Monday 28 March 2016

Commission No. 2 of 5 - Nore bridge at Castletown

I think that most artists have one particular scene that they paint many times. I could almost make a living making paintings of the bridge, weir and mill in Castletown. Here is another commissioned acrylic painting of the river Nore bridge at Castletown village. This is the second commission in a series of five.

Nore view at Castletown - Acrylic on canvas - 50 x 70cm


Tuesday 22 March 2016

Commission piece - De La Salle Monastery, Castletown

This acrylic on canvas painting is the first of a series of five commissioned pieces (all 50cm x 70cm) of local landmarks. I struggled with how to handle the large amount of flat painted gray walls in this work but think the end result is not as insipid as it might have been. (The large expanse of gray also makes it difficult for my digital camera to focus sharply).  I've now started on the next painting in the series and hope it causes less problems than this one did.

Monastery Castletown - Acrylic on canvas - 50 x 70 cm

Thursday 3 March 2016

Near Moyanna - plein air watercolour sketch

This is a watercolour sketch painted in about an hour yesterday afternoon during the kids swimming lesson. I tested a small Sennelier watercolour half pan sketch box this time on Canson Vidalon paper. Having Buddy intently grazing the paddock added some life to the overall scene. The Sennelier colours are not as vibrant as the St. Petersburg White Nights (see previous blog entry) but they handle really well and are very transparent. By building up multiple layers you can get good depth of colour.

Near Moyanna - watercolour - 8 X 12 inches

Here is a little bonus, a quick ink sketch of the same location from an previous visit.

Buddy grazing - Ink on cartridge paper - A4 size

A sketch of Buddy on Vidalon watercolour paper.

Buddy - watercolour - 9 x 12 inches