Something new: Naive style portraits

I have been working on a project involving portraits with a narrative.  The naive style of the portraits gives a nod to illustration and helps the viewer see the painting as a whole and not  a traditional portrait.  I have been painting a few on and off and I think these three are the best.  I am still figuring out where I'm going with these, but I think I'm headed in a good direction. Above: "Red locks and hollyhocks" oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches.
I have been working on a project involving portraits with a narrative. The naive style of the portraits gives a nod to illustration and helps the viewer see the painting as a whole and not a traditional portrait. I have been painting a few on and off and I think these three are the best. I am still figuring out where I’m going with these, but I think I’m headed in a good direction. Above: “Red locks and hollyhocks” oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches.
"Meet me by the tree" oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches
“Meet me by the tree” oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches
"The couple" oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches
“The couple” oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches

Latest painting: “Late Spring bouquet with figs”

Sorry, I haven't been posting too much lately.  I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done.  I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Below is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
Sorry, I haven’t been posting too much lately. I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done. I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Above is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
The colour has been blocked in.
The colour has been blocked in.
Here in the finished piece. "Late Spring bouquet with figs", oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
Here in the finished piece. “Late Spring bouquet with figs”, oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
A close-up of the bouquet.
A close-up of the bouquet.

Just finished: Ranunculus and plums

I have been working really hard this past week.  This is my latest painting which I finished in the wee hours of this morning.  Here is the sketch that I started with.
I have been working really hard this past week. This is my latest painting which I finished in the wee hours of this morning. Here is the sketch that I started with.
The underpainting looks pretty close to what the finished painting will look like.  I really enjoyed painting all the different blues.
The underpainting looks pretty close to what the finished painting will look like. I really enjoyed painting all the different blues.
A close up of the progress on the pitcher and the finished stems.
A close up of the progress on the pitcher and the finished stems.
I finished this in two days.  Without all the details of other vases and plates, I was able to focus on fewer elements.  I enjoyed the simplicity.  I will take a break this weekend and find more inspiration.
‘Blue April, a pitcher of Spring’ 30 x 30 inches, oil on board- I finished this in two days. Without all the details of other vases and plates, I was able to focus on fewer elements. I enjoyed the simplicity. I will take a break this weekend and find more inspiration.

Back in the studio! Working on a 30 x 30 inch still-life

I have been taking a little break from painting and posting things on this blog.  I am back now and feeling rested and excited to get painting again!  I have laid out my paints and my fave palette knives.
I have been taking a little break from painting and posting things on this blog. I am back now and feeling rested and excited to get painting again! I have laid out my paints and my fave palette knives.
Here is my studio at the moment.  I have just finished a quick sketch.  I am using the lilies in the set-up along with a photo reference of a past set-up.  The lilies in the photo reference fit the composition.  When these bloom I will use them in the next painting.  Now, I will add some colour!
Here is my studio at the moment. I have just finished a quick sketch. I am using the lilies in the set-up along with a photo reference of a past set-up. The lilies in the photo reference fit the composition. When these bloom, I will use them in the next painting. Now, I will add some colour!