Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Start the year with flowers

Happy New Year everyone!

What are your resolutions? My arty resolution this year will be to simply become a better painter by trying new subjects and pushing the boundaries as much as possible. An other resolution will be to share more art with this blog which I've neglected a lot last year. So here is a post about my recent flowers paintings to start the year in colours. 

I always paint flowers from life (you need to be able to smell the flower perfume to properly paint it!) and when possible I also like painting the same flowers over a few days to see the transformation. Sometimes, even over a couple of hours painting it, a flower can change massively; open, move or even drop! It makes it a bit more challenging but gives you the incentive to capture it quickly.

My aim with those flowers studies is always to capture the essence of it, not overwork it, so it can stay fresh and full of energy. When possible, I've included pictures of the steps as some of you like to see the process. Contact me here if you have any questions about my process or if you would like me to paint your favourite flower...


Pink roses   10"x10"   oil on board
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Detail




Roses from my garden  9"x9"  oil on board
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Detail

After 30 minutes

The finished painting in my studio set up



Pink and yellow Peonies  7"x7" oil on board SOLD


Detail



Pink orange roses   7"x7"   oil on board
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Detail



Ranunculus 1   10"x10"  oil on board
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Detail


Detail

The steps:




The final painting:

Ranunculus 1   10"x10"  oil on board
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Ranunculus 1  12"x12"  oil on board  SOLD



Detail


Detail


The steps:





The final painting:

Ranunculus 1  12"x12"  oil on board  SOLD




Red peonies  10"x10"  oil on board
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Detail


The steps:






The final painting

Red peonies  10"x10"  oil on board
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I wish you again a fantastic year ahead and thank you for you interest and support in my art!
May this year be full of love, joy and creativity!

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Portugal trip - last part

Now the British Plein Air Painters London show is over, I finally get the chance to put some time and care into my poor abandoned little blog. I have a many posts queuing to be shared with you, but before I do so over the next few months, I wanted to post the last paintings from my trip in Portugal (Algarve) earlier this year.

First painting below: we cheekily had to go under a couple of fences to access this beautiful point of view at the edge of the cliff. It was so windy!

Praia da Dona Ana  10"x12"   oil on board
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In progress

Half way through


David Bachmann

Mo Teeuw

Johnny Walsom

Tim King

Me! (looking stylish as always)

The finished painting


Just a few meters away from it, David and I found this lovely view:

Trees near Praia da Camilo  10"x8" oil on board
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Then a small 20 minutes sketch before we had to leave:

View towards Praia da Dona Ana  5"x7"  oil on board
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Then after a short drive we got the chance to paint Ponte de Piedade which was a real treat to paint:

Ponte de Piedade in the afternoon  10"x8" oil on board
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After 30 minutes


Towards the end

With Mo and John


Following day - last day of the trip. In the morning the weather wasn't great so we did some lemon studies inside:

Lemons in the Algarve  10"x8"  oil on  board
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Then the sun was out so I painted in the beautiful garden of the villa:

Garden path, Cama da Vaca  10"x12"  oil on board
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Progress of the painting


Only 30 minutes left before we have to head to the airport. Quick... a little oil sketch of the gate at the property...

Path leading to Cama da Vaca  5"x7"  oil on board
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The team! Tim King, Mo Teeuw, David Bachmann, Johnny Walsom, and myself


And that's the end of the trip!
Will post soon about painting in Bath, painting flowers and people.

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