Wednesday, June 17, 2009

'27 Newlands' -process 1

Another small canvas of a door around the corner from me. I do not know who the owner is but I like it because they have taken care to set the stage for their cottage.

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'The Thatcher' - process 3

This coming on nicely but as always with glazing takes time to dry!

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'24 Newlands' process 3

I don't know if you can see the difference here but I have added some more 'daubs' and a glaze. Looking at the photo has made me realize that the grass is way to busy ...

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'Babes in the Woods' - process 5

Starting to get some where with the Babes but as always very slowly. The test here will be how much I will paint out again to get some where towards my original vision?

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

'24 Newlands' process 2

This is a simple painting, in theory, being very close to the square houses with a triangular roof and straight path going to a central door that we all painted when we started school. So whilst there will be a little more detail added, yet, I am going to have to spend some time getting the tonal values right. That front door leaps ahead of the house closely followed by the windows and chimney. A problem that did not not concern my youthful self when describing the essence of a house.

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'Babes in the Woods' - process 4

Why am I trying to get the building structures right when I know that most of their details will be lost later in the painting? I have taken some liberties with the structures already but I think I need a better understanding in order to 'reduce' them whilst still giving a sense of place ... Cornmarket, Oxford.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

'The Lost Door'; in oils

Tried to resolve some of the colour difficulties I had with the Cotswold stone and cool shadows by working in oils. I have worked yet again on the small 18.0 x 12.0 cm coarse canvas that forces me to forget detail. So I think this is a better painting but can still hear the little voice in my ear saying ... "You can do better!"

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Monday, June 01, 2009

'24 Newlands' process 1

I drew straight on a blue acrylic painted canvas (18.0 x 12.5 cm) with charcoal and chalk. This is yet again round the corner from where I live.

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