Sunday, 21 April 2013

"The Bulldog Blues" Still life painting with guitar

THE STORY:
He's awoken  by the sound of the letterbox. There on the door mat is an envelope with just his name handwritten on the front. He opens it, it's from his girl friend. A short but precise note stating that the relationship is over.
 With the note is the door key and the ring she nagged him for all last Summer.
He knows there is no point in trying to change her mind, he's too proud to beg, too stubborn to admit he really cares. Anyway, it means he can now do as he pleases, a new found freedom.
 An indomitable bulldog spirit is all that's required.
 But deep down it hurts.
 So for now he'll pour a glass of good ale, pick up his guitar and compose himself  "The Bulldog Blues"
THE BEER:
It was the label that first drew my attention to this bottle of beer. I love the design. Simple, fun and very British ! I don't usually like dark ales but in the name of art I thought I would just have to try it ;) I was pleasantly surprised, it's really smooth and fruity, no harsh after taste like so many of the dark ales. It's definately going back on my shopping list ! It's brewed by Nethergate Brewery in Essex. Check out their other beers here Nethergate Brewery 
THE PAINTING:
Acrylic on box canvas, 20"x 24"x 1.5"
I've sketched up the composition using a simple grid and started to block in the background colour using 3 layers of paint...
I've now done more work on the background by putting in some texture and started the underpainting on other areas. The jumper and beer have been added as well. Made good progress today...
 I've started to build up the layers of colour on the guitar. More detail was added to the top left and I painted in the records ...yes..we still have records! ;) Not such a clear photo of it today....
The next step was to work on the denim, I also started the top of the guitar. I't begining to look like a picture now :)
 I've made good progress on the guitar today. It's taken ages to get the fiddly bits right but it's good to get them done. Still have a lot to do to the guitar but I really need it to dry overnight so I can add some more tomorrow ...
 I had a good day painting and managed to get it finished . Growler brewery love it ! :)
"The Bulldog Blues"
Acrylic on box canvas 20"x 24"x 1.5"
"Bull Dog Blues" still life with guitar





 

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Ceramic pictures and painting a classic MGTC

My exciting news this week is that 4 of my paintings are going to be produced as ceramic picture . I think they look great . I love the colours and the raised outlines. Each measures 11"x14" and will be available from  Fiesta Studios
"Pirates and Plaice" Ceramic picture tile




"Into the blue" Ceramic picture tile


"Full Steam" ceramic picture tile

Looking at these made me realise that the one thing I havn't painted was a car. I thought I would paint something that was bright, colourful and classic. I couldn't think of anything better than an old red MG....
                                                                            "MG"
                                                       Acrylic on box canvas, 202x 16"x 1.5"
Painting of a classic MG


Wall view of the "MG"

Thursday, 4 April 2013

"Paint-Ted", Still life painting of a teddy bear

For a bit of fun I thought I would paint my little teddy bear again. The first time I painted him was for the Eightbyeight project http://www.eightbyeight.org/ ,along with a painting of a pink toy fairy
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 They were only 8" square so I thought I would paint him a bit bigger.

He sits in my room next to an old honey pot that I keep my small brushes in, watching me work with an intense look of concentration on his face. Seemed only right to paint him "in situ" :)
Work in progress "Paint-Ted" Acrylic on box canvas 24"x 12"x 1.5"
Today I concentrated on the left hand side of the painting. The glass of water and paint tubes are just about done.Still more to do on the bear but he's getting there...
 Added the honey pot and brushes on the right hand side. It's odd painting something that sits and stares at you! A brighter photo of it today as the sun's shining at last!

The sun's still shining and I've finished painting my little bear...I hope he approves!
"Paint-Ted"
Acrylic on box canvas 24"x 12"x 1.5"
Still life with teddy bear




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