A new painting, this is the lovely Stanley. Doesn’t he look like an elegant dog? Especially the way he’s sitting with his paws crossed. But how do you paint a grey dog on a grey sofa? With colour of course. :-)
There’s a warmth in his coat and a lovely soft light coming from the side, so I wanted to play with that theme. I started with warm colours for the underpainting and then added soft lilacs and blues for the final layers. The result is a painting that glows when the light is warm and sunny. It does make it quite hard to photograph though!
Rocky the Rockhopper penguin diving beneath the waves. I adore penguins and for this painting I really wanted to get a feeling of the water itself, the space he’s flying through with such ease. When you watch penguins under water they move so amazingly well, like bird shaped torpedoes.
Flying Beneath The Waves
16×12 inches acrylic on board
So the idea started with trying to capture him ‘in flight’ under water. Once Rocky was painted I wanted to add some extra dimensions to the painting. I started by adding drops of acrylic paint to form bubbles. I let them set fully as nice distinct drops and then I added several layers of clear acrylic gels so that Rocky really appears to be under water.
I also used some photo luminescent crystals in the paint so that Rocky would glow in the dark. As light levels fall they glow blue. It’s very hard to photograph though.
I loved painting this one and I loved rocky so much I would happily have kept him. But he’s already gone to his new home.
This little painting of an otter was a joy to do. I love watching otters. They really seem to enjoy themselves, diving in and out of the water, playing, fighting and racing around through their environment. They seem to know how to enjoy life.
6 x 6 inches acrylics on board
It’s the end of summer! Autumn has arrived, the leaves are starting to fall and the heat has gone. As the rains sweeps across the city today I’m longing for blue skies and days spent on the beach. So as a farewell to a wonderful summer here’s a little beach painting.
The beach is in Kent, although I don’t remember which one. The wind is blowing through the grasses on the dunes, the seagulls are flying in formation above us and we are lying in the sun, looking up at a blue, blue sky. Happy memories!
Summer Dunes is my painting for day 9 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Here it is framed.
8 x 8 inches acrylics on board
A bear portrait. For day 8 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I wanted to do a bear because I’ve been longing to paint one, but somehow I’ve never had the time. So this was the perfect excuse to spend some time sketching and painting bears. I’ve really loved it!
Bear On Blue
6×6 inch acrylic on board
I like his profile, its strong shape against the blues and greens in the background and the warm oranges and browns in his coat. I tried to capture the expression in his eyes too.
Some cats love climbing trees! :-) He looks rather pleased with himself up this tree doesn’t he? I love his expression and his air of confidence too. I also liked the shapes made by the limbs of both tree and cat and the shapes of the leaves. Lovely abstract things going on in there.
This little abstract is full of Autumn colours, my favourite being Transparent Red Iron Oxide by Golden Acrylics. I love that colour! Painted with a knife on watercolour paper, this is a small painting, 4×4 inches.
4×4 inches on paper
I saw this scene in the street one day. A man and his dog were watching something further up the road. The man decided to move on but the dog was still engrossed. I loved the way the two bodies made shapes against the street behind them.
6×6 inches acrylic on board
Eventually, after a bit of man/dog negotiation they moved off together. It seemed perfect for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. (I’ll never make it!)
Here’s a close up…
Sometimes when I’m having problems painting I like to cut it down to the absolute basics and for me that’s colour. There is something positively joyful about smearing fabulous, luscious colour onto canvas or paper and just letting it happen. Getting lost in the abstract shapes and relationships. Almost like a colour meditation for artists. :-)
When we went to deliver the paintings to Obsidian Art for the Cats And Dogs exhibition the other day we stopped for lunch along the river. There were lots of ducks, moorhens and coots and of course we threw some bread for them. This one was like a feathered torpedo! It got to the bread first or it simply grabbed the food straight out of the ducks beaks. He was so fast!
32 x 27 cm acrylics on paper
His back feathers were glowing in the sunshine, rather than black they were a lovely warm rusty brown. Very handsome. He was a really colourful character. He swam backwards and forewards along the river bank keeping a close eye on us to see if there’d be any more treats so I had plenty of time to study him. And he had the last of our bread too.
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