Posts Tagged ‘world war one’

Pills and soap

Posted in exorably on November 22nd, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
A foreign field. Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

A foreign field. Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

Collisions

Posted in candescently on November 16th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
A foreign field (work in progress). Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

A foreign field (work in progress). Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

Well I’ve been working on this one a bit over the weekend, and went for the limited palette option as you can see. Not easy working this way, but I think the sombre colouring suits the subject. I’ve used yellow ochre, cadmium red, titanium white and ivory black. Still lots to do, clearly, but a few things stand out to me as needing correction: ¬†add some trees or similar to break up the outline of the distant church; reduce some of the darker patches in the mid-distance area to the right of the picture; put some more variety into the colours of the rocks in the bottom left; perhaps increase the value, just a little, in some of the deeper shadow areas. Maybe I’ll push a little red into those shadows.

Seems like a good palette for paintings like this though. First time I’ve tried anything quite so restricted, but it’s definitely worth some more experimentation I think.

Terror of knowing

Posted in trospectively on November 11th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
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A foreign field (work in progress). Oil on canvas panel. 40 x 50 cm.

Roughed this one out in raw umber this evening. Undecided whether to use a limited earth palette or not.

Finished

Posted in solubly on March 2nd, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
What now, brother? Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

What now, brother? Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Step on the brakes to get out of her clutches

Posted in cognito on February 23rd, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Getting close to being done now. Still a few obvious bits to be done, and I think I have to re-do the face of the man drinking from the canteen. All the faces need more colour I suspect, maybe they should be pinker? Still struggling to come up with a good title as well, any suggestions would be very welcome!

Sunday update

Posted in spiration on February 16th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Faces are not getting any easier to paint. At first I thought these weren’t too bad, now I think they’re just too flat-looking and colourless. Grr!

Two steps ahead

Posted in cognito on February 15th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment

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Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

A couple of stages in the development of this one. Have done a little more since as well, made a (rough) start on the faces. I’ll post a pic of that tomorrow. Not sure of the title for this one yet, any suggestions very welcome!

Latest start

Posted in candescently on February 9th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Untitled. Oil on canvas panel. 20 x 24.

Sketched this out today in raw umber. It’s another one from my late grandfather’s book. Nice to be working on a larger scale.

Work detail

Posted in some corner of a foreign field on February 8th, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment
Work detail. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

Work detail. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

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.

And finally…

Posted in terminably on February 2nd, 2014 by Graham – Be the first to comment

Last update of the weekend.

Untitled. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

Untitled. Oil on stretched canvas. 10 x 14.

And so we approach the tricky part – painting the face. Hmm. This is from a photo of a French soldier in World War One, carrying wooden crosses for temporary graves. The photo is in a book that belonged to my late grandfather, ‘The First World War’. Interesting that it was titled that, as it was published in the early 30′s.