Thursday, 11 April 2013

Bridges and barrels

A quick sketch of London Bridge in the evening from a phone camera photo; I have been collecting interesting clouds for some time now.  As another piece with a narrow range of values I am quite pleased with it although I may tweak the bridge a bit - the textures show up better in reality and I think it deserves a frame.  Its quite big for a sketch 16 x 20" Oil on linen.
I have also just started playing with glazing, I wasnt entirely satisfied with this painting, too monotone and too boring although I like the textures.  Finally I had a lightbulb moment and knew what do do.  I darkened the top left with some burnt umber, scrubbed in a bit of indian yellow on the lights and greyed the floor and walls with a light scumbling of kings blue.  Now it more closely resembles how I remember it, a dull day which lent a quiet and sombre atmosphere to the former monastery.   I'm very excited about the possibilities of making small adjustments and corrections using glazing and scumbling now I have seen how it works.  Also I am thinking I need to do a few more long and more considered paintings. 

Monday, 8 April 2013

The good, the bad and the mediocre

Some of the efforts from the last few weeks, all from life and a few drawings thrown in for the good measure - I've been neglecting basic drawing for a while and need to redress that so am trying to focus more when doing the warm ups.  I am also experimenting with reducing the tonal range on some of these, I dont always have dramatic light to work with and I am also interested in a bit more subtlety both on these quick studies and also in other longer pieces.  The larger studies are about 1.5 hours and the small ones 45 minutes approximately.
Oil on Arches paper 12 x 16"

Oil on Belle Arti canvas pad 12 x 16"

Oil on gessobord 12 x 9" (great surface, shame you cant buy it in the UK)
Oil on Gessobord 9 x 12"
Oil on Gessobord 5 x 7"
Oil on gessobord 6 x 6"