Untitled portrait

I needed quick inspiration for a painting to fit into a couple of spare hours on a Sunday afternoon, so as I so often do I turned to Sktchy and found just the thing! Salome had posted this reference with the caption “My friend wants to be an inspiration”. Well,…

What if I really pushed?

If you’ve been reading recent posts you’ll know that, as if by magic, my style (and my self-confidence) have evolved almost beyond recognition, and I’m still exploring all the new possibilities that has opened up. For this portrait, my question was; what if I really pushed the colours? Not to…

Three times is a pattern

If something happens once, that’s nice. Twice, it’s a coincidence. Three times, it starts to look like a pattern. Here’s the third painting in my “new” style (read my previous two posts for an explanation). Perhaps not quite so wild as the first two, but I think it captures the…

One small step, one giant leap

Even though the last few paintings went well, I was finding them somewhat stressful and not-fun to do. I’d been feeling this way for quite a while but it was getting to a point where I was seriously considering if I should just give up painting and find something else…

Two very different portraits!

Things have been crazy here lately, and not in a good way, but I’m not here to talk about that. In between the shitstorms I’ve created two very different portraits, both in response to a themed challenge on Sktchy. The first theme was “space” and we were randomly assigned a…

A double portrait

I haven’t painted in gouache in ages and I thought it would be fun to get them out again. I chose a subject from Sktchy of two sisters and painted it at about A5 size. I’m certainly out of practice with gouache (and it shows). But I enjoyed doing it,…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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!

Nika

A pen and watercolour portrait of Nika from Sktchy. I really like how this turned out, although in a few places I wish I’d made less marks.

Thornton

A gouache portrait of Thornton from Sktchy. I very much like how this one turned out, and felt I learned a lot about gouache in the process!