. Here are a few pages from my holiday sketchbook…

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