new work

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Here the winter was very long this year. Not as cold as the east but it was not very pleasant. Thankfully it has begun to warm up and the snow and ice are melting.

Since the last post I have been very busy. I have been doing preparatory work for new paintings and a portrait commission. Before I start these new paintings I needed to do a colour study. The source material for these are black and white and so my task is to work out a simplified colour palette for translating that material into coloured work. I chose a simple colour pose that I had in my reference folders to work from. The exercise was successful as far as my task went but I continued beyond what was needed for study and it became a finished painting in its own right. It is oil on canvas and the size is 16×15″ Except for a touch of Verditer Blue in the back ground the five colours I used were raw sienna, burnt sienna, raw umber, Van Dyke brown and white. This is very simple compared to my usual palette where I use many more tubed colours. More about the palette when I post images of new work soon.

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New website


For most of February I have been working on a new website for myself. Most of my older work is still presented but I have shifted things around a bit. I hope it easy for you to see a good cross section of my work and I’m looking forward to adding new work very soon.

Here is the new address:

the previous address should get you to the same place too!

My last site has been up since 2006 and I am very grateful to my Dad who built it and maintained it for all of these past 8 years!

First Rose

1st rose

This work that I wrote about last time is finished now.

It is 10×10″ and oil on board.  I enjoyed painting this one and have learned so much by doing it that I have another very similar set up to work from. First though, I am off to start another drawing for the portrait based works that I introduced a couple of months ago here:

For those that look at paintings I’m sure you know that photography describes them fine but doesn’t really capture a painting so this one will be at later in the week if you want to see it in the flesh.