Thursday, October 30, 2008

Detail from Christmas Card

We have turned the heating on at last so I am a bit warmer and am no longer painting in two fleeces and a warm scarf. I am about to varnish three small oil paintings for inclusion in the Eynsham Arts Group Exhibition which starts on the 22nd of November. All will be suitable for Christmas gifts.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Still drawing my Christmas card. I have shown you a section where I was playing around with Photoshop filters. Experimenting/playing in Photoshop is fun as nothing is lost.

It is flipping cold in the studio and I am reluctant to turn on the heating. So I am going to be doing a lot more drawing this winter as my room is the warmest place in the house.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Into the Darkness, Swinford Toll Bridge

I finished this with oil pastels. I find the texture and movement put down with oil paint very interesting but the small size of the canvas stopped me from getting into the detail. Good or bad? I need time before I can decide.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"See how the lilies of the field grow."

My daughter R gave me some amazing lilies. So at breakfast over the last week I have been doing some drawings from life.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

'Senecio Press & Creative Art Gallery Open Art Competition'

My picture 'The Christmas Apple' is one of the shortlisted entries to the 'Senecio Press & Creative Art Gallery Open Art Competition'. It will be exhibited in The Henmans Garden Gallery in the grounds of The Oxfordshire Museum throughout 'Art in Woodstock', a major visual arts festival to be held in Woodstock from 25th October – 2nd November 2008.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Christmas Card 2008

Started work on my Christmas card with the idea that I wanted an image of Eynsham Morris trudging through the snow. This time of year the light goes early and my studio is cold. So I am working in Photoshop in my warm bedroom. The drawing is unfinished but I had some fun using the 'filters' in Photoshop

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

This and That

Janus is finished. I kept it very graphic which made it the easiest painting. I enjoy mythology which is why it is a reoccurring theme in my paintings. The "tunnel" or "flames" he is walking through is my opening front door.

Dryad is still not right and I have yet again painted out her left arm and hand. When I painted out M I did not hide the repainting of the image. I like the idea of the 'process' showing on the ... eventually ... finished picture. So I struggle on well out of my comfort zone.

I am trying not to get bogged down in detail with Darkness. I do keep forgetting!!!!

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