Monday, 23 November 2015

Cup and Lemon

I've finished my 'dark period for now, but I may go back to it! I'm not particularly pleased with this painting. It's on a blue ground for a change, and I did a preparatory drawing. I've experimented with a new signature on this one too! It's oil on board 6 x 6 inches.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Low-key Lemons

Oil on board 8 inches by 6 inches.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Pretty Apple

This apple was quite beautifully coloured... I decided to adopt a low tonal key for this painting. 6 x 6 oil on board.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Cautious Process

Just thought I'd share the process I go through at the moment to paint a still life. If I don't make a careful drawing to start with I often find things go awry, so I first look at my set up through the small framed acetate sheet shown below (measuring 4 x 3 inches), to work out the composition. Then I draw a grid in my sketchbook to the same size as my board (8 x 6 inches) and draw in a grid to the same proportions as my acetate frame (2 inch squares). Then I look at the set up through the acetate grid, holding it as still as possible, observing important edges and measurements through the grid and marking them down on the sketchbook grid. Then I continue with the sketchbook drawing until I feel the drawing is correct. (The drawing for this painting is shown below.) Then I draw the grid on my board (bear with, bear with...!!) and use the sketchbook drawing to make an accurate drawing on the board in chalk pastel. Such is my cautious process at this time, hopefully one day I'll be able to throw caution to the wind!!!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

The importance of drawing

I decided to do a proper drawing of this set up before painting it as previous attempts at painting this bowl without planning first have resulted in failure! I use a small grid drawn on acetate in the same proportions as my painting and look through it at the set up marking edges on a grid drawn on paper to the same size as the painting, then spend time observing and making a proper drawing on the paper, subsequently transferring it to my painting board. If this sounds confusing I'm sorry, I will try to clarify in future posts with photographs of how I go about it! Oil on canvas board 8 x 6 inches.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Lemon on Pink

I'm not keen on this painting - I think the lemon is painted quite lazily, ha ha! But I quite like the pink scarf which I used as the backdrop.