Thursday, 2 July 2015

Another new listing - Manchester Factory

I'm on a bit of a roll at the moment with my Etsy store.  I've recently finished a lot of art work so I'm gradually putting them on there.

The latest to be added is this painting of a factory in Manchester.  I visited the city in June for a friend's stag do and this old building is now used for paintball.  I do have a bit of a soft spot for these old buildings and I like the angle I chose to paint it from.  Let me know what you think!

Monday, 29 June 2015

New item added to Etsy Store!!!

I've just added a new item to my Etsy store - Fieldhead campsite watercolour in Edale, The Peak District.

Come and visit and take a look at all my works currently for sale.   :)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Study of Euan Uglow Painting- 'Model Climbing Stairs Rear End'

I've been looking at a lot of work by Euan Uglow, I really admire his brushwork and how he manages to get quite flat plains of colour without losing his expressiveness.

I find that by copying artwork I can learn more about their technique and appreciate their style in greater depth.  I chose 'Model Climbing Stairs Rear End'.  This is my version:

This is the original...I like to think that my version isn't far off!  What do you think?

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Union Street - Plein Air Painting - 8/06/2015

Can you tell I have a backlog of work that I'm trying to catch up on sharing?

This is my work from the session at The Art Academy on 8th June.  I love the rooftops around London Bridge so I decided to paint the top of The Rose and Crown Pub in Union Street.  It was a great day, I love working outside, people always stop and chat and it makes it more memorable.  I was even given a cup of tea from the Gentlemen Baristas from the Coffee Shop across the way.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Ouzel Valley Park - Plein Air Painting 7/06/2015

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to enjoy the sunshine and have a picnic in the Ouzel Valley Park in Milton Keynes.  It's such a beautiful part of the town, most people flock to the nearby Willen Lake but within a 10min walk is a lovely deserted park running along the length of the river Ouzel.

I found a spot and set up my easel to paint plein air.  Until now all my plein air paintings have been in urban environments so this was a great experience for me.  This is me in action:

Here's the end result:

Saturday, 13 June 2015

My new old polaroid camera

Also for my birthday I was given a polaroid camera from the '90s.  The only problem I had was that it didn't come with any instructions, so with a bit of internet research I decided to make my own.  Here it is...

I've really enjoyed experimenting with it so far.  I've been using film created by The Impossible Project.   The results have been great but expensive, so I'm now keen to try out some expired original polaroid film to see how that works out.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Happy Birthday to Me!

It was my birthday at the weekend and I spent it camping in the Peak District.  Whilst I was there I did a quick painting of the stream that flows through the campsite in Edale.

I'll be writing shortly about some of the gifts I got (obviously arty)...stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Printmaking Workshop @ The Art Academy, London-

This weekend I attended a printmaking workshop at The Art Academy where I usually study painting.  I'd never tried printing properly before and it was a great experience learning the new techniques.

Saturday- We were taught how to lino-cut to create images with three tones.  It surprised me (although now it seems really obvious) what a destructive process it is.  I hadn't previously realised that the same piece of lino was used for each new element of the print, therefore making the final piece of lino useless for reprinting.

Anyway here are my efforts from Saturday:

Sunday - We were learning how to etch into zinc plates.  This I found really tricky as there were something like 14 different stages.  But I got there in the end and I'm pretty happy with the results.  It's a view of St George's Church in London.

Let me know which of my efforts you prefer.