Thursday 24 December 2015

Two small drawings

I have been working on developing a style of drawing that is more or less consistent with my current paintings style, i.e. unabashed use of outline, with fairly flat areas of tone, in the post-impressionist manner.

I decided to keep the drawings small - the paper size in these two is 13 cm x 18 cm (about 5 x 7 inches), with the drawings still smaller - 128 mm x 178 mm (3.5 x 5 inches):

Sunday 20 December 2015

A new bunch

Nowadays, I often paint pictures in pairs, with a similar theme and colour scheme.

These are all the size of a matchbox, about 50 x 38 mm:

I had an ACEO-sized piece of hardboard left, was too lazy to go cut some more, and decided to make a single piece, with a Biblical theme - one of my artistic inspirations is the work of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance, when this sort of thing was common in art. Moses confronted by the burning bush:

I like the twisting, rhythmic forms of trees, and in this scene, also liked the cool, dark depths of the forest in the background. So I did a pair of similar ones:

The above pair are both double ACEO sized, i.e. 5 inch x 3.5 inch.

Friday 11 December 2015

Time for an update

I have been so busy painting that I had little time or energy left to write any updates here. Well, here are some, all in acrylics on board.

I have been focusing on three different sizes of miniature paintings. The smallest of these are the size of a matchbox - 38 mm x 50 mm. It is rather challenging to work in such small format. I seem to have a slight tremor, that I only notice when working with a very minute brush. And I quickly found I had to go buy me a pair of strong reading glasses for the smaller details. Some examples:

I have warmed to this idea of silhouettes against a sunset background. I'm pretty sure it's been done a million times before by others, but it's still fun.

A few more ACEO-sized ones (2.5 x 3.5 inch, or 64 x 89 mm):

And then twice ACEO size, i.e. 3.5 x 5 inch or 128 x 178 mm:

The above just a sampling of some of the better ones, and/or cases where I could get the camera to reproduce the colours reasonably decently. It remains a source of frustration that the photos are almost all rather pale, washed out versions of the originals.