For the first time in over two years… I’ve produced a painting.
I’ve had a couple of writing projects reach a point where I can’t, for the moment, push them any further: and rewrites on another are still happening in my head rather than on the page. So, whilst I’m taking a (very) brief hiatus from writing, I thought I’d crank out a painting.
The idea with this one was simple: to have three bold stripes of colour and a certain amount of detail in each to give the illusion of receding into the distance.
Oil on canvas, 50x40
Not the best photograph, admittedly, but I’ll take another when the paint is dry.
It’s surprisingly hard trying to capture something of yourself. Mistakes, I’ve made a few. The nose is too long and aquiline, which forces the upper lip to be too large. But there are moments of structure and light I’m reasonably pleased with.
Oil on canvas, 20x20, 2012
This is a portrait I painted for my boyfriend’s brother’s family of their dog Milly. It’s oil on canvas, 10×10, and I finished it a few months ago. It was an Xmas present so I can now share it here!
Milly the beautiful, crazy miniature Jack Russell
A Painting for my parents
Given that my folks aren’t whizzes with the old “interweb”, I don’t think it’ll “spoil Xmas” to publish a picture of my recently finished painting here.
It’s oil on canvas, and I’ve called it “Dawn”, as it’s a landscape of the Peak District at dawn in spring, when two Jacobs rams caught my eye.
Lazy Afternoon Doze - Saffy On My Bed
Oil on canvas, painted summer 2010. The fastest I have ever produced a painting, completing it within 24 hours over two sittings. I’ve gone for light effect rather than reality. It was an attempt to capture Saffy having a mid-afternoon doze on my bed, warming herself to the sunshine coming through the window. It is on the wall of my parents’ house in my old bedroom.
I painted this three years ago. The original hangs in my parents’ dining room.