Friday, June 27, 2008

Feather and Coffee 7x5in


This image was created using Indian ink, oil and some good coffee! Thought I'd try something totally different after all those apples.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Apple (impressionistic form) 7x5in

Heightened atmostphere is what I was looking to achieve with this piece. By using the oil paint in this 'impressionistic' manner I believe has given the object a kind of 'atmosphereic' quaility. Painters like Turner captured a strong sensation and atmostphere in what they painted.
Painters like Monet would have laid down paint in a similiar way. On finishing my painting I was reminded of an Irish painter who uses the same kind of vertical strokes. I just cant think of his name!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Apple (illusionistic form) 7x5in

Above is an example of a different and more common approch to the same apple I painted yesterday. This apple appears to possess actual volume and depth defing the flatness of the painting surface. It was artists like Da Vinci that established these conventions that enabled artists to create the 'illusion' of three dimentional forms by lighting the subject and then noting the changes that occurred across the surface of the subject.

Alot of artists still work this way In keeping with traditional conventions. I like to work at the moment in a I suppose 'semi - illustionistic manner'. As you can see with this piece I had to put a degree of variety in the brush strokes.

Looking forward to trying a different style tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Apple (delinated form) 7x5in


I was at the 'Impressionist Interiors' exhibition in the National Gallery yesterday.

I really enjoyed the show and ran around the gallery like a crazed schoolboy!

The exhibition comprises of paintings and drawings by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard to mention a few.

Degas and Gauguin's work excited me the most. While admiring some of Degas drawings from 1880 (100 years before i was even born!) it struck me that they look just as bold and eye catching as anything I see today in the galleries not to mention the advertising industry.

With that in mind I came back to the studio to create a oil painting where the influence of drawing extended into the painting process in a bold way. I know that artists like Degas, Cezanne and Picasso worked this way - deconstructing , flattening or simplifying and re-forming their chosen subject, and even though their subjects did not possess a ' traditional realness' through the use of line they can appear solid and very distinct.

Hope this apple manages to capture and describe form using outline and pattern!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Thistle 7x5in


This image had to be returned to for more work.Even with the initial shadow I felt that the thistle was lacking in weight.A more defined outline has helped it to 'sit' better.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kiwis 5x7in


Being used to painting mostly from sketches, photos and imagination - creating these pieces has been a really exciting challenge.

Orange Halves 7x7in


Monday, June 9, 2008

Red Apple 6x6in

These paintings are quite a departure for me from my usual way of working. The subject matter, treatment, and stylised approch are so removed from what I am used to, but I am really enjoying creating these paintings. I can safely say that these are my first 'still life' 'daily paintings' bar the sketches I used to do of my old track beaten sandles when on my travels.By limiting myself to about 3 hours per painting means that I can continue with my larger works.Hope you enjoy them.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

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