• Winter Sun

    A demonstration for the wednesday class. This is a mainly palette knife painting, in oils on board.

    First, I thinly washed some colour over the whole board, wiped off excess wetness and began the process of colour mixing and placing oil paint in slabs. There are a few bits of brushwork here. Also some sgraffito with a kebab skewer for the twiggy effects.

    My idea for the group was to show that subject matter for painting need not be the obviously dramatic or typical viewpoint.

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  • Big Cloud, Irvine Harbour

    The skies over the harbour are always changing; by the day, the hour, the minute even. I am finding a way to paint them by trying to understand the interpretation of the original view/photograph. I take loads of pictures of the harbourside and have been for years. It’s only now I think I am finding some way to get the drama onto canvas. The hills on the horizon are quite distant and it wasn’t until I dropped the idea of the land forms as a focus and began looking at the sky that the solution appeared in the clouds!

    This big cloud sat over the water for a while before sauntering off into town. It was quite a blowy day and pretty cold. I am using a lot of prussian blue these days and it is the dominant colour here. The painting was done in two sessions, mostly wet-in-wet with a few corrections over dry areas later.

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  • Stephen Phillips MBE

    A portrait of Professor Stephen Phillips MBE, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Editor-in-Chief of Parasitology, School of Life Sciences at University of Glasgow.

    Stephen has a project in mind to have his family in a series of portraits. This being the first one to be completed, Stephen is shown wearing the colours of his team, Partick Thistle.

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  • Green Jug updated

    The red part is killed off and a bluey green replaces it.

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  • Green Jug

    A green jug with flowers of the plastic variety painted with palette knife. No rush to finish a painting when the perishables aren’t perishable.

    The composition started with the intention of being central but a misjudged first few marks put paid to that. I don’t mind pushing the composition off centre but here I feel an unbalance. Not much in it but it’s there all the same. I tried a vertical line down the right to give a reason for the leftward leaning weight. And also the thin shelf stops abruptly on the right. I’ll call it quirky and perhaps get away with it!

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