The first painting I have done since the portrait workshop was to rework some older pieces that have been bugging me. I suddenly knew what to do - how strange it is when that happens. So here are the before and afters.
I chopped the bottom off to square it then repainted the foliage, lightening the yellow and re-emphasising the darker twisty branches. Much better I think.Oil on Aluminium
8 x 8"
I've been wrestling with this one for a long while, its a painting from a life sketch and it still may not be finished but its getting closer. I knocked back the contrast on the elbow, added more flesh to the leg and re-aligned the spine as well as adding some more graphic elements to the contours around the shoulders. I may not have finished with the background and I am a bit sick of it but it wont defeat me.
Oil on linen
20 x 28"
This one has been treated to a good sanding then a thin white layer scumbled over the foreground to knock back some of the orange and make it more snowy and atmospheric. Then I popped it into a black frame and I do believe its done. Not bad from a phone snap I took whilst walking through the local nature reserve a couple of winters ago.
Oil on Aluminium
8 x 12"
I had to have another try with Davids face this 20 minute sketch revealed to me that the eyes were too small in the painting.
Pan Pastels on paper