Thursday 25 August 2016

Monday 22 August 2016

Friday 19 August 2016

Tuesday 16 August 2016


Acrylic on canvas board, 15 x 10 cm. The camera washed out the colour a bit.

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Monday 8 August 2016

Some recent acrylics

I have long had this idea that drawing is serious, but painting is just for fun. And thus, while I often try to make reasonably realistic drawings, my painting style tends toward a sort of naive post-impressionism.

Acrylic on board, 13 x 18 cm:

And size A4, which in South Africa means 210 x 297 mm:

More recently, I have been trying to enrich my use of colour. Unfortunately, my point-and-shoot camera does not reproduce colours very well!

18 x 13 cm:

And another A4:

Endless changes...

Scarcely did I decide to shift my artistic operations to DeviantArt, or I have reason for second thoughts.

I very much like the layout of DA, and the way its galleries work. But it is also a very big umbrella, and I have noticed that lots of the artists there produce some pretty extreme adult-oriented art. I don't personally mind such work at all, but many people do, and I don't want anyone to get into trouble because they ended up viewing more than my own gallery!

I also noticed that DA's discussion forums are positively infested with neo-Nazis and other kooks, cranks and assorted nuts and dolts.

I'll probably continue to make use of their gallery feature, but for the moment I'll be here again, on a more regular basis.

So, let me first play catch-up, with an assortment of some of the stuff I have been up to since I last posted art work here.

Some more drawings:

Small pencil drawings (18 x 13 cm)

And ballpoint pen:

I like the medium, but it has a tendency to fade. I do notice that nowadays, lots of professional artists make use of the medium, and opinions vary somewhat as to how permanent such drawings are. If kept behind glass and out of direct sunlight, they'll probably last reasonably well; I am not too sure.

Some attempts at somewhat more detailed pencil drawings:

I have never been much good at these - I tend to prefer rapid sketches. But they are a good and necessary exercise, and now and then it is fun to sit back, relax, put on some soothing music and spend a few hours with a subject.

A pen and wash sketch as birthday gift for a friend who wanted a picture of a Tuscan-style window:

I also made a stack of these that I turned into handmade greeting cards. Here's a selection:

Some recent adventures in acrylic painting in a next post...