One day to go until the opening night at Pittenweem Arts Festival. I look forward to seeing everyone! On the lead up to the Festival I have been doing a number of paintings on slate. The one above is one of them. I love the variations in texture which is a natural quality of the slate.
I was at a Ploughing match in Dunino Fife and these two beautiful horses stole the show for me. I did a sketch to capture the gesture of the pose and the tonal value of the painting. I then got out my pastels and had fun. The day was quite damp and misty however that made for an interesting setting for the painting.
This is a 2 minute gesture drawing. I started with just scribbles working from the centre out searching for the main shapes. This is one of my better self portrait sketches as I enjoyed the fun of it. I didn’t have time to get too intense while concentrating.
Our central heating packed in on Saturday. This morning was very cold and frosty. While it was being fixed I took the opportunity of showing my appreciation for our woodburning stove by sketching it. What you don’t see in this drawing is that I have the kettle heating on top of the stove to make a cuppa. Our cat Xena is snoring in the other chair on the right. On my feet I am wearing my new cosy slippers.
I enjoy doing paintings of people concentrating on their craft. Chefs are great subjects for this. The Chef was cooking at a market stall in Dundee city centre. This was one very large paella pan!
I have been away on a short break to Dunkeld. On the Sunday night “The Troot Tour Two” were playing in the lounge. The sketches are taken from my sketch book. It was really enjoyable sketching away to the music. The second sketch was done over an acrylic wash.
I have been busy preparing for Pittenweem. My holiday in Venice has inspired a number of paintings for the show. As usual I will have a varied selection of my latest work, some of which can be previewed on my web site. Visit my Pittenweem Arts Festival 2011 page to view them.
This is a detail of a new painting I have just finished. About one month to go until the Pittenweem Arts Festival.
I am aware I have not posted for a while. I have been busy preparing for the Pittenweem Arts Festival. Here is another painting of Venice. The trip has given me so much inspiration.
This is a small oil painting of a night time scene in Venice. We were really lucky with the weather which made it very enjoyable exploring all the lanes and canals.