27 April 2016

Storm, Landscape Oil Painting

Storm, oil on canvas
This is one of my largest paintings at 120cm (47") wide. I love painting that size, and bigger, but not many people have the room for something so large.

25 April 2016

Snowshoe Hare, Wildlife Painting

Snowshoe Hare, chalk pastel on board
I painted this wee hare because, well, he was too cute not to. What more can I say?

I have prints and cards of him now as the original has sold. You can find them here.

Smokey Jura, Landscape Oil Painting

Smokey Jura, oil on canvas
This was a tiny wee painting. I started out painting murals, so working on something so small was a real challenge for me. It went well, I think, and the painting has sold.

Greetings cards of it are available through my website.

20 April 2016

Disney Mural

I was commissioned to paint a wee boy's bedroom - he was daft about Disney. The entire room was covered with Disney characters, the traditional ones.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Winnie the Pooh were included too. Mickey's sparkles glowed at night.

18 April 2016

Inaccessible Temple Landscape Painting

Inaccessible Temple, chalk pastel on board.
I love using chalk pastels, especially iridescent ones. I've used them all over this painting, but annoyingly, you can't see them in photos - I've tried with several. They added a shimmer to the water in silvers, and depth in bronzes to the rocks.

Sorry for letting you know what you can't see.

I still wonder how anyone gets to the temple - I saw no boats.

13 April 2016

Kintra Beach, Islay Sunset Painting

Kintra Beach, Islay, oil on canvas
This painting, although quite small, took me a long time to do. It sat in an unfinished state for ages, drying, while I worked out what I was going to do with it.

After weeks, it came to me, and in a couple of minutes I completed it. The clouds had been too dark and where jumping out from the canvas - a few brushstrokes to calm them down, and it just worked, straight away.

I love it when a painting comes together like that.

11 April 2016

Cheetah Cub I, Wildlife Painting

Cheetah Cub I, chalk pastel on board
The original painting was of a cheetah family, the mother and 3 cubs. It was OK. But as time went on, I began to hate the way I had painted the mother, and the composition stopped working for me; so I cut it up.

I now have two cheetah cub paintings that I am much happier with. This is the first.

I'll post the second one at a later date.

4 April 2016

Sketch of Trees

I found myself with a little bit of free time, waiting for someone in the car; and what else could I do but get out my sketchbook?

I love this brush pen which allows me to play with different thicknesses of stroke as I work.