Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Last One For Today Promise…

I now have 3 of these market paintings started which is good I should be able to get one with one whilst the other couple are drying off a bit. This one took 40 minutes to complete. I've added too much blue into this mix but it should be ok once painting over. I'm enjoying being able to loosen up and not taking all day just to put a drawing on a canvas this method is a God send !!! 



Started another one whilst waiting...

This one took a little bit longer to do in all it took 30 minutes which is a bloody lot quicker than drawing it out. This has been done with the same technique as the others by wiping off the oil paints with a rag, no drawing has been done on the canvas. The only difference is I have used a darker mix by added a bit of ultramarine to the mix I felt the last one was too light. I'm going to do another one and let them dry over night so I have 3 on the go at the same time.


Started A New Painting Whilst Waiting for the Others to Dry.

I'm still waiting for the other paintings to dry so I can add a glaze then varnish them. So I started another one, it only took 20 minutes to do so I'm right at the beginning stages with this one. In fact you might not even be able to make out what it is supposed to be yet. This one was done the same as the last lot by covering the canvas with a mix of oil paint and Liquin and wiping of with a rag the midtones and highlights. I really enjoy this method instead of drawing it gives the painting a much looser style, I think its opened a new chapter in my painting.



Thursday, 9 October 2014

Same picture started again in correct format.

I've now got of my arse and bought some canvas of similar format, the first couple of images shows yet again I'm using an old canvas that has been covered in Gesso. The room I use is only 8ft square so there's not enough room to swing a cat around however one does what one can .. 


For some reason I haven't got any images of the early stages of the drawing I must have deleted them before saving some. Again its been done in the previous way as the last project which was covered in a mix of oil paints and Liquin and the image was then wiped away.

Colour was added over the underlayer painting some transparent and some not, I still wanted some on the brushstrokes to show through in the final image.

More layers of colour were added and dry brush strokes have been added to the top layer. At the moment I'm waiting for the painting to dry I will carry on with it until I'm happy but there's always a danger that I will get carried away and over work the painting.


Another painting on the go as Im waiting for the other to dry.

As I'm waiting for the last piece to dry a bit before I can glaze it I am doing two paintings at the same time using the same technique "Subtractive Oil Painting" (Wiping out method). Again this is another original image by Bernard Dunstan I'm looking at his brushstrokes and trying to work out the way this layered style of painting is done.. 


The below image is original piece of work by Bernard Dunstan

I didn't have a correct size canvas so I decided to go ahead and use a square canvas again this is another canvas picked up for a quid and given a 2/3 coats of Gesso. The second shows the canvas has been covered in a layer of brown oil paints mixed with liquin, the light and medium areas were wiped away with a rag there was no drawing dine with a pencil or paint brush the image appeared by wiping away the paint. The last picture show a little bit of colour had been added to the canvas, by this stage I realized I hadn't been looking at the original image and I was just making it up as I was going along. Eventually I decided to call it a day and get a canvas the correct shape and start again. I painted over the canvas with gesso and I'll use the canvas again when I'm desperate.



Monday, 6 October 2014

Trying a new Style of Painting, see how it goes.

Recently I've not been very happy with my painting I seem to be going round in circles producing the same sort of work over and over again, in fact I seem to not be improving. I have always wanted to paint in a more loosely style I always seem to start of that way than I start fiddling and added detail to the image. I've been looking a work by Bernard Dunstan and William Sickert to see how they do what I can't produce. 

 I did some research and found an image I wanted to reproduce, well not copy it exactly if I wanted to change something I will, the original image is below and is by Bernard Dunstan.

The original was produced at 11" squared so I nipped into Rhyl to find a close enough canvas. I ended up buying some wall art I mixed Gesso up with some Buff Titanium acrylic paint waited for it to dry than added 2 coats of Gesso, the original wall art.

I have been shown the subtractive method of painting which you mix oil paint will Liquin tone your canvas with the mix and then simply wipe away the highlights and mid tone with a rag or ear cleaners for the smaller more detailed parts. If you add some liquin to a rag it will wipe it down back to the canvas which in my cases was pure white Gesso.



There is no drawing with this method as I usually take ages doing the drawing then transferring it to canvas also after that I usually take a tracing of the drawing. To me I have been told if you're drawing isn't correct than how do you expect the painting to look correct so doing it without a drawing was a bit of a shock. 

A little bit more work on the painting adding a little bit of colour mixed with Liquin I wanted some parts to still be transparent so the underlayer brush strokes still would come through.

I worked of the figure next but I was worried that I might start fiddling too much on the figure.

I decided that the foreground was a bed but I didn't think the original image really showed that so I decided to make a few slight changes along the way.

The above is the finished image for now I feel I've done too much on the figure and need to undo a few things maybe the bed was better just with the under sheet. I'll have to look into these but overall I feel I have done what I set out too do which was to look at a different style and try and loosen up in my painting strokes.

EDIT: I've changed it again slightly, this is the last time the brush goes back in its box and stays there…