Re-branding

It’s been a while since I posted, and a lot has been going on, most of which I won’t bore you with here. The short version is this; I’ve finally accepted that just painting is never going to be enough for me. I have too many ideas for other things…

A trio of landscapes

First up, a big hello and thank you to Aenea-Jones on Deviant Art, whose wonderful photography and generous stock rules are an endless source of inspiration for me at the moment. All three of these paintings are based on her photographs. First up; I painted this one with watercolour first,…

Bigger is better!

I found a wonderful watercolourist on Youtube (“Watercolor by Shibasaki”) – it’s all in Japanese but many of the videos have subtitles, you just have to enable them: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPiQ_mEXdEbB-3Yhiq7gq5w I watched his video about why you should paint with large brushes, not small ones (I’ve always used small brushes to get…

A small river painting

I needed a break from portraits today so I tackled another subject I struggle with, which is nature, and greens in particular. I wanted to get a Studio-Ghibli-Preproduction-Sketch feeling to it, because I find their work just so evocative and beautiful. For this reason I used a pencil for the…

Bouanik

Today I wanted to choose a subject that was as much about place as the person in it, and this Sktchy photo of Bouanik fit the bill. I simplified a lot of the details, which was an interesting exercise in itself. It’s fascinating how much detail you can leave out…

Happy New Year 2019!

For New Year’s Eve, I painted my stamp-collecting father-in-law on a stamp and wrote good wishes for him in the new year on the back … he’s very interested in perfins (stamps that have been perforated with letters or initials), so I used a punch to perforate his name! For…

Clayhenge

OK, so technically this isn’t a henge, because it’s not an entire circle, just one set of standing stones. But who knows, maybe I’ll make enough to make a whole circle! This was really fun to create and paint. It stands about 5″ tall and took about 8 hours in…

Branching out into clay!

Because I was starting to feel a little stale with painting, I’m broadening my artistic horizons by adding a third dimension! In the last few months I’ve looked at a lot of things people are making with clay, and got very inspired to try it myself. After much research I…

Blue Nude

A Reddit user asked if anyone could paint her wonderful photograph in the style of Picasso’s “Blue period”. Hello, yes! This is what I came up with, using acrylics on a 5×7″ canvas panel. She liked the end result so much, she bought it immediately. It’s so great when both…

Casey and Candace

My good friend Casey, who runs The Comic Jam, has been a great friend and supporter this year. I wanted to surprise him and his wife with a portrait for Christmas. I painted this using acrylics on a 14×11″ cradled wood panel, referring to photographs on his Facebook timeline. I’m…

Aussie Christmas cards

I decided to paint a design for our Christmas cards this year. Naturally it had to reflect where we are (Australia), the fact that Christmas is a summer holiday here, and I also wanted it to be lighthearted. I painted it using M. Graham acrylics in my sketchbook at around…

Miranda

A portrait of Miranda from Sktchy. It had been a while since I used just pen and ink and I had clearly forgotten that ink takes longer to dry than watercolour and is therefore much more prone to smudging! It was a bit annoying, but it’s still a cute portrait.

Baha’i Temple

I created this card for someone on r/RandomActsOfCards at Reddit. It’s pen and watercolour on a 6×4″ card. This beautiful temple is not far from where I live and I’ve wanted to paint it from life for ages, but for this one I worked from a photo.

Bryan

I own several pieces of Bryan Crowson‘s work, so for fun I created a fun watercolour portrait of him at one of his market stalls. I had fun abstracting pieces of his art in the background, and he really liked the end result!

Grigorii

I’ve been friends with Grigorii for many years, although he lives in Moscow and we’ve never met in person. We met when I was trying to learn the Russian language, and thankfully our friendship has survived despite me long-since giving up on it. I painted this portrait using Genesis heat-set…

Moses

A pen and watercolour portrait of Moses from Sktchy. I was drawn to this one because I hadn’t painted dark skin before. I focused a little too much on the skin tones and not enough on the likeness, but I am otherwise pleased with how it turned out.

Mary

A pencil and watercolour portrait of Mary from Sktchy. I thought this was a great pose and I was very much interested in the texture of the blanket, so I chose to go with a very simplified face. I think she looks about a foot shorter in this than in…

Gabster

A gouache portrait of Gabster from Sktchy. I was exploring using a Matisse-like dark outline, only to realise afterwards that my recollection of his use of line was very much exaggerated! However, I like the end result!