Saturday, 25 March 2017

Experimental Work

Here is the first piece in what will be a series of pieces of work focusing on form, line and colour. I'm trying to eliminate as much detail as I can, therefore you are left focusing only on the form, line and colour. Keeping everything simple is key to this series of work  My usual style is reliant on as much detail as possible but I'm wanting to free my creativity and be more flexible with how I apply paint and control it. There is still a bit too much detail in the image  than I would have liked for eg the buttons but hopefully as I create more I will be able to let go of those restraints. This piece was done as a live sketch as sitter sat using a computer, I then painted it from memory on a later day. Usually having a photo as an aid I felt freer painting this from memory and applying textural paint brush strokes allowed me to paint fast. I've blurred face to eliminate details but not to the point where the sitter isn't identifiable. For me this piece is an impression of the sitter not an exact copy. The black outlining of the image has been used to enhance the lines, form and colour.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Feeling Blue

Title: Feeling Blue
Medium: Oils On Canvas

Monday, 13 March 2017

Still Life (1)

Title: Still Life (1)
Medium: Oils on Canvas
Size: 30 x 40 inches

A still life that I've been working on for a few years now, on and off, hating it then loving it, but finally got it finished. It's been sitting in my studio looking sorry for itself for a long time. I had contemplated on painting over it as it just didn't seem to be going anywhere, but I picked it up and persevered with it. I surprised myself as towards the end I was enjoying working on this piece so much that I was sad to see it completed. The scale of it was a challenge as well as composition, having solid objects along side transparent & light reflecting ones did test me. This is probably my first ever still life, but it hasn't put me off creating more in the future.