And another one….

May 30, 2014

There always seems a certain point in the production of an artwork where boredom suddenly sets in and I feel the need to finish and move on to the next project. I got up this morning determined to finish the 2nd painting documented in my last blog, it was getting fairly close anyway and just a little push would get it done and out of the way. Nothing very insightful to say about it, just finishing the fruit, adding some more thickness of paint to the sky, and some additional colour texture also in the sky, tidy up the clouds and add some red accent colour horizontally. I hesitated about adding a little pattern to the plate but finally went for it, secure in the knowledge that an advantage of oil paints is that mistakes are easier to am and than, say, watercolours. Anyway, it’s now done, my Mary Fedden book has arrived in the post to inspire me, and 2 more canvases await my attention.

 

White bowl1

I’ve currently got 3 paintings in progress and finally managed to finish another one today. The big interior, as written about in previous blogs, has been put to side as being just too big to finish at the moment. I mistakenly thought I’d be dashing off paintings at a rate of knots, but the reality of finishing a big piece has caused me to re-think my ‘size of painting’ strategy and downsize my ideal canvas dimensions. I started 2 more after finishing the ‘Brown jug’ image shown in my last blog. One was a conventional canvas, one a board with an applied ‘canvas’ finish, which turned out to be more ‘slippery plastic’ rather than canvas, and resulted in my smearing paint around in a rather more uncontrolled manner than was usual with canvas. I chose one of my favourite objects, an old and rather battered ceramic bowl of ours, probably from Pakistan or Afghanistan and in reality far more battered and less pristine than I have made it look here, and just went for it. My first attempt made the bowl look more like a flat plate, so I had to repaint the bowl interior with a more convincing bowl shape, but it is finally done to my sort of satisfaction…..

Tree of life bowl

I’ve also spent a bit more time working on my ‘white bowl on a black plate’ painting, which is pretty much an unashamed Mary Fedden clone, just to get me into the frame of mind that doesn’t bog me down in too much  detail. It’s a work in progress here but I’m hoping another day might get it finished, and I’ve bought 2 more canvases today so I can think about what I’m painting next…

White bowl

More oil painting.

May 23, 2014

Having overcome the urge to put my foot through my previous painting, the progress of which I documented below, I decided that I needed to persevere and not be defeated. I went to my local bookshop, had a browse through the art books for inspiration and found a book on Marry Fedden’s work. She painted still lives but unlike me had a light and spontaneous hand and didn’t get bogged down with detail. I went home and started work on one of my small canvases, determined to finish a painting by lunchtime, and that was what I did, result here.

Image

Although the composition was mine I unashamedly used the style and overall feel from Mary Fedden, just to help myself overcome the desire to fuss over detail. I also painted with much thicker paint. On my previous attempt I built up layer on layer of colour, whereas here it was one thick layer and then work into the wet paint with additional colour to build up some colour texture, rather than having just one flat shade. I was pretty pleased overall, as much for the fact that I had actually finished my first oil painting as anything else, but also because I felt I had perhaps gone some way to moving forward in a positive way. Ironically, after finishing the painting I went back to Waterstones to buy the book, only to find someone else had beaten me to it and it was gone!

I’ve now started another painting, the only trouble is I’ve used a canvas mounted on board which after starting the painting I realised has a weird shiny surface, so hope I can finish that today, and I have another small canvas ready to go after that is finished, so watch this space for progress.

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