Friday, 29 December 2017

Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World aka restriction is freedom when painting sheep or

I've just started reading the book "Messy: How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World" - anyone who has shared an office with me will testify that my desk usually acts as a visual advertisement for the title of this book! :-) - only got through the intro and chapter 1of the book so far but I am really enjoying it. Much of the beginning centres on a concert pianist who produces an incredible performance despite having a defective piano. The point of the story being that sometimes difficult circumstances can help us to think outside the box and create things that we otherwise wouldn't have. 
I actually use this technique when I paint from time to time. In the example below, I restricted myself to using just one brush and ended up creating a sheep painting that has a look that's truly unique compared to others in my portfolio. Check out "The Golden Fleece" in more detail here.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Cow Painting - Chit Chat

"You know what Martha? I heard that Beatrice in the next field is very impulsive, she's like a bull at a gate with everything she does!" This is 'Chit Chat' A couple of cows having a chat in a field in Branscombe in Devon United Kingdom. See the painting / buy a print etc here.

Cow Painting - Guardians of the Valley

'Guardians of the Valley' Two cows, horns still intact, lying in the misty twilight of a Devon sky while surrounded by green and yellow fields overlooking a valley lined with hedgerows. See the painting in more detail here.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Cow Painting - The Courage of Youth

"The Courage of Youth" - This young cow was found in a field north of Exeter in Devon. In this acrylic painting I've deliberately used non-realistic colors but at the same time endeavored to keep the hues harmonious so that they are striking but not jarring. The "blue lighting" has become something of a signature in my work and can be seen in several ofmy animal and figure paintings. You can see the painting in more detail here

Monday, 11 September 2017

Cow painting video part 10

In episode 10 of the cows in Devon landscape painting, the cow lying down in the sun gets a similar treatment to the two cows in shadow. Continuing with the idea of complementary colour pairs i.e. dark blue and orangey brown used previously, the left hand cow now gets some pale blue and a brighter orange brown layer added. The brighter coloured acrylics both add to the sense of sunshine and help to make this cow the focus of the painting.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Cow painting video part 9

In episode 9 of the cows in landscape painting, I begin by further working on the shadows of the two right hand cows using pure blue. Then I add an orangey brown to each cow and, having sprayed the painting with water, make use of the blending properties of the Atelier interactive acrylics to create some interesting effects. Next, I work on the face of the middle cow using some lighter blues and titanium white.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Cow painting video part 8

In episode 8 of the cow painting, I refine the line work on the middle and right-hand cows. My style of painting is iterative in nature, I typically work by putting down some quick lines, then block in, then add tone and colour. This is then followed by adjustments to any and / or all of the above. This little video is a good example of me going back over work already done in order to refine the image. In particular, I adjust the shapes of the cow heads and the lines of their backs with ultramarine blue. These adjustments have the added benefit of hiding the lower part of the tree which is a little too light at the moment.