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Could you tell the difference between a watercolour and an oil painting?
Some here may or may not remember my starting this painting two years ago. It began as an experiment in photorealism, and to see whether I could do it or not. It was a daunting challenge to begin with, and progress was often slow. Last year at the beginning of this pandemic and my year-long […]
Yesterday I said I would try something a little different, by way of giving myself a break from working on my son’s portrait. Much more impressionistic and looser in style, I decided I would recreate one of my digital paintings in oil. I’ve been wanting to practise painting skies and clouds for some time […]
Happy Monday…to all. It is Monday, right? I don’t know. Every day merges into one. Besides, the day of the week has been irrelevant since I stepped into retirement some years back. Some things just stop being important, and it’s amazing just how quickly you let those things go. Including alarm clocks. Especially alarm clocks… […]
Who is this, Art? I don’t know, but he stops by everyday and bugs me until I do something creative. So much for social distancing, however! It turns out it requires quite a bit of physical energy to do analogue art, and although I’ve started a new watercolour painting, the subject: A disgruntled Floridian pigeon, […]
It has been a little while since I last posted anything here, although I have been keeping myself fairly busy with various painting projects. I believe I left you with my lighthouse painting in my last post. Since then I have completed the third watercolour painting of my daughter Grace, in a series that will […]
I’d prepared the layout sketch for this painting back in September, but since then the canvas has been sitting on my easel awaiting my studied presence. Two days before Christmas I decided to just get on with it. Once again, using Mr. Turner as my inspiration I imagined how he might instruct me to proceed […]
It is surprisingly difficult to take a decent photograph of an oil painting. There is just too much reflected light created by the textured brushstrokes for the camera’s sensor to adequately adjust exposure in a balanced and pleasing way. Furthermore, I don’t have the set-up to do a painting justice. The proper lighting is required, […]