Sunday, 12 April 2015

HMS Belfast Available on Etsy

I've just added another item to my Etsy store.  Own some original artwork!

Friday, 10 April 2015

SOLD- London Eye Urban Sketch

This item has sold from my Etsy shop...

Remember all of the artworks that I am selling are unique, one-off pieces so if you like one, don't miss out on it!  Visit my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Southwark Street, London - Urban sketch

I've finished another urban sketch to add to my series of London landscapes and landmarks.  This is a view of Southwark Street.  Chose to keep this one in greyscale to emphasise the shadows of the narrow street.  Let me know what you think.

If you really like it, you could own the original!!!  Just visit my Etsy store and check out this painting and others in my series. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Happy Easter!!!

I've been a busy bunny this Easter and really tried to make the most of the long weekend.  Not only did I manage to do some fun Easter chick collages, paint a portrait, a still life or two and finish some London landmark illustrations but I also did some decorating and spent time with my family too.  I've gone back to work more exhausted than when I left!

What have you been up to?  Be sure to share some of your creations from this weekend with me.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

HMS Belfast - London landmark illustration

I've been working on some more London Landmark illustrations, the latest to be finished is this one of HMS Belfast.  I try to take lots of photos when I'm in London so that I have something to work from.  My most recent ones I've tried to feature people as well as capturing an interesting composition.

Of course everyone likes to show the work that goes well, but it's not always easy drawing things that are instantly recognisable by others.  I've been trying and trying this week to draw Tower Bridge, so far I'm just not happy with it.  I'm going to put it on the back-burner for nowand come back to it another time when I'm not so bogged down in it! 

Please let me know what you think of my latest illustration or if there are landmarks you want me to try next!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Life Drawing Session 29.03.2015

Another life drawing session on Sunday.  This week we were working on a clothed figure and the lovely Deborah posed for this 3 hour drawing.  Usually I focus mainly on the human form, I tried this week to capture some of the surroundings too.  Here are the steps in progress of course in 3 hours the painting wasn't quite complete but I'm happy with some of the detail I managed to capture.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Citrus Fruit and Bowl - Still Life

Yesterday was the last session on still life at the Art Academy.  This week I decided to paint some citrus fruit with a bowl.  I wanted to paint a more 'traditional' still life looking directly at the objects rather than from above as my latest pieces have been.

I managed to get it complete just in time.  I had spent my lunch break walking around London taking photos for my next London landmark drawings, ran out of time and ended up having to rush back to class...late!  Needless to say, it was an exhausting day!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Still Life - Painting Inspired by Van Gogh

It was another Monday at the Art Academy for me and another chance to learn about Still Life.  This week we were challenged to create a painting based on a famous still life.  This got my brain thinking.  Since starting this module, I've grown to love the famous Baroque paintings, particularly this one from 1653 by Willem Kalf - Still Life with Drinking Horn.

I considered taking elements from this, but given the time limit of having only a day to achieve a complete painting I decided to look elsewhere.  Instead I took a look through some of the work of Van Gogh and his painting of 'A Pair of Leather Clogs' seemed to tick all the boxes for me.  It is simple, achievable in the given time frame, items easily found around the house and looks great.

I decided to paint my wedding shoes, as they vaguely resembled the shape of Van Gogh's and I chose to avoid painting in his style and stick to my own.  Here are the results: