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
They are the height of beauty – dogs.
Expressive and individual faces convey the personality beneath.
And what perfect creatures! Dogs light up any room they are in. Like an open fireplace, dogs provide a focal point and your eye is drawn to them.