Paintings of Boats: Co. Galway, Ireland

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I have visited Ireland many times and I love it.  Not only because my one of my very best friends lives there but because of it's beauty.  I have all these photos and haven't painted a single one.  Well, I decided to paint boats from last years trip to Galway and I am so glad I did!

I have visited Ireland many times and I absolutely love it. Not only because one of my very best friends lives there, but because of it’s vast beauty. I have all these photos and haven’t painted a single one. Well, I decided to paint boats from last years trip to Galway and I am so glad I did! (In the upper right of the photo you can see I store the gesso in an old ice cream tub, lol!)

"Resting Boats in Spiddal"  (Co. Galway, Ireland) 10 x 12 inches oil on cradled panel

“Resting Boats in Spiddal”
(Co. Galway, Ireland)
10 x 12 inches
oil on cradled panel

detail of "Resting Boats in Spiddal"

detail of “Resting Boats in Spiddal”

"Quiet Quay" (Kinvara, Ireland) 10 x 12 inches oil on cradled panel

“Quiet Quay”
(Kinvara, Ireland)
10 x 12 inches
oil on cradled panel

detail of "Quiet Quay"

detail of “Quiet Quay”

Painting process: Silver Braekel Bantam Rooster, 16 x 16 inches on cradled panel

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I am really getting into painting roosters.  The special breeds particularly peak my interest.  I happened to see a Silver Campine Rooster  at an animal sanctuary in Mistley, Essex.  The striking barred feathers and overlaying white feathers looked like it would be fun to paint and maybe a bit of a challenge.  So, above is the underpainting, next step will be painting the background using the palette knife.

I am really getting into painting roosters. The special breeds particularly peak my interest. I happened to see a Silver Braekel Bantam Rooster at an animal sanctuary in Mistley, Essex. The striking barred feathers and overlaying white feathers looked like it would be fun to paint and maybe a bit of a challenge. So, above is the underpainting, next step will be painting the background using the palette knife.

 

The background is a mix of Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine and Titanium White.  I used more brown than blue so my grey came out a bit warmer.  I want to cool black that I will be using right out of the tube to stand out against any other darks.  For the staw I used the side of the palette knife to draw across the paint in different directions, mimicking  scattered straw.

The background is a mix of Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine and Titanium White. I used more brown than blue so my grey came out a bit warmer. I want the cool black that I will be using (right out of the tube) to stand out against any other darks. For the straw I used the side of the palette knife to draw across the paint in different directions, mimicking scattered straw.

detail of the underpainting

detail of the underpainting

detail of the underpainting

detail of the underpainting

detail of underpainting

detail of underpainting and straw

With a greyish brown I have layer some feathers in.  Switching to a cream colour I add short marks for the bars on the feathers.

With a greyish brown I have added some feathers. Switching to a cream colour, I add short marks for the bars on the feathers.

detail of feathers

detail of feathers

After adding the long white feathers in with a brush, I add black and white right out the tubes to enhance the feathers.

After adding the long white feathers in with a brush, I add black and white (right out the tubes) to enhance the feathers.

detail of painted feathers

detail of painted feathers

detail of the face

detail of the face

Here he is finished and looking very dapper.  I might attempt this one again but larger.

Here he is finished and looking very dapper. I might attempt this one again, but larger.

What’s drying in my studio: Farm Animals! (16 x 16 inches)

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I rarely paint animals, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy it!  I took a recent trip to an animal sanctuary in Mistley, Essex where they had the most beautiful birds.  The roosters inspired me.  Also, a friend of the family raises British White cattle and I couldn’t resist painting one of the calves.  Both are available, please contact me for details.

"Portrait, Dutch Bantam Rooster"

“Portrait, Dutch Bantam Rooster”

"Portrait, British White Calf w/ Red Points

“Portrait, British White Calf w/ Red Points

 

Painting completed: Lilies, Botanical Fabric w/ plums

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Here is the finished painting.  The lilies have some movement in them and the plums look so yummy.  The fabric has become one of my favourites, I have used it a couple times recently.  I think it has to do with the teal colour in the leaves contrasting with the red-orange petals, lovely.

Here is the finished painting. The lilies have some movement to them and the plums look so yummy. The fabric has become one of my favourites, I have used it a couple of times recently. I think it has to do with the teal colour in the leaves contrasting with the red-orange petals, lovely.

(apple detail)

(apple detail)

(plum detail)

(plum detail)

Painting process: Lilies on a fancy patterned cloth- 30 x 30 inches

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My set up.  A bit darker than what I usually go for but I'm trying something different.

My set up. A bit darker than what I usually go for but I’m trying something different.

Sketching and underpainting done.

Sketching and underpainting done.

The cloth has the pattern painted in very loosely.  I will add more paint and details later on.

The cloth has the pattern painted in very loosely. I will add more paint and details later on.

 The background, leaves and stems are done so now I begin painting on the lilies using a palette knife.

The background, leaves and stems are done. I begin painting the lilies using a palette knife.

Working from the darkest parts of the flowers towards the lightest parts.  Now it's ready for some details.

Working from the darkest parts of the flowers towards the lightest parts. Now it’s ready for some details.

The lilies are complete.  I saved some paint from the background and the cloth, with this I finished the vase.  This is where I stopped last night.  I could have kept going but I didn't want to get sloppy as I began to get tired.   I will continue in a few hours.

The lilies are complete. I saved some paint from the background and the cloth, with this I finished the vase. This is where I stopped last night. I could have kept going but I didn’t want to get sloppy as I began to get tired. I will continue in a few hours.

(vase detail)

(vase detail)

“Farm Road”(Great Oakley) 10 x 20 inches

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The initial sketch of a farm with an estuary beyond (Great Oakley, Essex).

The initial sketch of a farm with an estuary beyond (Great Oakley, Essex).

Working my way from the top to the bottom.  Keeping the estuary in the distance very hazy.

Working my way from the top to the bottom. Keeping the estuary in the distance very hazy.

Trees have been painted in as I reach the more vibrant part of the painting.

Trees have been painted in as I reach the more vibrant part of the painting.

Simple shapes and colour blocked in for the farm buildings.  No need to get too detailed.

Simple shapes and colour blocked in for the farm buildings. No need to get too detailed.

Working my way towards the foreground.

Working my way towards the foreground.

I am basically finished at this point but I will add a few details.

I am basically finished at this point but I will add a few details.

Now I'm done. A bit different for me but I think it is very interesting.

Now I’m done. A bit different for me but I think it is very interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Sitting in the Poppies” 10 x 20 inches, painting process

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I remembered I was supposed to be photographing this a couple of steps in.  So, as you can see, I've already finished the sky and distant trees.  Next was starting with the cooler and darker tones in the foreground working my way up to the lighter and warmer tones in the center.

I remembered I was supposed to be photographing this a couple of steps in. So, as you can see, I’ve already finished the sky and distant trees. Next was starting with the cooler and darker tones in the foreground, working my way up to the lighter and warmer tones in the center.

Here is the field finished before I add the flowers.

Here is the field finished before I add the flowers.

(field detail)

(field detail)

With the side edge of my palette knife I swipe in a bright orange for the distant poppies.

With the side edge of my palette knife I swipe in bright orange for the distant poppies.

Poppies have been added.  I used a lot of paint on the tip of my palette knife to apply the red paint.

Poppies have been added. I used a lot of paint on the tip of my palette knife to apply the red paint.

(Poppy detail)

(Poppy detail)

Here is the finished product.

Here is the finished product.

My two recent landscape paintings.  Both are available.

My two recent landscape paintings. Both are available.

Small landscape: Purple Fields, 10 x 10 inches on cradled panel

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Essex has various fields of Borage or Starflowers and I always try to get a few photos.  The colour is a wonderful surprise  within the countryside around Colchester.  Below is a glimpse of my painting process for this lovely small landscape.

A quick sketch.

A quick sketch.

Starting from the top, working my way down.

Starting from the top, working my way down.

Adding the darker blues and purples in the foreground.

Adding the darker blues and purples in the foreground.

Finished!  I enjoyed working with the different shades of purple.  Perfect for a purple loving person :)

Finished! I enjoyed working with the different shades of purple. Perfect for a purple loving person :)

Painting Video: Autumn Street Scene

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Autumn Street Scene (2010)
music by Grant Green “Mambo Inn”

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