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:

Thursday, 12 March 2015

A View of The Shard, Borough High Street

I've finished yet another London landmark painting.  This is a view of The Shard from Borough High Street near where I attend The Art Academy.  This is my first proper experimentation with watercolours and I like the way they have helped add depth and shadows to the original ink drawing.  I'm definitely going to keep working with them.

Remember some of artwork (including this new one) is for sale on my Etsy store so don't forget to check it out. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Sunday Life Drawing Class

Yesterday I went to the life drawing classes I attend in Milton Keynes.  So I thought I'd post some of my work.

First, here are my warm-up sketches each taking 5-10mins.

This is the main pose which took 3 hours.  

I had some time left so I went wild and painted another 30min piece.  So all in all a pretty productive weekend!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Colour Theory and finding my palette

Since I started painting I've really been working on developing my use of colour, my colour mixing until now has been based on instinct and hasn't always helped me get the results I wanted.  Flesh tones in particular weren't always matching what I could see.  I think I just assumed there was a formula to follow and that a bit of this and a bit of that makes skin colour.  Of course that's rubbish.  It's all about observation and comparing the colour you've made with what you see and continually mixing until it is spot on.

To build on my understanding of colour and to help me find my colour palette I spent some time reading and practising exercises on colour theory...it has really helped!!!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Queen's Guard - Now Available!

Just added another item to my Etsy shop of a Queen's Guard.  Famous for their red coats, bearskin hat and stony faces I think my illustration captures them pretty well.  

As an aside, there are loads of great YouTube videos of them in action.  My favourites are definitely them shouting at the general public who are either climbing on fences or generally getting in the way!


Tuesday, 3 March 2015


My Mondays are spent at The Art Academy London where I'm studying painting.  On my way home I had some time to spare at the station before my train arrived so I did some quick sketches of some fellow travellers and luggage that caught my eye.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Etsy Store Now Open!

Good news!  I've now got an Etsy shop so you can buy some of my original artwork. 

Each piece is hand drawn by yours truly and would make a great gift for someone (even if I do say so myself!).  Hope to see you there soon.