So, after a hiatus of almost two years, I’m trying to paint again. This is a start on one of the massive World War Two flak towers still standing here in Vienna. This particular one is in Arenbergpark.
Just back from the annual trip to Tuscany. Got a few rather mediocre paintings done. Still have some more time off work so will be trying to get a few more under my belt, and hopefully pull the standards up a bit!
Managed to get a much better photo this time (and without using the colour card, balance checker thingumajig), the colours here are pretty close to reality – at least on my screen. Pending any comments from the subject, I think this one is finished. So that’s one of my 52 target for 2016 out of the way! Unfortunately I appear to be a week behind the drag curve already…
Pleased with how this one has turned out. Not sure if the face really looks like who it’s supposed to be a painting of, but it least it looks human. Here’s a closer look at the face
Onwards and upwards!
Old paintings but seemed appropriate to give them another airing today
Probably finished; needs a little time to ‘incubate’ before I decide for certain. Not entirely sure about the title – any suggestions?
Some more plein air painting. Didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned it, but then they rarely do. I tried a couple of new techniques with this one, or at least ones I don’t often use. First was to use some liquin, particularly for the dark background and then in some of the greens. That worked out quite well. Second was to paint the sky in last – I have problems with the trees and so on picking up the sky colour otherwise. I don’t think that one worked quite so well.
Really struggling with this one. Just cannot seem to get that pillar just to the right of centre to work. I think maybe I should put this one away for a while and then come back to it with a fresh eye.
I think this one has turned out reasonably well. I’ve taken some liberties with the original photo, left a few things out to simplify the background, and of course the colours are a product of my imagination. The face doesn’t really look like a portrait of the French soldier in the book either; I really do need to do a lot more practice on faces, especially the colouring.
Taking a short break from the New York painting and have made a start on something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. This is the first painting in what I intend to be a triptych based on photos of the First World War. The photos are in a book that belonged to my late grandfather, who was a medic in WW1. Obviously the photos are in B&W, so I thought it would be interesting to try to paint them using a very limited palette, not something I’ve done before. This painting is only just started of course, so far I’ve used a wash of burnt sienna to tone the panel and then sketched in the initial drawing with transparent red oxide. This is entirely experimental for me, hopefully I will be able to make it work…