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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Change to finished painting

After posting this for fellow artists on Wetcanvas, a couple suggested a change to the background colour. They were right and so here is the final final version!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Close up 2

and a close up of her face.

Close up 1

A close up of that hand that I liked before it was finished

Finished (I think)

I have finally finished this portrait. I have enjoyed it but it has had one or two moments that I did struggle with! It's always the same towards the end though - I start to fiddle with it and have to be firm with myself about deciding that it's done. I don't think I am going to do any more to it now.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Almost there

I'm probably about two thirds of the way through now. Her white dress will take quite a few hours with all its folds and shadows.

Hand in stages

I like painting hands because they are very expressive, and I often find that the rough stage with the sharp tonal values has a very pleasing effect.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

A little bit more done

I am starting on the skin and although the rule of thumb is to start with the dark tones and finish with the highlights, I like to get the values down first. I usually start with the largest area which in this case is the highlights.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Spring weather

Today was a brilliant day for getting on with some painting! The weather was perfect - dull grey, with a chilly wind and squally showers. No temptation to get outside and work in the garden or go for a walk.

Next step

Starting to fill in the figure now. I don't really have a rule about what I do first except to try and work to avoid getting dust from the dark colours onto the light areas!!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Background finished. I'm really pleased with the way the leather settee has turned out, I just hope it doesdn't end up dominating the picture.

Monday, 3 May 2010

My Studio

My current 'studio' - soon to replaced with a conservatory this summer.Yipee, more room, more light!

Big painting!

Yesterday, I started a painting of a beautiful little girl with the most wonderful deep red hair. She was so good when I was taking the photos and I have high hopes for this painting. Next - correct a couple of slight mistakes!