Thursday, 24 September 2009

Twilight View

I did this from a sketch I did of the view out of my office window at night. I'm not sure if it works - I didn't enjoy painting it that much - maybe because of the dark colours.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Pleasant view

The view from my office/studio window.

Morning light

It's just about impossible to paint this sort of light effect from life and photos dont' work so I did a quick tonal sketch as preparation for this one. I've got a value measurement thingy that I made as a result of reading 'Color' by Betty Edwards and used that to measure the tones. My colour and value wheels are a huge help when painting.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Chinese Bowl with oranges

I've been doing this 8x6 still life for a few days now, but have to stop today as the oranges are just 'on the turn'.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


I saw an advert for a life drawing session in my local artshop. It turned out to be an artist who lives in the next road to me, who wants people to join him and share the cost of the model. He was starting the weekly sessions today so I went there and really enjoyed it. It's nice to draw with like-minded people who want to do long poses rather than 5 or 10 minute ones. We did two one and a half hour drawings - my first was rubbish because I was a bit nervous. This one was better as I had warmed up a bit.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Frosty Morning

I did this today from a photo taken earlier this year. It's 8 x 6 - obviously a small scale - I had no idea how it would turn out. I wanted it to look a bit painterly and I'm fairly pleased with it as a step towards learning more about oil painting. I know I've got a long way to go - and I've got to get the hang of photographing paintings as well!

Thursday, 3 September 2009


This was done as an exercise from the 'Color' book by Betty Edwards. I'm going to try and do a lot more oil painting now I've got my new 'studio'.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Molly again

I just love drawing Molly!