Monday, 4 May 2015

4th May 2015




 My lovely mother in law on her 94th birthday

Saturday, 10 January 2015

10th January 2015

 I've been enjoying playing with the black/white/grey range. It really makes the flesh tones sing. 

 Amy does this slightly pursed mouth smile that is characteristic of her and quite hard to capture!



Friday, 26 December 2014

26th December 2014

 I've been experimenting with simple backgounds that consist of just one or two colours. Backgrounds are so hard!


 This is one of my biggest paintings so I kept the colours simple in greys and black. I liked the juxtaposition of the two children.

 These two paintings are done at life classes and are therefore more loose and creative. It's important for me to get away from photos,in order to inject more of myself into the work, and to develop creativity.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

28th October

My portrait of Julie, a woman in her 60' with a wonderful mane of grey/blond hair. She had a face full of expression...a life lived to the full. The painting was done from life, on a portrait course with Andrew James.

 We had started with a tonal sketch in charcoal and then in oils. Julie was more alert and cheerful at this early stage!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19th October 2014

Three paintings that I've been working on for the last few weeks. Two are from photos and one is from life.
This is actually quite a small painting...I was going for atmosphere by using glazes.

Looking at this again, I think I need to knock back the shadow areas of her dress...hmm...you never get to finish in this lark...there's always something else to do.

Done at life class last Tuesday. I loved the pose...and I've started to use the background to introduce liveliness and space.

Friday, 3 October 2014

October 3rd 2014 , Back to painting after a long hot summer. I've done a few paintings of my grandchildren, from photos, taken while on holiday in France.
I used some oil medium while painting this picture...it smelt awful, and got stuck to my fingers and brushes...but it made the colours glow beautifully.

Princesses climb trees too!

Cousins...just chillin'

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July 2014

July 2014
 Rana. I struggled in this painting to create a composition out of such a long slender woman. In the end it became a matter of balancing colours.

 Penny. I tried for the painterly approach in which every brush stroke shows.

 Abbey. I liked the russets and blue/greens.

 John, he has such a strong yet sensitive face. He looks a bit wistful here...he's probably yearning for the teabreak.