Armed Forces Art Society annual show

Very pleased to once again have some work in the AFAS annual exhibition.  As usual it’s being held in the Mall Galleries, dates are 11-16 July.  Try to drop in if you’re in London!

These are the paintings I have in the show.

Fallujah – 2005. Oils. 40 x 50 cm.

Fallujah – 2005.
Oils. 40 x 50 cm.

Ark Royal. Oils. 40 x 50 cm.

Ark Royal.
Oils. 40 x 50 cm.

Hazy day on University Drive. Oils. 70 x 25 cm.

Hazy day on University Drive.
Oils. 70 x 25 cm.

Entanglements

Lt H Baker RCNR MBE - Atlantic Patrol. Oil on canvas panel. 50 x 40 cm.

Lt H Baker RCNR MBE – Atlantic Patrol. Oil on canvas panel. 50 x 40 cm.

Made some various tweaks to the face today, and added some more texture to the duffle coat.  I’m still not really happy with some aspects of how I’ve painted the face, but have decided to stop as I’m getting that niggly feeling that if I fiddle about much more I may mess things up entirely.  (Unless of course the client wants me to adjust anything).

Interestingly, I seem to have made one of those paintings where the eyes follow you around the room…

Here’s a closer view of his face

Detail view

Detail view

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Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 50 x 40 cm.

Untitled work in progress. Oil on canvas panel. 50 x 40 cm.

The result of today’s work on this one.  I think the hands, face and cap are finished.  Not sure whether to do any more on the coat, I’m tempted to leave it as is so that it doesn’t draw attention from the face.  Here’s a close-up:

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And finally, here’s the main photo I’ve been working from.  Obviously it’s been colourised, and for some reason they made his eyes blue when they were actually brown.  Not sure how well I have captured the likeness, portraits are a new area for me.  I think the painting at least looks human!

Ice Nine

HMS Ark Royal - work in progress. Oil on linen panel. 20 x 16.

HMS Ark Royal – work in progress. Oil on linen panel. 20 x 16.

Started this one over a year ago, didn’t like how it was going and shelved it. Something prompted me to do a re-visit, so here we are. Repainted the sky today, and worked on the ocean too; still have to repaint the ship’s wake and do a bit more work around the bow wave. I’ve gone over some of the actual ship too, trying to work in a looser, less fussy style – make it look a little more ‘painterly’. Hopefully things will work out better this time and I’ll actually get her finished…

England expects

Went to my first ever plein air workshop last weekend, with Michael Richardson at Whitstable in Kent.  Had fun and learnt a lot, met some great people too, including one of my favourite artists, Karl Terry.  Inspiring to paint next to him – although it was just a little demoralising to watch him turn out two great paintings in the time it took me to produce one mediocre effort!

Here are the paintings from the first day

View across Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

View across Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

West from Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

West from Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

The Quayside, Whitstable. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

The Quayside, Whitstable. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

And from day two…

Fishing boats in Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

Fishing boats in Whitstable harbour. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

This one sold from the easel, which was nice!

West across Whitstable Bay. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

West across Whitstable Bay. Oil on board. 11 x 14.

End of the weekend, Whitstable Bay. Oil on board. 8 x 10.

End of the weekend, Whitstable Bay. Oil on board. 8 x 10.