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!

A whole lotta pomegranates…again

I will be working on a series of spilled fruit paintings for the Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh. This is the first of four that will be available in March. I am working on a 30 x 30 inch cradled panel. Here is the underpainting.
I will be working on a series of spilled fruit paintings for the Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh. This is the first of four that will be available in March. I am working on a 30 x 30 inch cradled panel. Here is the underpainting.
A close-up of the underpainting
A close-up of the underpainting
The whole pomegranates have been finished. I decided to leave it here until tomorrow.
The whole pomegranates have been finished. I decided to leave it here until tomorrow.
close-up of a whole pomegranate
close-up of a whole pomegranate

Painting process: Pink house, yellow field, 30 x 30 cm

I have been working on a series of Suffolk landscapes.  Above is the sketch.  This painting is 30 x 30cm and will be available framed when dry.
I have been working on a series of Suffolk landscapes.  Above is the sketch of the third in the series. 
The underpainting.
The underpainting.
The trees and house in the distance have been painted in with a small palette knife.  I dug and dragged through the paint to create tree trunks and branches.  The house is created with  a few quick marks.
The trees and house in the distance have been painted in with a small palette knife. I dug and dragged through the paint to create tree trunks and branches. The house is created with a few quick marks.
I am working on the yellow field now. I am keeping my marks loose and gestural.
I am working on the yellow field now. I am keeping my marks loose and gestural.
Here is the finished painting.  it took about an 1.5 hours to complete.  I think the small abstracts I recently did helped me to loosen up.  I've been wanting to include a "Suffolk pink" house in one of my landscapes.
Here is the finished painting. it took about an 1.5 hours to complete. I think the small abstracts I recently did helped me to loosen up. I’ve been wanting to include a “Suffolk pink” house in one of my landscapes.  This painting will be available framed.

 

 

Small paintings: Introducing small colourful abstracts

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your Holidays.  I did take a few days off but I have been painting right through the festive season.  I can get a bit tired towards the end of the year and I feel like doing something completely different.  This helps to keep me fresh and inspired.  This afternoon I experimented with some small colourful abstracts, 8 x 8 inches.  My reference was a close cropped bouquets of flowers and my imagination.  I didn't have a plan, I just let things flow.  I layered, scratched through, scraped away, smeared and dragged.  It was a lot of fun.  Above is the first one I did.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I did take a few days off, but I have been painting right through the festive season. I can get a bit tired towards the end of the year and I feel like doing something completely different. This helps to keep me fresh and inspired. This afternoon, I experimented with some small colourful abstracts, 8 x 8 inches. My reference was a close cropped photo of bouquets of flowers and my imagination. I didn’t have a plan, I just let things flow. I layered, scratched through, scraped away, smeared and dragged. It was a lot of fun. Above is the first one I did.

 

 

close-up of first abstract
close-up of first abstract
When painting the second one, I did focus a bit more.  There is better colour harmony and a sense of purpose.  These smaller abstracts may serve as studies for larger works in the future.  For now I will keep working small.  Even though they seem effortless, abstract painting is quite hard.  Knowing when to stop is difficult as well.  As I keep at it, things should improve and I may feel comfortable enough to go larger.
When painting the second one, I did focus a bit more. There is better colour harmony and a sense of purpose. These smaller abstracts may serve as studies for larger works in the future. For now I will keep working small. Even though they seem effortless, abstract painting is quite hard. Knowing when to stop is difficult as well. As I keep at it, things should improve and I may feel comfortable enough to go larger.
close-up second abstract
close-up second abstract
Here they are together.  Not too shabby!  They will both be available on my Small Works online shop soon.
Here they are together. Not too shabby! They will both be available on my Small Works online shop soon.

Small Paintings: Layered Field Studies, 8 x 8 inches

Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying your Boxing Day.I did get a little break yesterday but I was back in the studio today. I finished a large still life and which the left over paint on my palette, I decided to do a couple of small landscape studies. Above is the first one I did.
Happy Christmas everyone! I hope you all have been enjoying your Boxing Day.  I did get a little break yesterday, but I was back in the studio today. I finished a large still life and with the left over paint on my palette, I decided to do a couple of small landscape studies. Above is the first one I did.
landscape close-up
landscape close-up
This is the second one. I used a bit of metallic copper oil colour for the tilled soil in both paintings. In this one it really pops!
This is the second one. I used a bit of metallic copper oil colour for the tilled soil in both paintings. In this one it really pops!
Here they are side by side. I think they are a great pair.
Here they are side by side. I think they are a great pair.

Small painting: Pomegranate study, 8 x 8 inches

I think I have gotten into the swing of things.  This is my third small painting in a couple of days.  I have been holding on to this pomegranate and as it slowly dried out I began to really like it's shape and colour.  As a nod to the much larger "Spilled Pomegranates" painting, I did this little study.  I am quite pleased with myself.
I think I’ve gotten into the swing of things. This is my third small painting in a couple of days. I have been holding on to this pomegranate and as it slowly dried out I began to really like it’s shape and colour. As a nod to the much larger “Spilled Pomegranates” painting, I did this little study. I am quite pleased with myself.