When I paint, after each session I take a digital picture. Perhaps its strange to study a photo of the work when the actual work is sitting right in front of me but, I still use the good old tricks like turning the work upside down to find errors in proportions or things that jump out that shouldn't. I find that the same applies to digital photo's with the added bonus of being able to go back and see from start to finish how I progressed. I also still use my colour wheel and charts. In fact, every time I buy a new tube of paint I paint it into my chart with a note next to it telling me if its hot or cold, transparent or opaque.....Someday I hope to be able to switch my brain off and paint on instinct and actually know what I'm doing!...Someday!
This painting I did this week for a dear friend and I hope she loves it as much as I loved painting it for her. It is oil on canvas 18" by 24", Untitled for now.
Finally, it is spring. Today I have splurged out on art supplies. My garden is coming to life and every spring I sit out there and sketch the flowers. This year I am going to do mixed media sketches using charcoal and oil paint on primed paper. Its going to be messy and tactile and a lot of fun! I think the painted flowers with a charcoal background should be interesting and a challenge to keep the sketches fresh looking and hopefully with a smattering of originality. Drawing is my first love and spring is the season of love!
This a sketch from a few years back sold at exhibition
Ah Venice. Cliched, perhaps. And walking around Venice there must be thousands upon thousands of paintings to choose from, none of which would have reminded me of how I experienced Venice. How captivating the water was, I could not avoid being inspired by it. I am fairly new at being a painter, the Venice series was my first attempt at anything of the sort.