• Stephen's Mum

    This portrait was commissioned by Stephen. A painting of his mum, bought for his family on his birthday.

    He particularly asked for expressive brushstrokes, which is great to hear from a client. Makes the painting much more relaxed and hopefully that comes across in the image.

    Painted in warm greys and rose skin colours. Oil on canvas 14" x 14"

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  • North Ayrshire Open

    I am taking part in this year's North Ayrshire Open Exhibition. I have been lucky enough to be awarded the Provost's Prize for the drawing of Amy and Megan! Also submitted is the oil portrait of "Sandy" shown in a previous post.

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  • Cloud study

    Third demonstration of the week and another landscape, this time with a horizon a bit higher. The challenge for me here is the "white" of the cloud and the broken foreground, showing pools of water and reflections of sky.

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  • Sunset demo

    This is a demonstration for my Tuesday group. An exercise in alla prima, wet-on-wet oil painting. A two hour study painted on oil paper.

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  • Sandy - Red Chair

    Portrait now complete after a late shift last night. It’s never ideal to work till the small hours, but it has to go to the framers today in time for entry into North Ayrshire’s Open in 10 days time. I will enter this portrait along with the charcoal of Amy and Megan, below.

    The handling of the paint is rougher than usual but it is indicative of where I want to go with portraiture for a while. I got a bit tighter at the bottom right hand corner and the hand itself (Sandy’s left). This was the late night, last minutes bit, which which I would like to have given more consideration if time allowed.

    Next time, I will try and keep the quickness of strokes with a more fluid application. There are some dry scumble areas I would like to change a little. I am pleased with the direction it’s going in. One thing I must tackle is work ethic! Still too slow.(easily distracted) (Tired old tale)

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